2017 Sea Ice at Record Lows

2017 Sea Ice at Record Lows

In a continuation of recent trends, the sea ice in both the Arctic and the Antarctic is reported by EcoWatch to be at records lows. New satellite data released from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center indicates that 2017 is “exceptional” with less sea ice now...
Minke Whales Hunted: Mostly Pregnant Females!

Minke Whales Hunted: Mostly Pregnant Females!

A new documentary just aired on Norwegian Public Broadcasting reveals some alarming details regarding Norway’s hunting of Minke whales. The release of Slaget om kvalen (translated as “Battle of Agony”) has sparked outrage within the conservation community....
An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean

An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean

Eight million tons of trash are dumped into the ocean every year, worldwide and a lot of that comes from us. It’s a bit depressing, but knowing if we have an addiction to throw-away trash, especially plastics is the first step in coming up with solutions. And...
Trump Attacks EPA and Marine Protected Areas

Trump Attacks EPA and Marine Protected Areas

Russian connections, wiretapping, alternative facts, FBI investigations, and that is in just the first two months of the Trump administration. All of this has been unprecedented and some might say quite amusing. However, for those of us with ocean issues top-of-mind,...
Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved??

Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved??

Last year we saw the devastating effects of ocean warming on the Great Barrier Reef. We all held our breath and hoped that if these coral reefs were shielded from illegal fishing and ocean pollution that they might have a chance to recover from these massive coral...
Ocean Warming Faster: New Research Shows

Ocean Warming Faster: New Research Shows

That ocean warming is occurring has been well established, however new research indicates that it is warming 13% faster than we originally thought and that the rate of warming is accelerating. About 93% of the heat that is trapped in the atmosphere by greenhouse gases...
Vaquita Violence, Fishermen Sabotage Efforts

Vaquita Violence, Fishermen Sabotage Efforts

Recently we reported on the perilous state of the Vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise and most endangered marine mammal. Concentrated in the upper Sea of Cortez between Baja California and mainland Mexico, experts believe that there are no more than thirty...
Decline in Ocean Oxygen Linked to Climate Change

Decline in Ocean Oxygen Linked to Climate Change

Researchers have detected a decline in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the world’s oceans. The research was published in the journal Nature by oceanographer Sunke Schmidtko at the Geomar Center for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany. Schmidtko and his colleagues found...
Culling Sharks is Not the Answer

Culling Sharks is Not the Answer

Eight fatal shark attacks on humans have occurred since 2011, in the waters surrounding La Reunion, in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. A predictable response has been the call for culling sharks in the waters around the island. (photo – shutterstock)...