Sensing Global Ocean Health

The following was written for the annual Strategic News Service “Future in Review (FiRe)” Conference by Gavin P. Smith – May, 2013:

FiRe 2013: Sensing Global Ocean Health

“The solution to pollution is dilution.”

Dr. Roger Payne led an informative and sometimes startling discussion about the overall health of our oceans today during our FiRe Breakout Sessions. Dr. Payne’s organization, Ocean Alliance, is currently addressing the challenge of trying to measure background contaminants in the ocean.  One of those, PCBs “are one of the big problems along with organic halogens, such as chlorine and bromine, which are shockingly insoluble in water but incredibly soluble in fats.

 

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