Author: Jennifer Lance

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Global Ocean Temperatures for July 2009 Break Records

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), July 2009 was the hottest month on record for the average global ocean surface temperature. The previous record was broken in 1998.  When combined with global land surface temperatures, July 2009 was the fifth warmest month since data collection began in 1880.

August 18th

Superfund Hudson River Dredging Resumes After Dangerous PCB Levels Detected Downstream

200 miles of the Hudson River were classified as a Superfund site in 1984. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) established the Superfund program to clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites.  The Hudson River was contaminated by two General Electric (GE) capacitor production plants.  From 1947-1977, “between 209,000 and 1.3 […]

August 13th

Water Supplies Tainted by Artificial Sweeteners

Municipal water supplies contain “significant amounts” of artificial sweeteners, according to a new study from the Water Technology Centre in Karlsruhe, Germany.  Featured in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, the study found water treatment does not remove the artificial sweeteners.  Natural News writes: Researchers from the Water Technology Centre in Karlsruhe, Germany […]

August 5th

Pollution Closes Record Number of US Beaches in 2008

The best way to escape the summer heat is to head to the beach; however, you may be putting your health at risk by swimming in polluted waters.  A record number of public beach closures prompted by water pollution occurred last year.  According to a Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) report of US beaches, “pollution […]

August 3rd

California Judge Orders Suction Dredge Mining Moratorium

In advance of Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision on California’s SB 670, which would place a moratorium on new permits for suction dredge mining to protect salmon, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch issued an injunction establishing such a moratorium.   The injunction ordered the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to stop spending general funds to […]

July 31st

Annoying Sharks Used to Make Biodiesel in Greenland

Parts of Greenland have a shark problem. When I think of sharks, I inevitably jump to images of Jaws, but the trouble with the Greenland shark is not the makings of Hollywood. Slim Allagui writes from Sisimuit, Greenland: The Greenland shark, one of the largest species of sharks, is a nuisance to fishermen and its […]

July 30th

Save the Krill, Save the Whales

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) fishery services has issued a ban on krill fishing along the coast of Oregon, Washington, and California. Many marine species depend upon krill as a food source. William Douros, NOAA’s West Coast regional director of marine sanctuaries, explains, “Krill is a critical prey for a huge number of […]

July 23rd

Like Chimps, Whales and Dolphins Found to Possess Qualities of Personhood

Researchers have discovered that Cetacea, long thought to be “the most distinctive and highly specialized orders of mammals” actually exhibit characteristics of “personhood.”  Like chimpanzees, whales and dolphins exhibit “considerable social complexity and individual distinction.”  Scientists believe future research will prove Cetacean personhood will approach that of primates.  Such research gives even more significance to […]

July 19th

Pacific Salmon Treaty Threatened by Poor King Salmon Runs

In 1985, Canada and the United States signed the Pacific Salmon Treaty.  This treaty was established “for the conservation, rational management, and optimum production of Pacific Salmon”.  It provided for both countries to set limits, share information, and improve habitat.  One key disagreement the treaty sought to resolve was the “overharvest by one country of […]

July 12th