This story was originally published by Yale Environment 360 and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Off the coast of southeastern China, one particular fish species is booming: the oddly named Bombay duck, a long, slim fish with a distinctive, gaping jaw and a texture like jelly. When research ships trawl the seafloor off that coast, they now catch upwards of 440 pounds of the gelatinous fish per hour — a more than tenfold increase over a decade ago. “It’s monstrous,” says University of British Columbia fisheries researcher Daniel Pauly of the explosion in numbers. The reason for this mass invasion,…Source: Grist, a beacon in the smog,an independent news outlet and network of innovators working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck
IEEE President’s Note: Connecting the Unconnected
At IEEE, we know that the advancement of science and technology is the engine that drives the improvement of the quality of life for every person on this planet. Unfortunately, as we are all aware, today’s world faces significant challenges, including escalating conflicts, a climate crisis, food insecurity, gender inequality, and the approximately 2.7 billion people who cannot access the Internet. Bridging the divideThe COVID-19 pandemic exposed the digital divide like never before. The world saw the need for universal broadband…Source: IEEE SPECTRUM NEWS
Plastic bottles found to harm human health at every stage of their life cycle
In 1973, a DuPont engineer named Nathaniel Wyeth patented the PET plastic bottle — an innovative and durable alternative to glass. Since then, production has skyrocketed to more than half a trillion bottles per year, driven by beverage companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé. It’s no secret that most of these PET bottles, named for the polyethylene terephthalate plastic they’re made of, are never recycled. Many end up on beaches or in waterways, where they degrade into unsightly plastic shards and fragments that threaten marine life. But blighted beaches are only the tip of the iceberg. According to a new report from…Source: Grist, a beacon in the smog,an independent news outlet and network of innovators working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck
This Stevens Institute of Technology Student Got a Head Start in Engineering
Many teenagers take a job at a restaurant or retail store, but Megan Dion got a head start on her engineering career. At 16, she landed a part-time position at FXB, a mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering company in Chadds Ford, Pa., where she helped create and optimize project designs.She continued to work at the company during her first year as an undergraduate at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J., where she is studying electrical engineering with a concentration…Source: IEEE SPECTRUM NEWS
Two NASA Studies Find Lower Methane Emissions in Los Angeles Region
Researchers found that emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas dropped for several years near the nation’s second-largest metropolitan area.
VISIONS: The EMIT Open Data Portal Two recent studies by researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California used contrasting approaches to measure drops in human-caused emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane in recent years in the Los Angeles region. In the first study, published in February in Environmental Research Letters, scientists analyzed data from ground-based sensors scattered…Source: NASA’s Global Climate Change – Vital Signs of The Planet
A Global Biodiversity Crisis: How NASA Satellites Help Track Changes to Life on Earth
Climate change plays an increasing role in the global decline of biodiversity—the variety of life on Earth. Scientists use NASA data to track ecosystem changes and to develop tools for conserving life on land, in our ocean, and in freshwater ecosystems.
Many of us associate the sound of a singing bird with the beauty of nature. In recent years, though, fewer chirps, tweets, and birdsong have been heard. It isn’t because birds have stopped singing, but because there are fewer…Source: NASA’s Global Climate Change – Vital Signs of The Planet
Horn of Africa facing ‘unprecedented’ sixth season of drought, according to forecasts
Meteorological agencies and charity partners have issued an alert calling for urgent humanitarian efforts in response to the ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa.
According to the joint statement, seasonal forecasts suggest a reasonable chance that the upcoming March-May rains will again underperform. Should this occur, it would be an unprecedented sixth poor season and have devastating consequences for communities.
The open letter states that, regardless of seasonal performance, humanitarian needs will remain high in 2023, and multi-sectoral assistance must be scaled…
8 Products That Excel at Protecting Children’s Digital Privacy
A 2019 UNICEF study found that globally, about 1 in 3 Internet users is younger than 18. Parents let preschool children use their smartphones and tablets to stream shows and play games. School-age youngsters are online more lately because of remote learning that schools began offering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have become accustomed to relying on technology, which in some cases has made teaching easier, more efficient, and more inclusive. In some schools, computers have replaced notebooks and textbooks.Some regulations…