Life in Water Blog

The world faces climate change together at COP21

As of Oct. 19, a White House spokesman announced that a total of 81 companies have backed the U.S. and President Barack Obama's sponsored pledge supporting actions to fight climate change. Obama met with CEOs from the private sector, including Alcoa, Procter & Gamble, General Electric as well as many more, to discuss ways in … Continue reading The world faces climate change together at COP21

Tiny zooplankton can reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels

Zooplankton are tiny microorganisms that are consumers, made up of heterotrophs and detritivores (decomposers). Many of these organisms are found living in colonies and are essential for food webs that make up marine ecosystems. In a scientific article recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers from the Technical University … Continue reading Tiny zooplankton can reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels

Ocean phytoplankton decreases change marine ecosystems worldwide

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been collecting data on phytoplankton blooms using satellite imagery. "Inclusion of satellite data into this kind of biogeochemical modeling is really exciting," NASA scientist Jeremy Werdell said, according to United Press International. The satellite images illustrate that the most common phytoplankton, called diatoms, have decreased approximately 1 percent … Continue reading Ocean phytoplankton decreases change marine ecosystems worldwide

Great Lakes aquatic ecology preservation and why it matters

The Great Lakes are made up of lakes Erie, Ontario, Huron, Michigan and Superior, which were created by melting glaciers during the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago. The Great Lakes are vitally important to aquatic ecology, as they represent 21 percent of the world's surface freshwater. The health and welfare of the Great … Continue reading Great Lakes aquatic ecology preservation and why it matters