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February 20, 2009

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This week in ocean news,…The New York Times reported that the EPA is expected to begin regulating carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act. The Gristmill pointed out that they’ve been covering this for years. …A new study suggests that Africa’s food crisis will worsen as a result of disappearing fish stocks due to climate change. …The Obama administration reversed another Bush policy by calling for a legally binding international treaty to reduce mercury pollution, “the most important global chemical issue facing us today.” …The lost city of Atlantis may have been found near the Canary Islands, thanks to Google Ocean….Last fall’s chinook salmon numbers came in, showing the smallest run of Pacific salmon ever recorded. …A New York man announced his plans for a second attempt to row a boat from Senegal to Queens to raise awareness about AIDS prevention….Twilight Zone item: the Census of Marine Life discovered that the north and south poles mysteriously share 235 species, among them worms, crustaceans, birds, and gray whales.