March 13, 2003
Daily on CNN, high-ranking Defense Department spokesmen brag about America's military might. Yet today, on Capitol Hill, Congress is likely to hear testimony that woodpeckers and dolphins are impeding military readiness. What's up with that? A larger agenda is playing out in Washington, one that wouldn't necessarily protect soldiers but would surely endanger public health. Under the guise of preparation for war, the Pentagon is seeking broad exemptions from environmental laws that regulate air pollution, hazardous waste and toxic cleanup and that protect endangered species, migratory birds and marine mammals.
January 31, 1989 |
It could take 30 years for the dolphins that frolic along the Atlantic shore to bounce back from two disastrous summers, marine researchers say. With final results expected tomorrow from a study of hundreds of dolphin deaths in 1987, scientists say the mysterious plague has left a long-term legacy. "Our estimates are that it may take 30 years for them to recover to the point of being a thriving part of the ecosystem," Douglas Burn, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Miami, said recently.
October 7, 2011 |
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Three killer whales have made an unprecedented trek into a freshwater river in southwest Alaska, a rare move for the saltwater mammals, federal officials said Thursday. Barbara Mahoney, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Anchorage, said it was the first time that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had received a report of killer whales being in freshwater in the state. The whales, also known as orcas, swam about 30 miles up the Nushagak River to a spot just downriver from the village of Ekwok.
April 15, 2005 |
The whale will have the run of the river, for now. Experts who evaluated the 12-foot beluga whale that made a 1,200-mile trip to the Delaware River said yesterday that the animal did not appear to be in any immediate danger and that it would be unsafe to try to capture him. "Even if we wanted to catch the animal, we couldn't do it," said Larry Dunn, a beluga specialist with Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. "The animal is too strong. " One main threat to the whale now is humans - particularly boaters who might take to the river with good weather this weekend, Dunn and officials said.
August 4, 2003 |
Alaska is melting. Glaciers are receding. Permafrost is thawing. Roads are collapsing. Forests are dying. Villages are being forced to move, and animals are being forced to seek new habitats. What is happening in Alaska is a preview of what people farther south can expect, said Robert Corell, a former National Science Foundation scientist who heads research for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment team. "If you want to see what will be happening in the rest of the world 25 years from now, just look at what's happening in the Arctic," Corell said.
May 28, 2005 |
Call it the flight of the Pennsylvanians to the Jersey Shore, the laughing gulls to the Atlantic, the red knots to the Delaware Bay, and the turtles to the salt marshes. As the Memorial Day weekend begins - they're all back. An estimated half-million people will travel to the Jersey Shore over the next three days. Tens of thousands of shore birds, marine mammals, and other species will also make their way to a spot that naturalists consider among the most ecologically diverse on the planet.
April 4, 2002 |
D. James Baker, the retiring administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been named the new president of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Baker will take office May 20 and will be charged with raising the national and international profile of the venerable Philadelphia institution. Baker, 65, will replace Seymour S. Preston 3d, who has been serving as interim president since the departure of president Paul Hanle in April 2000. Baker, an oceanographer who has sailed the world's seas, invented a method of measuring ocean currents, and overseen the launching of four ocean-observing satellites, said he was attracted to the academy because of its impressive 190-year history and its mission to bring natural history and environmental issues to the public.
May 15, 1995 |
Environmental concerns, voiced by theater companies from Australia and Africa, will be the subject of several productions at the Philadelphia International Theatre Festival for Children at the Annenberg Center May 24-28. The festival, which is in its 11th season, annually draws about 30,000 children and adults to West Philadelphia. It will present the work of 10 companies from six countries at five theaters in and around the Annenberg Center on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
August 6, 1998 |
Not long ago, Linda Kelly of Absecon noticed something strange about the ocean near Atlantic City: You could see through it. "It was beautiful, a Caribbean blue-green," Kelly said. "And this in a place where you'd sometimes find debris floating. " Environmental officials have called this the best year for water quality in memory. Bacteria counts are at an all-time low, street runoff is under control and the temperatures have kept the red and brown tides away for the most part.
October 18, 1992 |
The sign on the above-ground pool read "Quiet Please. " Children were asked not to sit on the railing next to the pool, or step past an area marked off by chairs. "It's like a hospital he's in right now, and we like to keep it as quiet as possible," said Mark Harris, 29, of Williamstown, a volunteer at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. He kept twice-weekly vigils over this hospital's sole patient, a 5-foot, 4-inch striped dolphin. This patient got a lot of visitors, people who stopped by to see his progress and comment on how much better he looked last week than the week before.