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?
By JON GERTNERThe New York TimesOctober 21, 2007 Scientists sometimes refer to the effect a hotter world will have on this country’s fresh water as the other water problem, because global warming more commonly evokes the specter of rising oceans submerging our great coastal cities. By comparison, the steady decrease in mountain snowpack — the … Continue reading The Future Is Drying Up
A recent study published by S. Hoyt Peckman of UC Santa Cruz, Larry Crowder of Duke University and Ocean Conservancy scientist J. Nichols indicates that small-scale longline and gillnet fishing operations off Baja California are actually more detrimental to the endangered Pacific Loggerhead than larger scale industrial fishing fleets. Check out Environmental News Network coverage … Continue reading Endangered Loggerhead threatened by small-scale Baja California fishing operations
This short National Geographic article on ocean acidification, entitled “The Acid Threat,” shows a compelling picture of experimentally induced impacts of an increase in ocean acidity on a pteropod’s carbonate shell.
By CLAUDIA DREIFUS The New York TimesOctober 16, 2007 BEAUFORT, N.C. — For much of Cindy Lee Van Dover’s professional life, she has been a pioneer. In 1990, she became the first woman with a license to pilot an Alvin, a three-person submarine for deep sea exploration. Dr. Van Dover, who studies the ecology of … Continue reading Deep in the Sea, Imagining the Cradle of Life on Earth