[Coral-List] Altered Oceans....5 Part Series/LA Times

J. Michael Nolan mnolan at rainforestandreef.org
Mon Aug 7 08:02:22 EDT 2006

Some may be interested.Thanks and have a good week.

Mike Nolan

Subscribers may be interested in the excellent Los Angeles Times 
report "ALTERED OCEANS," a five part series on the "crisis in the 
seas" by Kenneth Weiss (2006a,b,c,d) & Usha Lee McFarling (2006), 
with photography and video by Rick Loomis at 
or more compactly <http://tinyurl.com/hql49>. Click on "About this 
Series" for information on the production staff.

A moderated discussion forum at 
contained 191 posts as of 06 Aug 2006 13:42:00-0700, including one by 
author Kenneth Weiss, in which he wrote (my CAPS):

"In the coming weeks and months, I will be writing about ways to ease 
the stress on the seas.. . .What should our government leaders do to 
address these issues? How can the United States lead by example, so 
that developing nations with BURGEONING POPULATIONS can learn from 
our mistakes rather than repeat them?. . ." . . . "

And speaking of "burgeoning populations," a search for "population" 
in the 191 posts online as of 06 Aug 2006 13:42:00-0700 indicated 
that only 12 posters (6.3%) merit inclusion on the "Bartlett Honor 
Role" for pointing to the root cause of the problem - human 
population growth. The perceptive posters in order of posting times 
are: Guy Jones, cb, JJ, Walter, Rise Briggs, Karen, DD, Eric Turner, 
Ken Weiss, Helmut Lubbers, Lucy, &| Ellary Eddy.

"You cannot preserve the environment by accepting the population 
growth and the increased affluence that are destroying the 
       A.A. Bartlett

REFERENCES [Tiny URL's courtesy <http://tinyurl.com/create.php>.]
Weiss, K.R. 2006a. "PART ONE - ALTERED OCEANS: "A Primeval Tide of 
Toxins - Runoff from modern life is feeding an explosion of primitive 
organisms. This 'rise of slime,' as one scientist calls it, is 
killing larger species and sickening people." Los Angeles Times, 30 
July, online at 
or more compactly at <http://tinyurl.com/jz4lf>

Weiss, K.R. 2006b. "PART TWO - ALTERED OCEANS: Sentinels Under Attack 
- Toxic algae that poison the brain have caused strandings and mass 
die-offs of marine mammals - barometers of the sea's health," Los 
Angeles Times, 31 July, online at 
or more compactly at <http://tinyurl.com/hac6x>.

Weiss, K.R. 2006c. "PART THREE - ALTERED OCEANS: Dark Tides, Ill 
Winds -With sickening regularity, toxic algae blooms are invading 
coastal waters. They kill sea life and send poisons ashore on the 
breeze, forcing residents to flee," Los Angeles Times, 1 August, 
online at 
or more compactly at <http://tinyurl.com/f5p6q>.

Weiss, K.R. 2006d. "PART FOUR - ALTERED OCEANS: Plague of Plastic 
Chokes the Seas - On Midway Atoll, 40% of albatross chicks die, their 
bellies full of trash. Swirling masses of drifting debris pollute 
remote beaches and snare wildlife," Los Angeles Times, 2 August, 
online at 
or more compactly at <http://tinyurl.com/prda2>.

McFarling, U.R. 2006."PART FIVE - ALTERED OCEANS: A Chemical Imbalance -
Growing seawater acidity threatens to wipe out coral, fish and other 
crucial species worldwide," Los Angeles Times, 3 August, online at 
or more compactly at <http://tinyurl.com/nfpff>.

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