Scientists believe that they found a way to help preserve coral reefs that are endangered by acidifying oceans. Their solution is simple: bubbles. They think that blowing bubbles on coral reefs will help with the chemicals in the ocean. Oxygen bubbling has been used in lakes to break up thermal stratification, but it has never been used on an ocean before.
In the small town of Trout River, Newfoundland, experts are trying to find a way to dispose of a dead beached blue whale. The whale weighs 380,000 pounds. If the gas builds up, the whale will explode. So far, the experts say that the gas is naturally deflating. However no one knows if the whale will blow.
Check out this trailer for a new movie concerning ocean conservation!
Check out what this 21-year-old man is doing to help save the ocean! Watch the video to see how he is tackling a problem that is world-wide.
Last week, an Inland Delegation of businesspeople, divers, one-time coastal residents and others who believe that every state is connected to the sea went to Washington, DC to attend aBlue Vision Summit and the largest ever ocean conservation lobby day. Along with fellow citizens from 23 other states 20 Coloradans met with our congressional delegation to oppose new off-shore oil surveys and drilling. A week later we’re seeing the beaches of Santa Barbara California fouled with spilled oil just as the Gulf of Mexico was 5 years ago by BP’s deadly Deepwater Horizon blowout.
The federal government is currently considering opening up the East Coast to new offshore drilling for the first time ever, as well as planning to authorize new drilling in the rough frontier waters of the U.S. Arctic Ocean.
The spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, with its images of dying oil covered sea birds reminds us of a much bigger spill that took place there in 1969 and that helped launch the modern environmental movement. Even though Colorado is a thousand miles from any coast, we have a vested interest in the health of our ocean that provides us with half the oxygen we breath, the weather and rain that feeds our crops and the occasional ocean escapes that can feed our soul. Coal and oil were important energy sources of past centuries. In the 21st century we ought to be able to generate clean energy without putting our coastlines, ocean, climate and economy at risk.
Vicki Nichols Goldstein
Founder & Director, Colorado Ocean Coalition
Dear Partners and COCO Supporters,
This past Sunday we celebrated World Water Day by taking action against #SilentOilSpills.
Call To Action
It’s perfect that this year’s theme is ‘Water and Sustainable Development‘. The theme is about how water links to all sustainable development areas that we need to consider in order to create the future we want. For example, the Silent Oil Spills campaign is raising awareness about the impacts of petroleum motor oil, and how everyone can be part of the solution, from how they shop (choose recyclable and biodegradable motor oils) to how they drive (a properly maintained vehicle keeps oil off the roadways). Petroleum-based motor oils and industrial lubricants are contaminating our water supply and causing irreversible damage to our environment, and to us.
As our partners we are asking you to help spread our message and bring awareness to this issue. Below are a few things you can do!
3. Use the hashtags #silentoilspills and #timeforanoilchange
4. Sign our petition! http://ow.ly/DwsBT
5. Send out messages to your social networks!
“More than 40% of water pollution in the U.S. is from used motor oil. More used motor oil is illegally dumped every year than the oil lost in the BP Gulf Coast Spill. It’s time we do something about it.”
The greatest source of petroleum pollution in the ocean is transported there through rivers and streams, largely from the improper disposal of used motor oils down drains and from urban street runoff.
- 500 million gallons of used petroleum lubricating oil reaches the world’s oceans each year through routine ship maintenance and improper disposal of used oils.
- The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that sewage treatment plants discharge twice as much oil into coastal waters as do tanker accidents.
Visit www.timeforanoilchange.org/ to learn more. We know that together we can make a positive impact!
Your Friends at Time for an Oil Change