This is Guest Post from Dr. Daniel Jones a deep-sea biologist with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and Project Coordinator for SERPENT (described below). Dan research focuses on how organisms in the deep sea are impacted by both natural and human disturbances. Drilling for oil is far from rare, even in deep . . . → Read More: Can Beasts of the Deep Survive the Impact of Drilling for Oil?
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
Via the Daily WhatThe newest update is that British Petroleum’s ‘top kill’ (animation, description from engineers) and ‘junk shot’ will join ‘top hat’ in the list of failed attempts. Early news of the ‘top kill” teetered for a few days between progress, stopping of the leak, progress, hesitation, and failure with no one really knowing . . . → Read More: Oil Spill Update: May 31st 2010
One doesn’t need to look very far to find someone pondering the future of offshore drilling. The recent catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is a stark reminder of the high-risk, high-payoff game the future could be. You know the risks…loss of fishing and tourism revenue, human life, human health, declining ecosystem function, diminishing biodiversity, . . . → Read More: Should We Even Bother With Offshore Oil? A Look at the Numbers
Rick notes that… US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today his intention to shelve plans passed on the final business day of the Bush administration to open much of the U.S. coast to oil drilling, including 130 million acres off California’s coast from Mendocino to San Diego. To those of you from the . . . → Read More: Yeah!
Can you name the genus of this deep-sea squid? . . . → Read More: One question squid quiz