Life in Water Blog

Wetland destruction and increasing commercial development

Wetlands are geographical areas always covered by water at varying depths at different times throughout the year. The amount of water present in these environments controls the type of flora and fauna living in and on the soil. Wetlands support both aquatic and terrestrial organisms but favor the growth of organisms that are specifically adapted … Continue reading Wetland destruction and increasing commercial development

Evolving phytoplankton can tolerate warming waters

Carbon dioxide is a colorless gas that exists in a concentrated form in the atmosphere (330 ppm) and is released into the environment in very high quantities when burned. The current amount of carbon out of fossil fuels is 600 times greater than that into fossil fuels. With the mounting concerns over global warming and … Continue reading Evolving phytoplankton can tolerate warming waters

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