Most people do their best to keep a safe distance from jellyfish and their cousins, the Portuguese man-of-war, but U.S. Navy combat photographer Aaron Ansarov isn't afraid of a little sting. He gets up close to these cnidarians in order to capture some seriously stunning footage. Getting to know these creatures may be a good idea since climate change is going to bring a whole lot more of them. (In possibly related news, billions of little blue jellies—that go by the name "by-the-wind sailor"—are invading our Northwest seashore as we speak.)
Other things to know this morning:
The drought in the West is so severe that its elevation is rising. Groundwater, rivers, lakes, and snowpack usually weigh land down, but when the water’s gone, the earth creeps up a little. In the last 18 months, California’s mountains have become more than half an inch higher.
As the European travel industry frets over whether Iceland’s Bárðarbunga volcano will blow its top this week, let’s take a moment to appreciate what these sub-glacial eruptions can tell us about our changing world.
Since taking office in 2006, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his administration have been silencing government scientists, not allowing them to speak to the press about anything from climate change to fisheries to snowfall.
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