Places Archives: Oceans

Deep seabed mining is risky. If something goes wrong, who will pay for it?

This story first appeared in Mongabay. Editor’s note: O Canada! Welcome to the new wild west. If you liked Deepwater Horizon you will love Deep Sea Mining. This statement pretty much sums it up, “countries could have their chance to EXPLOIT the valuable metals locked in the deep sea.” Corporations love to deal with poorer, less developed countries … Continue reading Deep seabed mining is risky. If something goes wrong, who will pay for it?

Deep Sea Defenders Call to Action

FOR DECADES, LARGE CORPORATIONS HAVE POISONED RIVERS, DEVASTATED FORESTS AND DISPLACED COMMUNITIES, AND NOW THEY’RE RUSHING TO MINE MINERALS FROM THE LAST UNTOUCHED FRONTIER ON THE PLANET – THE DEEP SEA. The deep-sea may be vast and unexplored, but it is incredibly important. It encompasses 75% of the ocean’s volume and is the largest and … Continue reading Deep Sea Defenders Call to Action

Changes to global fisheries subsidies could level the playing field for traditional coastline communities

This story first appeared in Mongabay. by Gladstone Taylor Community fishers struggle to hold their own against heavily-subsidized foreign fleets. Fisheries subsidies have long given wealthy nations an edge over Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Jamaica that are rich in fishing traditions and natural resources. In places like the multigenerational fishing village of Manchioneal, Jamaica, … Continue reading Changes to global fisheries subsidies could level the playing field for traditional coastline communities

Solving for the wrong variable

This is an excerpt from the book Bright Green Lies, P. 20 ff By Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith and Max Wilbert What this adds up to should be clear enough, yet many people who should know better choose not to see it. This is business-as- usual: the expansive, colonizing, progressive human narrative, shorn only of … Continue reading Solving for the wrong variable

Experts see no way back for NZ firm blocked from trying to mine the seabed

This story first appeared in Mongabay. By  Elizabeth Claire Alberts The New Zealand Supreme Court recently blocked consent for a seabed mining operation that would annually extract 50 million tons of iron ore from the seabed off the coast of South Taranaki. Environmentalists see this decision as a clear victory, but the mining company has … Continue reading Experts see no way back for NZ firm blocked from trying to mine the seabed

What It’s Like to Watch a Harpooned Whale Die Right Before Your Eyes

Author Paul Watson has no problem with critics calling him and his marine-life-defending colleagues pirates—it’s far better than helplessly standing by and doing nothing in the face of the violence against animals they have witnessed. This excerpt is from Death of a Whale, by Captain Paul Watson (GroundSwell Books, 2021). This web adaptation was produced by … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch a Harpooned Whale Die Right Before Your Eyes

Whale Populations Still at a Fraction of Historic Levels

Derrick Jensen interviews activists each week. This week Derrick interviews Cayte Bosler. Cayte is an investigative environmental journalist and a graduate student at Columbia University. She researches solutions for protecting biodiversity and has worked with land-based communities and wildlife defenders throughout Latin America. Her interest is in chronicling community-led resistance to exploitation and ecological abuse … Continue reading Whale Populations Still at a Fraction of Historic Levels

Shale Must Fall: Global Day Of Action Against Fracking

Shale Must Fall: Global day of climate actions uniting sites of extraction in the Global South and beyond with their counterparts of consumption in the Global North. Friday Dec. 11th, on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, a diverse group of environmental movements from 20 different countries are mobilizing together to … Continue reading Shale Must Fall: Global Day Of Action Against Fracking

The Highest Levels of Mercury Ever Found in Living Beings

This article written by Cypress Hansen describes the harm caused to large mammals due to pollutants and toxic chemicals entering our seas and oceans. Cypress suggests these beings offer a significant indicator of the health of earth’s waters. By Cypress Hansen/Mongabay Dozens of whales and dolphins that beached themselves on the U.S. Atlantic Coast contained … Continue reading The Highest Levels of Mercury Ever Found in Living Beings