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Conserving Chagos: Salomons Atoll

Conserving Chagos: Salomons Atoll

We arrived at Salomons Atoll while it was still dark and waited for first light to enter the lagoon. The captain of the Pacific Marlin, Neil Sandes, has obviously done this many times and the GPS waypoints are well known, but it is still a good precaution to be able to see where you are going.We started work immediately -- Pete Carr visited the islands to do vegetation mapping and bird counts while the rest of us went diving.

March 18, 2012 — Charles Sheppard
Conserving Chagos: Last Day around Diego Garcia

Conserving Chagos: Last Day around Diego Garcia

Distances around Diego Garcia atoll are much greater than in the northern atolls as the only exit from the lagoon is the pass at the north. The other atolls have several passes through which we can get to seaward sites.

March 17, 2012 — Charles Sheppard
Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe

Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe

Receding Himalayan glaciers Almost six years ago, I was the editor of a single-topic issue on energy for Scientific American that included an article by Princeton University's Robert Socolow that set out a well-reasoned plan for how to keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below a planet-livable threshold of 560 ppm.

March 17, 2012 — Gary Stix
Just 55 Alive: World's Rarest Dolphin Faces Extinction

Just 55 Alive: World's Rarest Dolphin Faces Extinction

The population of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins has dropped by half in the past seven years to an estimated 55 individuals, according to research released March 13 by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), the University of Auckland and Oregon State University.

March 16, 2012 — John R. Platt
Conserving Chagos: Manta Rays

Conserving Chagos: Manta Rays

Today, we worked on the reefs on the northeast and north sectors of Diego Garcia, the largest island of the Chagos archipelago, at depths ranging from 25 meters up to 5 meters.

March 16, 2012 — Charles Sheppard
ScienceOnline2012 interview with David Shiffman

ScienceOnline2012 interview with David Shiffman

Every year I ask some of the attendees of the ScienceOnline conferences to tell me (and my readers) more about themselves, their careers, current projects and their views on the use of the Web in science, science education or science communication.

March 16, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
White House Energy Strategy - "All of the Above"

White House Energy Strategy - "All of the Above"

Today, President Obama spoke again about the country's need for an all-of-the-above U.S. energy strategy. Speaking to a cheering crowd of supporters in Largo, MD, the President stated that the country needs an energy future that incorporates domestic oil and gas with wind and solar, on top of increased efficiency.

March 15, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

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