The Global Community has had work on ocean protection and management
aspects and issues ever since 1985. A short list of our previous work on the ocean protection and management
aspects and issues.
For more recent work on ocean protection and management
aspects and issues read the following table.
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| November 11, 2007
|| Bunker Fuel in the Bay
by Danielle Fugere , Friends of the Earth firstname.lastname@example.org
On November 7, a container ship crashed into the San
Francisco Bay Bridge and spilled an estimated 58,000
gallons of bunker fuel -- a tragedy of immense proportions that
creates both immediate and long-term threats to marine life in
and around the bay. Today, Friends of the Earth is calling on Congress to ban the use of this dirty fuel forever. Will you join our call?
Bunker fuel literally comes from the bottom of the barrel. It is
the asphalt-like gunk that's left over after crude oil is refined into
gasoline for cars and is especially damaging when spilled in
accidents.* Even when used as intended, though -- to power
cruise and cargo ships -- it is extremely harmful. Indeed, a
study released just last week found that more than 60,000
people died from shipping emissions in 2002, due in large part to
the use of bunker fuel, which is more than 1,000 times dirtier
than the highway diesel used by trucks and buses. Its reliance
on this dirty fuel is also a key reason that the shipping industry is
a major global warming polluter.
Friends of the Earth's Clean Vessels Campaign has been leading
the fight against shipping pollution for years, at the local level,
nationally, and in the international arena, and phasing
out the use of bunker fuel has been one of our key aims. Now,
this dirty fuel has led to a disaster in the San Francisco Bay.
Let's ensure that this tragedy isn't repeated and phase out this
dirty fuel forever.
Please sign our petition calling for an end to bunker fuel use
The petition can be found at: http://action.foe.org/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=816
| November 22, 2007
|| Handy Hints For Post-Petroleum
by Peter Goodchild , Countercurrents.org, email@example.com
The priority of these "hints" will vary as the years go by, but most of
them will remain relevant over the course of the century. The slight bias
toward northern North America is partly due to the fact that the area
meets most of the criteria.
Everything in the modern world is dependent on hydrocarbons. From
hydrocarbons we get fuel, fertilizer, pesticides, lubricants, plastic, paint,
synthetic fabrics, asphalt, pharmaceuticals, and many other things.
When oil goes, our entire industrial society will go with it. We must
therefore look to "primitive" technology. On a broader scale, one could can say that modern industrial society
is based on (1) hydrocarbons, (2) metals, and (3) electricity. The three
are intricately connected; each is only accessible — on the modern
scale — if the other two are present. Electricity, for example, has been
possible on a global scale only with hydrocarbons. The same is true of
metals: most metals are now becoming rare, and the forms that remain
can be processed only with modern machinery — which requires
hydrocarbons. There is no way of breaking that "triangle." What we are
then looking at is a society far more primitive than the one to which we
have been accustomed.
| November 19, 2007
|| A World Dying, But Can We Unite To Save It?
by Geoffrey Lean , Countercurrents.org, The Independent
Humanity is rapidly turning the seas acid through the same pollution that causes global warming, the world’s governments and top scientists agreed yesterday. The process — thought to be the most profound
change in the chemistry of the oceans for 20 million years — is expected both to disrupt the entire web of life of the oceans and to make climate change worse.
The warning is just one of a whole series of alarming conclusions in a new report published by the official Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Scientists add that, as the seas become more acidic, they will be less able to absorb carbon dioxide, causing more of it to stay in the atmosphere to speed up global warming. Research is already uncovering some signs that the oceans’ ability to mop up the gas is diminishing. Environmentalists point out that the increasing acidification of the oceans would in itself provide ample reason to curb
emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and felling forests even if the dwindling band of skeptics were right and the gas was not warming up the planet.
Getting agreement on a new treaty to tackle climate change hangs on resolving an “after you, Claude” impasse between the United States and China, the two biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, the main cause of global warming.
China insists - with other key developing countries like India and South Africa — that the United States must move first to clean up. It points out that, because of the disparity in populations, every American is responsible for emitting much more of the gas than each Chinese. But the US refuses to join any new treaty unless China also accepts restrictions.
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