Japan Earthquake Could Raise Concerns Elsewhere

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Image of the estimated fault slip due to the 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake. The fault responsible for the quake dips under Japan, starting at the Japan Trench (indicated by the barbed line), the point of contact between the subducting Pacific Plate and the overriding Okhotsk Plate. The magnitude of fault slip is indicated both by the color and the contours, which are at 26-foot (8-meter) intervals. Image source: Caltech / NASA

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Scientists sifting through data from the great Japan earthquake in March are uncovering surprises that may raise concerns nearby.

The study of the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki quake, led by researchers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and published online in the May 19 issue of Science Express, details the first large set of observational data from this rare megathrust earthquake event…

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Japan Quake Study Yields Surprises: NASA, California Institute of Technology and University of Michigan

Japan Earthquake Shifted Seafloor by 79 Feet,largest slip ever recorded, National Geographic

Earthquake Shifted Japan, Now Towns Flood at High Tide

Seismic Shift? As Bahamas islands Sink, One Island Mysteriously Rises

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Eleuthera Island, in the Bahamas, is seen in an astronaut photograph taken from the International Space Station. Photo and caption: NASA

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All the islands in the Bahamas were thought to be slowly sinking, but now scientists find one quirky isle going against the crowd.

This anomaly suggests the area may be less seismically stable than previously thought…

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Mayaguana island, southeast Bahamas. Photo source: NASA

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Haiti’s Coastline Clean-Up

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Every September, from Bangor, Maine, to Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 75 countries remove millions of pounds of trash from waterways and beaches all over the world during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

Inspired by its success, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has launched a range of activities across three regions of the country, Cap Haitien, Les Cayes and Lully with the aim is to teach local people the importance of protecting their marine environment.

In Lully, MINUSTAH and the local Fishermen Association began the cleanup. The day started with peacekeepers distributing shirts and bags to the local population.

The Commander of the Chilean battalion of MINUSTAH said this approach is designed to protect the environment in which they operate.

The soldiers, in partnership with local residents, collected garbage in bags while educating people about the dangers of dumping waste into the sea.

For many volunteers, this cleanup is an important first step.

Members of the Association Vision 2013 went door to door explaining to people the usefulness of cleaning up the coastline.

Lucien Revange, President of the Association of Lully Fishermen says that the Haitian State should monitor the project and take all appropriate measures for fisheries development.

Fishing is Lully’s main activity, but fishermen are facing great difficulties, including a lack of equipment, in addition to the pollution of the sea. This creates not only a drop in the quantity of fish caught but also in their income.

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United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, UN Site

MINUSTAH’s mandate, Wikipedia

Environmental controls of giant kelp in the Santa Barbara Channel, California

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Miramar beach, California. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have developed new methods for studying how environmental factors and climate affect giant kelp forest ecosystems at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales.

The scientists merged data collected underwater by UCSB divers with satellite images of giant kelp canopies taken by the Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper. The findings are published in the feature article of the May 16 issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series…

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California: Thriving kelp forest rises from a rock reef, Los Angeles Times

Seaports Need a Plan for Weathering Climate Change, Researchers Say

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New York City. Photo source: ©© Zoriah

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The majority of seaports around the world are unprepared for the potentially damaging impacts of climate change in the coming century, according to a new Stanford University study.

In a survey posed to port authorities around the world, the Stanford team found that most officials are unsure how best to protect their facilities from rising sea levels and more frequent Katrina-magnitude storms, which scientists say could be a consequence of global warming. Results from the survey are published in the journal Climatic Change…

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Environmental and Health Hazards of Chemicals in Plastic Polymers, A Swedish Study

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“© Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009),” from the Midway Series. Photograph courtesy of © Chris Jordan for Coastal Care’s Photo Of The Month, August 2010.

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Many plastic products contain hazardous chemicals that can leach to the surroundings. In studies conducted at the University of Gothenburg, a third of the tested plastic products released toxic substances, including 5 out of 13 products intended for children…

Plastics exist in many different chemical compositions and are widespread in the society and the environment. Global annual production of plastics has doubled over the past 15 years, to 245 million tonnes in 2008…

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Plastic Pollution, Coastal Care

Obama announces steps to speed US oil production

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Amid growing public unhappiness over gas prices, President Barack Obama is directing his administration to ramp up U.S. oil production by extending existing leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska’s coast and holding more frequent lease sales in a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska. But the moves won’t calm spiraling prices at the pump any time soon…

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