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Spring 2009

The Oceans Issue
volume 24 no. 1
Spring 2009 cover

From the Editor

I have a confession to make: I don’t really like the ocean.

It probably has something to do with growing up in Arizona, far away from any water. I enjoy the coastline well enough – strolling down the beach, hiking up sea cliffs, or exploring tidal lagoons and surf-surrounded dunes. I love looking at the ocean; it’s just that I don’t want to be too close to it.

Getting in it is the worst. Swimming about, I can’t shake the feeling that somewhere out in the vastness there lurks a malevolent creature …more


Beautiful, but Deadly
Jellyfish Blooms Appear to be on the Rise. Is Global Warming Causing an Ocean Swarming?
Fishing for Trust
Does It Take a Certain Kind of Personality to Craft Public Policy?
Stormy Seas
Ocean Power Promoters Struggle to Overcome a Stiff Current of Challenges
Earth Island News: International Marine Mammal Project
Award-Winning Film Uncovers Dolphin Slaughter
Reports: Net Benefits
A Cap and Trade on Their Catch Turns Fishermen into Conservationists
Reports: Living Fossils
Climate Change Threatens to Dissolve the Ocean’s Deep-Water Corals
1,000 Words: Lost and Found
Australian Artist John Dahlsen
Conversation: Captain Charles Moore
…Talks Trash
Reports: Watch What You Eat
The US Government Continues to Lag When it Comes to Warning People about the Risks of Mercury-Laden Fish.
In Review: Burning the Future: Coal in America
Directed by David Novack, 89 minutes
In Review: The Great Delusion
by Steven Stoll
224 pages, Hill and Wang, 2008
In Review: Coming Clean
by Michael Brune
256 pages, Sierra Club Books, 2008
In Review: Where Our Food Comes From
Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine
By Gary Paul Nabhan; 266 pages, Shearwater Books, 2008
Voices: Punk Runner Punked
Web Exclusive: Paltry Predictions
Why Have Some of the World’s Best and Brightest Minds Underestimated How Quickly We’re Scorching the Atmosphere?
Web Exclusive: Burning to Get Bigger
US Oil Refineries Are Expanding so They Can Process Petroleum from Canadian Tar Sands



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