Genesis May Actually Mean the End

Rick Macpherson over at the unusually named Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets has an excellent post on why you should think twice about stepping aboard for fun and sun on a cruise ship. He details the new uber cruise ships, the Genesis Class and thier/your potential to kill off the places you love. In case you are not in the know, Royal Caribbean has announced it will build cruising’s biggest ship ever with the development of a 220,000-ton, 5,400-passenger ship (43% bigger the Freedom Class, e.g. Freedom of the Seas , that debutset last June).  The price tag ~1.5 billion dollars and they have two ordered for 2009. Spend some time reading over Rick’s very informative and interesting blog.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.