The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report put out by the Centers for Disease Control makes for fascinating reading sometimes. One came out recently that contains three startling case reports linked to clam beds on the US east coast, but they do not involve, as you might expect, infectious diseases. In the first case a member . . . → Read More: You want mustard with that clam?
News of an rogue iron-dumping experiment off British Columbia, Canada, broke in the Guardian on Monday, and was followed up by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and io9. Dr. M explained why this was appalling news, and ever since we’ve been having a vigorous discussion in the secret Deep Sea News lair on . . . → Read More: Satellite imagery of the rogue Canadian iron dumping experiment
The Planktos Incident continues. Just when I thought it had died. Russ George, former head of the defunct Planktos, has decided to, despite the scientific community asking for a more cautious and sensible approach and international moratoriums, dump 100 tons of iron into the ocean. In discussing the DSN core value of Awareness Through Scrutiny, . . . → Read More: Here We Go Again With Dumping Iron Into the Ocean
With Mardi Gras recently passing, I was privileged to partake of a King Cake graciously offered by a coworker. Originally European in tradition, the riche brioche-style cake is now also popular along the Gulf coast. King Cakes are recognizable from nearly 3 miles away by the patches of green, purple, and gold sugar that top . . . → Read More: What’s In Your Stomach?
The view from my DUMBO loft Dec 2000 There’s nothing quite like the excitement of moving to a new city and getting your first apartment, and for me as for so many others, that feeling is amplified when the city in question is New York. So it was when I moved from Brisbane to Brooklyn . . . → Read More: FEATURED POST: A (fetid) river runs through it, the Brooklyn edition
Go back to work there is nothing to see here Japanese authorities said Tuesday they had discovered for the first time fish swimming off the country’s Pacific coast carrying high levels of radioactive materials. The finding, the latest blow from the nuclear crisis, is stoking concerns about environmental damage to local marine life, the safety . . . → Read More: Japan Finds Radiation in Fish
And in other disturbing news today Japanese engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been forced to release radioactive waste water into the sea…Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) was forced on Monday to release low-level radioactive seawater that had been used to cool overheated fuel rods after it ran out of storage . . . → Read More: Japan Releases Radioactive Water Into Sea
Add this to your growing list of Earth going to hell Enjoy your shucking while it lasts. Wild oysters are now “functionally extinct” in many places around the world where they were once plentiful. More than 85 per cent of their reefs have been lost due to overfishing, according to a new study via Wild . . . → Read More: Wild Oysters Functionally Extinct?
Not so smug now are you! Not so big and charismatic now! Your just a free living fat sack of pollutants! Suck on that! A Texas Tech University whale researcher said she and others found evidence of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PAHs and persistent organic pollutants, including the pesticide DDT, in Pacific Ocean-dwelling sperm . . . → Read More: F U Pacific Sperm Whales
Well shit… The green-lighting of the world’s first deep-sea mineral mine in Papua New Guinea waters has caused alarm among scientists and indigenous people who fear it will damage local marine life. Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Michael Somare, today licensed the new mine for ore that contains copper, zinc and gold, to be run . . . → Read More: PNG Gives OK to Deep-Sea Mining