How many of you see a panda and automatically think of conservation and the World Wildlife Fund? The well-known panda logo was designed by the famous conservationist Sir Peter Scott. one of the founding members of WWF. The idea originated from a panda named Chi Chi transferred into the London Zoo in the same year . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: The Giant Squid Can Be A Panda For The Ocean
At Design Observer there is nice essay urging us to reconsider how we approach urban planning. As planners and designers, we need to take up the mantle of blue urbanism. Just as green urbanism challenges us to rethink sustainability at the city scale, blue urbanism asks us to re-imagine ourselves as citizens of a blue . . . → Read More: Blue Urbanism
UPDATE: No sooner did I post this did I find out it’s a hoax. Of course, this reaffirms a long held tenet of mine: when things seem to good to be true…they are. A report that the Japanese government will scrap all research whaling has been dismissed as a hoax. The report, tracked back to . . . → Read More: The end of whaling in Japan?
Eric Heupel is a graduate student at University of Connecticut in Oceanography. He keeps a personal blog at Eclectic Echoes and Larval Images, and used to part of The Other 95% team along with me before we closed shop. You can find Eric tweeting as @eclecticechoes. ——————————– Recently the deaths of bottlenose dolphins . . . → Read More: DSN Scientist in Residence Eric Heupel Revisits Gulf of Mexico Dolphin Mortality Event
There’s a lot of press happening right now about an “unusual mortality event” underway in the northern Gulf of Mexico involving dead dolphins, particularly young ones (see for examples here, here and here). Much of the drama that drives these stories to the front page arises out of potential links to the Deepwater Horizon oil . . . → Read More: Cold hard data vs warm baby dolphins
Although counterintuitive to some fossil fuels are a killer. “There is no question,” says Joseph Romm, an energy expert at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC. “Nothing is worse than fossil fuels for killing people.” A 2002 review by the IAE put together existing studies to compare fatalities per unit of . . . → Read More: Fossil fuels are far deadlier than nuclear power
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
This is a Congresswoman that gets it. Make sure you check out further analysis of a NOAA budget cut at Casandra’s Tears.
But I wonder: If Westerners had ignored Japan’s whaling, would its whaling have died sooner, of its own internal economic problems? via Did Outsider Pressure Speed The End Of Japan’s Antarctic Whaling—Or Prolong It? | Carl Safina.