Oceans suffering pollution and dead zones

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950,

“This is a problem we can solve,” Breitburg said. “Halting climate change requires a global effort, but even local actions can help with nutrient-driven oxygen decline.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/04/oceans-suffocating-dead-zones-oxygen-starved

. The analysis, published in the journal Science, is the first comprehensive analysis of the areas and states: “Major extinction events in Earth’s history have been associated with warm climates and oxygen-deficient oceans.” Denise Breitburg, at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in the US and who led the analysis, said: “Under the current trajectory that is where we would be headed. But the consequences to humans of staying on that trajectory are so dire that it is hard to imagine we would go quite that far down that path.” “This is a problem we can solve,” Breitburg said. “Halting climate change requires a global effort, but even local actions can help with nutrient-driven oxygen decline.” She pointed to recoveries in Chesapeake Bay in the US and the Thames river in the UK, where better farm and sewage practices led to dead zones disappearing. . . .

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/04/oceans-suffocating-dead-zones-oxygen-starved

Indigenous Chiefs enter battleground to atop Kinder Morga pipeline

Jan 1, 2018  Battleground year for Indigenous chiefs  by Jon Manchester

The head of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says First Nations are entering a battleground in 2018. In a New Year’s Day statement, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of Penticton, president of the UBCIC, says there is a “smoldering, undiminished sense of determination, inspiration and hope” as the group rails against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion….

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/215146/Battleground-year-for-chiefs#.WkrdA4jl37A.facebook

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Kinder Morgan owned pipeline spills hazardous waste

The Berkshire Eagle     By Heather Bellow,   January 3, 2018 

 Markey and Warren want firm action for pipeline’s discharge of ‘hazardous wastewater’ in Agawam by Kinder Morgan owned pipeline company.

A discharge of 16,500 gallons of “hazardous wastewater” from pipeline testing in Agawam has prompted intervention by the two U.S. senators that represent Massachusetts…

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/sens-markey-and-warren-want-firm-action-from-epa-and-ferc-for-contaminated-pipeline-wastewater,528589