Global warming is causing more than 300,000 deaths and about $125 billion in economic losses each year, according to a report by the Global Humanitarian Forum, an organization led by Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general.
The Seattle TimesBy Michelle Ma How much warmer could Washington’s summers be in 100 years? Will June rainfall in Australia change by midcentury? Climate experts today will unveil an online tool that shows how global warming could affect the entire world, including changes within cities, states and countries. The tool, called ClimateWizard, allows natural-resource managers, … Continue reading UW scientists say new online tool aims to take world’s temperature
No logging or road project on tens of millions of forested acres will proceed without personal approval by the Agriculture Department’s secretary for at least a year while the Obama administration decides how to handle a controversial Clinton-era roadless rule, officials said today. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is signing a directive giving himself sole power … Continue reading Obama admin takes first leap into roadless brawl
Living Oceans Society is launching the Finding Coral Expedition in search of deep sea corals off the coast of British Columbia on June 8 . The expedition aims to find out where B.C.’s coral forests are located and what mysterious creatures live there. It is very likely that there will be species of fish, invertebrates … Continue reading Finding Coral Expedition
Honolulu AdvertiserBy Christie Wilson A Hawaiian monk seal killed Thursday on Kaua’i’s north shore was a pregnant female who had previously given birth to four pups, according to NOAA Fisheries. Witness accounts suggest the 600-pound monk seal, known to NOAA researchers as RK06, was shot to death, but federal officials would say only that the … Continue reading Monk Seal Shot on Kauai
Originally published in Eastsideweekby Chris Carrel Few details escape Elliott Norse’s attention as we drive past Microsoft headquarters, negotiating the lunch-hour traffic in his scrappy 1985 Civic. “See this over here,” he says, gesturing toward the partially finished Microsoft buildings rising on the west side of the road. “That used to be a beautiful second-growth … Continue reading The Undersea World of Elliott Norse
The New York Times MagazineBy JON GERTNER Two days after Barack Obama was sworn in as president of the United States, the Pew Research Center released a poll ranking the issues that Americans said were the most important priorities for this year. At the top of the list were several concerns — jobs and the … Continue reading Why Isn’t the Brain Green?
Times Online Frank Pope, Ocean Correspondent One of the most dramatic impacts on marine life came from the advent of bottom trawling. In 1376 a complaint was made to King Edward III about the destruction it caused: “Where in creeks and havens of the sea there used to be plenteous fishing, to the profit of … Continue reading Delicate life in the ocean hit by advent of bottom trawling
The New York TimesBy PAUL GREENBERG Flotsam and jetsam are two different things. Flotsam is an accident, debris that has fallen into the water haphazardly — a container full of sneakers swept off the deck of a freighter, for example. Jetsam, meanwhile is a thing of intent, cast into the sea deliberately, like a message … Continue reading The Oceans’ Junkyards