CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2012 |
Shipping lanes along the California coast - the oceanic superhighways for Asian goods coming to America - are poised to be rerouted in order to protect endangered whales from collisions. The International Maritime Organization, which governs global shipping, has approved three proposals that would shift one lane through the Santa Barbara Channel and the approaches to the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex and ports located in San Francisco Bay. The route adjustments were recommended by the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after four blue whales were thought to have been killed by ship strikes in the Santa Barbara Channel in 2007 and an additional five whales were suspected ship-strike victims off the Central and Northern California coast in 2010.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2000
State Sen. Ray Haynes (R-Riverside) says that God brought him to the Legislature and that God urged him to run for the U.S. Senate (Feb. 23). He also calls environmentalists "clean-air Nazis" and says global warming is hocus-pocus. On the same day "Climate Is Warming at Steep Rate, Study Says" reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, backed by the National Academy of Sciences, indicated that the Earth's climate is warming at an unprecedented rate. It may well be that Haynes' evangelical Christian right conservatives may one day inherit the Earth--a dead planet.
August 22, 2009 |
With the world's oceans facing mounting threats from pollution, climate change and overfishing, the Obama administration on Friday held the first of several public hearings intended to help it draft a coordinated policy for managing the health of the seas. During their stop in Alaska, members of the White House's Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force said they expected to have a list of priorities for improving ocean stewardship in place by mid-September. By December, officials said, they planned to set out a broad strategy for sustainably allocating natural resources among interests such as fishing, oil and gas development, shipping, wind and tidal energy, boating and wildlife preservation.
July 16, 2012 |
This year's punishing drought is getting worse across much of the nation, federal officials said Monday. "Severe to extreme drought affected about 33%" of the continental U.S. in June, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported. That was an increase of nearly 10 percentage points from May, the agency said. What's more, when "moderate drought" was factored in, about 55% of the continental U.S. was affected, NOAA said. The hardest-hit areas, according to NOAA, are the southern to central Rockies, Central Plains and the Ohio Valley, bringing yellowed crops and cracking soil.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2013 |
The Aquarium of the Pacific's newest exhibit introduces visitors to an eerie world beyond the reach of sunshine: the bottom of the ocean, a strange seascape of crushing pressure, volcanic fissures and an abundance of cryptic creatures. The Wonders of the Deep gallery, which is scheduled to open to the public May 24, will be one of the few places where visitors can marvel over bioluminescent fish and opportunistic scavengers that inhabit the biological oases created by dead marine mammals that sink to the bottom.
May 8, 2013 |
Marine biologist Dan Madigan stood on a dock in San Diego and considered some freshly caught Pacific bluefin tuna. The fish had managed to swim 5,000 miles from their spawning grounds near Japan to California's shores, only to end up the catch of local fishermen. It was August 2011, five months since a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami had struck in Japan, crippling the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Madigan couldn't stop thinking about pictures he'd seen on TV of Japanese emergency crews dumping radioactive water from the failing reactors into the Pacific Ocean.