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 Guardians of Raja Ampat: Community-Driven Conservation in the Heart of Indonesia

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

Guest blog by photographer, filmmaker and Safina Center Fellow, John Weller Reversing overfishing, climate change, and population growth can seem insurmountable. Safina Center Fellows strive to amplify the global conservation discussion and, in targeted ways and places, overcome some of these obstacles. They bring a wide range of skills, engaging in every way from primary research to […]

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Palau Plans to Ban Commercial Fishing, Create Enormous Marine Reserve

Climate Change, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen on December 16th, 2014 No Comments

Originally published July 2, 2014 on By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown The people of Palau, a small island nation in the northwestern Pacific, have long realized that the health and prosperity of their nation depends on the ocean. Because of this realization, Palauans have always worked to protect their ocean resources.  That’s why […]

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Rising oceans will be unstoppable

Climate Change on July 15th, 2014 No Comments

Previously posted on CNN:   Have you heard the news?  Because Antarctic ice sheets are melting, the sea level is likely to rise “unstoppably” by at least 10 feet  , dooming many coastal towns and displacing millions of people. And it’s all going to happen—within several centuries. Well. Who. Cares. This is news […]

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Gas Fracking: No Time For Nuance

Climate Change, FRACKING on August 12th, 2013 1 Comment

By Carl Safina Originally posted on Huffington Post 8/4/2013: My friend Andrew Revkin, whom I greatly respect, has lately been pointing out certain problems with critiques of gas fracking, and pointing out how it could be greatly improved, e.g.: They want more gas until something better can come along. This is the “bridge” […]

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Rebuilding After Sandy is Too Big a Risk

Climate Change on November 28th, 2012 3 Comments

First posted on on November, 13, 2012 Superstorm Sandy has caused more damage, death and homelessness in New York and New Jersey than any climate-related event in living memory. Yet with two damaging hurricanes two years in a row, and with what science is telling us, this does not feel like a once-in-a-lifetime event. […]

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Hurricane Sandy Said What Both Presidential Candidates Were Afraid To Say

Climate Change on November 10th, 2012 1 Comment

Originally posted to CNN Opinion on November 3, 2012. In three debates by the presidential candidates and one by the vice-presidential hopefuls, no one could bring themselves to utter the words “climate change.” Hurricane Sandy said what all four White-house contenders were afraid to say. I’ve heard some voters are undecided. Watching the debates, I […]

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How Many People Can The World Support? It Depends…

Climate Change on May 14th, 2012 1 Comment

Originally published on Huffington Post on May 8, 2012. Adapted from: The View From Lazy Point. Henry Holt Co.  New York, winner of the 2012 Orion Book Award. Along the coast where I live, at almost any time of year I love to experience the energies of various migrations of birds and of fish and […]

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Tutorial: Warming 101

Climate Change, Okeanos Tutorials, The View From Lazy Point on October 3rd, 2011 2 Comments

Adapted from: 2011. The View From Lazy Point. Henry Holt Co.  New York. Learning how to start and control fire changed human evolution. But humanity did not change fire until the Industrial Revolution. For hundreds of thousands of years, using fire always meant an open flame. Much later, someone realized that the steam from boiling […]

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The Whole Coal Story

Climate Change on June 27th, 2011 No Comments

By Carl Safina & Mike Misner First published on The Huffington Post. Several small citizen groups recently went after the children’s book publishing giant Scholastic.  At issue were books that were distributed to elementary schools in the United States as part of the publisher’s paid partnership with the American Coal Foundation ( The groups, Rethinking […]

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