The day before President Obama rejected the terrible idea of pumping oil tar sands through the Keystone Pipeline he signed into law a bill to protect our ocean from illegal, unregulated and unreported (pirate) fishing. Blue Frontier is particularly thrilled not only because it’s the right thing for our ocean (as is getting off of […]
The Blue Beat
WASHINGTON – Environmental activists hope to make opposition to offshore oil drilling a central theme of the 2016 campaign, spotlighting an issue that resonates throughout the nation’s most important swing state of Florida.
Sea Party 2016, an anti-drilling coalition formed earlier this year, has enlisted a broad range of advocates, including liberal environmental organizations and tea-party backed conservatives from coastal states. Coalition members say drilling off the U.S. coastline isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for business, too.
Two Steps is a perfect snorkeling spot on the Big Island of Hawaii. Black lava rocks step down twice into the clear waters of a small bay where, on a good day, you’re guaranteed to see brightly colored fish and green sea turtles shoaling through myriad forms of coral in shades of brown, green, yellow, pink and purple.
But if you happened to visit last month, you would have found about 30% of the corals bleached wedding-cake white.
It’s a sure sign that the ocean is heating up. Overly warm water causes living coral polyps to expel the photosynthetic algae, called zooxanthellae, that give them their varied colors and about 70% of their nutrients. If the bleaching lasts too long, the corals starve to death.
Writers for the Sea is a professional organization for authors writing about the sea and committed to increased understanding and conservation of the greater part of our blue planet.
Now that NASA has identified our “earth like” planet, what you call Kepler 452b and we call what sounds to you like an alligator puking, I guess we no longer need to pretend that we’re just oil company CEOs working to make you energy independent of your puny sun and flaccid winds. We’ve been doing […]