The island of Maui has lost 13 miles of shoreline over the last 30 years due to sea level rise and coastal erosion. The recent collapse at the iconic Ka'anapali Beach in West Maui has residents worried for future generations. San José State Geologist Dr. Kimberly Blisniuk warns that sea level rise threatens coastal communities everywhere, and that our only option is to move buildings back from the shoreline.
Listen to an audio interview with Cal Poly Pomona’s chair & associate professor of geography, Dr. Kelly Huh, as she discusses the implications of Greenland’s massive and rapidly melting ice sheets. The current melting process is set to raise global sea levels by 10 inches.
Lab animals sporting a backbone have been protected by the U.S. government since 1985. But what about invertebrates that may still think and feel in similar ways? Dr. Robyn Crook of San Francisco State University has studied the nerve activities of octopuses and suggests that they are capable of feeling pain. Cephalopods are highly intelligent creatures capable of complex problem-solving, yet no federal regulations exist to guide responsible research involving octopuses, squid, or cuttlefish. As researchers work with octopuses to answer questions in neuroscience, the matter of whether they’re treating the animals humanely is becoming more pressing.
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