This Weekend: Protect the Land (and Water) of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

As Independence Day draws near, a number of things are sure to run through your mind: what am I going to wear this weekend? Do I have enough red, white, and blue? Where are we going to sit for the fireworks? Is the barbecue set up? Often, we tend to focus on the tradition-side of … Continue reading This Weekend: Protect the Land (and Water) of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

Northwest Ocean Acidification

Brought to you by our friends at Sightline Oceans–and their salt-water extensions, like Puget Sound–play an enormous role in our region’s culture and prosperity. Marine life, from oysters to king crab, have supported Northwest communities for generations. But years of addiction to fossil fuels have put them at risk. This series explores the local costs … Continue reading Northwest Ocean Acidification

Pacific Plankton Crosses to Atlantic…Thanks to Arctic Meltdown

From our friends at Scientific American: Neodenticula seminae, a microscopic strand of photosynthesizing plankton, is common in much of the northern Pacific Ocean. The plankton hadn’t been seen in the northern Atlantic in some 800,000 years—until a survey in 1999 turned up a bunch in the Labrador Sea. Researchers speculate it traveled along with a … Continue reading Pacific Plankton Crosses to Atlantic…Thanks to Arctic Meltdown

Save the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program

Hi Everyone, I don’t often send around petitions, but this cause is particularly important to me and I hope you’ll sign it!  For over a year now I’ve been working on the Weatherization Assistance Program, which brings much needed energy repairs to low income people.  Our clients live off of very little, and the work … Continue reading Save the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program

Washington State Ignores Increasing Acidification of its Oceans

News on Ocean Acidification from our friends at Center for Biological Diversity: Rising Carbon Pollution Already Harming Oysters Along Coast Washington state announced today which marine waters have water-quality problems but completely failed to identify waters that are suffering from ocean acidification. The Pacific Northwest is one of the hotspots where ocean acidification is already … Continue reading Washington State Ignores Increasing Acidification of its Oceans

The Unfulfilled Promise of the World’s Marine Protected Areas

There is an excellent article up on Environment 360 today, and I suggest you give it a good read. It’s very thought provoking. Let us know what you think! Biologists and conservationists maintain that establishing marine reserves — areas where fishing is off-limits or severely restricted — offers the best hope for recovery for our … Continue reading The Unfulfilled Promise of the World’s Marine Protected Areas

Capitol Hill Swept Up by Oceans Week

Last week in DC, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation hosted Capitol Hill Ocean Week, or CHOW. It was a week full of interesting, insightful, and invigorating discussions about the state of our waters, and what needs to be done in the future. The theme of the week was “American Prosperity and Global Security: Ocean Solutions … Continue reading Capitol Hill Swept Up by Oceans Week