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A Brief Consideration of the Kulluk Stranding: Biodiversity of Sitkadilak Island

 Sitkadilak Island’s seabirds and marine mammals Right now, as I sit here writing this blog the drilling rig Kulluk is sitting in its temporary anchorage in Kiliuda Bay which is located just north of the grounding location (Figure 1a & b) on the eastern side of Kodiak Island.  News sources have reported there is no … Continue reading A Brief Consideration of the Kulluk Stranding: Biodiversity of Sitkadilak Island

As Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Reaches Milestone, Continued Inaction Could Spell Disaster for Our Oceans

Earlier this week, we reached a troubling milestone as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the Arctic atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm).  Increased atmospheric CO2 has a devastating effect on our ocean ecosystems. As the chief regulator of climate, the ocean acts as a “carbon sink,” absorbing more than a quarter of the CO2humans … Continue reading As Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Reaches Milestone, Continued Inaction Could Spell Disaster for Our Oceans

Debris from the Costa Concordia Wreckage Threaten a Marine Sanctuary

We would like to take a moment to offer our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of those who were lost in the tragic grounding of the Costa Concordia on Friday, January 13. Our hearts go out to those who are grieving, as we cannot begin to comprehend their loss. The tragedy that … Continue reading Debris from the Costa Concordia Wreckage Threaten a Marine Sanctuary

House Appropriations Bill Weighed Down by Amendments

77 What does that number mean to you? Right now, it’s the big bad number for the environment. Did you know that, in addition to working on raising the debt ceiling, Congress is also working on next fiscal year’s budget? The House of Representatives is debating and voting on appropriations bills, and here’s where the … Continue reading House Appropriations Bill Weighed Down by Amendments