Ghost Fishing Nets: Invisible Killers in the Oceans – January 7, 2014
Abandoned fishing nets and pots, trap, maim, and kill hundreds of marine animals daily
Unseen below the surface, fishing gear reaps the oceans bounty the world over. Viewed from below, nets appear as veil walls lightly dancing the currents with a serene and silent intent. Ever since nets began to be cast out at sea eons ago, more and more fishing gear has been entering our oceans daily. And much of this gear remains in the water — lost, torn away, or simply abandoned.
Photo by Tim Sheerman-Chase/Wikimedia Commons
by: Jacob Shea
New Greenhouse Gas Discovered – December 20, 2013
Perfluorotributylamine is 7,100 times worse than CO2
With a name like perfluorotributylamine, the latest greenhouse gas to be discovered is a tongue twister. But you should learn how to say it, as this synthetic chemical could mean dangerous business for the climate.
Perfluorotributylamine (or PFTBA) is an artificial compound commonly used since the 1950’s in electrical equipment and heat transfer agents. According to a recent study in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, PFTBA has a significantly higher capacity to capture solar radiation than carbon dioxide. How significant? PFTBA is about 7,100 times more effective than CO2 at heating the globe over a 100-year span.
by: Jacob Shea
California Coastal Commission Urged to Ban Fracking State Waters – December 3, 2013
Oil drillers using hazardous chemicals, pumping wastewater into coastal waters, shows new analysis
We now know that hydraulic fracturing has already been underway in state and federal waters off California’s coast for more than two decades. Recent media reports have revealed that federal regulators have permitted fracking in the Pacific Ocean at least 12 times since the late 1990s, and have granted four fracking permits off the marine-life rich Santa Barbara coast without environmental review.
|Seven Harmful Chemicals used in 12 California Offshore Wells|
|Chemical||Number of Wells Used||Known Health Effects20|
|Crystalline Silica (X-Cide)||All 12 wells… more|