Ocean

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Plastic has gone from a miracle material to an un-natural disaster

Back when America was great, DuPont had a catchy slogan: “Better Things For Better Living…Through Chemistry.” We were all amazed at how chemists could concoct cool new stuff like Teflon or the polyester yarns that made leisure suits so terrific. (If you missed the golden age of leisure suits, consider yourself lucky.)  And who can […]

September 12th

California’s cap-and-trade bill is a giant wet kiss to big oil

If California is so green, why is big oil about to get a giant wet kiss from the Democratic legislature – a cap-and-trade bill written from big oil talking points that gives away the store? By Dan Bacher Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch oppose Assembly Bill 398, California’s cap-and-trade bill, calling it “a […]

July 13th

Climate change is making the oceans hotter MUCH faster than we expected

The problem with news reporting on climate change science is: The scientific models are inherently conservative, but they get reported as if they were worst-case scenarios. Often, as with ocean temperatures and Antarctic warming, the more we learn the WORSE things look, making those earlier estimates into BEST-case scenarios… By Steve Hanley  Oceanographers say the world’s […]

July 7th

Rick Perry is half right — oceans absorb heat and CO2

As Tina Casey reports, Rick Perry understands the world’s oceans are getting warmer, but doesn’t really understand the reason why. However, the scientists at NASA and MIT do. They have released a new study detailing how the oceans absorb heat, carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, and other gases. Once absorbed, they can remain stored in the […]

June 22nd

California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels could be approved in September

In 2007, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revived a plan that big agriculture loved – to build a peripheral canal or tunnels around or under the Sacramento Delta. Since then, a coalition of fishermen, Tribal leaders, conservationists, environmental justice advocates and Delta residents have been fighting to stop this Delta tunnels plan pushed by corporate agribusiness interests and Southern California water agencies. Now, […]

June 15th

900 miles of Great Barrier Reef is DYING

The Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching event that’s been occurring since the start of summer in the Southern Hemisphere has now spread to cover more than 900 miles of reef. By  James Ayre  As we reported previously, this is the second year in a row that the Great Barrier Reef has experienced an extreme coral […]

April 16th

Offshore fracking moratorium off CA coast spurred by lawsuits

By Dan Bacher In one of the biggest environmental conflicts of interest in recent California history, a Big Oil lobbyist led a state panel to create so-called “marine protected areas” in Southern California ocean waters at the very same time that the oil industry was conducting offshore fracking operations in the region. That’s right – […]

January 31st

Congress unites to protect the oceans from plastic microbeads

By Meteor Blades It’s estimated that 808 trillion plastic microbeads are washed down U.S. drains every day. The vast majority are captured in the settled sludge of sewer treatment plants. But some 8 to 11 trillion of them still find their way into the aquatic environment daily. There, they collect deadly pollutants like PCBs and are eaten by fresh […]

December 24th

Muddying the waters of California’s marine protection mess

Jason Scorse, the director of the new Center for the Blue Economy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the author of What Environmentalists Need to Know about Economics, has written an interesting opinion piece in the Oakland Tribune discussing the economic value of the coast to the California economy and the need to […]

August 21st

Most people applaud California’s marine protection

By Jennifer Savage The Ocean Conservancy California made history today when the Fish and Game Commission voted to adopt a network of Marine Protected Areas for northern California. The vote marks the completion of the United States’ first statewide network of underwater parks, protecting California’s most iconic coastal waters and sea life, from rockfish and razor […]

June 14th

The inconvenient truths about California’s MLPA ocean protection

The San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday, June 10 reported on the Fish and Game Commission’s approval of a network of so-called “marine protected areas” on California’s North Coast. Peter Fimrite wrote: A vast network of undersea reserves – which conservationists have dreamed about for years – has been completed by the California Fish and Game Commission. […]

June 12th

California’s ocean protection extended to North Coast

The California Fish and Game Commission on June 6 adopted regulations for the North Coast marine protected areas (MPAs) created under the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. Commissioners Michael Sutton, Richard Rogers and Jack Baylis voted 3 to 0 to approve the regulations covering approximately 1,027 square miles of state waters from the […]

June 8th