Reef Survey Shows Decrease in Fishes & Corals

(Credit: Reef Check BVI) Virgin Island Daily News, May 28, 2010By Melissa French For the seventh year, a group of eight volunteer tourists from the UK, Japan, Turkey and US, gathered in the VI for Reef Check BVI´s 13th annual reef survey and training programme which surveyed four sites each between April and May. Researchers … Continue reading Reef Survey Shows Decrease in Fishes & Corals

Gulf oil spill: NOAA ship to study underwater oil plume, Cousteau says it’s a nightmare (video)

Environmental News Examiner, May 26, 2010By Marilyn Crain As BP prepares to try a top kill, which the British oil company calls its best chance to stop the oil that continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, it’s a matter of “wait and see” if it works. Whether the procedure, one that has never … Continue reading Gulf oil spill: NOAA ship to study underwater oil plume, Cousteau says it’s a nightmare (video)

Cracking Down on the Ocean’s Pirate Fishermen

(Credit Getty Images) Time, May 22, 2010By Bryan Walsh The oceans are being emptied of fish. A forthcoming United Nations report lays out the stark numbers: only around 25% of commercial stocks are in a healthy or even reasonably healthy state. Some 30% of fish stocks are considered collapsed, and 90% of large predatory fish … Continue reading Cracking Down on the Ocean’s Pirate Fishermen

Crews fish out Lost Nets to Save Trapped Wildlife

(Credit Bryan DeLong, Natural Resources Consultants) USA Today, May 18, 2010By Greg Latshaw Beneath the frigid waters of Washington state’s Puget Sound, thousands of abandoned nets once used by fishermen to trap salmon by their gills keep working. They now indiscriminately catch marine life. With no one to pull up the plastic nets, captured animals … Continue reading Crews fish out Lost Nets to Save Trapped Wildlife

Dancing with the (Oily) Devil

Have you noticed that the incessant TV commercials trumpeting America’s oil and gas industry have vanished recently?  Perhaps the industry stopped wanting to remind us that we’re all addicted. Every addiction, whether to heroin, meth, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, sugary drinks or gasoline, takes a toll.  Oil could be America’s most costly addiction.  The BP Gulf … Continue reading Dancing with the (Oily) Devil

Deep sea oil plumes, dispersants endanger reefs

Associated Press, May 17, 2010By Jason Dearen and Matt Sedensky Delicate coral reefs already have been tainted by plumes of crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, including a sensitive area that federal officials had tried to protect from drilling and other dangers. And marine scientists are worried even more of the deep-sea reefs … Continue reading Deep sea oil plumes, dispersants endanger reefs

UN Report: Biodiversity Crisis Threatens Global Economy

Business Green, May 10, 2010 By James Murray The natural systems that underpin the global economy are at risk of ” collapse” due to the accelerating loss of biodiversity, according to a shocking new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released earlier today. The third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook, which is based … Continue reading UN Report: Biodiversity Crisis Threatens Global Economy

Deepwater Horizon glitches before explosion in Gulf of Mexico get House panel’s attention

The bottom of the damaged and leaking marine riser sits atop the failed blowout preventer on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. The main tube of the riser guides the drill pipe into the well, while the other pipes carry hydraulic fluid to operate the blowout preventer. ( Photo: BP) New Orleans Times-Picayune, May … Continue reading Deepwater Horizon glitches before explosion in Gulf of Mexico get House panel’s attention