Opinion: Deep sea fishing is ‘oceanocide’

Glowing Sucker Octopus – Up to 50 cm long, light passes through theinternal organs of these deep sea-dwelling octopigiving them a diaphanous, luminous appearance. Photo Credit: Claire Nouvain By Claire NouvianCNN, September 13 2010 Fewer than 300 boats in the world are destroying the deep sea, the largest reservoir of biodiversity on Earth. They are … Continue reading Opinion: Deep sea fishing is ‘oceanocide’

U.S. and Cuba discuss alliance to save sharks

By: Jeff FranksSeptember 11, 2010Reuters team of U.S. scientists and environmentalists met with Cuban officials this week to discuss a proposed alliance, including Mexico, to protect the Gulf of Mexico’s declining shark population. The meetings were a product of both improved U.S.-Cuba relations and concern that only a joint effort by the three nations that … Continue reading U.S. and Cuba discuss alliance to save sharks

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill’s 30-Year Legacy

Piece of tar mat cut from mangrove floor in July.Photo Credit: Wes Tunnell By Matthew BergerInternational Press ServiceSeptember 3, 2010 A surprisingly small number of scientists have studied the impacts of the oil spill resulting from the 1979 blowout at the Ixtoc I oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Wes Tunnell, who first studied … Continue reading Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill’s 30-Year Legacy

FDA considers approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption

By Lyndsey LaytonThe Washington PostSeptember 6, 2010 The Food and Drug Administration is poised to approve the first genetically modified animal for human consumption, a highly anticipated decision that is stirring controversy and could mark a turning point in the way American food is produced. FDA scientists gave a boost last week to the Massachusetts … Continue reading FDA considers approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption

Why wartime wrecks are slicking time bombs

New ScientistSeptember 1, 2010By Mick Hamer Thousands of ships sunk in the second world war are seeping oil – and with their rusty tanks disintegrating, “peak leak” is only a few years away THE battle for Guadalcanal was one of the pivotal moments of the second world war. The Japanese occupied Guadalcanal, the largest of … Continue reading Why wartime wrecks are slicking time bombs