Category: oceans

Ocean Plastic Pollution: Trump administration has its head stuck in a (plastic) bottle

You may have missed the news (as I did) that back in June, when the G-7 group of nations met in Canada, the United States, led by the Trump administration, opted not to sign a joint declaration to address the critical problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Known as the “Ocean Plastics Charter”, it was signed at the G-7 summit by Canada, … Read More Ocean Plastic Pollution: Trump administration has its head stuck in a (plastic) bottle

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Todd Larsen: “The Climate Change Debate is Over”

[Originally posted 9/21/2016 on Otherwords.org under a “Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives Work” license.] The Climate Change Debate is Over Increasing major storms and rising sea levels have long been predicted by climate models, and now they’re coming true. By Todd Larsen Earlier this month, Hurricane Hermine caused storm surges that flooded the Florida coast, killed one person, and knocked out power for hundreds of … Read More Todd Larsen: “The Climate Change Debate is Over”

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Oceans Under Threat of Acidification and Trump Policy

If you are hoping that  global warming from the burning of fossil fuels will make future dips in the ocean a little more comfortable, you are narrow-minded, to say the least.  For if significant cuts in carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere do not occur fairly quickly, in as little as 15 years the oceans of the world face an uncertain future. Actually, there is … Read More Oceans Under Threat of Acidification and Trump Policy

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Ecology Lesson: A Great Lake is not the Pacific Ocean

Great reporting by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Dan Egan on the historical background of an issue I mentioned in an essay for the April 2014 issue of Milwaukee Magazine: the demise of invasive alewives and stocked Pacific salmon in Lakes Huron and possibly Michigan leading to the return of native lake trout, and, as Egan reports, other native species of fish. It’s a story of what happens when … Read More Ecology Lesson: A Great Lake is not the Pacific Ocean

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Oil Sands “Bitumen” Shipped On St. Lawrence River to Europe

  While no Canadian “tar sands” crude oil is currently being shipped across the Great Lakes, the infrastructure for doing so is being put in place. Now we learn that the first oil tanker full of the toxic, sinkable crude has been loaded onto a huge oil tanker last month at Sorel-Tracy, a Canadian port on the St. Lawrence River just downriver from Montreal. The oil sands bitumen traveled from Alberta by train, … Read More Oil Sands “Bitumen” Shipped On St. Lawrence River to Europe