A 7.7-magnitude earthquake off British Columbia triggered tsunami warnings for California, Alaska and Hawaii this weekend, though damage due to the event and its aftershocks ended up being minimal. Read more about why this earthquake was not related to our region’s predicted mega-quake, and why its effects are still unknown; ESS‘ John Vidale is quoted.
The number, and distance from the epicenter, of aftershocks following April’s 8.6 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra has scientists surprised. ESS‘ John Vidale suggests more study of the nature of these post-event rumblings. Read more here!
A NASA satellite image shows Hurricane Sandy battering the Caribbean on Thursday. Image Source: Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
A looming gap in satellite coverage, expected within the next few years unless a jury-rigged solution can be implemented, will mean loss of data critical to tracking storms such as the now-approaching Hurricane Sandy. ATMO‘s Dennis Hartmann is quoted; read more here.
On October 25th, experts in fisheries joined a Google+ hangout on Huffington Post Live to talk about the state of the world’s fisheries. Author Carl Safina and SAFS‘ Ray Hilborn are among these experts. Check out this 20 minute debate and discussion: is there such a thing as sustainable fisheries?
Two days of intense discussion by federal, state and university scientists have broadened the base of shared knowledge on chinook salmon, arming state biologists with more tools to tackle the conundrum of diminishing returns, and restore strength to the fishery. SAFS‘ Daniel Schindler was one of the attendees; read more here!
A group of University of Washington students have won first prize in the 3D4D Challenge, earning $100,000 for a giant 3-D printer device that transforms waste plastics into low-cost, lightweight and energy efficient toilets. Read more about this exciting project here!
The challenges of managing and maintaining diverse wildlife populations across rural America and in the expanding footprints of our cities and suburbs, was the topic when Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, returned to his alma mater earlier this month, giving the UW College of the Environment’s Annual Dean’s Lecture. Check out CoEnv Communications’ story on Dan’s visit here!