Where Mercury in Fish Comes From and What Regulators are Doing About it

An Inconvienient Reality

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Mercury in fish? Much of it comes from the sky. Coal-fired power plants emit tons of the toxic heavy metal into the atmosphere where it travels hundreds of miles before depositing on the surface of lakes, rivers and the oceans, where it is ingested and gradually works its way up to the top of the food chain where it becomes highly-concentrated in the flesh of the ocean’s predators, such as sharks, tunas, and dolphins.

The EPA issued a rule on mercury emissions, but there is now concern that they may weaken the ruling due to push back from electric utility companies. [Read more...]

Politics Before Science? What The Oil Spill Commission Has Revealed

The Ocean Doctor on WebTalkRadio.netAugust 30, 2010: Surprising revelations about agencies that were not consulted prior to the President’s March 2010 expansion of offshore oil drilling. Have the microbes in the Gulf of Mexico consumed the unseen oil? One study says “yes,” a second, “no.”  Or is that what they say at all? Our special guest is Nicolas Drayton, EPSCoR Coordinator in the U.S. Virgin Islands with inspirational ideas and dedication to get the next generation interested and engaged in science.

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Disaster, Dispersants & Deception in the Gulf of Mexico

The Ocean Doctor on WebTalkRadio.netAugust 23, 2010: The Administration claims the “vast majority” of the Deepwater Horizon oil is “gone.” But the latest studies and Congressional hearings say otherwise. How safe is Gulf seafood? What does the future hold? The Ocean Doctor continues the work of unspinning the spin. This week’s guest: David Helvarg, president of the Blue Frontier Campaign, author of, “Saved by the Sea,” leader of the Seaweed Rebellion.

The Ocean Doctor airs weekly on WebTalkRadio.net. Want to listen on your iPod, iPhone or mp3 player? Download the mp3 file or subscribe on iTunes and don’t miss a single episode. See the complete list of episodes.

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The Largest Environmental Restoration Ever Attempted

The Ocean Doctor on WebTalkRadio.netAugust 16, 2010: Why success in the Everglades is a key test for our species. Our special guest: Shannon Estenoz, Governing Board Member, South Florida Water Management District and Everglades champion. Also: We take our Time Machine for a spin! And more on dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Ocean Doctor airs weekly on WebTalkRadio.net. Want to listen on your iPod, iPhone or mp3 player? Download the mp3 file or subscribe on iTunes and don’t miss a single episode. See the complete list of episodes.

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How to Save a Shark

The Ocean Doctor on WebTalkRadio.netAugust 9, 2010: You’ve experienced Shark Week, now learn the compelling conservation story behind these incredible animals and why it matters with Shark Advocates International president, Sonja Fordham. Where’s the oil? The Ocean Doctor’s Spin Alarm is triggered by the Administration’s misleading sound bytes. How OtterBox saved The Ocean Doctor’s Gulf sampling program on Tools of the Trade.

The Ocean Doctor airs weekly on WebTalkRadio.net. Want to listen on your iPod, iPhone or mp3 player? Download the mp3 file or subscribe on iTunes and don’t miss a single episode. See the complete list of episodes.

Submit a question and I’ll try to answer it on the air. Even better, record your question or comment on our special message line and I might play it on the air. Call: (805) 619-9194. You can also leave questions and comments for this episode below.

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