Weekly News Clips in Marine Conservation

Hello, here are your news clips: OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: Acidifying Oceans Could Hit California Mussels, a Key Species Science Daily: Ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems, UC Davis researchers will report July 15 in the Journal of Experimental … Continue reading Weekly News Clips in Marine Conservation

It’s Essential to Sushi, but can it Power Our Homes?

We’ve used up the land, so let’s head to the ocean! While we should cut carbon emitting sources of fuel altogether, biofuels have benefits. Biofuels are renewable resources that lack severe greenhouse gas emissions and the extraction atrocities associated with traditional oil-based fuels. The caveat surrounding biofuels is the abundance of land and freshwater resources … Continue reading It’s Essential to Sushi, but can it Power Our Homes?

Way to go, Congressman Farr!

The following article can also be found on the website of Congressman Sam Farr (Democrat – 17th district of California). His efforts yesterday have made a huge difference, and we here at Marine Conservation Institute are very appreciative! We hope everyone will voice support for Congressman Farr’s amendment to the House Commerce, Justice, & Science … Continue reading Way to go, Congressman Farr!

Fish Farms: The Answer to Sustainable Consumption?

Headlining Time Magazine this week is the debated issue of aquaculture’s role in the future of fish consumption. Despite the efforts to protect our oceans and build sustainable fisheries, ocean resources continue to quiver on the edge of extinction, forcing us to find an alternative to fishing. For example, look at the case of tuna. … Continue reading Fish Farms: The Answer to Sustainable Consumption?

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