From the daily archives: Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Coral reefs are one of my favorite biotopes. It’s astounding the variety of flora and fauna you can find in a very small area of reef, with their attendant diversity in color. Plus sessile animals! Those of us paying attention know that these species are extremely sensitive to environmental changes, and that even a minor rise in water temperature – a degree or two – would spell disaster, and could result in mass extinctions. Unfortunately, temperature isn’t the only parameter changing – water chemistry is changing, too.

The world’s oceans are turning acidic due to the buildup of carbon […]

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Support the troops, indeed

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From Sunday’s Washington Post:

Behind the door of Army Spec. Jeremy Duncan’s room, part of the wall is torn and hangs in the air, weighted down with black mold. When the wounded combat engineer stands in his shower and looks up, he can see the bathtub on the floor above through a rotted hole. The entire building, constructed between the world wars, often smells like greasy carry-out. Signs of neglect are everywhere: mouse droppings, belly-up cockroaches, stained carpets, cheap mattresses.

This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he […]

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