Starting around 540 million years ago during the Cambrian explosion many animal phyla, including the freshest of them all—bivalves, came into existence. Within ~100 million years, bivalves gained gills modified to filter feed, siphons to better breath, and a muscular foot to bury themselves into the sediment. However, for the last ~400 million years . . . → Read More: Can Bivalves Kick It? Yes they can!
Obama’s Pledge on the Environment “We cannot afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake. Global warming is not a someday problem, it is now. We are already breaking records with the intensity of our storms, the number of forest fires, the periods of drought. By 2050 . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Obama and the Environment
My new hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas is hosting this year’s Benthic Ecology Meeting from March 4-7. Abstracts are due this Friday, Jan. 23. Click here for registration information. It should be a nice meeting, not too huge, with just two concurrent sessions. The three day agenda includes sessions on deep-water ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem . . . → Read More: Benthic Ecology Meeting 2009
Shrimp fisherman and environmental activist Diane Wilson gave a talk today at the Harte Research Institute. Diane’s best known for sinking her own shrimp boat in protest of toxic discharge from a Formosa Plastic industrial plant, but she’s taken on Union Carbide and others like a One Woman Army. . . . → Read More: Mercury rising
When a sailor misses a chance to go to sea, he tends to wander around his garden, paying special attention to the clouds and the weather, as if he were walking the deck in the sea air. He circles his home like it were a shipyard, looking for repairs. . . . → Read More: Sailor saves a bumblebee