Category Archives: Oceans

Mass Die-Off Indicates Ocean Sickness

The latest wave of ocean die-offs in the North Atlantic adds to a long list of mass mortality events indicating that marine creatures are in peril. Man-made heat infused into the oceans from climate-altering fossil fuels has doubled since 1997. That’s … Continue reading

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2016 Vicious Year For Manatees

Florida’s state mammal, the gentle giant Manatees faced a horrific year in 2016. Manatees, like their colossal land relatives, elephants, live to a ripe old age of 60 years. They grow over 12 feet in length, weighing almost one ton. … Continue reading

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Japan, No Mercy For Vaquitas

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Since 1970, the population of the Animal Kingdom has plummeted by almost 60 percent. Shocking reports multiply as the human-driven Sixth Great Extinction escalates. Nature is now losing species 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than natural rates. Dozens of species are … Continue reading

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Oceans in Crisis – SOS

This week in Honolulu, at the International Union of the Conservation of Nature, my colleagues presented the most comprehensive and systemic ocean study ever undertaken on the consequences of oceans warming from burning subsidized fossil fuels. Their conclusion is horrific: … Continue reading

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The Age of Climate Instability

This week scientists gathered at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa to officially recognize the Earth has entered the Anthropocene Epoch. The new epoch began in the 1950s with nuclear bomb testing, industrial agriculture, human-caused climate disruption … Continue reading

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Nature Collapsing On Land and Under the Sea

Earlier this week, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, called global warming ”bullsh*t” and a “hoax” that was “created for and by the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing noncompetitive.” Nature — our life support system — is … Continue reading

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Sniffing, Glowing Sharks

How do sharks find their way home? They follow their noses. Great white sharks routinely travel between California and Hawaii. Salmon sharks regularly swim between Alaska and subtropical Pacific reefs. My colleagues from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and elsewhere discovered … Continue reading

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Cosmetics and Shark Squalene

On Monday at the CBS Studios in Los Angeles, I joined Will Haynes to shoot “Shark After Dark” digital segments for Discovery’s Shark Week, which airs at the end of the month. We worked around host Eli Roth and his … Continue reading

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Stop Killing Sharks Western Australia

Why is Premier Collin Barnett’s Western Australian government killing great white and tiger sharks again? It is a haunting question that has badgered me for a couple years. There have been two shark incidents over the past fortnight in Western … Continue reading

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End Animal Captivity

My thoughts are still lingering with Harambe, the silverback gorilla shot on Saturday at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens because a mother lost track of her four-year-old son who climbed over a fence and fell into a gorilla enclosure. … Continue reading

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