Vice Minister of Environmental Protection Wu Xiaoqing said thequality of the near-shore water of north China's Bohai Sea and theEast China Sea as well as water in five of the nine bays alongChina's coast was "extremely poor." Wu told a news conference that the five bays include Bohai Bay, theYangtze estuary, Hangzhou Bay in Zhejiang Province, the Minjiangestuary in Fujian Province and the Pearl River estuary in southernprovince of Guangdong. From the official to the playful - coming online today are newocean-related games; among them is mermology from Jumping AstronautLtd. at: . Mermology is an interactive water drama / game driven across socialmedia platforms with free access as a place of play and learning.Game alliances drive the characters in the story world fighting forthe real survival of water and life on Planet Earth. |
Season One,launching today, invites participants to like, comment, join in andtake part with participation features on Youtube, Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, and TumblR. New York's Empire State Building will be lit this evening for WorldOceans Day in white, blue and purple. White at the top representsthe shallowest, sunlit waters and also the polar ice cap. The bluelight represents the slightly deeper ocean waters, and the purpleeven deeper waters in the ocean. The unlit portions, or black,represent those parts of the ocean where sunlight does not reach.The overall representation covers all aspects, and all parts, ofthe ocean, not just the surface that we can see.
Nongovernmental organizations are reaching out with a wide varietyof endeavors for ocean protection. Today at 3:30PM EST, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundationwill connect direct from their research ship in the Galapagos withU.S. ocean scientist Sylvia Earle, in the Smithsonian Institute.The Galapagos is one of Earle's Hope Spots. This transcontinentalconversation about the state of coral reefs will include photos,videos by Doug Allen, and coral reef news direct from thesub-aquatic research site near Darwin Island.
The conversation willbe streamed live at: and on theSmithsonian Institute's Ocean Portal. Click here for a list of other World Oceans Day events online.
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