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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.

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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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Important Update on Haiti Donations

The other day I listed the Yele Haiti Foundation founded by Wyclef Jean. That Foundation has been discontinued for not very pleasant reasons. I found this on The Raw Story:

Wyclef’s Skipping Records
Star’s charity repeatedly dissolved after failing to file reports

JANUARY 15–Musician Wyclef Jean’s charitable foundation–now the recipient of many donations big and small in the wake of the Haiti earthquake–has repeatedly had its corporate status dissolved for failing to file required state disclosure reports, records show. As seen below, the Florida Division of Corporations has, on four separate occasions over the past five years, sanctioned the Yele Haiti Foundation (the charity was incorporated in Florida in 1998 as the Wyclef Jean Foundation, but formally changed its name two months ago). The longest involuntarily dissolution lasted 26 months, ending in November 2008 when Jean’s organization provided Florida officials with overdue annual reports disclosing the identities of the group’s officers and directors, its registered agent, and office address. The foundation’s most recent dissolution occurred in September 2009, but was vacated a month later when the 37-year-old Jean’s group filed its disclosure report. As TSG reported yesterday, the Jean foundation’s records delinquency extended to the filing of its tax returns–and could make a prospective donor question whether the organizationally challenged foundation is a wise choice for disaster relief contributions. In August 2009, the group filed overdue tax returns for 2005, 2006, and 2007, documents showing that Jean and fellow board member Jerry Duplessis paid themselves at least $410,000 for services provided to the foundation. Duplessis, a bass player who has toured with Jean, co-owns a New York City recording studio with the performer, as well as a Haiti-based production company.

My apologies, of course.

Quotes of the Day

I’ve got two quotes today… and I must say I am getting more and more upset at Republican tactics on dealing with the Health Care issue… tactics which I never recall Democrats using on them when they were in power. This has got to stop before we turn into a very different country than the democracy we think it is.

“Southern Republicans, it seems, have seceded from sanity.”

Kathleen Parker, Conservative Critic in the Washington Post, commenting on activities of Republicans below the Mason-Dixon Line in protesting health care Town Meetings, pushing Obama birth certificate issues and other issues in an attempt to undue the last election.

“The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they’ve given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They’ve become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems.”

-Business Columnist Steven Pearlstein, also in the Washington Post, on Republicans using falsehoods to attack Health Care reform.