The Coastal Calypso

The Caribbean Sea is clad, Between Belize and Trinidad; And underneath an azure sky, The ocean waves blow loudly by.   Four months to cross from east to west, Then at the boundary they congest; Escaping with a wet reply, The ocean waves blow loudly by.   And somewhere up in outer space, We measure … Read more

It Isn’t Really Up to Me

With climate change now set in stone I go to turn on my TV, And watch the other people moan: “It isn’t really up to me.”   “I heard the US fracked for oil, And China built some factory; It’s them who rape and rot and spoil, It isn’t really up to me.”   Of … Read more

Going North for the Winter

I feel the powder beneath my feet; A sickening howl to the south, But I know that I am safe And so I dance with joy. Until my heart stops, As I see that I have run Out of Snow This is a nonet, inspired by research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which found that … Read more

A Fish Will Not Find Home Before It Dies

Ocean acidity is on the rise, With many repercussions such as that A fish will not find home before it dies.   The new pH makes fish act in surprise, Prevents them hearing a new habitat; Ocean acidity is on the rise.   New slower swimming speeds mean their demise, Their brain pathways arrange in … Read more

Fat on Nitrogen

A Rhode Island pond – The beaver tastes the cold air As he builds his dam   Now somewhere upstream On a vast and dying lake – The waterfowl glide   No cold carp live here – Choked by a mass of algae Fat on Nitrogen   Round the river bend The cowhand lights a … Read more

The Sea Life is Never the Same

Antarctic sea shelves are diverse, With worms and seastars worth acclaim; Conditions are not too adverse, The sea life is never the same.   But as temperatures start to rise, The cold barrier becomes lame; From the slopes new creatures arise, The sea life is never the same.   Below nought point four degrees C, … Read more

When Will We Stop?

When will we stop to think of what we do? We treat this land as if it is our own; Then all of our mistakes start to accrue, With consequences steady and unknown.   The Arctic is not out there all alone, Sea ice protects us with its whitish hue; Without it Earth would sink … Read more

Skies Turned Dead from Purest Blue

To soar like a bird would be a grand thing, With flights through cobalt depths and azure seas; Nothing against you but air on your wing ‘Til something bad came carried on the breeze, As once again mankind did as they please And suddenly your range was cut in two, Whilst half of your brethren … Read more

No longer all at sea

The seabirds help our coasts to live and breathe, Perched delicately across the food web. But watching as they fly and gently wreathe, Their numbers do not flow they only ebb; For the past sixty years has seen loss seethe, With seventy per cent caught in death’s web. And now we cast our eyes as … Read more

The Coral has a Chance (Shame that Chance is Us)

The warming of the seas signals the end For many living gardens in full bloom; The bleaching of the coral is a trend, The killing of the algae bringing doom. But there may yet still be some breathing room, Some species can these warm waters withstand; Their spreading larvae could yet lift the gloom. To … Read more

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