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
By MATTHEW L. WALD and ANDREW C. REVKINThe New York TimesOctober 19, 2007 WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 — For most of human history, the Arctic Ocean has been an ice-locked frontier. But now, in one of the most concrete signs of the effect of a warming climate on government operations, the Coast Guard is planning its … Continue reading New Coast Guard Task in Arctic’s Warming Seas
By WILLIAM J. BROAD The New York TimesOctober 19, 2007 Birds do it. Bees do it. Even lowly corals do it — but infrequently, forgoing sex for as long as a year. Then, at night, just after the full moon, under warm tropic breezes, the corals dissolve in an orgy of reproduction, sowing waters with … Continue reading Sexy Corals Keep ‘Eye’ on Moon, Scientists Say
By Walter GibbsThe New York TimesOctober 12, 2007 The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to Al Gore, the former vice president, and to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for their work to alert the world to the threat of global warming. Read More …
By Eli KintischScienceNOW Daily News10 October 2007 Scientists and entrepreneurs alike are abuzz over iron fertilization, a controversial technique that uses iron-seeded plankton to sequester atmospheric carbon for centuries deep underwater. Now, a San Francisco-based climate startup called Climos has proposed a code of conduct to address contentious aspects of how experiments are conducted. Read … Continue reading An Ethics Code for Ocean Carbon Experiments