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Troubled Waters for Gray Whales
by Dick Russell
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A new report compiled by the California Gray Whale Coalition paints a disturbing picture of what’s happening to the “friendly” whales that migrate annually from Arctic feeding grounds to the warm lagoon birthing areas of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. As I described in my 2001 book, Eye of the Whale, gray whales require a healthy supply […]
Testimony before House Subcommittee on Fisheries
by Dick Russell
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Testimony of Richard (Dick) Russell HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISHERIES, WILDLIFE AND OCEANS On The NATIONAL OFFSHORE AQUACULTURE ACT OF 2007 (H.R. 2010) July 12, 2007, Washington, D.C. My name is Dick Russell, and I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you this morning concerning the National Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2007. I am the author […]
Testimony for NMFS Hearing / Navy Sonar
by Dick Russell
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Testimony of Richard (Dick) Russell HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FISHERIES, WILDLIFE AND OCEANS On The NATIONAL OFFSHORE AQUACULTURE ACT OF 2007 (H.R. 2010) July 12, 2007, Washington, D.C. My name is Dick Russell, and I appreciate the opportunity to testify before you this morning concerning the National Offshore Aquaculture Act of 2007. I am the author […]
A giant of the sea finds slimmer pickings
by Kenneth R. Weiss from Times
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Gray whales are skinnier and scientists suspect Arctic warming is the reason why SAN SIMEON, CALIF. — A female gray whale labored up the coast, the bony ridge of a shoulder blade protruding from what should be the smooth, plump roundness of healthy blubber. “That female looks a little skinny,” said federal biologist Wayne Perryman, […]
The Revenge of Poseidon?
by Dick Russell
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Gray whales are skinnier and scientists suspect Arctic warming is the reason why – A talk given by Dick Russell at the “Nature and Human Nature Conference,” sponsored by the Foundation for Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California, March 18, 2007. When the ancient Greeks observed that the sea was rough, they said: […]
Going to See the Gray Whales
by Dick Russell
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March is prime time to pay a visit to the friendly gray whales of Laguna San Ignacio. People who’ve read my book, “Eye of the Whale,” and other visitors to my website often ask about my recommendations for how to go about doing this. So, here they are: If you can spare a week’s time, […]
With Friends Like This
by Captain Paul Watson from Sea Shepherd
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The whales have very few human friends on this planet. Oh yes, everyone wants to save the whales. They love to go to meetings and draft heavily worded proclamations defending the whales. They love to create whale sanctuaries. They love to sign petitions and send letters of condemnation. They love to film whales dying and […]
Stuck Between the Rock and a Hard Place
by Angus Phillips from Washington Post editorial
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These warm winter days get me thinking about spring and the hallowed rite of trophy rockfish season in the Chesapeake. Change is in the wind on that front and bureaucracies are involved, so brace yourself. Later this month, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources heads to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission armed with a complex […]
Menhaden Decline Threatens Bay Striped Bass Fishery
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The Atlantic menhaden decline along the East Coast of the United States has strong ecological significance and has raised interest and concern about how the nation’s fishery resources are being managed. Menhaden play an important role in the coastal food web and are crucial in the diet of many predators including Atlantic striped bass. Recruitment […]
Our worst fears are exceeded by reality
by Steve Connor from The Independent UK
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It has been a hot year. The average temperature in Britain for 2006 was higher than at any time since records began in 1659. Globally, it looks set to be the sixth hottest year on record. The signs during the past 12 months have been all around us. Little winter snow in the Alpine ski […]
Rome Redux: US to consider recruiting foreign troops
by Randy Foote from Daily Kos
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According to an article in the Boston Globe the US military is considering opening recruiting stations abroad as a way to expand the army strength. New recruits would be offered expedited citizenship as an incentive. This is significantly different than what we currently do in offering resident aliens the ability to gain fast-track citizenship — […]
Turtle advocates knit first stitches of tri-national network
by Talli Nauman from The Herald Mexico
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A friend I recently joined for supper reminded me of the time she took me to a seafood restaurant to show me that it still served sea turtle soup even though Mexico banned trade in sea turtles and their byproducts in 1990. That also showed me that laws aren’t enough to preserve biodiversity. Awareness is […]
Climate Change Melts Kilimanjaro’s Snows
by CHARLES J. HANLEY (AP Special Correspondent) from Associated Press
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NARO MORU, Kenya – Rivers of ice at the Equator – foretold in the 2nd century, found in the 19th – are now melting away in this new century, returning to the realm of lore and fading photographs. From mile-high Naro Moru, villagers have watched year by year as the great glaciers of Mount Kenya, […]
Sonar Hearing SF
by Mark J. Palmer from Earth Island Institute
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A good turn out of grassroots activists, important public testimony by experts and just plain sperts, plus 2,900 e-mails helped turn the tide against the US Navy before the California Coastal Commission this morning (Friday, Dec. 15th) in San Francisco. The CCC voted unanimously, much to the Navy’s stated annoyance, to refrain from approving a […]
DFG Arrests 14 Suspects in Targeted Raids on Striped Bass Poaching Operations
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Department of Fish and Game (DFG) wardens today arrested 14 suspects during targeted raids on illegal striped bass poaching operations in the Bay-Delta region. Concluding a two-month poaching investigation, wardens served four search warrants in Sacramento and Elk Grove to make the arrests, interviewed 35 other people and seized five sport-fishing vessels. “These cases represent […]
Science Teachers Stoke the Fires of Global Warming
by Dick Russell
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Since the 1990s, when we first started becoming aware of the threat of global warming, the rate at which humans have been pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels has more than doubled. And, according to a team of Australian researchers, it’s going up every year. Last year, about 7.85 billion tons […]
Preparations for Departure for Antarctica
by Captain Paul Watson from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
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To all Sea Shepherd Crew and loyal supporters. I just want to encourage all of you to be positive, strong and supportive as we struggle to move two ships, a helicopter and two different crews into position to tackle the greatest whale killing monsters on this planet. Success is taking each obstacle and dealing with […]
Straddling Solutions and Survivalism
by Ross Gelbspan
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Those of you that have heard me talk before will be relieved to know I’m not going to go through a catalogue of new impacts or weather events like the 1-in-200-year rainstorm this spring that left $100 million in damages in three mid-Atlantic states. Or the startling jump in polar bear mortality the USGS reported […]
Rep. Pombo
by Lionel Van Deerlin
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Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground and worshiped, And said…. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. –Book of Job 1:20-21 I know better than to mix my religious faith with politics. Nevertheless, while not into […]
African nomads to be first people wiped out by climate change
by Peter Beaumont from Observer
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Kenya’s herdsmen are facing extinction as global warming destroys their lands They are dubbed the ‘climate canaries’ – the people destined to become the first victims of world climate change. And as government ministers sit down in Nairobi at this weekend’s UN Climate Conference, the people most likely to be wiped out by devastating global […]