Oceans

Make Sharks Our Friends, Not Out Food

Russ Blinch | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Russ Blinch

Don't cue the theme from Jaws for 20-year-old Madison Stewart, A.K.A. the "Shark Girl." Madison has been diving with the sharks since the age of 12 in the Great Barrier Reef and she loathes the hype propagated in movies from Jaws to Sharknado that these mysterious beasts are "mindless blood thirsty killers."

Remember: Our Oceans Are Defined By What We Put In Them

David Suzuki | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Although the conservation challenge is daunting, nurturing functioning ecosystems offers hope. Healthy oceans ensure we can continue to enjoy seafood -- and they're more resilient to increasing human impacts. If the global fishing industry wants to ensure its survival, it should advocate for marine ecosystem conservation.

Otters Aren't Just Adorable, They Matter to Human Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Otters have a link to humans. They can help us identify public health problems related to pollution and infections. Though they live a different lifestyle than us, their mammalian nature allows the opportunity to study what could happen to us as our world changes.

Canada Should Move Fast To Protect Endangered Whales

David R. Miller | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
David R. Miller

In Canada, we have every reason to take an international leadership position on this issue. There are deep cultural connections between whales and our coastal communities -- and economic ones too. Whale watching has grown exponentially in recent decades, part of a global $2.1 billion (U.S.) industry.

Celebrate Canada's Oceans at Your Local Fish Counter

David R. Miller | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics
David R. Miller

Improving the way we fish and grow seafood is critical to the survival of some of our planet's most threatened marine and freshwater species and environments. But a national sustainable seafood day is also a critical reminder that even through our everyday choices in what food we buy, we can have a profound impact on the future of life on our planet. And nowhere is that more true than at our fish counters.

The Beach Is Great for Sun, Surf and...Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Many of us cannot wait for Mother Nature and journey to one of a plethora of pleasant places famous for their warmth. Amongst the most popular destinations, including Florida, California and the Caribbean, exist some of the most desirable beaches where millions congregate to take in the joys of sun, sea, sand, and unfortunately germs.

One Year After Cohen Report, Salmon Face an Upstream Battle

David Suzuki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

The record decline in sockeye returning to the Fraser River in 2009 provided the initial push for a federal judicial inquiry. Now, four years later, the offspring of those salmon are returning to spawning grounds in dismally low numbers -- so low that sockeye salmon fishery closures are widespread. What happened to Justice Bruce Cohen's 75 carefully crafted recommendations to rebuild Pacific salmon?

Journey to the Great Bear (Night 3) -- Rough Waters and Risky Business

David R. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

We've had another reminder that we are only part of this place tonight. As I write this, our ship is rolling side to side, even though we are anchore...

Journey to the Great Bear (Day 3) -- There Is No Choice Between Life and Living

David R. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

The debate about the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline is often framed, by its backers, as jobs versus the environment. They'd have you believe that there is nothing here. No jobs, no way of life (and that the environment isn't at risk, but that's a separate point). It's simply not true.

Journey to Great Bear (Day 2): Spirit Bears, Salmon, and the World that Connects Them

David R. Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David R. Miller

The spirit bear. One of the unique features of the Great Bear region. The spirit bear, or kermode, is a black bear born white, and this is the only pl...

We Are Quickly Turning the Ocean into a "Dead Zone"

Alex Mifflin | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada
Alex Mifflin

2013-09-04-TWB_HuffPo_EBanner.jpg Across the world, vast areas of oceans and lakes are running out of oxygen, making it nearly impossible for marine life to survive. In the 1960s, there were 49 dead zones throughout the ocean; today there are more than 400 and the number is still growing. When water becomes too low in oxygen, or "hypoxic," marine life flees and everything that is too slow or cannot move will die, creating a dead zone. This will not go away on its own.

Don't Dump Iron -- Dump Rogue Climate Schemes

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
L. Jim Thomas

The press release had a pretty stark headline: "Haida Announce Termination of Russ George." George was the guy who persuaded the small impoverished indigenous community of Old Massett on Haida Gwaii to part with over $2.5-million. He did so under the pretense that dumping iron in the ocean to stimulate a plankton bloom would net lucrative profits in the carbon credit market. Losing the rogue geoengineer may be good for optics, but it is a meaningless step unless the Haida also jettison his junk visions to manipulate the oceans and climate.

Sonar and Whales Are a Deadly Mix

David Suzuki | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Human-caused noise pollution harms whales, leading to death, stranding, temporary and permanent hearing loss and hemorrhaging around the brain, ears and other tissues. Sonar used in naval training is a major cause of these debilitating and often deadly injuries to whales and other aquatic animals. With their sensitive hearing, marine mammals are particularly vulnerable.

Why Spring and Autumn Are Slowly Vanishing

Michal Kravcik | Posted 01.02.2013 | Canada
Michal Kravcik

Why spring and autumn are slowly disappearing from our yearly calendar has nothing to do with global warming, and everything to do with the role of water. Sandy's impact upon Manhattan and beyond reveal that a more in depth understanding on the relationship between water and its functions on earth is called for.

Putting Climate Change in the Budget Now Will Save Lives and Money

David Suzuki | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

The failure of world leaders to act on the critical issue of global warming is often blamed on economic considerations. But let's take a look at the economic reality. A new scientific report concludes that climate change is already costing the world $1.2 trillion a year. It's also killing at least 400,000 people every year.

Tories Put Pipeline Ahead of Phytoplankton

David Suzuki | Posted 04.11.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

Half the world's oxygen is produced in the oceans yet the federal government recently rejected millions of dollars in funding for a collaborative effort to establish a marine spatial plan and network of protected areas in Canada's Pacific North Coast waters. Why? Because it might restrict oil tanker traffic.

The Ocean: A Barometer for Mass Extinction

Ron Dembo | Posted 03.01.2012 | Canada
Ron Dembo

It is a scientific fact that the oceans are acidifying at an alarming rate and the impact of this will be profound. By looking at ocean vents and seeing what happens to the coral around them, we have a crystal ball for the future. The ocean is the canary in the coalmine for mass extinctions.