As ocean temperatures rise, so does mercury exposure in seafood

August 12, 2019 by  
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In case there weren’t already enough reasons to limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a new study released in Nature reveals that even a 1 degree increase in ocean temperatures leads to a significant increase in mercury exposure among fish — and the people that consume them. The joint study was published by Harvard’s School of Public Health and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and used a variety of simulation models to examine and predict how environmental factors affect the levels of mercury in cod and dogfish. Their models use historical data, as far back as 1970, when cod had approximately 6 to 20 percent less mercury in their diets. Yet researchers also found that dogfish had 33 to 61 percent higher mercury in their diets in 1970, because overfishing at the time led them to eat squid that are high in mercury. Related: These fish and meat options are the most environmentally costly In the last four decades, policies that regulate and limit mercury emissions have made a dent in mercury exposure, but the researchers concluded that rising ocean temperatures are reversing this progress. “This research is a major advance in understanding how and why ocean predators, such as tuna and swordfish, are accumulating mercury,” said Elsie Sunderland, senior author and a Harvard professor in environmental chemistry. According to the researchers, unusually warmer water makes it harder for fish to breathe and swim; therefore, it forces fish to consume more energy . The more they eat, the higher their levels of mercury exposure are. Warmer temperatures might also alter the availability of their preferred diet, forcing fish like the dogfish to eat high-mercury options such as squid. For every 1 degree the ocean warms, dogfish are exposed to 70 percent more mercury . Cod, which also live in the researchers’ study area off the coast of Maine, are exposed to approximately 32 percent more mercury for every single degree the ocean warms. “Climate change is going to exacerbate human exposure to methylmercury through seafood,” Sunderland said. “So to protect ecosystems and human health , we need to regulate both mercury emissions and greenhouse gases.” + Nature Via Harvard Gazette Image via Pixabay

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Companies double down on energy productivity

April 1, 2019 by  
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Adapted from State of Green Business 2019, published by GreenBiz in partnership with Trucost, part of S&P Global.It’s well established that using less energy doesn’t have to come at the expense of economic growth. But why settle for seeking the same results with less power — the hallmark of efficiency programs — when the real jackpot could be increased sales or higher levels of productivity by prioritizing low-carbon energy management?

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Can pollution-sniffing sensors drive climate action?

January 31, 2018 by  
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AirAware’s co-founders seek to raise public awareness and drive higher levels of community accountability.

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Study finds that common chemicals may bring on early menopause in women

February 7, 2015 by  
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Endocrine-disprupting chemicals  have been blamed for a litany of problems, like cancer and infertility, and we can now add early menopause to the list, too. A new study found that these types of chemicals, found in everything from nail polish to perfume, can actually hasten menopause – and not just a little bit. Women with higher levels of chemicals appeared to start menopause a full 2 to 4 years earlier than their lower chemical counterparts. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: avoiding early menopause , chemicals and menopause , early menopause , ecouterre , endocrine disrupters , endocrine disrupters menopause , household chemicals , menopause and chemicals

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Will Your City Sink Beneath the Ocean if all Ice on Earth Melts?

November 5, 2013 by  
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Photo by George Steinmetz for National Geographic National Geographic just launched a new series of interactive maps that demonstrate just how catastrophic it would be if all five million cubic miles of ice on Earth were to melt. Entire cities would sink as the sea rises by 216 feet , reshaping the world as we know it while average temperatures rise to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58. Scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt all of the ice on Earth , but if we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere at current rates, it could happen a lot sooner. Read the rest of Will Your City Sink Beneath the Ocean if all Ice on Earth Melts? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5000 years to melt all the ice on Earth , cities that are most likely to sink , cities that will sink if all ice melts , five million cubic miles of ice on Earth , National Geographic Interactive Map , rising average temperatures across the globe , rising sea levels , sea rises by 216 feet , unprecedented population migration        

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Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

May 6, 2013 by  
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Tour Some of Marin County’s Best Homes at AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours

May 6, 2013 by  
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Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans – AIA SF’s 2013 Marin Living:Home Tours are coming up soon! For the past three years, the owners of some of Marin County’s most impressive homes have opened their doors, allowing the public to look at their private spaces. And once again, AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are gearing up to host the Marin Living: Home Tours event, which will take place on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s program includes a houseboat in Sausalito, a LEED Gold-certified communal living facility in San Rafael, and Koji Tsutsui & Associates’ gorgeous Multicellular House in Mill Valley (pictured at top). Head over to the Home Tours website to preview all the homes and purchase tickets. BUY MARIN LIVING:HOME TOUR TICKETS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIA san francisco , AIA SF , AIA SF Home Tours , Andrea Ponsi , bay area , David Spurgeon Architect , Feldman Architecture , Koji Tsutsui & Associates , marin county , mill valley , North Bay , Ross , San Francisco , San Rafael , sausalito , Tiburon , Van Meter Williams Pollack        

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Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

May 6, 2013 by  
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New Report Shows Startling Connection Between Slowing Gulf Stream and Rising Sea Levels on the East Coast

February 14, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Scientists project that on average, the world’s oceans will rise about 3 feet by 2100, putting low-lying areas in danger, contaminating water supplies and undermining roads, airports, port facilities and power plants. But even this dire prediction isn’t severe enough to describe what is happening on the east coast of the United States, where sea levels are rising at an even faster rate. The reason for this, according to a new  study in the February Journal of Geophysical Research, is that the Gulf Stream that moves north and then east toward northern Europe—and usually regulates sea levels in the region—is itself slowing down due to the effects of global warming. Read the rest of New Report Shows Startling Connection Between Slowing Gulf Stream and Rising Sea Levels on the East Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: global warming slowing down gulf stream , gulf stream , gulf stream flow , gulf stream regulates sea levels , journal of geophysical research , rising sea levels , rising sea levels on the US east coast , slowing of the gulf stream

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13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love!

February 14, 2013 by  
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