July 20, 2005

7/21 - Swimmers to Ostreopsis: You make me sick

Bad year for bad algae..

Algal bloom: Kind of artsy, if you're not in it.

Posted by Randy Olson at 11:33 AM

7/20 - SB in Chesapeake Fishing - The tyranny of lowered expectations

Here's a classic tale of the incremental, generational lowering of fishing expectations in the Chesapeake Bay (big thanks to Mike Hirshfield of Oceana for spotting this).

Will your grandchildren end up nostalgic for today's reduced catch (when there's nothing remaining)?

Posted by Randy Olson at 12:06 AM

July 18, 2005

7/18 - New SB/Surfrider DVD's Are In!

Featuring "Shifting Baselines in the Surf," "Empowering the Grassroots" (the Mark Dowie video), and a number of Surfrider productions ("Sea to Summit," Pet Fish PSA) and Shifting Baselines Productions (PSAs and Groundlings films).

For a free copy, please send us a self-addressed stamped padded envelope to:

Shifting Baselines
5254 Melrose Ave. Ste. D-112
Los Angeles, Ca. 90038

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Order Now, While Supplies Last!

Posted by Randy Olson at 01:59 AM

July 13, 2005

7/13 - Krill Crisis?

Or is it just inter-annual variation? The San Francisco Chronicle is certainly worried.

Pacific plankton perched on precipice?

Posted by Randy Olson at 01:52 AM

July 12, 2005

7/12 - Can Red Tide Make You Sick?

The Surfrider folks have been worrying about the potential health risks of floating in the water for hours (as a surfer) in the middle of a bloom of little phytoplankton cells that produce neurotoxins. In Florida, where they have been having some of the worst red tides in recent memory, there are constant warnings to sufferers of asthma.


Posted by Randy Olson at 10:43 AM

July 10, 2005

7/11 - Code Red: How come the waters of S. Cal. look funny?

Here's a great article in the latest issue of Surfer magazine that quotes Dr. Peter Franks of Scripps (who gave the greatest guest lecture I've ever witnessed when he came to my biological oceanography class and used nothing but food coloring, water, and a plexiglass tank to make undergrads grasp the most complicated concepts in how phytoplankton blooms occur) explaining why the waters around San Diego lately look so reddish-brown.

"Red waves at morning, surfers take warning?

Posted by Randy Olson at 06:35 PM

July 07, 2005

7/7 - SHOW TIME! Mark Dowie's "Is Enviromentalism Really Dead?" talk now on-line

Check it out -- The Research Channel has posted the entire (edited) 48 minute talk by Mark Dowie when we brought him to USC in April for Earth Day. It looks really great on Quicktime.

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The tao of Dowie

Posted by Randy Olson at 09:42 AM

7/7 - You Bet Your Acid Oceans

It's for real -- the pH of the oceans is declining, so we can add that to the list of global ocean concerns.

Coccolithophores: Now you see 'em, some day you might not.

Posted by Randy Olson at 01:13 AM