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Sandy Surfaces, Kyoto at Stake in U.N. Climate Talks

Thousands have converged for a two-week meeting in the Qatari capital of Doha for the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Running through Dec. 7, the U.N. conference brings together environmental minds across the world to work toward a legally binding agreement on climate change. At stake: the Kyoto Protocol.…

The Fragile State of Our Environment

“I have found it is often best to work from the air, which more easily allows for the juxtaposition of nature with the destruction wrought by industrial accidents. Aerial photography gives us a wider context to the beauty and destruction happening on the Earth.” – Daniel Beltra

Capitol Hill Ocean Day

This weekend’s Blue Vision Summit in Washington, D.C. wasn’t just about inspiration and idea generation. From the start, action was a top goal and priority, and today is when it really will come into play. Freshly updated on the latest issues and stats about the need to protect the ocean, some two hundred volunteers are…

NG Explorer Produces Short Film on Gulf Spill Anniversary

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Roshini Thinakaran is a documentary filmmaker who has focused mostly on war and its aftermath. One year after the BP Gulf oil spill however, she has turned her lens to the stories of individuals and families working to bring Louisiana’s coast back to normal, and to document the extent of ongoing…

Blockbuster Supreme Court Case on Emissions May Fizzle

A “blockbuster” court case that’s been wending its way through the courts for seven years finally reached the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court this week, who heard initial arguments that greenhouse gas emissions should be regulated because they’re a “public nuisance.” In their questions, the justices were generally wary of getting courts involved in…

Gulf Species on the Brink?

Can we avoid another disaster? Science journalists reporting on the Gulf talk about the fate of aquatic species after the Deepwater Horizon spill. By Tasha Eichenseher National Public Radio’s (NPR) <a href=”Talk of the Nation show was recorded live yesterday at National Geographic, where journalists Joel Bourne and Richard Harris shared stories from the Gulf…

Gulf Seafood With a Side of Oil Dispersant?

By Tasha Eichenseher Crabbing, shrimping, and fishing along sections of the oil-tarnished Gulf Coast were re-opened last week. The media buzz is about whether the seafood coming out of the Gulf is safe to consume, but you’d never know there were health concerns when you sit down to eat with the locals. “This is the…

Director of Port Fourchon Says We Dodged a Bullet With BP Oil Spill

By Tasha Eichenseher Chet Chaisson, the son of a shrimper who grew up fishing and hunting in the coastal marshes of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, is now the director of Port Fourchon–the launchpad for over half of the drilling activity and more than 90 percent of all deepwater production in the Gulf. “This is the largest…

Turtles rescued from Gulf released into Atlantic

The first group of hatchlings from endangered sea turtle eggs brought from beaches along the northern U.S. Gulf Coast was released into the Atlantic Ocean off NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 11, NASA said in this video released on YouTube. “Twenty-two Kemp’s ridley turtles were set free on a Kennedy Space Center/Canaveral…