- 11 July 2013 | Environment
The beaches of Qingdao, in China, have been invaded by 20,000 tons of bright green algae.
Qingdao, one of the best surfing cities in China, has seen an historical algae bloom over an area of about 11,500 square miles.
The cleanup costs will rise up to $30 million. Researchers believe that the algae that washes up around Qingdao has traveled from seaweed farms along the coast of Jiangsu Province.
- 02 July 2013 | Environment
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.
- 26 June 2013 | Environment
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.