A research team led by the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Graduate School of Oceanography will embark on an expedition to collect sediment samples of the deep seafloor beginning tomorrow for 38 days. The team wants to reconstruct how and why the earthâ€™s temperature has changed over the last 20,000 years.
This week weâ€™re bringing you stories from our series One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay. Weâ€™re taking a deep dive into the bay that helps define the Ocean State. Its history. Its present. Its future. Now, a look at how the bay keeps us healthy, through the eyes of a few of the growing numbers of open water swimmers.
Gathering for an evening swim
Weâ€™re sitting on a ledge at Narragansett town beach. The sky is overcast, itâ€™s early evening. Dozens of people are suiting up for a swim.
World famous oceanographer Sylvia Earle said never before have we been as equipped with knowledge about the universe, the earth, and the processes that keep us alive as we are [equipped] today. She said that should guide how we treat our planet.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse invited world famous marine scientist Sylvia Earle to speak to and inspire local environmental leaders at his fifth annual Energy & Environmental Leaders Day.
For too long weâ€™ve tapped into natural resources thinking theyâ€™d always be there, said Earle. She cautioned worldwide our â€ślife supportâ€ť is collapsing, such as coral reefs, kelp forests, and even the marine plants that produce half of the oxygen in the air we breathe.
The trade of live coral for home aquariums is continuing to drop internationally. While the practice is in decline, a Roger Williams University professor says promoting its growth has the ability to actually help coral reefs.