Flotsam (what we’re obsessed with right now)
- This Great White Shark, who definitely just poo-ed all over some unsuspecting SCUBA divers.
Jetsam (what we’re enjoying from around the web)
- In the grand scheme of things, paddleboarding across the Atlantic is not at the top of my life list. But it is for Chris Bertish and holy mola he did it!
- An important report from the Ocean Conservancy–Manliest Catch: The Lack of Women in Fisheries and Why Diversity Makes Us Stronger.
- It’s not all sunshine and travel bans in Yemen: Escalation in Ship Attacks Pushes Yemen Towards Famine.
- It’s almost impossible to witness skirmishes between dolphins and sharks, so researchers look to their battle scars for clues. From Hakai Magazine.
- Look at These Amazing Deep-Sea Creatures from the Remote Pacific Right Now. Deep Sea News, the place to go for… well… Deep Sea News.
- Study Finds Massive Rogue Waves Aren’t as Rare as Previously Thought. Rogue scientists, either.
- Public Service Announcement: Loofahs are gourds. They don’t come from the sea. Carry on.
Lagan (what we’re reading from the peer-reviewed literature)
- Loi and friends (2017) Hard time to be parents? Sea urchin fishery shifts potential reproductive contribution of population onto the shoulders of the young adults. PeerJ. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3067.
- Teague and friends (2017) An Alternative Method to Niskin Sampling for More Accurate Metatranscriptomic Analysis of the Marine Environment. Preprints. DOI: 10.20944/preprints201703.0057.v1.
Driftwood (what we’re reading on dead trees)
A lot of people have been asking what the best accessible climate change resources are out there right now. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Global Climate Change: A Primer by Orrin Pilkey, Keith Pilkey, and Mary Edna Fraser. A concise and comprehensive primer on the issue, with beautiful batik art by Fraser.
- Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes. Get to the heart of the manufactured debate and why what was once an apolitical issue (remember when Reagan proposed a cap-and-trade approach to CO2 emmisions?) became so partisan.
- The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines by Michael Mann. Mann has been at the forefront of this fight for over a decade, and he ain’t slowing down.
- Caring for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment by Paul Douglas and Mitch Hescox. Know thy audience.
- Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know by Joseph Romm. Simple, clear, and approachable guide to Climate Change 101.
Derelicts (favorites from the deep archive)
Some modern classics on Climate Change communication:
- When I talk about Climate Change, I don’t talk about science.
- Global is Personal: 4 Lessons About Climate Change Outreach from #DrownYourTown.
- Abnormal is the New Normal: Shifting Baselines, Polar Vortices, and Climate Change.
- Herring Wars: Quotas, Conflicts, and Climate Change in the North Atlantic.
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