Friday 22 June 2012
Photographer first to capture humpbacks' magic momentNew Zealand Herald | 22 Jun 2012
National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards has been chased by lions, had insects crawl behind his eyeballs and suffered a virus that wiped an entire year from his memory.But it is all worthwhile when you capture the perfect image.
Elephant seals help uncover slower-than-expected Antarctic meltingScienceDaily.com | 22 Jun 2012
A team of scientists have drilled holes through an Antarctic ice shelf, the Fimbul Ice Shelf, to gather the first direct measurements regarding melting of the shelf's underside. A group of elephant seals, outfitted with sensors that measure salinity, temperature, and depth sensors added fundamental information to the scientists' data set, which led the researchers to conclude that parts of eastern Antarctica are melting at significantly lower rates than current models predict.
Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' predictions feature uncertaintyScienceDaily.com | 22 Jun 2012
Scientists are predicting that this year's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone could range from a low of approximately 1,197 square miles to as much as 6,213 square miles. The wide range is the result of using two different forecast models. The forecast is based on Mississippi River nutrient inputs compiled annually by the US Geological Survey.
Tourism - a development opportunity for Small Island States, finds UNWTO reportmedia.unwto.org | 22 Jun 2012
International tourism is one of the principal economic activities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). A new UNWTO report launched on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20), confirms tourism as an essential source of job opportunities, livelihood, foreign exchange and inclusive growth for these countries.
Games@NOAAgames.noaa.gov | 22 Jun 2012
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has created an online gateway to more than two-dozen web-based games on marine environmental issues. The target audience is children in elementary and middle school, encouraging them to care for coastal and marine ecosystems.
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