Author: Jennifer Lance

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Blue Whale Song Pitch Decreases Worldwide Due to Growing Populations

Marine biologists have long been fascinated by whale songs, as scientists still don’t understand their function fully.  Blue whales, in particular, have a “lonely song” that travels across entire oceans.  Recently, scientists at the University of California, San Diego have noticed blue whale songs are changing as this endangered species population rebounds. Specifically, the pitch […]

December 16th

Atlantic Salmon Genome Mapping to Aid Conservation

As fish populations are threatened for a variety of reasons (overfishing, climate change, river diversions, etc.), scientists hope genome mapping of Atlantic salmon will “serve as a public resource for use in managing fish stocks and breeding programs”.  Canada, Chile, and Norway are partnering on this project, and the final results will “create a reference […]

December 10th

1.5 Megawatts of Wave Power Coming to Oregon

The first phase of an Oregon wave power project off the coast of Reedsport has begun with the contract award to build the first PowerBuoy.  This project is the”first commercial wave energy PowerBuoy® system in North America”, and eventually 10 buoys will be brought online.   One buoy will produce 150 kilowatts and create 30 jobs, […]

December 8th

Seafood Slavery: Americans Eat Thai Shrimp Caught by Forced Labor

It’s hard to imagine slavery still exists in the twenty-first century, but human trafficking is a modern problem called the “fastest-growing criminal industry in the world”.  For example, the fishing industry in Thailand is supported by slaves, mostly Burmese migrants.  Some of this slave-based catch ends up in US markets.

December 7th

50,000 Non-Toxic Puffer Fish Raised in Japan

Considered a delicacy by many, puffer fish are the second most deadly vertebrate in the world.  In fact, in order to prepare fugu, Japanese chefs must obtain a special license after three years of apprenticeship.  Only 30% of chefs actually pass the test and become fugu licensed.  The dangers of preparing and eating blowfish may […]

November 30th

EPA Testing Permeable Surfaces for Green Parking Lots

Nothing makes a city/suburb look like a concrete jungle more than acres and acres of asphalt parking lots.  Not only are parking lots an eyesore, they also are a source of water pollution due to urban runoff containing oil, grease, pesticides, bacteria, salts, animal waste, trash, heavy metals, etc.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

November 24th

26 Gallons of Water Discovered on the Moon

A “significant amount” of water has been discovered on the Moon by NASA scientists. The news follows last month’s lunar crash involving the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (Lcross), which many referred to as NASA’s mission to “bomb the Moon“. The whole purpose of this mission was to see if water vapor or ice […]

November 18th

Norwegian Fjords Top National Geo's Sustainable Destination List Again

National Geographic’s Traveler magazine has rated 133 travel destinations for sustainability. In the sixth annual survey, 437 panelists evaluated tourism spots around the globe taking into consideration “a mix of what local governments, residents, and businesses can control—pollution, cultural quality and authenticity, tourism management—and what they can’t, such as natural disasters and global economic meltdowns”.  […]

November 18th

40,000 Atlantic Salmon Escape Canadian Fish Farm Into the Pacific

From disease to pollution, farm raised fish have drawn a multitude of criticisms from environmentalists who predict an “eco disaster” from such practices. Most often, fish farming is criticized for its overuse of antibiotics and how the drugs eventually end up in native marine environments.  In addition, farm raised fish often escape into native populations, […]

October 27th