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Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

Climate Change, For the Birds, Gulf of Mexico Oil Blow-Out, Homepage, News, Pollution, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

When it comes to the Obama administration’s recent move to open portions of the Atlantic coast to oil exploration, I’m a bit out of synch with environmentalists who are worried about the big spill. They warn of another Deepwater Horizon or Exxon Valdez-type fiasco coming to the Southeast. But to me, it’s just about the […]

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Can a killer whale be a slave?

Homepage, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

Sign our Avaaz petition: Let’s keep working to #FreeLolita! Originally posted on CNN Opinion, February 4, 2015. (CNN) – “Lolita’s story reminded me of my own,” says African-American actress and singer Robbyne Kaamil. “My own relatives, my family ancestors, were captured and forced into slavery.” Captured in waters off Washington State in 1970, Lolita is an orca […]

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A Recipe for Seafood Survival

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Homepage, Overfishing on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

Co-authored by Brett Jenks You know that hunger and the oceans are on a collision course when your 89-year-old mother phones you — as Safina’s mom did this morning — and says, “Did you see the article saying that we’re driving seafood extinct? We’d better go get some oysters and some blackfish before they’re all […]

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To Fight Disease, Protect the Ocean

Climate Change, Homepage, Pollution, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

By marine scientist and Safina Center Fellow Dr. Ellen Prager, Co-authored by Carl Safina Why should we curb ocean pollution, stop overfishing, prevent invasive species and save coral reefs? Because the next wonder drug in the battle against some of our most insidious diseases, such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, may be lurking just beneath the waves! […]

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“Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel” – In Stores June 2015

Elephants, Homepage, Whales on January 27th, 2015 1 Comment

In a world where we usually measure animals by human standards, I take us into the inner lives of animals themselves; witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought and emotion; showing why the word “it” is often inappropriate as we discover who they really are. Weaving decades of observations of actual families of free-living creatures […]

Near Collapse of Gulf of Maine Cod Leads to Fishing Ban

Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, Homepage, Overfishing on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Last Monday, fishery managers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that they are banning nearly all fishing for Gulf of Maine Atlantic cod for at least the next 6 months, to protect the severely depleted population. In August, scientists declared that the abundance of Gulf of Maine […]

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How Climate Change is Sinking Seabirds

Climate Change, For the Birds, Homepage on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina Far out in the center of the cobalt pacific, hundreds of miles from the next atoll—about as far from a continent as it’s possible to get—Laysan Island seems like the morning of the world, a place you and I aren’t meant to see. The atoll measures roughly two by three miles; you […]

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The Passenger Pigeon, A Requiem

For the Birds, Homepage, News on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of what had been the most abundant bird in the Americas, and likely the world. By 1850, the Passenger Pigeon was still the most abundant bird in the Americas. Around that same time, a long-distance migrant bird called the Eskimo Curlew was […]

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A Tortoise Isn’t a Billboard, Except in Aspen

Homepage, Uncategorized on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By  Carl Safina The Aspen Art Museum might be doing tortoises a favor but probably isn’t. In a new exhibit linked to the opening of a $45-million new facility, an artist named Cai Guo-Qiang, who was born in China and lives in New York, has glued iPads to several African spurred tortoises. They wander around an enclosure […]

Enjoy the Show: Learn More After ‘Sharknado 2′

Homepage, Sharks on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By author, marine scientist and Safina Center Fellow Dr. Ellen Prager and Carl Safina People-eating sharks whipped up in a tornado, Manhattan as an ice-capped frozen wasteland, and solar flares that rapidly increase the temperature of the Earth’s core resulting in cataclysmic earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and biblical-scale flooding. Over-the-top? Yes. Based on science? Loosely, at […]

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