Global warming wreaks havoc on Japanese edible kelp

National Mar 31, 2020

Global warming wreaks havoc on Japanese edible kelp

In the not too distant future, global warming could deprive Japanese cuisine of an essential element: konbu, or edible kelp. A Hokkaido University research group has warned that 11 principal breeds of natural konbu may cease to exist by the 2090s. That also poses a threat ...

Sixfold jump in polar ice loss lifts global oceans

World / Science & Health Mar 12, 2020

Sixfold jump in polar ice loss lifts global oceans

Greenland and Antarctica are shedding six times more ice than during the 1990s, driving a higher sea level that could bring annual flooding by 2100 in regions that now are home to 400 million people, scientists have warned. The kilometers-thick ice sheets atop land masses ...

Japan panel proposes record low catch quota for flying squid

Business Mar 3, 2020

Japan panel proposes record low catch quota for flying squid

An advisory panel proposed setting the annual catch quota for Japanese flying squid at 57,000 tons, the lowest ever, for the 2020 fishing year starting next month. The Fisheries Policy Council, which advises the agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, suggested cutting the quota by 14.9 ...

Could bionic jellyfish help monitor oceans?

World / Science & Health Jan 31, 2020

Could bionic jellyfish help monitor oceans?

It may sound more like science fiction than science fact, but researchers have created bionic jellyfish by embedding microelectronics into these ubiquitous marine invertebrates with hopes to deploy them to monitor and explore the world's oceans. A small prosthetic enabled the jellyfish to swim three ...