Category Archives: Features

Earth’s Gravity Revealed in Unprecedented Detail

European Space Agency
How the Earth would look like if its shape were distorted to make gravity the same everywhere on its surface. Areas of strongest gravity are in yellow and weakest in blue. Animation: European Space Agency

Excerpts from the European Space Agency and from Guardian UK, Ian Sample

After just two years in orbit, ESA’s GOCE satellite, A European spacecraft that skims the upper reaches of the atmosphere, has gathered enough data to map Earth’s gravity with unrivalled precision…


Read Full Article “Goce satellite maps the Earth’s gravity in unprecedented precision” Gardian UK

European Space Agency

Sea turtle deaths up along Gulf Shores, joining dolphin trend

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Federal scientists trying to figure out why dolphin deaths along the Gulf of Mexico are up this year now have a second challenge: a sharp jump in sea turtle deaths in some Gulf areas…

Original Article and Video, Reuters

Dolphin toll from BP oil spill far higher: study
The discovery of more than 100 dead dolphins on Gulf of Mexico shores likely reflects only a small fraction of the total killed by the BP oil spill last year, a study suggested on Wednesday.

Beach Renourishment Projects in Doubt

Beach re-nourishment. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


On a narrow stretch of Sand Key near the Belleair Beach Club, the beach has eroded from months of rushing waves. Tides eat away at the coast, sweeping sand back into the gulf. Unstopped by the shore, water rolls to the seawall, 20 feet from condominiums…

Read Full Article, The St Petersburg Times

Earth Hour 2011, in Pictures

Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana. Photo source: ©© Alex de Carvalho


At 8:30pm on Saturday 26 March 2011, landmarks across the world switched off their lights for one hour in a bid to highlight global climate change.

View 26 Photos Gallery, from Paris to Singapore: VIEW GALLERY, Guardian UK

Gathered here are an other series of before-and-after photographs from this year, which (starting with the second one below) will fade between “on” and “off” when clicked.
View Fading Photos Gallery: VIEW GALLERY, Boston Pictures

Papua New Guinea Coastal Mine Waste Dumping: The Ramu Mine Case

Photo source: ©© Kahunapule Michael John


The dumping of mine tailings waste into the shallow coastal marine environment is currently before the National Court of Papua New Guinea, in a case that will have far-reaching implications. At stake are the pristine waters of the Bismarck Sea and the livelihoods of thousands of coastal inhabitants on one hand, and the future of mine waste disposal on the other: a number of other mine operators are reportedly waiting on the result before announcing their own plans for waste disposal.

While scientific institutions increasingly have to chase the dollar to survive, as scientists we have to be able to say no when profitable consultancies become ethically questionable, or when our actions in faraway places can leave a poisonous legacy for generations to come…

Read Full Article, By John Luick, Gregg Brunskill, Gavin Mudd, Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, and Philip Shearman

Villagers Deeply Concerned About Ramu Acid Spill, IntercontinentalCry

Papua New Guinea: Anti-mine campaign defies government

Online Protest Against (MCC’s Ramu Nickle Project) Deep Sea Waste Disposal in Basamuk Bay

5th International Marine Debris Conference, in Hawaii

“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”
Captions and Photo: © SAF — Coastal Care


This week, Surfrider Foundation participated in the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference brought together over 440 participants from 35 countries to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and NOAA were the co-organizers of the conference, and it brought in strange bedfellows in terms of sponsorship, including Coca-Cola and the American Chemistry Council (ACC)…

Read Full Article, SurfRiders Foundation

Marine Debris Conference, 5imdc Website


The 5th International Marine Debris Conference, Plastics Europe, Press Release
The European plastics industry has been instrumental in bringing together plastics industry organisations from around the world to sign up to a “Joint Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter”, which was announced yesterday at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii. The Declaration outlines a set of clear objectives for industry action, and advocates close cooperation with a broad range of stakeholders to achieve substantial progress in reducing damage to the marine environment…

Plant Poisons More Than 100 Villagers, Coastal Zhejiang Province China

Photo source: ©© Tzuhsun Hsu


Lead emissions from a battery plant in eastern China have poisoned more than 100 villagers, including 35 children, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday, the latest in a string of heavy metal pollution cases in the country.

A total of 139 villagers in a village near Taizhou city in coastal Zhejiang province have been found to have elevated lead levels in their blood, Xinhua cited the provincial health department as saying in a statement…
Read Full Article, Reuters