The World Wildlife Fund's findings spell trouble for all nations, especially those in the developing world whose people are heavily dependent on the ocean’s resources.
The ocean may be mitigating some of the effects of global warming, but scientists say marine life is mortally threatened as the ocean becomes increasingly acidic, less oxygenated and warmer. And it's happening at a much faster pace than previously known.
Reports that scientists are “surprised" that their climate-related predictions are being surpassed suggest that chaos theory -- which says the particulars of the breakdown of the earth's ecosystems are unpredictable -- is going unread, disbelieved or ignored. Reports that scientists are “surprised" that their climate-related predictions are being surpassed suggest that chaos theory is going unread, disbelieved or ignored.
The Senate has moved to close a loophole that allows fishing concerns in America's corner of the Pacific Ocean to engage in finning -- that's when you catch a shark, cut off its fin and dump the mutilated, still living-but-not-for-long animal back in the water so it can suffer to death.
Americans get half of their shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, but that was before it was contaminated by 190 million gallons of oil and 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant. Shrimp season officially started Monday, but it will be some time before we know whether the ravaged Gulf waters -- and American appetites -- are up to it.
They served whale at a Santa Monica sushi restaurant. But where are the shock, horror and hidden cameras when the sashimi comes out? Tuna are rapidly vanishing from the Earth's oceans. An effort to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna just failed at a U.N. meeting, because the countries that sell the animals as food are worried about their fishermen.
Under the pretense of scientific research, a fleet of Japanese whaling ships is hunting the humpback whale for the first time in decades. The whaling mission plans on killing roughly 1,000 animals in all, including 50 or so humpbacks. While Japanese officials claim the purpose of the mission is to study whale organs, the meat from the animals will be sold commercially.
President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin once gazed into each other's eyes and each found a friend, but developments with a proposed missile defense shield, Iran and Kosovo have strained the relationship. So the two have scheduled some male-bonding time at the Bush family resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, where they'll try to relieve some of their tension by fishing.