Ocean Warming and the impacts on Coral Reefs

Today, in the modern world of technology, many of us are aware of the fact that the marine life
is in great danger as intensive decline has been noticed in many places. The coral banks have
been markedly deteriorated due to climatic change along with the immoral human activities like
dumping the sewage waste into the sea water.

But nothing to worry much, as the good news arrives by a recent research which has been
conducted in Australia. Scientists have reported that there has been marked increase in the coral
growth in the region through the 20th century due to the increase in the temperatures. Research
has shown that this effect was more noticeable at the latitudes which are high and the ocean is
colder. These researches give a strong hint that the warming which is caused by us humans in
the form of carbon dioxide is in fact benefiting the corals in the region. This thing according to
Timothy Cooper is very much surprising as stated in a journal of science.
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Release of methane gas at the Arctic sea

Extraordinary and unexpected clouds of methane gas which is a greenhouse gas and is 20 times more intoxicating than carbon dioxide gas has been found bubbling at the surface, by a few scientists who were there to explore and take survey in the Arctic Ocean.

The head of the Russian team who was surveying there was surprised by the extent and quantity if the methane gas. This team has been taking several surveys in the seabed of East Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for about 20 years. In an interview, Igor Semiletov who is working at the Russian Academy of Sciences said that he has witness such a thing for the first time in his work career, and he has never seen methane gas being released with such a force and large scale. Continue reading

Leader of Anti-Fracking movement, Mark Ruffalo

Natural gas drilling in NewYork State, which is to take place next year, is suffering from criticism by various environmental groups. They are demanding for strict regulations for it. Mark Ruffalo, a famous activist is in favor of the complete ban of this drilling process. He is of the opinion that the nation should meet it needs from renewable energy resources, rather than relying on fossil fuel.

Famous actor, director and screenplay writer, Mark Ruffalo is roaming around the Newyork state using his status to campaign for a ban on hydrofracking. Horizontal hydraulic fracturing is a process in which water and some others chemicals are enforced into a fine grained rock under the ground, in order to obtain gas. Environmental experts are of the opinion that this process of drilling may impart negative impacts and certain risks to the aquifers and may also affect the value of the air. Continue reading

Greenskills- A unique effort to restore urban ecosystem

To protect the environment and restore traditional lifestyle in urban areas, a variety of programmes is being introduced across the world by different organizations. People are working to improve their lives and to return to less artificial environment by planting trees. URI GreenSkills is a unique programme by New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees. Its objective is to promote and demonstrate sustainability in action through creation of employment opportunities and the provision of training, research and on-the-ground projects. Continue reading

Search for a new “consent-based” site for nuclear waste in USA

The United States’ government is advised to find a new “consent-based” site for nuclear waste by The Blue Ribbion Commission. The commission was established by President Obama to give suggestions to cope with the issue of managing the nuclear waste. The commission has recently issued a draft report, after having worked on it for 16 months. Yucca Mountain in Nevada was the site that was chosen before by the senate leaders who were later accused of making that decision on political grounds. Continue reading