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Coffee and the consumer: can McDonald's mainstream sustainability?

Coffee and the consumer: can McDonald's mainstream sustainability? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
McDonald's promotes certified espresso and fish for the first time in the US, saying consumers are finally starting to care
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It is certainly true that we "can't have sustainability without the consumer" as McDonald's is arguing.  And while it is true that they have not altered their seafood sourcing of late and are "merely" labeling their items, we have to realize how key this is.  

 

We have been surveying McDonald's (and hundreds of other establishments) for going on nearly a decade now as to their seafood offerings.  It doesn't matter how sustainable your offerings are; if your answer to the question of "where does this come from?" is "I don't know" you are an impediment.  Providing the consumer with detailed information is more than a marketing ploy.  It is the first step.

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It is certainly true that we "can't have sustainability without the consumer" as McDonald's is arguing.  And while it is true that they have not altered their seafood sourcing of late and are "merely" labeling their items, we have to realize how key this is.  

 

We have been surveying McDonald's (and hundreds of other establishments for going on nearly a decade now) as to their seafood offerings.  It doesn't matter how sustainable your offerings are; if your answer to the question of "where does this come from?" is "I don't know" you are an impediment.  Providing the consumer with detailed information is more than a marketing ploy.  It is the first step.

Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California, Louisiana and the Pacific.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Coastal Restoration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While I am interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you will find postings here that reflect my deep, continuing interest in:

 

- coastal riparian restoration

- coastal wetland restoration

- subtidal reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Managment poilcies and proceedures 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports and harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- marine ecology

- natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality and ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historic persepctives on our coast our our relationship to our world ocean

 

 

 

If you find my posts here of interest, you might also be interested in some of my other research, teaching, and updates elsewhere via my:

 

- iTunesU Coastal Management podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-462-coastal-marine-management/id415880772?mt=10

- iTunesU Restoration Ecology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-352-theory-practice-ecological/id415881064?mt=10

- iTunesU Conservation Biology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-313-conservation-biology/id415881094?mt=10

- Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user8078769

- lab's home page: http://faculty.csuci.edu/sean.anderson/Sean_Andersons_Home_Page/Welcome.html

- RestoringNOLA twiter feed (emphasizing Coastal Management in California and Louisiana): https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA

 

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of help.

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Louisiana Gulf Oil Spill, Shell Says It's Under Control - YouTube

Nearly 9,000 gallons of crude oil has spilled into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The spill came from a group of subsea wells run by Shel
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This 3D-Printed Adidas Sneaker Is Made Out Of Ocean Plastic

This 3D-Printed Adidas Sneaker Is Made Out Of Ocean Plastic | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
"This is how we can set new industry standards."
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Parley for the Oceans has teamed up with Adidas to try and solve our world's trash issue. These 3D printed soles are made from ocean trash and illegal deep sea gill nets.
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Amanda Shepherd's comment, September 26, 10:26 PM
Very cool sustainable idea. I can't wait for them to come out in the market so I can get a pair!
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Greenland Is Losing More Ice Than Scientists Thought

Greenland Is Losing More Ice Than Scientists Thought | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Using new measurements, scientists have discovered that Greenland's ice sheet is losing more mass than previously thought. It's a troubling finding for the future of coastal areas around the world, they say.
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This article talks about how rising temperatures are melting Greenland's ice sheet faster than expected, which is troublesome for the coastal areas around the world. 
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Shark, otter researchers work together in Morro Bay to solve ocean mysteries

Shark, otter researchers work together in Morro Bay to solve ocean mysteries | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
SLO County sea otter biologist Mike Harris and shark biologist Ralph Collier were in Morro Bay at The Marine Mammal Center in July dissecting shark-bitten sea otters in an effort to understand more about both otters and sharks.
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Sea otter mortality has increased from great white shark bites recently, but from this they have found that teenage sharks are most likely the culprits- and are hanging out along the coast year-round until they reach adulthood. The increase in mortality is also linked to higher great white shark populations along the central coast. This correlation is really interesting.
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Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ forecasted to be as big as Connecticut, study shows - TomoNews

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN — U.S. researchers forecast the annual summer hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico to be roughly the same size as Connecticut. The hypoxi
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Shows how algae blooms can result in decreased dissolved oxygen, especially important in a region that was so heavily influenced due to oil
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A 'crown jewel' of the L.A. River project could cost $252 million

A 'crown jewel' of the L.A. River project could cost $252 million | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A plan for turning a former rail yard next to the Los Angeles River into park space, wetlands and other amenities could cost more than $252 million, city analysts said in a report Thursday.
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Hanjin’s Stranded Ships Contain One Absurdist Filmmaker

Hanjin’s Stranded Ships Contain One Absurdist Filmmaker | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Rebecca Moss, a British artist who makes absurdist films, began a residency on the Hanjin Geneva last month. The company has filed for bankruptcy, leaving her stalled at sea, ‘nowhere in particular.’
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Guest Voices: Sailing Around the Paris Climate Accord?

Guest Voices: Sailing Around the Paris Climate Accord? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Shipping was not included in the global temperature-reduction targets agreed to last year, but there is much businesses and shipping nations can do to act on global emissions standards
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There is much businesses and shipping nations can do to act on global emissions standards, says the report. The fight against climate change “a top priority,” says Kitack Lim, the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s secretary-general. But the shipping nations within IMO have fallen well short of following the Paris model. 

Shipping doesn't figure in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) as it is a global activity, so it would be complicated to apportion shipping emissions to nations. Instead, the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping falls to the International Maritime Organization, the specialized agency of the United Nations that sets global standards for international shipping.

Three things are missing: a target, measures to reach the target and a driver of change. 

 Shipping has an important stake in the global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The industry’s emissions output measured 900 million metric tons in 2012, representing 2.6% of global emissions. According to the IMO, greenhouse gas emissions may increase up to 250% by 2050. The industry would have to cut these emissions in half by 2050 to be in line with the pathway to the Paris target. However, there is no target for the industry at all...and there doesn't appear to be pressure being brought to bear any time soon.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Climate Change Laws

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Climate Change Laws | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Brown signed two laws designed to be the most ambitious initiative on climate change in the country. The business community says the laws don't consider the economic impact on the state.
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Hot damn!

This is fantastic news.  While I would like us to be doing even more, this is major move forward in the correct direction.

Two laws signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will ratchet up California’s fight against climate change by launching efforts to reduce emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. SB-32 calls for increased renewable energy use, more electric cars, improved energy efficiency, and emissions cuts from key industries. 

AB-197 provides aid to low-income or minority communities located near polluting facilities and creates a legislative committee to oversee regulators, giving lawmakers a greater voice in how climate goals are met. “What we are doing is farsighted and far-reaching,” said Brown at the bill’s signing. “I hope it sends a message across the country.” The new legislation extends the state’s 2006 climate change law, which imposed limits on the carbon content of gasoline and diesel fuel and introduced a cap-and-trade program for polluters. It does not address the cap-and-trade program, which provides economic incentives to companies that achieve reductions in the emission of greenhouse gases. For each ton of greenhouse gases emitted, companies covered by the cap-and-trade program must purchase a permit. The state issues a limited number of permits through quarterly auctions. 

 Permit sales fizzled during the last two quarterly permit auctions, reports ABC News, but state officials say they are still on track to meet emissions goals. Brown has said the new legislation could provide leverage to convince businesses to support extension of the cap-and-trade program after 2020. If lawmakers don’t act to reauthorize the program soon, Brown said he might try putting the matter before voters in 2018.

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Dronesurfing

The team at Freefly closed out the summer with the introduction of a brand new sport: #DroneSurfing.
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, September 15, 11:55 AM
Drone Surfing...yep.  That's a thing.

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Seaspan CEO: Hanjin Fallout Is Like Lehman for Shipping

Seaspan CEO: Hanjin Fallout Is Like Lehman for Shipping | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Seaspan Corp  chairman and ceo Gerry Wang has described the bankruptcy of South Korea’s biggest container line Hanjin Shipping…
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Making Fish Food Less Fishy—and More Sustainable | Dartmouth News

Making Fish Food Less Fishy—and More Sustainable | Dartmouth News | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
“Finding another way to feed fish in aquaculture systems is very important,” says Ben Colello ’18.
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New study in finding a more sustainable method in aquaculture fish food diet. They used a microalga called Schizochytrium as the main source of fish oil and the results were the same and sometimes better fish growth, better food conversion, and an overall better use of protein in the diet. 
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Antarctic Mystery Solved?

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Tiny diatoms distributed across the Transantarctic Mountains are seen as a potential for the rise in global sea levels. 
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Moderate Earthquakes Rattle Southern Oregon Coast

Moderate Earthquakes Rattle Southern Oregon Coast | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A pair of moderate earthquakes shook the Pacific Ocean about 100 miles off the southern Oregon coast late Saturday and early Sunday.
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A large earth quake occurred off the coast of Oregon recently . Luckily no tsunamis happened 
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Concern Over California Crops Irrigated with Oil and Gas Wastewater

Concern Over California Crops Irrigated with Oil and Gas Wastewater | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Would you eat food grown with wastewater from oil and gas drilling? You could be already: farms in California's Central Valley, which produces 40 percent of the nation's fruits and vegetables, are allowed to use oil and gas wastewater to irrigate crops.
Christopher Michael Homokay's insight:
Chemical additives are the proprietary trade secrets of the oil and gas industry. Companies are not mandated by federal regulation to disclose these chemicals. This wastewater does not meet the standards of California Title 22 standards for public health and safety,  so it cannot be legally used for irrigation purposes. The Simi Valley tertiary water treatment facility does not meet Title 22 standards either, and it's documented that plants uptake pharmaceuticals! Using wastewater containing unknown and undisclosed chemicals poses health risk, especially since the oil natural gas waste water is not being tested for carcinogens prior to irrigation. One concern for the farmers using this water to irrigate is the corrosive properties of methane gas and chemicals on irrigation pipes and well casings. After watching the film, Life in the Red Zone in Clare Steele's Law and Policy class, it is well documented the risk of hydraulic fracturing on residencial fresh water wells and the volatility of the contaminated water. Using brackish water for irrigation, whether from oil and gas operations or city sewage treatment plants, is not compliant with regulation standards protecting the public health and safety. For your information, I only buy produce from Ventura County organic farmers I personally work with to ensure their observed operations meet organic standards. I would not eat food grown with wastewater. 
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Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California

Obama Administration OKs Offshore Fracking in California | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Christopher Michael Homokay's insight:
It's nothing new that the executive branch is corrupted. The Environmental Protection Agency and the top level of the executive branch are intentionally poisoning the oceans with chemically laced wastewater unfit for any beneficial use. California coastal waters and the Gulf Coast are reported to be receiving unlimited volumes of contaminated wastewater from point sources. This type of action is intentional to reduce average human lifespan and synergistically reduce the global population. It's a war tactic that sickened, weakened, and incapacitated people are easy targets for subjugation. 
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Christopher Michael Homokay's comment, September 26, 3:24 AM
link for those interested in the Gulf of Mexico side of this story https://www.popularresistance.org/epa-plan-for-unlimited-dumping-of-fracking-wastewater-in-the-gulf/
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The Tidal Waves of the Qiantang River

The Tidal Waves of the Qiantang River | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
For hundreds of years, on the eighth month of the lunar calendar, people have gathered along the shores of China’s Qiantang River at the head of Hangzhou Bay to witness the waves of its famous bore tide. Higher-than-normal high tides push into the harbor, funneling into the river, causing a broad wave that can reach up to 30 feet high. If the waves surge over the banks, spectators can be swept up, pushed along walkways or down embankments. Below, I’ve gathered images from the past few years of the Qiantang bore tides.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 21, 8:09 PM

This is an amazing set of images, where a cultural phenomenon is wrapped up in observing the pulsating physical geography of the river.  Usually the tidal bore is impressive (but not dangerous--see video here), but occasionally it can be incredibly violent (see this 2015 video).   

 

Tags: physical, geomorphologywaterChina.

Kiran's comment, September 24, 8:33 AM
http://onlinemoviesvideos.com/
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Shark shield saves Perth angler from shadowing 'great white'

Shark shield saves Perth angler from shadowing 'great white' | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A great white's following me, man. It's big whatever it is.
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We have seen more and more shark deterrence devices of late.  This one is based on sound principles, but I'm not familiar with its real world efficacy.  However this video suggests it may be an effective tool to minimize unwanted encounters.
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Maersk to Split Into Two Separate Divisions

Maersk to Split Into Two Separate Divisions | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Danish conglomerate A.P. Moeller-Maersk said it is splitting its operations into two separate divisions focused on transport and energy, as it battles with the worst shipping downturn in years and a historic oil-price rout.
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Ventura Oil Spill Highlights Big Oil Regulatory Capture

Ventura Oil Spill Highlights Big Oil Regulatory Capture | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Just a year after the massive Refugio Oil Spill fouled the pristine waters off the Santa Barbara Coast, a leak in an oil pipeline in Hall Canyon in Ventura
Christopher Michael Homokay's insight:
California oil exploitation is damaging to the costal marine environment. The public must keep regulators accountable mandate oil companies  to be in compliance with laws and regulations. The issue I'd like to discuss in class on is offshore hydrolic fracturing! The Obama administration claims there is 'no significant impact' of offshore hydraulic fracturing, but that is biased because the full impact and the chemicals used are kept secret. Junk science consists of hiding the evidence and not allowing independent researchers to do research. Deregulation of oil and gas is having a significant impact on terrestrial land and ground water to say there is no significant impact on the ocean is saying it's only a matter of time until the significant impact cannot be hidden.  Using the ocean as a waste dump for undisclosed chemicals is significantly reducing the likelihood that will be no significant impact everyday it continues. 
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PIRatE Lab's comment, September 26, 6:03 AM
Chris: good post, but watch your assertions. You should use facts and objectivity. Don't say "probably based on junk science." Go check it out yourself and provide the facts. Not what you guess might be the case.
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Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean

Obama Designates 1st Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England is the size of Connecticut and has been called an "underwater Yellowstone" and "a deep sea Serengeti."
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Pretty awesome stuff!
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Devyn Roadhouse's comment, Today, 3:11 AM
Pretty interesting how diverse and unaffected this ecosystem is!
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ASV Global Expands Autonomous Marine Technology into South America | Unmanned Systems Technology

ASV Global Expands Autonomous Marine Technology into South America | Unmanned Systems Technology | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
ASV Global, a manufacturer of Autonomous Surface Vehicles, has announced that the company has expanded into the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Working alongside local universities and authorities, ASV … Continue Reading
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Popular Marine Species Could Face Extinction due to Increasing Ocean Temperatures

Popular Marine Species Could Face Extinction due to Increasing Ocean Temperatures | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A new Cornell study published in the Oceanography magazine reveals that several commonly known marine species that are economically and culturally important are expected to face a highly risky future due to the increasing ocean temperatures along the East and West Coasts of the United States.
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Marine species about to become extincted are portrayed through glass art
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