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  • Group sues to force EPA to clean up Chesapeake Bay

    01/05/2009 4:09:34 PM PST · by posterchild · 7 replies · 405+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Monday Jan 5, 2009 | Brian Witte
    WASHINGTON – A conservation group filed a federal lawsuit Monday to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce the law and clean up the polluted Chesapeake Bay, citing 25 years of failure to restore the nation's largest estuary. The lawsuit asserts that the EPA's failure to meet its obligations "has led to the continued degradation of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay," harming natural resources and the residents who depend on them. Poor water quality caused by pollution has harmed the blue crab population, destroyed underwater grasses and hurt bay fish. The losses have badly damaged the soft shell...
  • Bush to create three Pacific marine sanctuaries

    01/05/2009 3:41:36 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 554+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 | staff and news service reports
    Size is reduced from what activists sought, but they plan to lobby Obama> The marine areas — totaling 195,280 square miles — are: * In the northern Pacific, waters at the northern end of the Northern Mariana Islands, including the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of Earth's oceans at 36,000 feet. * In American Samoa, the Rose Atoll — the world’s smallest coral atoll and one of the most remote. * In the central Pacific, coral reefs, pinnacles, sea mounts, islands and surrounding waters of Johnston Atoll, Howland, Baker and Jarvis Islands, Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island. These...
  • Concerns emerge about environmental effects of wave-energy technology

    11/17/2008 10:09:08 AM PST · by sionnsar · 21 replies · 632+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/17/2008 | Michelle MA
    ... Tapping the power of waves and tidal currents to generate electricity is promoted as one of many promising alternatives to the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. But no one knows exactly how the technologies will behave in the water, whether animals will get hurt, or if costs will pencil out. The permitting process is expensive and cumbersome, and no set method exists for getting projects up and running. ... A new report that collected findings from dozens of scientists raises concerns about the impact wave-energy developments could have on the ocean and its critters. Wave-energy buoys could...
  • Completion of world's first artificial kelp reef praised

    11/13/2008 5:56:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 297+ views
    State and utility officials applauded the completion Monday of the world's first artificial kelp reef that they say will provide a thriving habitat for fish and marine organisms for decades. Spread over two miles south of San Clemente Pier, the pioneering reef was undertaken by Southern California Edison to make up for environmental damage caused by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Advertisement “In the end we have both the energy and the environment we need,” Cecil House, a Southern California Edison vice president, said during a ceremony attended by about 100 people on the pier. The 175-acre reef was...
  • R.I. sets course to map its waters for wind farms

    09/23/2008 6:56:38 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 4 replies · 241+ views
    Prov Journal ^ | 9/23/2008 | PETER B. LORD
    R.I. sets course to map its waters for wind farms 01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 BY PETER B. LORD Journal Environment Writer As coastal states race to build the country’s first offshore wind farms, it is clear that Rhode Island is following a unique path. The state has recruited a battery of oceanographers, engineers and other experts at the University of Rhode Island in an unprecedented $3.2-million effort to map and zone state and federal coastal waters to determine the best locations for turbines. Nearly 50 people from URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences, the...
  • 30 subway cars dropped off Cape May coast

    09/05/2008 8:12:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies · 187+ views
    star ledger ^ | 08.25.08 | Brian T. Murray and Wayne Woolley/
    With a tremendous splash and a profound thud, 30 old subway cars were dropped into the ocean off the coast of Cape May this morning, enlarging the nation's most extensive artificial reef system. State officials say the 18-ton cars -- stripped of their windows, wheels, axles and flooring -- will soon become home to a variety of ocean species. "They provide a very good habitat for marine life," said Hugh Carberry, the state Department of Environmental Protection's reef coordinator.Workers dump New York City subway cars into the ocean off of Cape May on Monday. After a five year moratorium, New...
  • West Africa's coastline redrawn by climate change: experts

    08/22/2008 2:18:06 PM PDT · by Abathar · 27 replies · 170+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/22/08 | Aminu Abubakar
    ACCRA (AFP) - Rising sea levels caused by climate change will brutally redraw a 4,000-kilometre (2500-mile) stretch of west African coastline from Senegal to Cameroon by century's end, experts were told AFP Friday. "The cost of Guinea will cease to exist by the end of this century," said Stefan Cramer, a marine geologist and head of German green group Heinrich Boll Stiftung's operations in Nigeria. "The countries most threatened by this looming environmental disaster are Gambia, Nigeria, Burkina Fasso and Ghana," he told AFP on the sidelines of a major UN climate conference in the Ghanaian capital Accra. Cramer said...
  • Coastal towns doomed by rising sea [UK Environment Agency]

    08/17/2008 7:13:03 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies · 102+ views
    The Times ^ | 8/18/2008 | Sarah Knapton
    People living on some stretches of coastline will be forced to abandon their homes and move inland as sea levels rise, the new head of the Environment Agency has warned. Lord Smith of Finsbury said plans need to be drawn up to evacuate people from large stretches which are threatened by erosion. Work is already under way to identify parts of the south and east coast which are most threatened and Lord Smith said there would be hard decisions to be made about which areas to defend and which to allow the sea to reclaim. "This is the most difficult...
  • Oceans on the Precipice: Scripps Scientist Warns of Mass Extinctions and 'Rise of Slime'

    08/14/2008 3:28:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 632+ views
    Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, in a bold new assessment of the oceans and their ecological health. Publishing his study in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Jackson believes that human impacts are laying the groundwork for mass extinctions in the oceans on par...

    08/04/2008 6:59:05 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 266+ views
    albanysinsanity ^ | July 20, 2008 | Rus Thompson
    UCSB Press Release: “OIL AND GAS SEEPAGE FROM OCEAN FLOOR REDUCED BY OIL PRODUCTION” (Santa Barbara, Calif.) Next time you step on a glob of tar on a beach in Santa Barbara County, you can thank the oil companies that it isn’t a bigger glob. The same is true around the world, on other beaches where off-shore oil drilling occurs, say scientists, although Santa Barbara’s oil seeps are thought to be among the leakiest. Natural seepage of hydrocarbons from the ocean floor in the northern Santa Barbara Channel has been significantly reduced by oil production, according to two recently...
  • Fish Find Home in California Oil Platforms (Califorinia 2006)

    08/04/2008 6:35:26 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 31 replies · 66+ views ^ | March 14, 2006 | Tim Molloy
    Marine biologist Milton Love drives a hybrid car, displays a banner of left-wing revolutionary Che Guevara on his laboratory wall - and has backing from Big Oil. The reason: his finding that oil platforms off California's central coast are a haven for species of fish whose numbers have been dramatically reduced by overfishing. That is good news to oil executives, who are looking for reasons not to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to remove the platforms once the crude stops flowing. Environmentalists say oil companies are simply trying to escape their obligations. "Just because fish are there doesn't mean...
  • Undersea 'Black Smokers' Found Off Arctic

    08/04/2008 5:58:31 PM PDT · by krb · 32 replies · 881+ views
    Discovery ^ | August 4, 2008 | AFP
    Aug. 4, 2008 -- Jets of searingly hot water spewing up from the ocean floor have been discovered in a far-northern zone of the Arctic Ocean, Swiss-based scientists announced Monday. The so-called "black smokers" were found 73 degrees north, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between Greenland and Norway, in the coldest waters yet for a phenomenon first observed around the Galagapos islands in 1977.The earth's plumbing system of hydrothermal vents contain their own, unique ecosystems given the absence of sunlight at depths, in this case, of 7,874 feet, with vinegar-like water attaining temperatures of up to 752 degrees Fahrenheit.A team from...
  • Island says starfish aren't toys for dogs to fetch

    08/03/2008 4:14:50 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 10 replies · 214+ views
    AP ^ | August 2nd 2008 | staff reporter
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  • California ports' pollution plan proves a big haul

    07/22/2008 10:30:52 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 19 replies · 182+ views
    REUTERS ^ | July 22, 2008 | Nichola Groom
    Already, some shippers, truckers and others who don't want to make changes are choosing other ports, according to Knatz, who said port traffic could drop 10 percent to 15 percent.
  • The lowdown on offshore oil reserves

    07/22/2008 10:23:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 46 replies · 259+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/22/8 | David R. Baker
    U.S. offshore oil fields could hold enough crude to supply all of the country's needs for more than 11 years. Or they might not. No one knows for certain because, with new offshore oil drilling banned on the East and West coasts, no one has gone looking for oil there in years. Now congressional Republicans are pushing hard to make offshore drilling a key issue in the presidential campaign, hoping to channel the anger Americans feel over historically high oil and gasoline prices. More oil, they argue, will bring lower prices. The federal government estimates the nation's outer continental shelf...
  • A dash of lime -- a new twist that may cut CO2 levels back to pre-industrial levels

    07/21/2008 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Abathar · 64 replies · 166+ views
    Science Codex ^ | July 21, 2008
    Scientists say they have found a workable way of reducing CO2 levels in the atmosphere by adding lime to seawater. And they think it has the potential to dramatically reverse CO2 accumulation in the atmosphere, reports Cath O'Driscoll in SCI's Chemistry & Industry magazine published today. Shell is so impressed with the new approach that it is funding an investigation into its economic feasibility. 'We think it's a promising idea,' says Shell's Gilles Bertherin, a coordinator on the project. 'There are potentially huge environmental benefits from addressing climate change – and adding calcium hydroxide to seawater will also mitigate the...

    07/19/2008 5:27:13 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 42 replies · 1,089+ views
    University of California, Santa Barbara ^ | November 18th 1999 | UCSB Study
    Next time you step on a glob of tar on a beach in Santa Barbara County, you can thank the oil companies that it isn't a bigger glob.
  • Study: Falling Icebergs Harming Ecosystem

    07/19/2008 10:17:16 AM PDT · by Coffee200am · 48 replies · 282+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.19.2008 | UPI
    Scientists in Britain have discovered a new global warming threat to marine life in Antarctica -- breakaway icebergs that destroy any life in their path. Shallow habitats of species such as giant sea spiders, Antarctic worms, sea urchins and corals face growing risk from icebergs as they tear up the sea floor, The Times of London reported Friday. The findings indicate climate change risks go beyond rising ocean temperatures, the British Antarctic Survey team said. Although near-shore ecosystems routinely take a pounding by icebergs, the destruction rate is rising as a warmer climate shrinks the winter sea ice that otherwise...
  • Seas Striped With Newfound Currents

    07/14/2008 2:20:53 PM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies · 148+ views
    Natural History Magazine ^ | Jul 14, 2008 | Brendan Borrell
    Sailors and scientists have been mapping ocean currents for centuries, but it turns out they’ve missed something big. How big? The entire ocean is striped with 100-mile-wide bands of slow-moving water that extend right down to the seafloor, according to a recent study.
  • Fall in tiny animals a 'disaster'

    07/13/2008 9:53:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 122+ views
    Experts on invertebrates have expressed "profound shock" over a government report showing a decline in zooplankton of more than 70% since the 1960s.The tiny animals are an important food for fish, mammals and crustaceans. Figures contained in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) document, Marine Programme Plan, suggested a fall in abundance. Charity Buglife said it could be a "biodiversity disaster of enormous proportions". They said it could have implications for creatures all the way up the food chain, from sand eels to the seabirds, such as puffin, which feed on the fish. Defra described the Marine...
  • Bigger Fish Due to Climate Change: Tuna Industry

    07/12/2008 6:10:17 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 27 replies · 294+ views
    ABC News AU ^ | 07.11.2008 | ABC News AU
    The tuna industry says climate change is bringing benefits. The chief executive of the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Association, Brian Jeffriess, says Port Lincoln crews in South Australia are reporting an excellent quality and size catch. He says it can be partly attributed to the effects of climate change on the waters of the Great Australian Bight. "There's no doubt climate change will bring benefits to the Great Australian Bight ecology in the sense that there's more upwellings therefore more small pelagics as we call them - sardines, mackerel, red bait, other fish - and that will bring tuna so...
  • Professor: Moderately Fertilizing Ocean May Slow Global Warming

    07/10/2008 5:37:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies · 62+ views
    (NM) Mountain Mail ^ | 7/10/2008 | Thomas Guengerich
    New Mexico Tech chemistry professor Oliver Wingenter and his colleagues believe modest fertilization of the Southern Ocean with iron might help slow some of the effects of global warming. The concept of climate engineering – or geo-engineering – has scientists, activists and politicians debating the ethics and merits of environmental manipulation. Wingenter has conducted ship-board experiments, fertilizing two small patches of the Southern Ocean with iron to study the atmospheric effects. He said small-scale fertilization may abate the loss of Antarctic ice. The general principle involves seeding the ocean with a liquid slurry of iron sulfide. German and Indian scientists...
  • When hot is cold

    07/10/2008 10:39:30 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 32 replies · 87+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | July 10, 2008 | Editorial
    Research funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution suggests underwater volcanoes up to a mile in diameter have erupted violently in the past decade beneath the Arctic ice cap. The eruptions coincided with growing hysteria over the unprovable theory that civilization is causing runaway global warming (which among other things is supposedly melting the ice cap), and with research irrefutably confirming that the Antarctic ice cap is growing and that the planet has cooled 1 F in the last decade. Scientists used to think deep-sea volcanoes dribbled lava because of the weight of the...
  • Companies Begin Quest for Oil, Gas Off Florida

    07/05/2008 5:32:11 AM PDT · by kellynla · 47 replies · 166+ views ^ | July 5, 2008 | staff
    PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Oil companies once viewed drilling in the deep waters off Florida as cost prohibitive. Politicians feared even the slightest sign of support would be career suicide. No more. Record crude oil prices are fueling support for oil and natural gas exploration off the nation's shores. In Florida, movement was underway even before President Bush called on Congress last month to lift a federal moratorium that's barred new offshore drilling since 1981. The early activity here stems from a 2006 Congressional compromise that allows drilling on 8.3 million acres more than 125 miles off the Panhandle _ an...
  • Lonely whales are 'losing the will to live' due to over-hunting

    07/02/2008 10:49:43 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 96 replies · 122+ views ^ | 02nd July 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Lonely whales are 'losing the will to live' due to over-hunting By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 4:57 PM on 02nd July 2008 The steeply declining number of whales in the world's oceans is causing the remaining creatures to suffer loneliness and 'lose the will the live', a leading expert has claimed. The psychological impact of over-hunting on the highly intelligent and sociable animals has been identified as the latest threat to the survival of the species. The whale population has already fallen dramatically over the past few centuries because to culling by Japan, Norway and Iceland, and the...
  • Invisible waves shape continental slope (climate related)

    06/30/2008 11:51:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 20 replies · 37+ views
    University of Texas at Austin ^ | Jun 30, 2008 | Unknown
    AUSTIN, Texas—A class of powerful, invisible waves hidden beneath the surface of the ocean can shape the underwater edges of continents and contribute to ocean mixing and climate, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found. The scientists simulated ocean conditions in a laboratory aquarium and found that "internal waves" generate intense currents when traveling at the same angle as that of the continental slope. The continental slope is the region where the relatively shallow continental shelf slants down to meet the deep ocean floor. They suspect that these intense currents, called boundary flows, lift sediments as the...
  • Jellyfish outbreaks a sign of nature out of sync

    06/19/2008 11:31:54 AM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies · 110+ views ^ | June 19, 2008 | Staff Writers
    The dramatic proliferation of jellyfish in oceans around the world, driven by overfishing and climate change, is a sure sign of ecosystems out of kilter, warn experts. "Jellyfish are an excellent bellwether for the environment," explains Jacqueline Goy, of the Oceanographic Institute of Paris. "The more jellyfish, the stronger the signal that something has changed." Brainless creatures composed almost entirely of water, the primitive animals have quietly filled a vacuum created by the voracious human appetite for fish. Dislodging them will be difficult, marine biologists say. "Jellyfish have come to occupy the place of many other species," notes Ricardo Aguilar,...
  • Bush to urge lifting of ban on offshore drilling

    06/17/2008 5:11:01 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies · 83+ views
    Bush to urge lifting of ban on offshore drilling Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:55pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will make an announcement on Wednesday about energy and call on Congress to pass legislation lifting a ban on offshore oil drilling, the White House said. "With gasoline now over $4 a gallon, tomorrow he will explicitly call on Congress to also pass legislation lifting the congressional ban on safe, environmentally friendly offshore oil drilling," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said on Tuesday.
  • Ebb and flow of the sea drives world's big extinction events

    06/15/2008 12:06:45 PM PDT · by decimon · 26 replies · 110+ views
    University of Wisconsin-Madison ^ | Jun 15, 2008 | Unknown
    MADISON - If you are curious about Earth's periodic mass extinction events such as the sudden demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, you might consider crashing asteroids and sky-darkening super volcanoes as culprits. But a new study, published online today (June 15, 2008) in the journal Nature, suggests that it is the ocean, and in particular the epic ebbs and flows of sea level and sediment over the course of geologic time, that is the primary cause of the world's periodic mass extinctions during the past 500[sc1] million years. "The expansions and contractions of those environments have pretty...
  • Manatees mating in local waters (Hugh Manatee Alert)

    06/14/2008 5:56:16 PM PDT · by abb · 35 replies · 1,020+ views
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | June 14, 2008 | Wendy Victoria
    Along the Emerald Coast, it's fairly common to see dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles and other marine animals. But manatees cause more of a stir. That's why Niceville veterinarian Jenny Fortune and her husband were slow to identify what was swimming between them in hip-deep water near Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park recently. "I'm looking at it, going ‘Oh my God, what is it?' " Fortune said. "These things are giant. Your brain just doesn't compute." She said they first thought it might be a large manta ray. They quickly realized that the creature wasn't flat, but very, very...
  • Offshore Oil Drilling to Get Another Look in Congress (Not as long as the Rats are in charge)

    06/11/2008 7:53:31 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies · 113+ views
    fox news ^ | 6/11/2008 | fox news
    WASHINGTON — With oil and gas prices reaching record highs and little relief in sight, Republican members of Congress are looking at a long-sought, but so far unsuccessful plan to open American shores up to more petroleum exploration. Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa. is leading the charge Wednesday, when he'll push for an amendment to a spending bill that would open up U.S. waters between 50 and 200 miles off shore for drilling. The first 50 miles off shore would be left alone. "For 27 years, Congress has deliberately locked up vast offshore oil and natural gas reserves," Peterson said, according...
  • Court Ruling Poses Serious Threat to Boating

    06/10/2008 8:12:54 PM PDT · by atlana · 16 replies · 101+ views
    All over, but check URL for specific example... ^ | LaTourette (R-Ohio), Boxer (D-California), Nelson (D-Florida), Miller (R-Michigan)
    Support S. 2766/H.R. 5949, the Clean Boating Act of 2008 Did you know that a recent court ruling about pollution being dumped from commercial ship ballast water will also require all recreational boats to get permits by September, 2008—despite the fact that 99% of recreational boats do not have ballast tanks? Boats and ships are different, and shouldn’t be treated the same. These costly permits—intended for commercial ships and supertankers that have brought harmful invasive water species into U.S. waters—are being developed right now to tax your boat’s engine cooling water, bilge water, and even deck runoff. This will seriously...
  • Rising sea levels threaten cities (especially in Australia - "This is scary stuff.")

    06/09/2008 4:29:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies · 276+ views
    Canberra Yourguide ^ | 6/10/08 | ROSSLYN BEEBY
    Rising sea levels threaten citiesBY ROSSLYN BEEBY SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT REPORTER 10/06/2008 7:22:00 AM Sea-level rise caused by global warning is already tracking above the global average along Australia's northern and western coastline, leading scientists have warned. Scenarios outlined in more than 40 submissions to a recent federal inquiry into environmental impacts of climate change on coastal communities included that the risk of storm surges and tidal damage to four of Australia's coastal capitals Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne had increased at least fourfold. And Cairns ''is particularly at risk'' from flooding with potential for a disaster similar to that...
  • Global warming turning sea into acid bath (Warning: Hyperbolic overload!)

    06/08/2008 5:22:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies · 79+ views
    The Times ^ | 6/9/2008 | Mark Henderson
    Increasing carbon dioxide emissions could leave species such as coral and sea urchins struggling to survive by the end of the century because they are making the oceans more acidic, research led by British scientists suggests. The study of how acidification affects marine ecosystems has revealed a striking impact on animal and plant life. The findings, from a team led by Jason Hall-Spencer, of the University of Plymouth, indicate that rising carbon emissions will alter the biodiversity of the seas profoundly, even before the effects of global warming are taken into account. Greater concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere...
  • It's official: Caribbean monk seal is extinct

    06/06/2008 3:25:16 PM PDT · by Westlander · 33 replies · 161+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7-6-2008 | MSNBC
    After five years of futile efforts to find or confirm sightings of any Caribbean monk seals — even just one — the U.S. government on Friday announced that the species is officially extinct and the only seal to vanish due to human causes.
  • Unravelling The Mystery Of The Kitty Litter Parasite In Marine Mammals

    06/05/2008 1:52:38 PM PDT · by blam · 68 replies · 179+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-5-2008 | American Society for Microbiology
    Unravelling The Mystery Of The Kitty Litter Parasite In Marine Mammals ScienceDaily (Jun. 5, 2008) — Researchers at California Polytechnic State University have discovered what may be a clue to the mystery of why marine mammals around the world are succumbing to a parasite that is typically only associated with cats. The key may just be the lowly anchovy, according to research presented today at the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston. Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite which causes toxoplasmosis, considered to be the third leading cause of death attributed to foodborne illness in...
  • Turkish tuna fishermen ram Greenpeace ship (take notes)

    05/30/2008 7:18:19 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 66 replies · 2,554+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/30/2008 | AP
    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish tuna fishermen rammed their boat into a Greenpeace ship Friday and pelted it with lead fishing weights, the environmental group said. No one was injured. The fishing vessel was among several that swarmed the Arctic Sunrise, which was carrying activists campaigning against overfishing in the Mediterranean. The boat rammed the Greenpeace ship at high speed, said Yesim Aslan, a spokeswoman for the group. The barrage of lead weights damaged a helicopter that the activists had used earlier in the day to document the vessels' activities, Aslan said.
  • Get used to high food costs, water shortages

    05/28/2008 5:38:31 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies · 105+ views
    Seattle P I ^ | May 28, 2008 | ROBERT McCLURE AND TOM PAULSON
    Climate report offers a dire look at next 50 years. Get used to it -- and be ready for water shortages, too, says a sweeping new scientific report rounding up likely effects of climate change on the United States' land, water and farms over the next half-century. Some effects already can be felt, says the report released Tuesday, which synthesizes results of more than 1,000 individual studies. And it's not just humans' food that's at risk, said witnesses at a congressional field hearing in Seattle on Tuesday. An intense and sudden acidification of the Pacific resulting from climate change presages...
  • Tidal Cycle Could Amplify Global-warming Related Sea-level Rises

    05/26/2008 7:49:21 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 16 replies · 204+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 24, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (May 24, 2008) — The results of several scientific studies conducted since 1993 have confirmed a 3.2 cm sea level rise. Although this variation might appear negligible, it has in fact turned out to be twice as high as that recorded over the whole of the previous century. This increase in sea level is a consequence of global warming. When sea temperature rises, the sea expands and therefore occupies a greater volume. This phenomenon is now well known to scientists, but other processes that have received less research attention, such as the tidal cycle, seem to contribute at global...
  • Drill, Coast Haste

    05/24/2008 7:55:08 AM PDT · by Clairity · 52 replies · 207+ views
    Investor's Business Daily (IBD) ^ | May 23, 2008 | Investor's Business Daily Editorial
    Energy Security: With the prospect of an oil shortage and $12 gas, the energy crisis is turning into a national emergency. One solution: Give states the option to develop offshore tracts. Uncle Sam bans states from drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf mainly to protect the environment. Some 85% of the U.S. coastline is off-limits to energy production - including huge reserves off Florida's coast, which China is exploiting in Cuban waters. To change that, a lawmaker is offering a novel idea. Rep. Sue Myrick of the House Energy and Commerce panel wants to let coastal states decide...
  • Sun screen lotion threatens coral: study

    05/23/2008 12:33:53 PM PDT · by Slapshot68 · 29 replies · 484+ views
    PARIS (AFP) - Sun screen lotions used by beach-going tourists worldwide are a major cause of coral bleaching, according to a new study commissioned by the European Commission. In experiments, the cream-based ultra-violet (UV) filters -- used to protect skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure -- caused bleaching of coral reefs even in small quantities, the study found. Coral reefs are among the most biologically productive and diverse of ecosystems, and directly sustain half a billion people. But some 60 percent of these reef systems are threatened by a deadly combination of climate change, industrial pollution and excess...
  • Acidity levels on West Coast rising faster than scientists had estimated (We're doomed-maybe-yep)

    05/23/2008 8:50:11 AM PDT · by crazyhorse691 · 31 replies · 69+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 23, 2008 | SCOTT LEARN
    A study finds that greenhouse gases combined with a natural carbon cycle are threatening sea life Scientists have known for a while that greenhouse gases associated with global warming steadily make ocean water more acidic, a threat to coral, shellfish and smaller shell-forming creatures that serve as food for young salmon and other fish. On Thursday, a team of researchers from the Northwest and elsewhere delivered worse news: The acidity is much higher than expected in the ocean just off the West Coast, hitting the relatively shallow waters of the fruitful continental shelf during spring and summer. Result: Modern life,...
  • Scientists Discover New Ocean Current

    05/01/2008 7:44:42 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 913+ views
    Physorg ^ | 5-1-2008 | Georgia Institute of Technology
    Scientists discover new ocean current The North Pacific Gyre Oscillation explains changes in salinity, nutrients and chlorophyll seen in the Northeast Pacific. Credit: Emanuele Di Lorenzo Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a new climate pattern called the North Pacific Gyre Oscillation. This new pattern explains, for the first time, changes in the water that are important in helping commercial fishermen understand fluctuations in the fish stock. They’re also finding that as the temperature of the Earth is warming, large fluctuations in these factors could help climatologists predict how the oceans will respond in a warmer world....
  • Warmer seas, over-fishing spell disaster for oceans: scientists

    04/14/2008 11:10:23 AM PDT · by cogitator · 62 replies · 1,841+ views
    Terra Daily ^ | 04/11/2008 | Staff Writers
    The future food security of millions of people is at risk because over-fishing, climate change and pollution are inflicting massive damage on the world's oceans, marine scientists warned this week. The two-thirds of the planet covered by seas provide one fifth of the world's protein -- but 75 percent of fish stocks are now fully exploited or depleted, a Hanoi conference that ended Friday was told. Warming seas are bleaching corals, feeding algal blooms and changing ocean currents that impact the weather, and rising sea levels could in future threaten coastal areas from Bangladesh to New York, experts said. "People...
  • Rare turtle slaughtered in Gaza (Moos-lim double standard)

    04/04/2008 1:35:38 PM PDT · by AngryCapitalist · 30 replies · 126+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4-4-08 | Penny Tweedie
    Apr. 4 - Palestinian fishermen catch and kill a giant sea turtle, thought to be a Leatherback, an endangered species. The rare giant sea turtle caught on a beach near Gaza City was slaughtered and eaten by Palestinian fishermen who said its blood was an aphrodisiac, among other therapeutic qualities. A Reuters cameraman said the fishermen collected the giant turtle's blood and gave it to children suffering from trauma and adults with back problems.
  • New fish has a face even Dale Chihuly could love

    04/03/2008 7:30:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies · 67+ views ^ | 04/03/2008 | Source: University of Washington
    The leglike pectoral fin for walking is the clue that this newly found fish is an anglerfish, even though it does not have a lure on its head for attracting prey. Its flat face and forward-looking eyes are just two of a host of reasons why University of Washington professor Ted Pietsch thinks the fish found in January probably represents a new family of vertebrate animals. Credit: M. Snyder, A fish that would rather crawl into crevices than swim, and that may be able to see in the same way that humans do, could represent an entirely unknown...
  • US set to violate its standards on CO2 emissions

    09/25/2007 1:36:29 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 36 replies · 1,091+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 9/24/07 | Catherine Brahic
    The US may violate its own standards on water quality by refusing to limit emissions of carbon dioxide, suggests a new study modelling ocean acidification."About one-third of the CO2 from fossil-fuel burning is absorbed by the world’s oceans," explains Ken Caldeira at Stanford University in California, US, who led the study. The CO2 lowers the pH of the ocean’s surface, a phenomenon known as ocean acidification. This is predicted to have dramatic consequences on marine life by dissolving the shells of tiny organisms and corals. If governments do nothing to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, CO2 levels in the oceans will rise...
  • Scientists discover rare albino ratfish (Puget Sound)

    09/24/2007 1:35:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 172+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/24/07
    SEATTLE - There may never be a campaign to save the Puget Sound ratfish; no one really loves the ugly fish with rodent-like front teeth. But when a rare albino ratfish was found during a marine survey this past summer, scientists decided it was time to educate the public about the most abundant fish in local waters. The cartilaginous cousin of skates and rays is usually brown or black with white spots so it can blend in with the bottom of the sound, where it uses its rat-like teeth to crush clams, crabs and worms scooped up from the sand...
  • Global ocean temperatures drop to coldest in 6 1/2 years

    09/17/2007 11:13:01 AM PDT · by dangus · 66 replies · 137+ views
    The temperature of the ocean has cooled 0.2 degrees C in the past few of years, and is now only 0.1 degrees C warmer than it was throughout much of 1944. This data set had been showing a general warming trend since the late 1970s, (as well as a warming trend from the 1910s through the mid 1940s) with the warmest time being recorded in the El Nino year of 1998. Despite temperatures peaking in 1998, it's been reasonable to describe the temperature trend as continuing, since 1998 at the time was a flukishly hot spell. Since 1998, the "normal"...
  • Tribe vows prosecution for killing of whale

    09/10/2007 10:01:55 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 28 replies · 697+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | September 9, 2007 | MIKE LEWIS AND PAUL SHUKOVSKY
    Many fear effort to legalize new hunt may be derailed NEAH BAY -- One day after a group of frustrated Makah tribal members asserted treaty and historic rights by harpooning and killing a protected gray whale, tribal leaders condemned the hunt and vowed to prosecute the men. "Their action was a blatant violation of our law, and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Debbie Wachendorf, the Makah Tribal Council vice chairwoman. "The Makah Tribal Council denounces the actions of those who took it on themselves to hunt a whale without the authority of the...