Ocean Fish being intoxicated!

Ocean fish around the world risk becoming lost at sea if carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater continue to rise on current trajectories, a study from the University of NSW has found.

The study, published in the journal Nature, is the first global analysis of the impact of rising carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels on natural variations in carbon dioxide concentrations in the world’s oceans.

Stoned_Fish_by_Pegasicorn “The carbon dioxide affects their brains and they lose their sense of direction and ability to find their way home. They don’t even know where their predators are.”

Lack of Marijuana Pathways Could Make Alzheimer’s Worse

A team of German scientists has found evidence that a lack of marijuana pathways in the brain may contribute to symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
These pathways – known as cannabinoid receptors (or CB1 receptors) – are found throughout the brain and are responsible for the high that marijuana gives. The researchers concluded that targeting these pathways may be effective at reversing some of the cognitive problems in patients with Alzheimer’s.
Their results will be published in the November journal of Neurobiology of Aging.

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Great Barrier Reef Severe Bleaching

The bleaching is worst in the most pristine and remote parts of the reef north of Cairns, according to Terry Hughes, convenor of the National Coral Taskforce. “It’s the jewel in the crown of the Great Barrier Reef and it’s now getting a quite a serious impact from this bleaching event,” he said. “The northern reefs are bleaching quite badly now.”images

“These massive thousand-kilometer bleaching events didn’t happen thirty years ago,” he said. “No-one ever recorded a mass bleaching event in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, until the middle of the 1980s … and the Great Barrier Reef didn’t bleach until 1998 for the first time.”

Hughes says we are heading towards a future where the Great Barrier Reef might bleach during every El Niño , which will put its existence at risk.

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Victory for Orcas!!!

In a major victory for animal lovers everywhere, the company announced Thursday in an agreement with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that it will immediately stop its captive breeding program, making the current generation of orcas the last. orcas seaworld wildlife free captivity

“Today’s announcement signals that the era of captive display of orcas will end,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS, in a press release.

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Atlantic drilling abandoned for now

“We’re thrilled that whales, dolphins, and coastal communities will be protected from the dangers of drilling in the Atlantic, but prohibiting new leases off the East Coast isn’t enough,” said Miyoko Sakashita, who directs the oceans program at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. “President Obama needs to follow his own climate rhetoric and stop allowing new oil and gas drilling in all of our oceans.”

The Obama administration dropped its plan to open the coast of Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas to oil and gas drilling.

But contrary to environmentalist expectations and early press reports, the Obama administration will continue to offer new leases for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaskan coast. The moves came as part of a revised proposal from the Department of the Interior handling offshore fossil-fuel drilling from 2017 to 2022. The proposal is not final.

The revised plan will open 10 new leasing sites in the Gulf of Mexico and three new sites off the Alaskan coast. It’s still unclear whether those Arctic sites will actually be leased: Last year, Royal Dutch Shell abandoned its plan to drill for oil in the northern latitudes after spending $7 billion on a single exploratory well, in part because the price of oil has cratered.

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SeaWorld making Tilikum perform!

Tilikum is SeaWorld’s most iconic killer whale, having lived at the theme park for 23 of his 34 years, and he is very sick. Veterinary staff at SeaWorld have explained his illness as a treatment-resistant form of bacterial pneumonia which could realistically prove fatal. Despite his condition, Tilikum is still expected to perform tricks and entertain crowds, perhaps right until the day he dies.

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The EU and Japan are looking to increase trade

This is nonsense!

We can’t allow a nice new trade agreement between the ‘whale friendly’ EU and a country like Japan – a country that has just announced that it will ignore an international court ban and kill 333 whales each year for the next 12 years in Antarctica.

Let’s stop the slaughter for good.  Ask the EU to use its power and say ‘no new trade agreement until the whaling stops’.

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