Daily Archives: July 29, 2010

Photoplankton declining due to Global Warming…

Which means so is Oxygen and Seafood… here is part of an article in Nature… I recommend you go in and read it all.

Cross Posted in Under The LobsterScope and Panhandle Vegan.

clipped from www.nature.com

Ocean greenery under warming stress

Marine phytoplankton — the vast range of tiny algae species accounting for roughly half of Earth’s total photosynthetic biomass — have declined substantially in the world’s oceans over the past century, researchers report in Nature1 this week. The findings add to concerns that climate change is dangerously altering marine ecosystems.

Phytoplankton are the basis of the entire marine food chain, and have an important role in the global carbon cycle. Through photosynthesis, they produce around half of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere and drive the ‘biological pump’ that fixes 100 million tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide a day into organic material, which then sinks to the ocean floor when the phytoplankton die, or are grazed and digested.

Since 1950 alone, algal biomass decreased by around 40%, probably in response to ocean warming — and the decline has gathered pace in recent years.
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Shooting the Party in the Foot?

Is Bush about to have his regular effect on politics… here’s the start of a HuffPo article which you will want to read more of:
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com

With the 2010 election season underway, Republicans are reportedly concerned about how the impending release of former President George W. Bush’s memoir, Decision Points, may affect the party’s success at the polls come November.

While the widely-anticipated book from Bush isn’t set to be released until November 9 — one week after votes are cast across the country — details from the text have already begun to leak out.

George W Bush Midterm Elections

Moreover, the unpopular Republican leader and contentious policy initiatives put forth by his administration have already resurfaced to shake-up this year’s heated midterm match-ups.

Matt Latimer at the Daily Beast reports:

[Some] Republicans, particularly those most closely tied to the Bush regime, actually argue the book could help the party by reminding some voters of what they liked about Bush.
“Monumentally bad timing” was the reaction of one former Bush aide who learned of the book release date.
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CATF’s last week

The Contemporary American Theater Festival ends next Monday, August 1st. This is the last chance to get out and see the five great shows in this year’s repertory.

Go HERE for my reviews and more info.

The Economies of War …

This from our friends at Spork in the Drawer:
clipped from sporkinthedrawer.typepad.com

This retired Brigadier General (listen to the audio) claims we are spending $20bn annually to air condition tents in Iran and Afghanistan for the troops.  That’s more than NASA’s annual budget.  In addition, at least 1,000 troops have been killed while transporting fuel to power the A/C units.

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