Is climate change for real? NASA website says yes!

I’ve only just scratched the surface of this new website on global warming from NASA, but wow is it impressive. I was just trying to figure out how I can convince my staunchly Republican/conservative father that it’s time he admit it — global warming is real. Naturally he thinks it’s a tree-hugging liberal notion, and there’s no need to take it seriously — oh, and hybrids are a marketing scam. We got into this conversation last week when I was forced to go car shopping after a dump truck driver totaled my car. And for our US readers, he was wearing a “git ‘er done” t-shirt. Well, he got ‘er done, but that’s another story. Continue reading

Bluefin now extinct: “Well worth it,” say sushi fans

I loved this satrical article in: the Ethicurean: Chew the Right Thing. Yes, yes it’s satire, and funny – but not – because it’s close to the truth. Here’s a humorous excerpt:

Nibbling from trays of sushi containing realistic-looking tuna substitutes such as raw beef and watermelon, guests acknowledged a debt of gratitude to the delicious fish. Many insisted they hadn’t taken the privilege for granted. “The extinction of the bluefin must serve as a wake-up call for all of us,” stated film producer Devon Gillespie. “With so many delicious creatures in the sea, I believe we owe it to our children to enjoy as many of them as possible before they’re gone forever. I’ve already installed a second freezer at my house, just for abalone and Chilean sea bass!”

Bluefin tuna fish stocks have declined so much in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean seas that for the second year in a row, the European Union is closing the Bluefin tuna fishing season early. The season normally lasts until September, but as of June 16 Greece, France, Cyprus, Spain, Malta and Italy will be banned from bluefin tuna fishing. Continue reading

Caribbean Monk Seals Declared Extinct

This is the first seal whose extinction is attributed specifically to human causes. I’m afraid the cousins of the Caribbean monk seals, the Hawaiian monk seals and the Mediterranean monk seals, are next.

The word “extinct” is so upsetting. It’s final. When it becomes reality, like for the Caribbean Monk Seal, the word is like a kick in the gut. For me, this is particularly true for many marine creatures because their decreasing numbers are less visible than those of animals on land. And the ocean is where life began. It’s terrible to think that many marine animals have survived and evolved for millions of years — but because of human activity, they’re vanishing from places were they once flourished. This is not a legacy I want to leave for future generations. Seems our Plankton Forum members feel the same, as does David who said in the Plankton Forums this morning: Continue reading

“Eating shark fin = self-poisoning”

Health Alert Over Shark Fin Consumption
May 9, 2008

Release from: Nickkita Lau
The Standard (Hong Kong)

The use of shark fin as a delicacy was once a hot ecological issue with local environmentalists forcing Disneyland to drop the popular soup from its menus.

Now, shark fin may also present a health hazard, based on a survey that showed eight of 10 samples sold in Hong Kong contain mercury levels above the legal standard. Continue reading