Ashley Ahearn http://ijpr.org en New Study: Acidifying Ocean Destroying Sea Butterflies http://ijpr.org/post/new-study-acidifying-ocean-destroying-sea-butterflies-0 <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="A pteropod showing partially dissolved shell after exposure to elevated CO2 conditions in the lab." data-attribution="Credit Courtesy of Nina Bednarsek" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kuow/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201404/013a5357219c2918b5d2047248307ee1.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kuow/audio/2014/04/20140430_AA_Pterapods.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Tiny, delicate marine snails called pteropods are a key part of the marine food web. New research indicates they are dissolving to a greater extent than previously thought because of ocean acidification. Sat, 03 May 2014 11:48:06 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 11795 at http://ijpr.org New Study: Acidifying Ocean Destroying Sea Butterflies Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports http://ijpr.org/post/pacific-northwest-suffers-after-china-bans-shellfish-imports China has closed its doors to all shellfish imports from an area that stretches from northern California to Alaska. The state of Washington says it's losing as much as $600,000 a week.<p>Among the shellfish not being harvested is the geoduck, a long-necked clam that can fetch up to $150 per pound in China. It's a major export for the Pacific Northwest.<p>The Chinese government instituted the ban earlier this month after finding two bad clams. One from Alaska had high levels of the biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:43:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 5274 at http://ijpr.org Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports