Miller doesn’t think fish populations have relocated. He thinks they’ve disappeared.
“Over the last forty years, we’ve seen a pretty stark decline in the coastal fish populations,” Miller said. The number of fish collected between 1999 and 2010 is just 22 percent of the total collected between 1972 and 1984, Miller said. And in addition to overall population declines, “we are seeing a lot of strange things,” he said.
Miller has been studying fish populations along the Southern California coast using a dataset spanning 40 years. The data come from seven coastal power plants, located between Ventura and San Onofre, north of San Diego. These plants use seawater to cool the steam produced while generating power, seawater from just offshore.
Periodically, that water is monitored for the fish that come in with it, producing a dataset that now includes about 2,000 data points describing millions of fish belonging to about 150 species.
via Starving Sea Lion Pups Still Washing Up by the Hundreds in California | Wired Science | Wired.com.
Korea’s food sovereignty movement emerged from the anti-WTO movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s. By 2007, however, the KWPA and Korean Peasants League (KPL), sought an alternative to protesting the government’s domestic policies and international policies. They began setting up alternatives and introducing food sovereignty as a policy. The KWPA and KPL and several consumer-producer cooperatives are promoting food sovereignty as national policy.
Food sovereignty operates on two levels. It operates at the grassroots level where farmers set up cooperatives and develop local food systems by making direct connections to consumers in cities. It also operates at the political level where farmers are pushing at the national, provincial and city levels. They have succeeded at the provincial level, but have been virtually ignored at the national level by the ministry of agriculture. This grassroots food movement is interesting because it is the farmers who are driving the movement, not consumers. It’s what makes the Korean food movement distinct from many U.S. or European food movements and so interesting.
via Korean Food, Land and Democracy A Conversation with Anders Riel Müller | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.
who are trusted sources? Here is my short list: people or organizations who understand flu, have excellent sources of information, and can be relied on not to over-hype.
Reporters: Helen Branswell of the Canadian Press; Declan Butler of Nature; Martin Enserink of Science; my former colleagues Lisa Schnirring and Robert Roos at CIDRAP. (Also Mara Hvistendahl of Science, if she covers this, as she is based in Shanghai.)
Bloggers/aggregators: Crawford Kilian (@crof) ; Mike Coston (@Fla_Medic).
Crowdsourced data: HealthMap, a huge Harvard- and Google-backed effort that combines Web-scraping with human review (also on Twitter, as is their blog editor Anna Tomasulo and their founder John Brownstein); FluTrackers, a volunteer, civilian effort that has been going since the H5N1 days.
Media on the ground: Xinhua; China Daily; South China Morning Post, in Hong Kong, somewhat more free to report.
Official sources: WHO; China CDC; European CDC and its journal, EuroSurveilance; US CDC; OIE.
via The New Bird Flu, And How To Read The News About It | Wired Science | Wired.com.