In the News

Recent links to information of possible interest to Oceanography students will be posted here.

This list was updated on: March 22, 2004


March 22, 2004: Federal Advisory Re Mercury in fish. Many of the popular kinds of fish have high levels of mercury in them. Mercury is a toxic substance that you should limit your exposure to. <link to article>

February 29, 2004: Global Warming Scenarios. The pentagon commissioned a risk analysis report on potential future scenarios caused by rapid climate change. This is a "must read" report, as it paints a scenario that is plausible, yet we don't have enough knowledge to accurately predict its probability.<pdf of report><Knight Ridder news article><SF Chronicle news article>

February 18,2004: Global Warming. James Hansen, eminent climate scientist discusses the latest thinking on global warming in a Scientific American article. <link to Scientific American><download pdf of article>

January 19, 2004: Top story: Soot and Global Warming. This is a great explanation of new research showing that soot has a lot to do with global warming.

January 9, 2004: Contaminants in farmed salmon. A new study shows that farmed salmon has approximately ten times the pollutant contamination as wild salmon.

December 2003: Soot and Global Warming. New research from NASA and Columbia University climate scientists shows that more than 25% of the increase in average global temperature between 1880 and 2002 may be due to soot contamination of snow and ice worldwide.

December 2003: American Geophysical Union position paper: Human Impacts on Climate. The American Geophysical Union is a professional organization that represents almost all of the practicing earth scientists and climate scientists. It's opinions are generally quite conservative, so when it puts out a position paper, you can be pretty confident that it represents the opinion of most of the experts in the field.

July 26, 2003. Catch Zero. Science News. What can be done as marine ecosystems face a deepening crisis?

January 20, 2003: US Interior Dept issues Alaska oil drilling plan.WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department released a draft proposal on expanding oil and natural gas drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve, which may give energy companies access to millions more acres in a pristine reserve in Alask

Links from Spring 2002 Oceanography Course (most of these are still of interest):

(5/31/02) Nearly 85 percent of the 29 million gallons of petroleum that enter North American ocean waters each year as a result of human activities comes from land-based runoff, polluted rivers, airplanes and small boats and jet skis, while less than 8 percent comes from tanker or pipeline spills, says a new National Academies report.

Ross Ice Shelf breaking up (5/24/02) :

Energy future: An excellent series of articles in "Physics Today" about the future of energy production in the US. It relates energy consumption to quality of life issues, resource availability, and possible new energy sources.

Climate and Global Warming:

Complements to Kyoto: Technology for Controlling CO2 Emissions: A conference announcement


Effects of Trawling on Seafloor Habitat: National Academy Report