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Giant garbage patches help redefine ocean boundaries

This map shows how researchers from UNSW divided the entire ocean into seven regions whose waters mix very little. The map could yield insights into the formation of giant ocean garbage patches, as well as ocean ecology. Credit: Gary Froyland, Robyn M. Stuart, and Erik van Sebille/UNSW

This map shows how researchers from UNSW divided the entire ocean into seven regions whose waters mix very little. The map could yield insights into the formation of giant ocean garbage patches, as well as ocean ecology. Credit: Gary Froyland, Robyn M. Stuart, and Erik van Sebille/UNSW

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an area of environmental concern between Hawaii and California where the ocean surface is marred by scattered pieces of plastic, which outweigh plankton in that part of the ocean and pose risks to fish, turtles and birds that eat the trash. Scientists believe the garbage patch is but one of at least five, each located in the center of large, circular ocean currents called gyres that suck in and trap floating debris…

 

Malawi Floods and the Problem of Zero

Over the last few weeks, intense rains from Cyclone Bansi brought floods to the small Southern African country of Malawi. For a country whose rainy season spans five long months, these rains are not new. But this year, the scale of flooding is extraordinary, and the international press has taken notice. In disasters such as this one, the media often relies on large numbers to make the gravity of the situation tangible…

 

Can This Unique Conservation Drone Be Used for Disaster Response?

I had the distinct honor of both keynoting & judging the outstanding Drones for Good Challenge in Dubai last week (see my live reports). Teams from all around the world came to the UAE to compete. Some of the drones that took to the sky were truly remarkable…

 

India gets monetary assistance from World Bank for taking up climate resilient adaptation measures

India on Friday signed an agreement with World Bank for assistance of US $ 8 million to take up various adaptation measures in rural areas to deal with the threat of climate change.   The money will be used to implement special projects to improve adaptive capacity of rural poor, engaged in farm-based livelihoods, to cope with climate change in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.   The assistance fund, under Sustainable Livelihoods and Adaptation to Climate Change (SLACC), will basically be…

 

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