When you think of the Thames, a Turner painting might come to mind or Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows or, for a slightly more modern reference, the iconic titles of the BBC’s Eastenders or the opening boat chase in The World is Not Enough. What you don’t necessarily think of are…seahorses.
However, it’s been announced that short-snouted seahorses “have set up residence in the recovering River Thames”. The once heavily polluted river is now much cleaner, thanks to several rehabilitation efforts stretching back to the 1950s. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
We’re all aware of the crisis in global fisheries. Some of us may even know the details — that a third of the world’s fishing stocks have already collapsed, and that if this trend continues we’d be looking down the barrel of total collapse within fifty years.
But sometimes it takes an event a little closer to home to bring the message home.
For Angelenos, it doesn’t get much closer than the California coastline, where last fall only “about 90,000 adult chinook returned to the Central Valley the second lowest number on record and well below the number needed to maintain a healthy fishery”. This compared with 775,000 salmon in 2002. The Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet in Seattle this week, where they’ll vote to impose a total ban or “the most severe restrictions” on salmon fishing ever seen along the Oregon and California coastlines.
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Cheney Preferred Type of Right Whale – Hanging from the museum ceiling. Photos by Cryptonaut
Should it really come as any surprise that Dick Cheney is using misinformation and sheer disregard for real science to block protection for one of the most endangered species on the planet? Not to me. After 7 ½ years, I understand that business for these guys is more important than anything else. Whether it’s negotiating an energy policy in secret or requiring “sound science” before doing anything about climate change, Bush – Cheney, actually – and his cronies are simply not interested when it comes to doing anything that might prevent big business from raking in huge profits. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
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There’s more grim news for fish and other marine life as scientists uncover oxygen deprived “dead zones” — also known as “hypoxic zones” — in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Once again, it appears that global warming is the main culprit.
A study by a team of scientists, led by Lothar Stramma of the University of Kiel in Germany, published in the journal Science, shows that oxygen depleted zones have been expanding over the past 50 years. They warn that the oxygen levels in these zones have reached critical levels and that the “continued expansion of these zones could have dramatic consequences for both sea life and coastal economies.” Continue Reading / See Additional Photos