Just because you don’t live on the Gulf Coast or the Florida panhandle don’t assume you won’t be wading in some tar balls this summer at your favorite beach. The National Center For Atmospheric research has created an animation that shows how ocean currents may disperse the BP Blob. It ain’t pretty.
If you want to see what is happening in the oceans, Nat Geo Photographer Brian Skerry does a great job of showing you in this TED Talk. The talk is part of the Mission Blue Voyage in response to Sylvia Earle’s plea last year, when she received a TED Award:
“I wish you would use all means at your disposal –! expeditions! the web! more! – to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”
It’s hard to watch, but the oceans are in crisis and the truth is painful.
If you want to know how we got to this place, coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson explains.