A New York Times EditorialNovember 20, 2007 The world’s scientists have done their job. Now it’s time for world leaders, starting with President Bush, to do theirs. That is the urgent message at the core of the latest — and the most powerful — report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of … Continue reading The Scientists Speak
Out of the Estuarine Research Foundation’s 19th Biennial Conference comes scientific observations of rapid changes in important coastal ecosystems: “Climate change is here,” Howarth said. “We’re measuring it. Half the talks being given here are about how things look different now compared to 10 or 15 years ago.” Read more here…….
Australian scientists working on decoding humpback whale communication systems were able to identify over 30 distinct vocalizations, including pick up lines and mother-calf calls. Read Environmental News Network coverage of this research here.
Wonder where all that plastic ends up ? In a big gyre in the Pacific. The patch is as big as Australia and has 40% more plastic than plankton.
A study published in the Journal of Biogeography used remote sensing technology to investigate the major causes of mangrove deforestation in regions impacted by the 2005 tsunami. While shrimp aquaculture accounted for a portion of the loss, the expansion of agriculture was responsible for over 80% of mangrove deforestation in the study region. Read Environmental … Continue reading Agriculture, not shrimp farming, to blame for mangrove deforestion
“Whatever Happened to Wave Energy?,” a short article by Michael Schirber for LiveScience publised on October 29, 2007, gives a quick description of current worldwide projects to harness energy from ocean waves. Read more here.
By JAMES KANTERThe New York TimesOctober 26, 2007 The human population is living far beyond its means and inflicting damage to the environment that could pass points of no return, according to a major report being issued today by the United Nations. Climate change, the rate of extinction of species, and the challenge of feeding … Continue reading U.N. Warns of Urgent Environmental Problems
The oceans play a critical role in the global carbon cycle. Any decrease in their capacity to take up atmospheric carbon dioxide has important implications both for future climate conditions and for efforts related to ocean carbon sequestration…… Joining the south in carbon un-sinking By Lucy Sherriff Published Monday 22nd October 2007 11:10 GMTA decade-long … Continue reading Northern ocean filling up with CO2
On October 20th, President Bush signed an executive order to ban commercial harvest of striped bass and red drum in federal waters. The fish can now only be harvested recreationally. While recreational fishermen, who are responsible for the vast majority of striped bass and red drum landings, are praising the order, others note that if … Continue reading Does Bush’s executive order to protect striped bass and red drum actually help the fish?
The Wrong Way to Save Right Whales? By Juliet Eilperin Sixteen months ago, a federal agency proposed slowing ships in certain East Coast waters to 10 knots or less during parts of the year to save the North Atlantic right whale, one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals, from extinction. To view the entire … Continue reading The Wrong Way to Save Right Whales?