Sylvia Earle answers a young audience member's question of what we can do to help the oceans. "We're in a leadership role in terms of identifying critical areas and then protecting them as a standard that other states and other countries could follow in this country with," said Earle. "I call these areas, whether its land or sea, hope spots. Because if we can protect the natural world and the life that's there, it really does provide hope for us."
EU - Plastic pollution in the ocean is a growing problem. This study, which is the first to investigate the presence of plastic debris in large pelagic fish in the central Mediterranean Sea, found that over 18 per cent of fish had ingested plastics.
Sharks are good. In fact, life in the oceans and even on earth would not be nearly so productive if it weren't for sharks. Shark attacks generate sensational
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Sharks play a role in mitigating climate change. The “domino” effect described above—where loss of sharks leads all the way down to the loss of coral reefs—could threaten the health of oceans worldwide. The oceans provide a third of our world with food, reports SharkAngel.org. They produce more oxygen than all the rain forests combined. They remove half of the atmosphere’s manmade carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases that causes climate change. They also help control Earth’s temperature and weather. Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-reasons-why-we-need-sharks.html#ixzz3fZHX49kT
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done
A habitat as diverse as that in the Amazon rainforest will face ecological disaster unless the Government takes urgent action to restrict access to prime fishing grounds in the Irish Sea, marine conservationists have warned.
Whales are dying off the coast of Alaska and no one knows why. NOAA declared the deaths of 30 large whales an "unusual mortality event," triggering an investigation
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The West Coast has experienced the largest toxic algae bloom in a decade, forcing the closure of fisheries from California to Washington. This isn’t the first time scientists have linked algae blooms and whale die offs. A toxic algae bloom this spring off the coast of Chile is the suspected cause of death for 20-30 sei whales.
China has almost finished building a 3,000-metre-long (10,000-foot) airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new satellite photographs of the area show.
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