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Red tide bloom moves in on Florida

Red tide bloom moves in on Florida | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"A monstrous red tide bloom, the largest seen in Florida since 2006 is advancing on the state's beaches. It has already killed thousands of fish in the Gulf of Mexico, and officials are now concerned about health risks if it washes ashore."


According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, "Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a patchy bloom up to 60 miles wide and 90 miles long, at least 20 miles offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties in northwest and southwest Florida. This bloom has caused an ongoing fish kill.  FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline has received reports of thousands of dead and moribund benthic reef fish including various snapper and grouper species, hogfish, grunts, crabs, flounder, bull sharks, lionfish, baitfish, eel, sea snakes, tomtates, lizardfish, filefish, octopus, and triggerfish. Water discoloration and respiratory irritation have been reported offshore in the bloom patch. Forecasts by the Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show little movement of the surface bloom and slow east/southeast movement of bottom waters, which should keep the bloom offshore within the next few days.

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Algae has now fully covered the smallest of my three ponds.  Previous blooms killed all the fish, this one will have to be content with the smaller organisms.  The excess nitrates come from the farm just upstream of my place.

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Say NO to Risky Arctic Drilling - Ocean Conservancy

Say NO to Risky Arctic Drilling - Ocean Conservancy | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

The U.S. government is starting to prepare a five-year program—spanning the years 2017 to 2022—that could open the Arctic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. Stand with us against new oil and gas leasing and protect the animals and people who depend on a clean, healthy Arctic Ocean.

Tell the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to say no to risky Arctic drilling.

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Garry Rogers's insight:

Fossil fuels pollute our air and water.  Overfishing, ocean acidification, and other human activities are already harming marine life.  Let's stop looking for oil and clean up the mess we've already made.  Please sign the petition.

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Late June 2014: Arctic in Hot Water as Sea Ice Thins and Tundra Fires Erupt

Late June 2014: Arctic in Hot Water as Sea Ice Thins and Tundra Fires Erupt | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

"Atmospheric warming due to human-caused climate change. It's the general measure we've used to track a devastating and ongoing heat amplification due to a terrible greenhouse gas emission. But if we were to look for where the greatest amount of that heat has accumulated, it would be in the world’s oceans. For from its air-contacting surface to its depths thousands of meters below, the World Ocean has captured 93.4% of the total heat forcing humans have already unleashed. The remainder is almost evenly divided between the atmosphere, the continents, and the ice."

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Don't miss these informative discussions of global-warming events around the world.

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The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program | Environm...

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program | Environm... | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Too much acid in the ocean is bad news for sea life. Acid eats away at calcium carbonate, the primary ingredient of shells and skeletons that many ocean animals depend on for survival. The shell pictured here is a victim of this process.
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World's Oceans Face "Irreparable Damage" - YouTube

Rashid Sumaila: Global Ocean Commission gives world leaders a five-year window for intervention before overfishing and climate change negatively impact the world's food supply, clean air, and climate stability...
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Giving world leaders a five-year window to save the oceans is like giving a falling rock five seconds to stop falling.  It appears that our world leaders serve as minions of world commerce.  Saving the oceans would take an immediate threat to profits or the appearance of sapience.  Both are unlikely. 

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