Multimedia: Altered Oceans Written by chrisco View the Flash presentation. Share this:RedditLike this:Like Loading... Related 5 thoughts on “Multimedia: Altered Oceans” “Rising Acidity Is Threatening Food Web of Oceans, Science Panel Says Oceans, Science Panel Says” By CORNELIA DEAN 2009-1-30 New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/31/science/earth/31ocean.html EXCERPT: The oceans have long buffered the effects of climate change by absorbing a substantial portion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. But this benefit has a catch: as the gas dissolves, it makes seawater more acidic. Now an international panel of marine scientists says this acidity is accelerating so fast it threatens the survival of coral reefs, shellfish and the marine food web generally. From yesterday’s LA Times: “California beaches face a rising tide of pollution, study finds”: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beaches29-2009jul29,0,6684628.story EXCERPT: Violations of daily maximum bacterial standards at 227 California beaches increased 4% from 2007 to 2008, the study found. NYT: “Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of Trash”: 2009-11-9 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/science/10patch.html?em (includes pictures and multimedia) NYT: “A Fish Oil Story”: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/16/opinion/16greenberg.html?em# Excerpts: So what is the seeker of omega-3 supplements to do? Bruce Franklin points out that there are 75 commercial products — including fish-oil pills made from fish discards — that don’t contribute directly to the depletion of a fishery. Flax oil also fits the bill and uses no fish at all. But I’ve come to realize that, as with many issues surrounding fish, more powerful fulcrums than consumer choice need to be put in motion to fix things. President Obama and the Congressional leadership have repeatedly stressed their commitment to wresting the wealth of the nation from the hands of a few. A demonstration of this commitment would be to ban the fishing of menhaden in federal waters. The Virginia Legislature could enact a similar moratorium in the Chesapeake Bay (the largest menhaden nursery in the world). The menhaden is a small fish that in its multitudes plays such a big role in our economy and environment that its fate shouldn’t be effectively controlled by a single company and its bottles of fish oil supplements. If our government is serious about standing up for the little guy, it should start by giving a little, but crucial, fish a fair deal. NYT: “That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy”: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/us/17water.html?_r=1&em# Excerpt: The 35-year-old federal law regulating tap water is so out of date that the water Americans drink can pose what scientists say are serious health risks — and still be legal. Only 91 contaminants are regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act, yet more than 60,000 chemicals are used within the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates. Government and independent scientists have scrutinized thousands of those chemicals in recent decades, and identified hundreds associated with a risk of cancer and other diseases at small concentrations in drinking water, according to an analysis of government records by The New York Times. Comments are closed.