The New York Times came out with an article today addressing the cost benefits of reducing carbon emissions sooner rather than later, and how climate change is as much an economic problem as it is an environmental problem. One of the interesting things the article states is that by using current technology carbon emissions could … Continue reading Putting a Price Tag on Carbon
Deep sea corals are happy today The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (as amended to H.R. 5946) was passed by Congress on December 9 at 1:25 A.M. Two provisions of this legislation specifically address deep sea corals (sections 105 and 408): Section 105 authorizes (via discretionary authority) the Regional Fishery Management … Continue reading Dissecting the deep sea coral language in H.R. 5946 – the meat and bones (mesoglea and septa)
Elizabeth Kolbert wrote a very informative article on ocean acidifcation in the Nov 20, 2006 issue of the New Yorker titled “The Darkening Sea…What carbon emissions are doing to the ocean”. Climate change skeptics do not dispute the fact that the oceans are becoming more acidic because we are burning ever increasing quantities of fossil … Continue reading Ocean Acidification…the greatest ocean threat.
Another marine mammal appears on the brink of extinction, the Vaquita. This tiny (1.5 m) charismatic porpoise is endemic to the north-western corner of the Gulf of California, Mexico. It is estimated that there are less than 600 left in the wild. Who’s to blame? Recent research published in Mammal Review points the finger at … Continue reading Next up for extinction, the Vaquita?
Say goodbye to the poor Baiji Dolphin Last sited in 1997, the poor Baiji Dolphin is expected to be extinct. The Bajii is (or was) a nearly blind finless freshwater white dolphin which apparently has scumbed to Chinas relentless economic growth. On Dec 6 the Wall Street Journal (paper edition) reported the results of a … Continue reading Large charismatic marine megafauna thought to be extinct, who’s next?
The deep water coral Madrepora oculata, from the Straits of Florida (image courtesy Reed 2006) Dec. 7th was a cold dark day for deep cold-water corals, as the UNGA formally adopted its resolution negotiated last month in New York through the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS). … Continue reading Deep sea corals – One step back, two steps forward?
A widely publicized article recently came out in Science that predicts the collapse of seafood by the year 2048. I hope people see this not as a sign to give up on ocean conservation but rather as a call to step up efforts and to protect biodiversity. Unlike most of the media, the authors went … Continue reading No more seafood?
Anybody who spends much time thinking about the environment knows that population is a major driving force behind the unraveling of our Earth’s land, freshwater and ocean ecosystems. The Earth simply cannot sustain as many people as we now have. Say overpopulation and the mind may leap to Haiti, El Salvador or Rwanda, then to … Continue reading Generations
The good news is the court rejected the Bush proposal, but the bad news is that the monument that was created by President Clinton is still up for logging under the Bush Administration’s management plan for the area. So let that be a warning for all of us thinking happy thoughts and singing kum bay … Continue reading Logging a National Monument ?
Have you visited our good friend Peter Etnoyer's blog “Deep-Sea News” lately? He just wrote a post about our report Status of Deep Sea Corals in US Waters. He finds the report informative and recommends it as a coffee-table book! (Maybe we should print a hard-cover version.) Thank you, Peter, for telling your readers about … Continue reading Check out the Deep-Sea News blog!