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The Guardian: Human pollution is turning the seas into acid so quickly that the coming decades will recreate conditions not seen on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs, scientists will warn today. Say what?! Look, ocean acidification is a VERY real threat to our planet. That said, the seas are not turning to acid!…

Stopping By The Reef Tank

Readers at The Reef Tank were interested to learn more about marine science, so I was happy for the opportunity to chat with Ava earlier this week.  As I explained during our conversation, aquariums need not be detrimental to biodiversity when managed responsibly.  I suspect most people enjoy the hobby because they are also fascinated…

Echinoderms From Outer Space!

I’ll admit PZ’s post yesterday featuring a cosmic cephalopod sleeping overhead in the Carina Nebula was both daunting and impressive…  but never fear friends, a heroic starry sea cucumber keeps vigilant in the Crab Pulsar and continues to protect us from its merciless tentacles.

According to CNN, former Governor Gary Locke (D-WA) is likely to be nominated by President Obama as our next Secretary of Commerce. Given NOAA accounts for up to 65% of the Commerce Department budget, you bet I’m eager to learn more. Among many duties, the incoming Secretary of Commerce faces enormous ocean related challenges so…

All the tropics folks have a habit of going on and on about species diversity, but it turns out the poles aren’t as desolate as many expected. The Census of Marine Life has just released a report documenting about 7,500 species in the Antarctic and 5,500 in the Arctic including several hundred critters possibly new…

Killing Nemo

An article in this week’s PNAS reports ocean acidification and climate change threaten reef clownfish. Changing CO2 levels disrupt larvae’s sense of smell, which is crucial to survival. According to Dr Philip Munday, “What our study is showing is that animal behaviour is affected by the acidification of the oceans. It’s opening our eyes to…

It was a long, hard, and tumultuous battle, but the clash of the titans that began here at The Intersection–that will go down in science blogging history as the Great Marine Invertebrate Wars–has ended.  And yes readers, our own fighting echinoderm has emerged victorious!  The final showdown happened this weekend when Jason of Cephalopodcast brought…

S. 22, The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2008 passed the Senate this afternoon 73-21. The package includes ocean exploration, NOAA undersea research, ocean and coastal mapping integration, the integrated coastal and ocean observation system*, federal ocean acidification research and monitoring, and coastal and estuarine land conservation, and lots more. Once the House acts,…

Yesterday, President George W. Bush set aside 195,000 square miles of Pacific ocean habitat under executive authority granted by the Antiquities Act. He created three new national monuments which ban seafloor mining, most commercial fishing, and limit recreational and indigenous harvest. The new areas include the waters surrounding Howland, Baker, Jarvis and Wake islands; Rose,…

Jane Lubchenco to Head NOAA

That’s the word from the Washington Post. Like, wow. Lubchenco is yet another distinguished scientist and ScienceDebate2008 supporter. We are racking them up in this administration. Here’s Lubchenco’s video: Chu, Holdren, Lubchenco….we’ve got a hell of a science administration shaping up here. P.S.: Joe Romm has huge praise for the John Holdren pick, and says…