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- 23 November 2016 | Environment
The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) launched the Undersea Feature Names Gazetteer, an online index/dictionary for the bathymetric world.
Everyone is invited to propose names for new features. After being submitted to GEBCO, the names are analyzed, compared, and selected in an annual meeting.
A new name should have two terms: a specific expression/word and a generic expression/word. The specific term should relate to nearby onshore or offshore features, a maritime researcher or explore, or a historic ship.
- 10 November 2016 | Environment
The citizens of California have decided to keep the ban on single-use plastic shopping bags in the state.
The results of the referendum vote held on the 8th November reveal that the majority of Californians - 52 percent - want to move towards a future without plastics in their daily lives. Californians throw away 14 billion plastic bags every year.
Despite the attempts from the plastic bag industry to overturn the ban, Proposition 67 was approved, and the 2014 law that puts an end to thin plastic bags in large grocery stores and supermarkets will continue valid.
- 08 November 2016 | Environment
The weever fish is venomous, well camouflaged and usually attacks before and after low tide. Its sting is painful and lasting. Learn how to treat it properly.
Despite its small size, the weever fish features long, needle-sharp spines that will inject venom in their most frequent victims - surfers, beachgoers, swimmers, and fishermen.
Weever fish can be found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and other coastal regions. In countries like Portugal, Spain, France, Morocco, and the United Kingdom, weever fish stings are quite common, especially during summer.