Lubchenco’s Goals on Oceans and Climate

The New York TimesDot EarthBy Andrew Revkin Jane Lubchenco, a zoologist focused on oceans and climate at Oregon State University, is now undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She had been unable to speak with the press while her nomination was being weighed by the … Continue reading Lubchenco’s Goals on Oceans and Climate

Scientists discover new species of coral in Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Scientists have identified seven new species of bamboo coral discovered thousands of feet below the ocean surface. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says six of the seven species may represent entirely new genera, which it called a “remarkable feat,” given the broad classification a genus represents. The coral was discovered in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine … Continue reading Scientists discover new species of coral in Northwest Hawaiian Islands

UW biologists: New fish species is psychedelica

The Seattle TimesbySandi Doughton There are 320 known species of anglerfish, and Ted Pietsch can describe each one down to the number of spines on its dorsal fin. So, when the picture from Indonesia flopped into his e-mail, his pulse started pounding. “I pretty much freaked out,” the University of Washington fish biologist said. With … Continue reading UW biologists: New fish species is psychedelica

Too-friendly Hawaiian monk seal to be relocated

Honolulu Advertiser A Hawaiian monk seal with a propensity for swimming, playing and otherwise interacting with people on the Big Island — getting a lot of food handouts in the process — will be relocated to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, federal officials said. The juvenile female seal known as R042 was relocated four times, and … Continue reading Too-friendly Hawaiian monk seal to be relocated

Increased federal funding planned for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

By Coco Zickos – The Garden Island LIHU‘E — In response to conservation efforts for America’s most endangered marine mammal, Hawai‘i is expected to receive some $5.7 million for fiscal year 2009 to support the NOAA Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Plan. The funding marks a $3.6 million increase over last year’s amount. Monk seals are … Continue reading Increased federal funding planned for endangered Hawaiian monk seal

Obama Suspends Bush Rule on Endangered Species

The New York TimesGreen Inc.by Kate Galbraith President Obama today asked federal agencies to consult with wildlife biologists over decisions that may affect threatened or endangered species. The memorandum effectively suspends a December 2008 rule issued by the Bush administration, which waived requirements that agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers consult with experts at … Continue reading Obama Suspends Bush Rule on Endangered Species

Research Ties Human Acts to Harmful Rates of Species Evolution

By CORNELIA DEAN The New York Times Human actions are increasing the rate of evolutionary change in plants and animals in ways that may hurt their long-term prospects for survival, scientists are reporting. Hunting, commercial fishing and some conservation regulations, like minimum size limits on fish, may all work against species health. The idea that … Continue reading Research Ties Human Acts to Harmful Rates of Species Evolution