Meteotsunami: air pressure waves

A rare tsunami has hit the East Coast of USA, on the 13th June, 2013, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


The source is complex and still under review, though the coincidence at several gages with strong atmospheric pressure fluctuations indicate that it is at least partly generated by meteorological causes.

Apparently, the "meteotsunami" might have been related to a strong storm that moved through the region and offshore that day.

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Offshore drilling: stop disasters in our oceans

The US Congress is voting on a bill to dramatically expand offshore drilling in the country.


Effectively, this means new offshore drilling off every US coastline, including the states of California, Virginia, South Carolina, and Alaska.

The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (HR 2231) would double the amount of drilling off the coasts by requiring the Department of the Interior to lease at least 50% of unleased acreage with the greatest resources.

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Plastic bags: the cancer of the oceans

History has been made. The city of Los Angeles has decided to ban plastic bags.


Victory never tasted so sweet. The City Council has voted 11 to 1 for the ordinance, which will go into effect in 2014. No more plastic bags in the Californian metropolis.

Shoppers can bring reusable bags or pay stores 10 cents per paper bag. The biggest city in the USA has taken a historic decision and may well influence others to follow the same step towards the future.

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