Some interesting facts about the ocean.
First up, “World Sea Levels to Rise 1.5m by 2100: Scientists” by Karin Strohecker at Reuters.
Next comes this bit of intriguing news, “North Atlantic Warming Tied to Natural Variability” at Science Daily.
In hand with those articles, we have “Can You Hear Me Now? How Fish Are Losing Their Way in a Warming Ocean” by Jeremy Elton Jacquot at Treehugger.
Now for some good news, “The World’s Largetst Marine Protected Area“, also at Science Daily.
To follow that trend we have, “For Better or Worse, Modern Ocean Explorers Stay Connected from the National Science Foundation.
While we’re on a roll, lets finish off with some good news, “Sea Change: U.S. Shrimpers Go Green to Compete” by Alyssa Abkowitz at the Wall Street Journal. This article is not available free at the Wall Street Journal but can be found at the Sea Turtle Restoration Project website. Here’s the link to the article.
I thought I would post these articles that have come up on coral reefs lately, a place that sharks are known to hang out at.
First up, this interesting article on “Coral Reefs May Be Protected by Natural Ocean Thermostat” at the Environmental News Network.
These next two articles are some of the more concerning issues regarding the corals but the article after them will give you more hope.
“Sunscreen Promote Coral Bleaching by Stimulating Viruses” by Jeremy Elton Jacquot at Treehugger and “Belize’s Coral Reef is Gorgeous but Threatened” at USA Today by Laura Bly are the more concerning articles.
This one however will give us all hope. It’s entitled “Want to Save a Coral Reef? Bring Along Your Crochet Hook” by Patricia Cohen at the New York Times.
Here’s a quick post on a great video about what research scientist are doing to help reverse the trend of die offs of great whites.
In honor of shark week, I thought I would share these articles, some good and some not so good. Unfortunately, mostly not so good.
Recently came this article, “Mediterranean Shark Numbers Drop Dramatically” from the Environmental News Network.
Next, also on the not so good side comes “Majority of Oceanic Shark Species Face Extinction” from Live Science.
Now on a bit more of an different downturn comes “Warming Waters May Make Antartica Hospitable to Sharks“, this time at Science Daily.
Lets end this on some good news. “U.S. Government Issues Shark Finning Ban in Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico” at Environmental News Network.
No wonder people don’t think so highly of sharks. Lets find something good to say about our friends the sharks.
With rain in our forcast for the last couple of days and more on the way, I thought I would bring a few articles on our drinking water. As I take a drink (of water), I will begin:
First, this one just came up over at Green Right Now entitled “The World’s Water Needs: A Global Perspective” by Shermakaye Bass. I found it a good primer to start this topic out with.
Next we have an article on drinking water by the AP (via the San Francisco Chronicle) entitled ” AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water”. This is very scary!
As of that’s not scary enough, try “Sewer to Spigot” Recycled Water” by Anjali Athvaley at the Wall Street Journal.
And here’s one more to make you worry despite the title of “Officials Say Spill Doesn’t Threaten Drinking Water” by Christopher Boyce at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
And as the first article imply’s, it’s a issue world wide. Check out “Vanishing Central African Glaciers Threaten Water Supplies of Millions” at the Environmental News Network.
I was going to list some great solar products that I have read about lately but instead I thought I would start with this great article over at the Environmental News Network. It’s entitled “Clean Tech Intro: The Solar Family“. It’s a great primer for those interested in solar power. Now, on with the products.
Okay, not yet. Here’s one more good article on the Solar Industry, again from the Environmental News Network. This one is called “Getting Down and Dirty with a Solar Industry Insider“. Another great article on some of the latest information on solar power.
Okay, lets try again. This first article is called “Portable Solar Fan-What’s Up with That”? Yes, it’s also from the Environmental News Network.
Next up, this solar generator article “Powercube: Rock-Solid Generator To-Go” at Inhabitat. Looking good!
Last, here are two articles on some of the latest solar flashlights. We have “SunNight Solar Gives Away 500 Solar Flashlights” over at Good Clean Tech and Tri-Solar LED Flashlight: Three Times the Fun under the Sun, again over at Good Clean Tech. Check them both out. I know my two year old son would love one of those (and with no batteries required, so would I).
On the ocean front, things are a bit depressing but let’s get on with it:
First up, this article entitled “Reduced Sulfer Might be the Key to Function” by Tim McGee at Treehugger. It’s always good to look for answers.
Next, “Ocean ‘Deserts’ Are Expanding, Say Scientists” at Earth & Sky.
Then there is “Strange Things are Happening to the Planet” by Jesse Fox at Treehugger. Some nice pictures but unfortunate consequences of our actions.
To wrap up this round of ocean news, we have one very bright note on a topic near and dear to my heart, sea turtles. This article, entitled “Leatherback Turtle in Texas-First Since 1930’s” by Andrew C. Revkin at the New York Times is indeed a very encouraging sign for those who love turtles.