Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate

The New York TimesBy ANDREW C. REVKIN Published: April 23, 2009 For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming. “The role of greenhouse … Continue reading Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate

A Look Into Future Oceans for Shellfish Reasons

Carbon Dioxide, Absorbed by the Seas, Changes the Chemistry of Water and the Growth of Marine Life The Wall Street Journal In the living laboratory of a submerged volcano, marine biologist Verena Tunnicliffe glimpsed sea creatures trying to survive in acidic oceans. Carbon dioxide that bubbles up in the sulfur chimneys of the undersea Eifuku … Continue reading A Look Into Future Oceans for Shellfish Reasons

Islands, Marine Sanctuaries, and the Struggle Against Extinction

Encyclopedia BritannicaGregory McNamee – April 9th, 2009 Bali, Mauritius, Iceland, Galapagos, Madagascar: these are fine and exotic places, far away from the busy center of things. Yet, no matter how remote they may seem, islands are at the epicenter of the ongoing mass extinction of animal and plant species—one that has every chance, one day, … Continue reading Islands, Marine Sanctuaries, and the Struggle Against Extinction

Nature stars in Disney’s impressive "Earth"

The Seattle Timesby Moira Macdonald Narrated with sonorous majesty by James Earl Jones, Disney’s rather generically titled nature documentary “Earth” flies us around the planet, finding wonders at every turn. In New Guinea, a glossy black bird of paradise spreads his feathers like a cheerleader’s skirt, the better to look perky as he performs a … Continue reading Nature stars in Disney’s impressive "Earth"

Coral Fossils Suggest Sea Level Can Rise Rapidly

The New York Times By ANDREW C. REVKIN Published: April 15, 2009 Evidence from fossil coral reefs in Mexico underlines the potential for a sudden jump in sea levels because of global warming, scientists report in a new study. The study, published in the journal Nature, suggests that a sudden rise of 6.5 feet to … Continue reading Coral Fossils Suggest Sea Level Can Rise Rapidly

Deep-sea corals may be oldest living marine organism

ENNFrom: DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LIVERMORE, Calif. – Deep-sea corals from about 400 meters off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands are much older than once believed and some may be the oldest living marine organisms known to man. Researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz have determined … Continue reading Deep-sea corals may be oldest living marine organism

Pacific island nations step in to save tuna

San Francisco GateChristopher Pala, Chronicle Foreign ServiceSaturday, April 11, 2009 Until a group of small Pacific island nations imposed unheard-of restrictions on foreign fishing fleets in December, most tuna species were on the road to extinction, experts say. The measures are expected to reduce the catch of yellowfin, bigeye and albacore species by between 10 … Continue reading Pacific island nations step in to save tuna