Offshore Oil and Gas on the Gulf Coast: Mitigating Risks with Data

In 2016, the US offshore oil and natural gas industries—which are heavily concentrated in the Gulf of Mexico— contributed 315,000 jobs and USD 30 billion to the US economy. These industries are lucrative, but they see their fair share of challenges.  Even during the best of times, the extraction of …

The Plan To Map Every Coral Reef on Earth – From Space

In October 2020, Australian scientists found a detached coral reef skyscraper on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef—nearly 500 meters tall and 1.5 kilometres wide — that exceeds the height of the Eiffel Tower and New York’s Empire State Building. This was the first discovery of its kind in 120 years. It …

Mitigating Climate Change: It Starts With Better Ocean Data

For years (and we mean many years), the ocean helped us mitigate the early effects of human emissions by absorbing greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and heat, from the atmosphere. As a result, more than 90 percent of the warming that happened on Earth between 1971 and 2010 occurred in …

How to Get Private Capital to Protect Nature – Without Greenwashing

“Innovative finance” is the newest buzzword used to find ways to channel money – especially private money – to nature-based solutions. But bringing nature and private investors together in a sustainable and lasting way is easier said than done. I love nature and, especially, I love the ocean. For about …

Scouring the Mekong for Trash – and Data

In Chiang Rai, Thailand, a city perched on the banks of the Mekong River, a group of some 90 residents and university students came together to pick up trash on 19  September. Like millions of others, they were marking World Cleanup Day, an annual event that encourages communities to tidy …

Carbon Dioxide and Water Successfully Converted Into Ethanol

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do something useful with excess carbon dioxide other than capture it, compress it, and bury it deep in the bottom of the ocean? Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory may have discovered a way to do precisely that. According to a press release from …

Lions Have Adapted to Hunt Seals and Seabirds in Namibia, Study Finds

Lions in Namibia have turned to hunting seabirds and seals in the face of scarce food resources in the desert landscape, research has found. The desert lions, which are found exclusively within the country’s Skeleton Coast region, are the only lions known to target marine life. Among the creatures they …