In response to watching one too many kitchy Batman episodes one of my childhood fears including being dropped in a vat of acid – – sounds ridiculous now, but such is the future for corals and marine animals with calcium carbonate shells. ACIDIFICATION IN SOUTHERN OCEANS THREATENS ECOSYSTEM Although the chemistry of ocean acidification due … Continue reading Ocean Acidification Threatens Southern Oceans
Although the connection between land practices and the health of coral reefs is well established, this article provides further evidence as to why a broad approach to ecosystem management is particularly important for the conservation and management of coral reef ecosystems….. From the Environment News Service HONOLULU, Hawaii, October 4, 2007 (ENS) – Coral reefs … Continue reading Coral Health Depends on Ridge to Reef Ecosystem Management
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) and Greenpeace held a briefing for the G77 Forum at UN headquarters in New York City. Steven Lutz, Ocean Policy Analyst for Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI), attended and represented MCBI as a member of the DSCC supporting high seas conservation. Entitled “The State of … Continue reading MCBI at the UN: Supporting High Seas Conservation
From Gerard Wynn at the Environmental News Network: Everyone to pay for climate change “Climate change will likely cost every global citizen something in the years ahead, although the payback will be much greater, policymakers, scientists and officials told a Reuters summit this week.”
A very interesting news story on where all that plastic ends up – in the stomachs of albatross chicks living in the middle of no where – the Papahanaumokuakea reserve. Remote Waters Offer No Refuge from Plastic TrashNPR – USA“In the last 10 years, we’ve taken almost 550 tons out of the Northwestern Hawaiian islands,” … Continue reading Plastics Choking Albatrosses
From Gerard Wynn and Alister Doyle at the Environmental News Network: Polar Bear endangered status “likely” “An accelerating melt of Arctic sea ice is likely to make the polar bear officially ‘endangered’ in the very near future, the head of a global wildlife conservation network said on Wednesday.”
Time to stop using those plastic water bottles and plastic bags folks… a positive action you can take to save the oceans! Our oceans are turning into plastic…are we? By Susan Casey, Photographs by Gregg SegalOct 7, 2007 – 11:45:03 PM A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of … Continue reading Texas Sized Garbage Patch in the Pacific!
How cool, once scientists new where to look they found kelp forests in the tropics – one in the deep waters surrounding the Galapagos. From Science Online… As the researchers report online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their model was correct: They found a kelp forest. “I dropped down … Continue reading Kelp Forests in the Galapagos
A great article from today’s New York Times: The Arctic ice cap shrank so much this summer that waves briefly lapped along two long-imagined Arctic shipping routes, the Northwest Passage over Canada and the Northern Sea Route over Russia. Over all, the floating ice dwindled to an extent unparalleled in a century or more, by … Continue reading Arctic Melt Unnerves the Experts
Halifax, Canada – Decisions made at a meeting of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization will help cod recover and protect vulnerable cold-water corals off the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. Read more here: http://www.enn.com/animals/article/23558.