Monthly Archives: September 2015

Colonized predatory zooplankton use advanced propulsion system movement

Zooplankton are heterotrophic invertebrate organisms found drifting in both fresh and marine water bodies. A group of gelatinous planktonic organisms have recently been discovered swimming by coordinating multiple water jets from separate but genetically identical units in a colony of Nanomia bijuga. Jet propulsion is common in marine animals, such as squid and octopi. However, … Continue reading Colonized predatory zooplankton use advanced propulsion system movement

Environmental impacts of the first U.S. offshore wind farm

Wind power is a renewable source of energy that can reduce carbon and other toxic emissions. Land-based wind farms began production in the U.S. started the 1980s, and in the last 30 years, have significantly grown, not just in the number of them, but also in the size of each individual turbine, according to Alexis … Continue reading Environmental impacts of the first U.S. offshore wind farm

Obama visits Alaskan ecosystems affected by climate change

President Barack Obama recently traveled to Alaska to assess the environmental impacts global warming is having on infrastructure in different communities along the Arctic shoreline. Many of the once stable structures are beginning to dissolve as the increase in temperature has caused ice to melt and sea water to rise.  "In Arctic Alaska, villages are … Continue reading Obama visits Alaskan ecosystems affected by climate change

Dangerous toxic algae bloom growing near the California coast

The largest algae bloom currently on record is growing off of the coast of California. It stretches from Alaska down to central California and measures approximately 40 miles wide, and in some areas, up to 650 feet deep. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this bloom has significantly diminished the populations of … Continue reading Dangerous toxic algae bloom growing near the California coast