Natural Resources

Fall 2011 Natural Resources Law Class at UB

Where would my portable CD player have ended up? October 1, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — letecia @ 5:28 am

I have upgraded numerous times, and as a result, I have a dead laptop, a couple of old cell phones, an old printer, and an old portable CD player, not to mention all of their respective wires and chargers, that I no longer use. Each of these items are taking up unnecessary space in my home. While I am hopeful that I will revive my dead laptop, I am pretty sure that I will never use my cd player again. So, why haven’t I thrown it out yet? Maybe, I keep it for nostalgic reasons, or maybe I’m just lazy. Either way, I’m glad I haven’t thrown them out. It turns out that we should do a little research and find out where our e-waste is headed before we throw it out. Otherwise, we will likely contribute to a young child’s decreasing IQ. Check out this video describing the e-waste problem and how it affects those in India.


Noisy Ships Have Whales Yelling to be Heard September 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — letecia @ 5:05 pm

We have all heard noisy ships go by, whether in person or on television, but how many of us have wondered if the noise bothered the creatures that live in the water? Marine scientists at the University of Victoria have. In fact, they have placed an underwater microphone near the shipping lanes off Canada’s Vancouver Island. To them, it sounds like the whales are shouting to be heard over the noise.

The NRDC says that this “fog noise” interferes with the whales ability to communicate because “[s]hipping noise falls across the same frequencies that these animals use for all their vital behaviors – for feeding, for finding mates, for avoiding predators and for navigating.” Moreover, the NRDC is concerned about more than just mammals because noise travels quickly through water and the “entire web of life In the oceans depends on sound.”

The good news is that some shippers, as well as, 4 fleets recently added to the NOAA, have designed significantly quieter ships. However, it will be interesting to see how long it takes other producers of underwater noise, such as offshore oil and gas production or naval exercises, to make these changes.