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A decade on, Three Gorges leads #China's #damGrowth ! #environment change

A decade on, Three Gorges leads #China's #damGrowth !  #environment change | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Beijing (AFP) May 31, 2013 - A decade after China began filling the world's largest dam - The Three Gorges - concerns about the project's environmental and human cost endure even as the country prepares a huge hydropower expansion.

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Sea #Turtles Traveling In #ToxicWaters !

Sea #Turtles Traveling In #ToxicWaters ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
(OCEANS) The endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle has been discovered living in dangerous territory.

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These particular sea turtles migrate and settle in very limited areas, and were recently found living in the oil-contaminated waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Up until a few days ago, the sea turtles’ migration patterns were relatively unknown.


This new research could be the key to saving the species from oil spills, heavy commercial fishing, and oxygen depletion. Continue reading to find out how researchers hope to preserve the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. — Global Animal

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#Glacier impact on #Sealevel rise depends on its #shape

#Glacier impact on #Sealevel rise depends on its #shape | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Four of Greenland's most important glaciers could contribute up to 5cm to sea-level rise if global temperatures increase by 4.5{deg}C by the end of the 22nd century, say scientists.

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Most of Northern #Ireland's #rivers showing signs of #pollution - Belfast Telegraph

Most of Northern #Ireland's #rivers showing signs of #pollution - Belfast Telegraph | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Most of Northern Ireland's rivers showing signs of pollution
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Northern Ireland must report to the EU every four years on its Nitrates Action Plan, which aims to protect waterways from agricultural pollution.
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More than half of Northern Ireland's rivers and three quarters of its lakes are showing signs of pollution, a new report has revealed.

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#Symbiotic Relationship Between Humpback #Whales and #MarineBirds

#Symbiotic Relationship Between Humpback #Whales and #MarineBirds | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
“The Symbiotic Relationship between Humpback Whales and Marine Birds”. Trull has been involved in education and research for about 35 years. Some notable work includes: coordinating the Audubon Society's Coastal Seabird Monitoring ...

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Rachel Carson: Is The World Heeding Silent Spring's Warning?

Rachel Carson: Is The World Heeding Silent Spring's Warning? | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

Biomagnification is "the sequence of processes in an ecosystem by which higher concentrations of a particular chemical, such as the pesticide DDT, are reached in organisms higher up the food chain, generally through a series of prey-predator relationships," according to Oxford University. This process transpires from plankton, the base of the food chain, or primary producers, all the way up to humans.


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   "POPs persist for long periods of time in the environment. They can accumulate and pass from one species to the next through the food chain."

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Surfrider Victorious In #Court Settlement To Protect #Marine Wildlife - Transworld Business

Surfrider Victorious In #Court Settlement To Protect #Marine Wildlife - Transworld Business | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Surfrider Victorious In Court Settlement To Protect Marine Wildlife
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Fish, have no fear. A court settlement was filed Thursday, March 30 which requires the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.
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When a #Volcano Erupts #Underwater ~ UnderH2O ~ PBS Digital Studios

On the southeast coast of the big island of Hawaii, lava flowing from the Kilauea crater collides with the Pacific Ocean. As new lava emerges, it quickly coo...

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#Japanese company #withdraws fin #whale purchase from #Iceland

#Japanese company #withdraws fin #whale purchase from #Iceland | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

Japanese company, Michinoku Farm, has withdrawn their order for fin whale meat, caught in Iceland. The meat was supposed to be used as luxury dog treats.


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Do Killer Whales Take Better Care of Their Own Than Humans Do? - Living Green Magazine

Do Killer Whales Take Better Care of Their Own Than Humans Do? - Living Green Magazine | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Do Killer Whales Take Better Care of Their Own Than Humans Do?
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These disfigurements make it impossible for the whale to hunt alongside his pod.

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#Dolphins face multiple #humanThreats ~ Asia News – Politics, Media, Education ~ Asian Correspondent

#Dolphins face multiple #humanThreats ~ Asia News – Politics, Media, Education ~ Asian Correspondent | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
From communicable diseases to poaching to being harassed, captured and effectively tortured at marine mammal parks, the plight of dolphins is severe.
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Mote Marine Laboratory scientists want reports of whale #shark sightings to Center for Shark Research

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists want reports of whale #shark sightings to Center for Shark Research | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory are asking the public to keep their eyes peeled for the world's largest fish.

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The Herald-Tribune reports that Mote scientists are collecting reports of whale shark sightings to look for possible patterns to their movements in local waters. 

The lab is asking anyone who spotting a whale shark to call its Center for Shark Research at (941) 388-1827. 

Scientists want spotters to note the number of sharks, the time, date and location. 

These huge fish swim in various places in the Gulf of Mexico and sporadically visit Southwest Florida's coastal waters. 

Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/mote-marine-laboratory-scientists-want-reports-of-whale-shark-sightings-to-center-for-shark-research#ixzz2UnK2md2n

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Blog: Help Stop the New #Dolphinarium in South #Korea! ~ Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project

Blog: Help Stop the New #Dolphinarium in South #Korea! ~ Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Mark J Palmer dolphin captivity South Korea

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Ric O’Barry, director of Earth Island’s Dolphin Project, says: “Geoje Dolphin Park will directly support the horrors that occur in Taiji, Japan, as the dolphin slaughters are directly subsidized by live purchases that these captivity industry officials are trying to make.”

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Highest number of #humpback whales in more than 50 years ***

Highest number of #humpback whales in more than 50 years *** | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
WHALE watch operators are rejoicing at the news that the highest number of humpback whales in more than half a century are on their way to Hervey Bay.

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Recent estimates have shown the humpback population has grown by about 11% a year in the past couple of decades.

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Passion Parade: Dispute over #fishing rights! Small coastal areas encroached by industrial fishing!

Text and pix by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai For the fishermen in Karainagar, the dispute over fishing rights is a continuing issue. While both India and Sri Lanka may prefer to handle their fishermen's tussles through ...
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Why #Sharks Generate More Money Alive Than Dead

Why #Sharks Generate More Money Alive Than Dead | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Shark ecotourism generates $314 million worldwide each year, according to new research.
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#Overfishing depletes fish stocks in E. #China Sea CCTV News - CNTV English

#Overfishing depletes fish stocks in E. #China Sea CCTV News - CNTV English | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The fish population in the East China Sea has been dwindling. It’s getting more common for fishermen to return to the harbor with almost no catch. Many say over-fishing has caused the problem.
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What exactly is mega-pod of common dolphins fleeing in Japan? #seismic ?

What exactly is mega-pod of common dolphins fleeing in Japan?  #seismic ? | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Something interesting is going on in Japan's waters. The coast guard has released a video (link) taken yesterday (5/30/13) off the cost of Nagasaki showing a mega pod of 500+ fleeing something. It ...

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Mid-Ocean Plastics #Cleanup Schemes: Too Little Too Late?

Mid-Ocean Plastics #Cleanup Schemes: Too Little Too Late? | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

Imagine using a thimble to empty a bathtub, with the faucet still running. That’s how experts on ocean plastics pollution generally see schemes focused on extracting the debris from the open ocean instead of strategies to prevent plastic waste from getting there in the first place.


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The #travelling #DolphinCircuses of #Indonesia ~ please SIGN & RT RT RT thxu

The #travelling #DolphinCircuses of #Indonesia ~ please SIGN & RT RT RT thxu | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Indonesia is the last bastion of one of the worst examples of treatment of dolphins in the world. It is here that the last three travelling dolphin circuses exist, despite being declared illegal by authorities.

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#Dolphins fish on land in incredible wildlife display ~ only occurs in #GeorgiaTidal Marshes at low tide*

#Dolphins fish on land in incredible wildlife display ~ only occurs in #GeorgiaTidal Marshes at low tide* | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
  In a unique wildlife spectacle known only to occur in the tidal marshes of Georgia, dolphins work in synchronization to create a wave that [...]

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Discovery Channel’s ‘North America’ series reveals unusual spectacle that only occurs in Georgia tidal marshes at low tide; birds benefit, too
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Feds Must Analyze #OilSpill #Dispersant Effects on #Wildlife

Feds Must Analyze #OilSpill #Dispersant Effects on #Wildlife | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Environment News Service Feds Must Analyze Oil Spill Dispersant Effects on Wildlife Environment News Service SAN FRANCISCO, California, May 30, 2013 (ENS) – The federal government must analyze the effects of the California Dispersants Plan to...
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“We shouldn’t add insult to injury after an oil spill by using dispersants that put wildlife and people at risk,” said Deirdre McDonnell of the Center for Biological Diversity, which brought suit with Surfrider Foundation and Pacific Environment.

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The long trip north flies when you're having a #whale of a time * Happy weekend *

The long trip north flies when you're having a #whale of a time * Happy weekend * | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The long trip north flies when you're having a whale of a time Courier Mail "There will be plenty of whales coming past, we're seeing the beginning of the whale migration, what's known as the northern leg,'' said Lawrence Orel, from the National...

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#Whales in  #Japan : IKAN, a Japanese organisation, talks to Japanese people ; "Do not eat whale meat ! Safety first !" 

#Whales in  #Japan : IKAN, a Japanese organisation, talks to Japanese people ; "Do not eat whale meat ! Safety first !"  | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it

The number of animal rights' activists in Japan can be counted in hundreds rather than thousands, however, due to the work of organisations such as IKAN, (the Dolphin and Whale Action Network), people are becoming more aware of these issues and the rights of marine animals are being considered as well as those of land animals. 


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DOLPHIN AND WHALE ACTION NETWORK The number of animal rights' activists in Japan can be counted in hundreds rather than thousands, however, due to the work of organisations such as IKAN, (the Dolphin and Whale Action Network), people are becoming more aware of these issues and the rights of marine animals are being considered as well as those of land animals. 
It should be remembered that animal welfare law in Japan just covers pets, unlike in the West where it covers farm animals as well.
In order to understand better Japanese views on whaling and the treatment of other cetaceans, it is helpful to look at the history of their relations with the West.

BACKGROUND In 1853, Japan was forced to open itself up to the outside world through the actions of a Captain Perry of the United States, who arrived with a fleet of warships and demanded a trade agreement under threat of military action.

Even by this time the US had almost exterminated whales in the Atlantic and off the west coast of America and wanted to make their way to the western Pacific to capture whales there. For this they needed bases in the western Pacific, the first view the Japanese had of these white men was of them shooting birds for sport, something that horrified them.

As isolation had been broken, Japan decided to modernise itself. 
The Buddhist sects in Japan forbade the eating of four-legged animals, and for this reason traditional Japanese cuisine comprises fish, seafood, vegetables and rice. However, the ruling élite felt that part of their modernisation should entail promoting the eating of meat, as this was considered sophisticated. 

They also appropriated western technology, at which they were so successful that by the end of the first World War Japan was one of the most powerful nations in the world. 
They had a seat with the big powers in the League of Nations, but were never treated as their equal, and felt that their opinion was ignored in favour of the other white powers. 
This treatment of them as inferior to the white man was to lead to serious consequences in the second World War, and is a sentiment that is still felt by them when they deal with the West.
 In looking at these issues it can help the West to more fully appreciate the resistance the Japanese exhibit when pressured by groups from the West to stop whaling.

These issues have now come full circle. 
The price of beef imports is so expensive that the government is now trying to re-stimulate interest in whale eating, citing it as an ancient Japanese tradition. Whale eating was traditionally a part of the diet of the people who lived on the coast line where they were caught, but was not eaten by the majority of the population except when there was poverty, (after the war for example). 
Indeed in Japan today it is still only eaten by a few, often as a gourmet delicacy, hence the government's desire to increase its consumption. 

Indeed IKAN argues that enough whales become beached each year to satisfy this small demand without commercial whaling to resume. One of the reasons that IKAN has had trouble in getting the Japanese media interested in running stories about the plight of whales, is that it is considered of minor interest.

SAFETY FIRST ! However, IKAN and other groups are actively campaigning against the government-induced offering of free whale meat to shoppers in Ginza and other areas to stimulate demand. The tactic has been to appeal to people's concern about health as much as to arouse concern about the animals themselves. 

The citizen's network, "Safety First!" campaigns on behalf of consumers in raising the issue of the contamination of marine products. It reported that although Japanese government scientists and independent scientists have been studying heavy metal and toxic organic substance accumulation in cetaceans for over two decades, and the results have been presented to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, most of the Japanese public have not been made aware of the problem. 

They report that annually about 20,000 dolphins and small-type whales are caught and marketed nation-wide as 'whale'. 
Aside from being at the top of the food chain cetaceans have a lot of physical contact with toxic substances, yet there is no regular inspection scheme in place to check contamination levels. 
In addition research conducted recently by independent scientists revealed that almost one half of this 'whale meat' actually came from dolphins and toothed whales hunted locally which were contaminated with highly dangerous levels of chemical substances. 

As an example dolphin entrails were found to contain mercury 1600 times more than the Ministry of Health and Welfare guidelines. 'Safety First!' maintain that as many as one in four cetacean products are mislabelled making it virtually impossible for consumers to exercise choice in what they are buying.

In 1999 "Safety First!" contacted over 1,000 Japanese consumer groups, government officials, retailers and fishing co-operatives informing them of these dangers, but no effective action was taken. This parallels the campaign by activists in the West after such crises as BSE or mad cow disease, to ask people to reflect on what they are eating for their own sake, as an impetus to change. The inaction by the Japanese government also parallels that of Western governments, in particular Britain, in waiting until there is a public health disaster before action is taken.
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San Diego #divers see #rare sight ~ Sheep #Crab dining on an almost equally large #SeaHare ***

San Diego #divers see #rare sight ~ Sheep #Crab dining on an almost equally large #SeaHare *** | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
San Diego divers David Hershman and Michael Bear saw a fairly rare sight on their night dive on Tuesday: a large Sheep Crab dining on an almost equally large Se
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