Oceans

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed

by David King on November 5, 2012

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. So today, I’m keeping the words to a minimum.

Images can move us, but we mustn’t avoid images that make us feel uncomfortable.  We live in a complex world, full of both good and bad; positive and negative; gain and loss. And while nature necessitates balance, such a concept has been misconstrued by our species. We are forever doomed to tilt. In our relentless quest for progress, we continuously find ourselves falling backward, ever the error-prone stewards – hardly stewards at all, hardly human by our own standards.

Living is easy with eyes closed (so the Beatles song says), but I don’t want easy. I won’t have anything to do with it. Eyes wide open, all the way…

Look at these images. Let them anger you. Let them sadden … Keep Reading Here

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The Horseshoe Crab: A Case for Conservation

by David King on August 29, 2012

When I was kid and travelled to Florida every winter, I inevitably collected a number of shells and other remains of marine life (including hermit crab shells, starfish, silver dollars, dried seahorses, and a small shark in a bottle, among others). I collected a lot of strange things when I was younger, rocks and stamps included (see: nerd).

One of the items I was particularly fond of was the exoskeleton of a horseshoe crab. I actually had a few exoskeletons of varying sizes. I was intrigued by them. There’s a reason they call these arthropods living fossils – in addition to having gone unchanged for an impressive 450 million years, they resemble something out of Jurassic Park. And their wisdom isn’t just in their age – there’s something about their appearance that speaks of deep history.

And while this … Keep Reading Here

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2-Month Long Oil Leak?!?!

by David King on October 24, 2009

So in case you’ve missed it, an oil rig in the Timor Sea (off the Northern coast of Australia) has been leaking for two months. Tomorrow will be the Thai-based company’s FOURTH (yes, not 1st, not 2nd, not 3rd, but 4th!) attempt at repairing the leak, which began in late August and has resulted in a slick covering an area of several thousand square kilometers. Leaking at a rate of 400 barrels of oil PER DAY, 1200 tonnes of oil had been dumped by Sept. 14th alone (and yup, it’s continued leaking for 6 weeks since then).

So what’s going on in terms of conservation and clean-up? Not enough it seems…other than dropping chemicals to disperse the oil, as seen in the picture above, and attempting to monitor things. And why hasn’t the Australian government done more? Apparently there’s been … Keep Reading Here

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