Speculation has suggested bacterial or viral sources. But invertebrate diseases can be complicated. The disease only seems to affect sea stars. Nothing else. This implies a biological cause with a very specific relationship. Possibly a bacteria or virus. But just as possibly some other type of infection resulting from a protist or fungi?
It also seems possible that it could be a disease similar to coral bleaching, where subcuticular bacteria of sea stars (as documented here) might be affected adversely. Or perhaps a combination? In conjunction with some environmental change, such as water temperature? The original series of papers by Amanda Bates indicated there was an association of the diseae with water temperature.
Our study of this event has just begun. Ongoing data collection and research have started. We shall see where it takes us…
>> STEW in comments says 'How do you come up with the fact that ( even as the radiation is spewing from reactor 3 today) there is NO connection to RAIDS?
These Mega Corporations Operate With Little or No Regulation or Oversight and Are Not Held To Account For the Destruction, They answer to no government or society for their ecocidal activities left behind in their wake. They throw big money around to the corrupt, innocent and the ignorant until it is too late, the contract has been signed, This is Corporate Ecocide At It's Worst and Must Be Reigned For The Sake of Life in both our oceans, forests and wetlands.
▶ WEST PAPUA - MASSIVE EXPLOITATION BY MINING CORPORATIONS Some of the world's largest transnational mining corporations have been active in exploiting West Papua's oil and minerals, including Union Oil, Amoco, Agip, Conoco, Phillips, Esso, Texaco, Mobil, Shell, Petromer Trend Exploration, Atlantic Richfield, Sun Oil and Freeport (USA); Oppenheimer (South Africa); Total (France); Ingold (Canada); Marathon Oil, Kepala Burung (UK); Dominion Mining, Aneka Tambang, BHP, Cudgen RZ, and CRA (Australia). The international dispute over West Papua during the years after 1949 can be understood in light of the natural resources in the territory, which were far better known to the transnationals than revealed publicly.... http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~cline/papua/mines.htm
The Express Tribune Unfit for drinking: Activists protest against water pollution in canal The Express Tribune The participants protested against the contamination of a canal which is a source of water for nearly 20 million people in Karachi,...
from Sunday Herald, 29 December 2013 Global warming could cut commercial fish catches around Scotland by 20 per cent while they increase by ten per cent around the south of England, according to a new study by over 150 government and university...
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Global warming could cut commercial fish catches around Scotland by 20 per cent while they increase by ten per cent around the south of England, according to a new study by over 150 government and university scientists.
Gradually rising temperatures caused by climate pollution could driveporpoises, minke whales and white-beaked dolphins away from Scotland's shores. The sea will also become increasingly acidic, which could harm some marine wildlife, the study says.
Computer-aided simulation of radioactive pollution of environment upon destruction of geologic repositories of radioactive wastes with allowance for uncertainty (#chemical ▶ Computer-aided simulation of radioactive pollution of environment upon...
"The guga hunt is no longer carried out for subsistence reasons, but to provide a delicacy that is eaten by a fairly small number of people. The fact that it is to be the subject of a competitive eating event only confirms that it is no longer a matter of necessity, but an anachronism."
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA is asking supporters to create a short video for its “From the Cove to Captivity” video contest and, as an incentive, Sea Shepherd USA has increased the prize money that will be awarded to the creators of the...
Upon watching the disturbing film “Blackfish,” an unprecedented eight musical artists have canceled their upcoming shows at SeaWorld (Sea Shepherd USA Invites Artists Who Cancelled Their #SeaWorld Shows to Join @CoveGuardians in Taiji
Mongabay, ▶ MANGROVES PROTECT COASTAL AREAS AGAINST STORM DAMAGE Mangroves reduce wave height by as much as 66 percent over 100 meters of forest providing a vital buffer against the impacts of storms, tsunamis, and hurricanes, according to a new report published by The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International... http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0907-mangroves-wave-protection.html
Fish and oil industries told to stay away after new species found Herald Scotland Environmental groups say the waters around the tiny island of Rockall, far out in the north Atlantic, should be off limits for exploitation so its strange species and...
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Finding the clams and worm at a single site is described as "potentially hugely significant". This is because their presence could indicate a "cold seep", a phenomenon in which hydrocarbons leak into the water from a fissure in the seabed.
Last week I had the opportunity to speak with David Hallac, the chief of resource management and science at Yellowstone National Park. The topic: Native Yellowstone cutthroat trout restoration in Yellowstone Lake.
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