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2014-11-03 00:00:00

Ocean Roundup: New Robot to Study Emperor Penguins, IPCC Sounds Alarm on Climate Change Inaction, and More

– Scientists have invented a remote-controlled robotic emperor penguin, which resembles an emperor penguin chick, to help them better study emperor penguins in Antarctica. Because emperor penguins are extremely shy, they tend to back away and change their natural behavior whenever scientists try to study them. The Associated Press

– Scientists say that the massive amount of kelp that recently washed onto beaches in Orange County, California is actually a good sign of ocean health. Just a decade ago, pollution and predator overabundance decimated kelp forests, which are important ecosystems to many marine animals. Orange County Register

– The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) released a new synthesis report over the weekend, in which issued the most striking warnings about climate change to date. The report said that worldwide failures to reduce emissions and collaboratively tackle climate change could lead to food shortages, major flooding, and mass extinctions. The New York Times

Op-Ed:

– Despite widespread opposition to offshore oil exploration off the U.S. East Coast, the Department of Interior is reviewing applications from oil companies to start drilling in the Atlantic. Calling this “the Keystone pipeline of the sea,” this author speaks of the need for renewable energy sources. The Hill