Microdocumentaries, Steve Palumbi and ocean acidification

Professor Steve Palumbi of Stanford University is pioneering the use of small ‘to the point’ videos (‘microdocs’) to illustrate important issues that face the ocean.  In this one, he outlines (with superb clarity) the issue of ocean acidification and illustrates why it is such a serious threat to marine ecosystems like coral reefs.  While Steve … Continue reading Microdocumentaries, Steve Palumbi and ocean acidification

Killer squid attacks divers

Best headline ever: “Attack of the giant squids: Terror as hundreds of 5ft long creatures of the deep invade Californian coastline” (thanks to the Daily Mail). Turns out the backstory behind this one is even more interesting: the squid at hand (the humboldt squid) have envaded the San Diego coastline en masse due to unknown … Continue reading Killer squid attacks divers

Al Gore, Ove and Ian Dunlop at the Safe Climate Australia Launch

Click below for the video seminars from Al Gore, Ove and Ian Dunlop from the SCA launch last monday.  Safe Climate Australia aims to mobilise Australia’s extensive technological, economic and political expertise and resources in planning the transition of the Australian economy to zero net carbon, the sequestering of dangerous levels of existing carbon from … Continue reading Al Gore, Ove and Ian Dunlop at the Safe Climate Australia Launch

Sylvie Earle – living legend and hero for the planet

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf TED, a nonprofit devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ hosts an annual conference bringing together ‘world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives’. I’ve watched quite a few incredible talks (Al Gore, Tierney Thys, & Jane Poynter to name but a few), but the one that stood … Continue reading Sylvie Earle – living legend and hero for the planet

“Future protection of the oceans could lie in the past”

If we don’t know our history, then we can’t know our future. Historians arguing the relevance of their subject often repeat that mantra. But one group of researchers is showing how true it is. Members of the History of Marine Animals Project (HMAP) believe that scrutinizing the minutiae of historical documents is the key to protecting our oceans for generations to come. Continue reading “Future protection of the oceans could lie in the past”

The other CO2 problem – animated adventures into ocean acidification

Take a look at this light-hearted video on a serious subject. This animation on ocean acidification was made by students from the Ridgeway School (Plymouth, UK) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory – an excellent production! Ridgeway students have made a short animated film which is being used internationally to highlight the acidification of the world’s … Continue reading The other CO2 problem – animated adventures into ocean acidification