Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/26/2024 - 09:43
Spanish city acts to protect ornate Plaza de España, used as a location for Star Wars’ Phantom Menace film Tourists visiting the southern Spanish city of Seville may soon have to pay a fee to explore the wide, ornate Plaza de España, the city hall said, as part of plans to control tourist overload in a public open space. “We are planning to close the Plaza de España and charge tourists to finance its conservation and ensure its safety,” the city’s mayor, José Luis Sanz, wrote on X, accompanied by a video showing missing tiles, damaged facades and street vendors occupying alcoves and stairs. Continue reading...
02/26/2024 - 09:27
Fears for penguin colonies after the discovery of the highly contagious H5N1 virus in two dead skuas Bird flu has reached mainland of Antarctica for the first time, officials have confirmed. The H5N1 virus was found on Friday in two dead scavenging birds called skuas near Primavera Base, the Argentinian scientific research station on the Antarctic peninsula. Continue reading...
02/26/2024 - 09:01
Bathing water status means government is obliged to test water quality throughout summer Twenty seven new bathing sites are being considered for England, but campaigners have said that swimming remains dangerous in many areas because of the pathogens caused by sewage dumping. If all of these sites are granted, it will be the largest ever number of bathing sites in rivers, lakes and coastal areas approved in one year. Activists campaign for bathing water status because it means the government is obliged to test the quality of the water throughout the summer months. Church Cliff beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset Coastguards beach, River Erme, Devon Coniston boating centre, Coniston Water, Cumbria Coniston Brown Howe, Coniston Water, Cumbria Littlehaven beach, Tyne and Wear Manningtree beach, Essex Monk Coniston, Coniston Water, Cumbria River Avon at Fordingbridge, Hampshire River Cam at Sheep’s Green, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire River Dart estuary at Dittisham, Devon River Dart estuary at Steamer Quay, Totnes, Devon River Dart estuary at Stoke Gabriel, Devon River Dart estuary at Warfleet, Dartmouth, Devon River Frome at Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset River Nidd at the Lido leisure park in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire River Ribble at Edisford Bridge, Lancashire River Severn at Ironbridge, Shropshire River Severn at Shrewsbury, Shropshire River Stour at Sudbury, Suffolk River Teme at Ludlow, Shropshire River Tone in French Weir Park, Taunton, Somerset Wallingford beach, River Thames, Berkshire Derwent Water, Crow Park, Keswick, Cumbria River Wharfe at Wetherby Riverside, West Yorkshire Goring beach, Worthing, West Sussex Worthing Beach House, Worthing, West Sussex Rottingdean beach, Rottingdean, East Sussex Continue reading...
02/26/2024 - 09:00
Researchers say the number of Americans exposed to unhealthy air will rise by 50% by the middle of the century Vast swaths of the continental US will be exposed to unhealthy, polluted air by 2054, according to an alarming new report. Researchers at First Street Foundation, a non-profit that analyzes climate risk, found that one in four Americans are already exposed to air that is deemed “unhealthy” by the Air Quality Index (AQI), which provides daily air quality readings. That number is expected to grow by 50% in the next few decades, with an estimated total of 125 million Americans experiencing dangerous air pollution by the middle of the century. Continue reading...
02/24/2024 - 01:20
The bird escaped last year after vandals damaged his enclosure at Central Park Zoo The Eurasian eagle owl named Flaco, which escaped New York City’s Central Park Zoo last year, has died after crashing into a building in Manhattan, officials said late on Friday. Flaco went down after striking a building on West 89th Street and people reported the injured owl to the Wild Bird Fund (WBF), a statement from the Central Park Zoo said. WBF staffers soon found Flaco unresponsive and pronounced him dead at the scene. Continue reading...
02/24/2024 - 01:00
Researchers say toxic chemicals pose a pollution risk as oil and gas companies are allowed to leave pipelines to rot Decaying oil and gas pipelines left to fall apart in the North Sea could release large volumes of poisons such as mercury, radioactive lead and polonium-210, notorious for its part in the poisoning of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko, scientists are warning. Mercury, an extremely toxic element, occurs naturally in oil and gas. It sticks to the inside of pipelines and builds up over time, being released into the sea when the pipeline corrodes. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 00:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 20 February 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00044-y Under pressure: an integrated assessment of human activities and their potential impact on the ecosystem components of the Southern Brazilian continental shelf
02/18/2024 - 00:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 18 February 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00043-z Two decades of research on ocean multi-use: achievements, challenges and the need for transdisciplinarity
World Ocean Explorer Wins Gold Medal Serious Simulation Award from Serious Play Annual International Competition
10/26/2023 - 14:35
For Immediate Release October 19, 2023 Sedgwick, Maine USA World Ocean Explorer, a 3D virtual aquarium and educational simulation, was recently cited for excellence, winning a Gold Medal Award in the 2023 International Serious Play Awards Program. World Ocean Explorer is an innovative 3D virtual aquarium designed for educational exploration of the world’s oceans. With interactive exhibits and a lobby space, visitors can immerse themselves in realistic marine environments, including a DEEP SEA exhibit funded by Schmidt Ocean Institute, showcasing unprecedented deep-sea discoveries off Australia. Targeted at 3rd graders and beyond, this immersive experience offers a range of perspectives on the ocean environment and can be explored through guided tours or user-controlled interfaces. Visit DEEP SEA at worldoceanexplorer.org/deep-sea-aquarium.html. Serious Play Conference brings together professionals who are exploring the use of game-based learning, sharing their experience, and working together to shape the future of training and education. For more information on Serious Play Award Program visit seriousplayconf.com/international-serious-play-award-programs. World Ocean Explorer is a transformative virtual aquarium designed to deepen understanding of the world ocean and amplify connection for young people worldwide. Organized around the principles of Ocean Literacy and the Next Gen Science Standards, World Ocean Explorer brings the wonder and knowledge of ocean species and systems to students in formal and informal classrooms, absolutely free to anyone with a good Internet connection. As an advocate for the ocean through communications, World Ocean Observatory believes there is no better investment in the future of the sustainable ocean than through a new approach to educational engagement that excites, informs, and motivates students to explore the wonders of our marine world and to understand the pervasive connection and implication for our future, inherent in the protection and conservation of all aspects of our ocean world. World Ocean Explorer presents an astonishing 3-dimensional simulated aquarium visit, organized to reveal the wonders of undersea life, with layers of detailed data and information to augment the emotional connection made to the astonishing beauty and complexity of the dynamic ocean. Within each of the virtual exhibits, students visit exemplary theme-based sites with myriad opportunities to understand the larger perspectives of scientific knowledge as organized and visualized to dramatize the impact and change on ocean life as a result of natural and human-generated events. Through immersion among displays, mixed media and 3D models, the experience of an aquarium visit will be brought into classrooms or home school environments as a free, accessible, always available opportunity for teaching and learning. All of this will be available to a world audience without physical limitation or cost. World Ocean Explorer, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, receives support from the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Visual Solutions Lab, the Climate Change Institute, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, and The Fram Museum Oslo. To learn more about the current and future exhibits of World Ocean Explorer, visit worldoceanexplorer.org. media contact Trisha Badger, Managing Director, World Ocean Observatory   |   director@thew2o.net +12077011069
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