Oceans

New Study Finds Accelerated Ocean Acidification at 10 Times the Expected Rate

We reported earlier this year about the rising acidity of the world’s oceans as a consequence of increasing levels of C02 in the atmosphere – as well as how it may likely impact oceans for the coming century. Publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a University of Chicago study has determined that ocean acidity levels are rising 10 times faster …

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From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine: EarthTalk – Ocean Deserts and Eco-Homes

This is our first installment of “EarthTalk”, a weekly environmental column from the editors of E/ The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are these “ocean deserts” I’ve been hearing about? Also, didn’t I read that there was a huge mass of plastic bottles floating around somewhere on the ocean surface? — Wally Mattson, Eugene, OR So-called “ocean deserts” or “dead zones” are oxygen-starved (or …

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World Ocean Council formed to foster sustainable seas

Like the atmosphere, efforts to develop and foster sustainable use policies for the world’s ocean require a globally inclusive approach that spans the public and private sectors. Encouragingly, the World Ocean Council at its inaugural meeting brought together participants from around the world and across industry sectors to do just that.

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Congress Allows Offshore Drilling Moratorium to Expire After 26 Years

Amid the turmoil and paralysis in Washington as Congress attempts to deal with the ongoing economic crisis on Wall St. (for which, on a personal note, I simply fail to understand how it ever got to this point in the first place), another failure of leadership slipped quietly by yesterday as the 26–year-old moratorium on offshore drilling expired. The reactions to the expired moratorium …

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Ahead of the Curve: States Lead on Climate Change – A Project From the SeaStudios Foundation

The SeaStudios Foundation, based in Monterey California, is a group committed to the idea of, as I’ve called it here at GlobalWarmingisReal, the three-legged stool of positive social change. That is 1) grassroots action and awareness, 2) business and capital, and 3) government leadership. SeaStudios’ goal is to help engage an “active, globally-minded public with the mindset to support sustained involvement and leadership”. SeaStudios …

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