In early August, biologist Peter Ward returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered an old friend, one he hadn’t seen in over three decades. The University of Washington professor had seen what he considers one of the world’s rarest animals, a remote encounter that may become even more infrequent if illegal fishing […]

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A large shark has been spotted just offshore this morning at Ballina near a group of surfers. Police and Surf Life Saving have closed beaches in the area for the next 24 hours and are urging people to stay out of the water. Ballina SLSC members have helped police clear the water and erected beach […]

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Arctic

The volume of Arctic sea ice increased by a third after the summer of 2013 as the unusually cool air temperatures prevented the ice from melting, according to UCL and University of Leeds scientists. This suggests that the ice pack in the Northern hemisphere is more sensitive to changes in summer melting than it is […]

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Oregon State University researchers have patented a new strain of a succulent red marine algae called dulse that grows extraordinarily quickly, is packed full of protein and has an unusual trait when it is cooked. This seaweed tastes like bacon. Dulse (Palmaria sp.) grows in the wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It is […]

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How clouds form and how they help set the temperature of the earth are two of the big remaining questions in climate research. Now, a study of clouds over the world’s remotest ocean shows that ocean life is responsible for up to half the cloud droplets that pop in and out of existence during summer. […]

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The Gerry Lopez Yoga and Talk Story at the Uluwatu Surf Villas raised over 124 million rupiah for Project Clean Uluwatu, the local environmental organization working to keep Uluwatu clean and beautiful. In his first visit in decades to the fabled surf break he helped pioneer, Gerry returned to the Bukit Monday evening, June 15th. […]

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Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have determined that toothed whales lack functional Mx genes—a surprising discovery, since all 56 other sequenced mammals in the study possess these genes to fight off viruses like HIV, measles and flu. Modern toothed whales, including dolphins, orcas and sperm whales, have inherited defunct copies of the […]

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As the ocean absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) released by the burning of fossil fuels, its chemistry is changing. The CO2 reacts with water molecules, lowering the ocean’s pH in a process known as ocean acidification. This process also removes carbonate ions, an essential ingredient needed by corals and other organisms to build their skeletons […]

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