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Raven Gray: Witnessing Extinction

By Raven Gray / Deep Green Resistance Dec 21st, 2014. I walk to Kehoe beach with my son. A winter storm is raging from the northwest, blurring the boundary of sky and sea. We have the place to ourselves. The tide is out, but the wind carries the waves up to the high tide line. … Continue reading Raven Gray: Witnessing Extinction

Canadian corporation plans to mine gold and copper from Papua New Guinea seafloor

By Oliver Milman / The Guardian A “new frontier” in mining is set to be opened up by the underwater extraction of resources from the seabed off the coast of Papua New Guinea, despite vehement objections from environmentalists and local activists. Canadian firm Nautilus Minerals has been granted a 20-year licence by the PNG government … Continue reading Canadian corporation plans to mine gold and copper from Papua New Guinea seafloor

Oceans suffering from dead zones and massive patches of garbage

By Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera A drumbeat of recent scientific studies emphasises an increasingly alarming convergence of crises for Earth’s oceans. The amount of plastic floating in the Pacific Gyre – a massive swirling vortex of rubbish – has increased 100-fold in the past four decades, phytoplankton counts are dropping, over-fishing is causing dramatic … Continue reading Oceans suffering from dead zones and massive patches of garbage

US Navy study raises estimate of marine mammal casualties due to sonar and explosives

By the Associated Press The U.S. Navy may hurt more dolphins and whales by using sonar and explosives in Hawaii and California under a more thorough analysis that reflects new research and covers naval activities in a wider area than previous studies. The Navy estimates its use of explosives and sonar may unintentionally cause more … Continue reading US Navy study raises estimate of marine mammal casualties due to sonar and explosives

Pacific garbage patch 100x larger than in 1972; fish ingest up to 24,000 tons of plastic each year

By University of California, San Diego A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. In 2009 an ambitious group of graduate students led the Scripps Environmental … Continue reading Pacific garbage patch 100x larger than in 1972; fish ingest up to 24,000 tons of plastic each year

Ocean acidification responsible for deaths of billions of baby oysters in Pacific Northwest

By Craig Welch / The Seattle Times Researchers said Wednesday they have conclusive evidence that ocean acidification is at least partly responsible for killing oysters on the West Coast. It’s been eight years since baby oysters started dying by the billions at an Oregon hatchery and in Washington’s Willapa Bay. In 2009, top scientists drew … Continue reading Ocean acidification responsible for deaths of billions of baby oysters in Pacific Northwest

Oil exploration technique probable cause for 3,000+ dolphin deaths off coast of Peru

By New Zealand Herald The death of about 3000 dolphins on a stretch of Peruvian coast in recent months is being blamed on a controversial oil exploration technique. However other experts are not convinced, and believe a virus or pathogen may be responsible for one of the largest dolphin die-offs recorded. So far this year, … Continue reading Oil exploration technique probable cause for 3,000+ dolphin deaths off coast of Peru

Researchers find “significant levels of radioactive iodine” in kelp off US west coast

By Agence France-Presse Radioactive iodine was found in kelp off the US West Coast following last year’s earthquake-triggered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown, according to a new study. It was already known that radioactive iodine 131 (131-I), carried in the atmosphere, made it across the Pacific within days of the March 11, 2011 tsunami disaster, albeit … Continue reading Researchers find “significant levels of radioactive iodine” in kelp off US west coast