SETAC MultiBrief
Jun. 11, 2015

Climate change affecting ocean circulation and environmental pollution
NPR radio interview on climate change contaminants features SETAC member Fred Pinkney (minute 28:00 onward). Pinkney addresses the SETAC Pellston workshop "Influence of Global Climate Change on the Scientific Foundation and Application of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry” and talks about swallow nestlings, dead zones, mussels and amphibian projects in his 16 minute discussion.More

Family hikes near Salt Lake City
About Travel
Hiking is a wonderful family activity, but not all hiking trails are wonderful for families. A good hiking trail for mixed family groups including young children or seniors should be short (under three miles or so) and not too steep. It should also feature some interesting attraction — such as a lake or waterfall — so children will feel they're going somewhere and not just trudging pointlessly through the woods. Here's a list of great family hikes in the Salt Lake City area, any of which can make for a memorable and affordable family outing. More

State wildlife plan adds dozens of insects to protected species list
Online Athens
Even people who rarely set foot outdoors will be impacted by a draft plan for managing the state's natural plants and animals. Many of the plan's prescriptions call for control of how people interact with the environment — where they build their homes, offices and roads — and how their tax money will be spent safeguarding wild plants and animals.More

5 things the Gulf oil spill has taught us about the ocean
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is considered the largest accidental marine spill in U.S. history and a disaster for human and non-human communities along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. But the spill created an opportunity to rigorously study the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health, and to develop new technologies to fight future spills. More

The government just released a plan to protect the greater sage grouse; here's why you should care
Climate Progress
The Department of the Interior released a long-awaited plan to protect the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird that was once ubiquitous across the American West but that has seen its numbers plummet as the region's open sagebrush lands have been lost to energy development, grazing and catastrophic wildfires. The sage grouse's U.S. population totaled about 16 million 100 years ago — now, the numbers ring in as low as 150,000. More

Oil drilling in Arctic Ocean: A push into uncharted waters
Yale Environment 360
Last October, an unmanned barge with 950 gallons of fuel on board was in the Beaufort Sea when it broke free from the tug towing it. The weather was stormy and the tug captain decided it was too dangerous to try to retrieve the barge in turbulent seas. Ideally, the Canadian Coast Guard would have been on hand to deal with the situation. But the icebreaker it routinely dispatches to the Beaufort Sea had gone back to Vancouver for the winter. It would have taken a week for it to return. More

Warmer climates may increase pesticides' toxicity in fish
Science 2.0
In a study of the effects of increasing climate temperatures on the toxicity of three contaminants in different fish species, researchers found that all pesticides and industrial contaminants studied — endosulfan, chlorpyrifos, and phenol — became toxic in the upper 5oC range of species' temperature tolerance.More

Once feared, now celebrated, Hudson River cleanup nears its end
For half a decade, General Electric has been paying for a massive dredging operation on the upper Hudson River in New York. The billion-dollar cleanup, designed to remove toxic PCBs, sparked fierce controversy when it was proposed. But as the project enters its final summer, it's been so successful that even some of the cleanup's most vocal critics want it expanded.More