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This planet comes with limits

About, FRACKING, News on July 10th, 2014 1 Comment

Previously posted on When I was in my 20s, a girlfriend surprised me by saying that we didn’t have to worry about overpopulation because technology would make sure we always had what everyone needed. Of course, economists have been saying this for decades. And of course, billions of people today don’t have what they […]

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About on February 6th, 2010 Comments Off on Welcome

Welcome to my site. The best way for me to describe the main theme of what I do is to say that I write and speak about ‘How the ocean is changing and what it means for wildlife and for people.’ But I’m interested more broadly in our relationship to the world and to each […]

Ocean Policy Task Force

About, News on September 18th, 2009 1 Comment

 Help Us Work to Establish a Protective, National Policy for Our Oceans   Our oceans are not just places of wonder and beauty – they are economic engines providing valuable jobs, food, energy resources, and recreation and tourism opportunities. But they are under enormous strain as a result of overexploitation, habitat degradation, coastal pollution, and […]

Whales’ Are Back!

About on August 20th, 2009 3 Comments

For a moment, let’s forget the bad and difficult news. We should celebrate success when we can. One of the literally biggest successes is that in many parts of the world whales are again common, and increasing in number. Yes, Japan, Norway, and Iceland still insist on killing whales commercially. Yes, we kill incredible numbers […]

The Seafood Eater’s Latest Conundrum – Room for Debate Blog –

About on June 10th, 2009 1 Comment

The following post by Carl Safina appeared in the New York Times Blog ‘Room for Debate,’ June 9, 2009.  For a full version of the blog, click here. The Smaller the Fish, the Better Carl Safina is the founding president of Blue Ocean Institute. His books include “Song for the Blue Ocean,” “Eye of the […]

Bonaire–Now or Never

About on May 1st, 2009 6 Comments

Our first dive will be from the beach.  We suit up and walk into the shallows, pull our dive-masks down, and plunge seaward. The broken remains of past, vast Staghorn thickets were mounded on the beach and they carpet the shallows.  Old-timers tell of thickets of Staghorn and Elkhorn so dense that in the 1950s […]

Allies in Ann Arbor

About on March 29th, 2009 5 Comments

I spent last weekend visiting evangelical Christians at several gatherings in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was surprised by the warm, and indeed, enthusiastic welcome I received. It’s not every day that a secular environmentalist gets a standing ovation from evangelicals in a church. But the message that we are all in this together resonates with […]

Somebody Say Amen

About on February 23rd, 2009 6 Comments

Something that seems new and unusual is suddenly going on. Evangelical Christians in some significant quarters are putting aside their weapons and defenses regarding science, quite publicly. And not just about climate but about evolution and the scientific enterprise itself. As I mentioned last week, a prominent evangelical pastor whom I’ve become friends with, Ken […]

You Say You Want An Evolution, Well Y'know…

About on February 17th, 2009 9 Comments

My recent article in the New York Times was widely discussed and raised a bunch of written reactions. I’d like to share one positive comment and then summarize and address some of the flames and anger I got for seeming to ‘dis’ Darwin. But first some further clarifications. So few people believe life evolves […]

A Rising Tide Floats All Boats (and Some Backyards)

About on January 19th, 2009 6 Comments

 My first week in Palau—in the west Pacific several hundred miles east of the Philippines—focused on the recovery of corals. My second week is focused on the effects of sea level rise. Sea level isn’t just rising here; it’s rising worldwide. Near my home on Long Island, east of New York City, beaches have lost […]