- 26 March 2012 | Environment
James Cameron has successfully dived to the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in the world's oceans. The Oscar-winning director confirmed his historic solo dive in his one-man submersible.
"@JimCameron has surfaced! Congrats to him on his historic solo dive to the ocean's deepest point," said a tweet from his team. Cameron reached Challenger Deep, an area of the Mariana Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean at more than 10,900 meters (about 35,800 feet).
The Deepsea Challenger is fully equipped with cameras and robotic arms and dive vertically at speeds of 500 to 700 feet per minute where the strong pressure hits 16,000 pounds per square inch.
The dive took two hours and 36 minutes and he has already resurfaced. "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt," Cameron tweeted. "Hitting bottom never felt so good."
- 22 March 2012 | Environment
The Dominican Surfing Federation has launched a sustainability program for Playa Bahoruco, a local top-class surf spot.
The main goal is to cultivate a self-sustainable community for the maintenance and preservation of the beach, for the benefit of its ecosystem, and to strengthen the community and its profile as a naturalistic, tourist and sporting destination.
With training sessions to be conducted regularly throughout 2012, the first daylong meeting included theoretical training and a beach clean-up, and integrated youth from fourteen to twenty-three years of age, from the beaches of Bahoruco, Arroyo, Juan Esteban and La Cienega.
After the theoretical presentation and interactive group discussion, an in-service training program was launched on the beach, for the actions of the classification of existing solid waste (plastics, debris), a complete beach cleaning and its transfer to a storage facility, with the activity concluding late in the evening.
- 28 February 2012 | Environment
Lucy Lawless and six Greenpeace environmental activists were arrested after the group spent four days protesting aboard an oil-drilling ship docked in New Zealand.
Lawless and the other activists climbed aboard early Friday in an attempt to raise awareness about oil drilling in the Arctic and prevent the ship, scheduled to drill five exploratory wells during the Arctic summer, from leaving.
Lucy Lawless, who has played Xena the Warrior Princess, is totally committed with the "Stop Shell #SaveTheArctic" protest. "We walked like human beings wearing hard hats (but) I don't want to give away any trade secrets", said Lawless.