Climate Change Impacts to National Marine Sanctuaries

On Thursday, the California Academy of Sciences kicked off its Oceans Conference with a recently released report on the impacts of climate change on the Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries. The impacts report is a first step towards a climate change action plan for these sanctuaries. The setting inside a museum … Continue reading Climate Change Impacts to National Marine Sanctuaries

World’s Marine Scientists Call for Large-Scale "National Parks at Sea"

More than 245 marine scientists (PDF) from 35 countries are calling for the establishment of a worldwide system of very large, highly protected marine reserves as “an essential and long overdue contribution to improving stewardship of the global oceanic environment.” While small marine reserves are known to protect some species, large reserves—comparable to large national … Continue reading World’s Marine Scientists Call for Large-Scale "National Parks at Sea"

Firms operating offshore will have to give information about risks, precautions, MMS says

The Washington Post, June 2, 2010By Juliet Eilperin The federal agency overseeing offshore energy exploration announced Wednesday that it would require companies operating offshore to provide additional information about the potential risks and safety precautions in their drilling plans. Regulators have failed to demand such disclosures even in the aftermath of the BP oil spill, … Continue reading Firms operating offshore will have to give information about risks, precautions, MMS says

Scientists Worry About Oil Plumes’ Effects on Coral Reefs – NYTimes.com

The New York TimesBy JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF Last September, marine scientists studying deep-sea biology in the northern Gulf of Mexico lowered a submersible robot off the side of a government research vessel and piloted it 1,300 feet to the ocean floor. There, in complete darkness and near-freezing temperatures, the robot’s lights revealed a thriving colony … Continue reading Scientists Worry About Oil Plumes’ Effects on Coral Reefs – NYTimes.com

What will a Hurricane do to the Oil Spill?

(Credit BBC) BBC, June 2, 2010By Finlo Rohrer The prediction this year for the Atlantic is for an “active to extremely active” hurricane season, which officially began on 1 June. According to the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is a 70% chance of eight to 14 hurricanes, of which between three and seven … Continue reading What will a Hurricane do to the Oil Spill?