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Reporter, journalist and author who has owned and operated a bookstore, a pool and spa full service business, an apple farm, and is now committed to environmental issues.

  • 30 Dead Gray Whales Along West Coast

      Editor’s note: The consistently disturbing news of marine mammals dying off or stranding in mass appears to be a global event. Gray whales are an iconic species that have survived throughout the centuries, including the great whale hunts of the… Read More ›

  • Gulf of Mexico’s Bryde’s Whales Endangered

    Threats to the species include energy exploration and development, oil spills and clean up efforts, vessel strikes, human noise and entanglement in fishing gear. There are less than 100 of the whales left in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico near the De Soto canyon, where the population resides.

  • “…something’s off-kilter around the Bering Strait…”

    n February, southwest winds brought warm air and turned thin sea ice into “snow cone ice” that melted or blew off. When a storm pounded Norton Sound, water on Feb. 12 surged up the Yukon River and into Kotlik, flooding low-lying homes. Lifelong resident Philomena Keyes, 37, awoke to knee-deep water outside her house.

    “This is the first I experienced in my life, a flood that happened in the winter, in February,” Keyes said in a phone interview.

  • Great Barrier Reef Still Struggles for Health

    Editor’s Note:  A recent NY Times report is headlined, “The Great Barrier Reef was Seen as ‘Too Big to Fail.’ A Study Suggests It Isn’t.”  The following is an abstract, “Global warming impairs stock–recruitment dynamics of corals”  released Wednesday in… Read More ›

  • Congressman Demonstrates How Seismic Blasts Can Damage Marine Life

    Recently, Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) blasted a Trump official with an air horn. During a House committee hearing on the environmental impact of seismic airgun testing, the official claimed the practice isn’t disruptive to marine animals. That’s when Cunningham pulled… Read More ›

  • 31% of Carbon Absorbed by Oceans

    Research published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Science analyzed more than 100,000 seawater samples worldwide collected from 1994 to 2007 and taken from nearly every corner and depth of ocean.

    The analysis found the oceans are absorbing about 31 percent of the carbon humans are spewing into the world. For context, the weight of the carbon seeping into the ocean each year, on average for the period of study, is roughly equivalent to 2.6 billion Volkswagen Beetle cars, Feely said.

  • Study Connects PCBs in Non-Reproductive Whales

    Wildlife around the world is exposed to plastic pollutants called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Not much is known about how these chemicals affect marine environments, though scientists have been studying them for years. According to The Guardian, killer whales, for instance,… Read More ›