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Learning from the #SeaGypsies ~ Don't exploit their #onlyFoodSource !

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Phuket Opinion: Learning from the Sea Gypsies The Phuket News It would teach the Gypsies, and their many visitors, conservation and how to run a sustainable under sea environment while making them more financially secure, and less vulnerable to...
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If you are an impoverished section of society you make a living where you can, and while I do not condone the deliberate destruction of coral, the guilty party is not the Gypsies but the company who paid them to make a meager living, while running away with a handsome profit by showing non-swimming tourists a walking tour of “one” of our many coral reefs. 


To the Department of Marine Conservation I would say. “You cannot change the way the Gypsies operate as they have done for centuries by legislation, with similar laws and regulations that relate to the fishing fleets, which have an immeasurably greater impact on the coral and the diminishing fishing stocks.”

5. Why not educate the Gypsies to be more environmentally friendly?


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How We’re #Endangering Animals [Infographic] #Wildlife at Risk !!!

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Wildlife face many threats around the world, from poaching to habitat loss. Global climate change also threatens to destabilize already stressed ecosystems.

Via Wildlife Defence
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This infographic takes a quick look at some of the biggest threats, as well as some of the better known species under assault.

Unfortunately, for every charismatic animal listed — polar bears, penguins, rhinos, etc. — there are scores of lesser known animals (and don’t forget plants!), from alligator snapping turtles tosuckermouth catfish.

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Watered down? #Experts' fury at #ministers over plans for #protecting #BritishSeas ~ Time is of the essence not #Costs Richard Benyon & passing blame is wrong!!!

Watered down? #Experts' fury at #ministers over plans for #protecting #BritishSeas ~  Time is of the essence not #Costs Richard Benyon & passing blame is wrong!!! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Scientists and ministers were at loggerheads last night as they blamed one another for letting plans to protect Britain's marine wildlife and habitats descend into "confusion and disarray".
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The zones were identified as the areas of the sea that most needed protection from fishing and other commercial interests in order to provide safe havens for hard-pressed wildlife. Signatories to the letter include 31 professors, four Fellows of the Royal Society, and five of the scientists who served on the Government's own advisory panel on the subject. However, ministers immediately hit back, claiming that the scientists have failed to come up with the evidence required to support the need to create the zones, leaving the Government in the position that it could only put 31 sites out for consultation instead of 127.

 

He added of the 86 signatories: "Rather than jumping on the bandwagon and lobbying Government, I'd ask these scientists to focus their attention on gathering more evidence so we can designate more sites in future."

His attack further incensed marine scientists. Professor Callum Roberts of the University of York said: "The Government is trying to palm off the blame for the decision. They need to have the balls to stand behind it rather than saying the science was lacking."

Professor Roberts said the letter, which he organised, was an expression of how frustrated, angry and let down marine scientists feel. "It was clear when I was contacting scientists about this letter that there was a very great deal of anger and upset," he said.

"We had within our grasp a world class network of protected areas which would have gone a very long way towards the recovery of England's marine life and productivity. Now it's a complete mess."

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#Sharks: 21 Fast #Facts About Conservation and Global Threats ~ #Pew

Sharks play a vital role in marine ecosystems, helping to maintain a balance that's critical for commercially important fisheries. But they are also one of t...

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                 They play a Vital role in the Sea's overall Health

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#BluefinTuna ~ Are they in great shape or severely #depleted?

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Are They in Great Shape or Severely Depleted?
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In order to prove the theory that additional western bluefin spawning grounds exist, other than those in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists need to do more studies. So far, they have not found bluefin larvae or young in other suspected spawning areas.

 

Although they know that reproductive-age tuna have been in these areas during spawning season, they have no proof that the females were actually ripe and ready to spawn. Could it be that smaller bluefin spawn every year and simply migrate around wide areas, raising all these questions?

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#Toothfish numbers declared sustainable ~ @abc ~ shssssh,not too loud!

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Tasmania's toothfish industry has been declared sustainable by two influential bodies following adjustments in fishing methods. Just 15 years ago the fishery was on the verge of being decimated by poachers in the Southern Ocean.
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Tasmania's toothfish fishery has been declared sustainable by two influential bodies following adjustments in fishing methods.

Just 15 years ago the fishery was on the verge of being decimated by poachers in the Southern Ocean.

In an unusual partnership, environmentalists and the industry campaigned together to encourage consumer boycotts as well as increased surveillance at sea and more controls in ports.

The poaching has been mostly wiped out and changes in fishing gear has seen the number of albatross being caught in fishing lines massively reduced.

Alistair Graham from the World Wildlife Fund says collaboration between the toothfish industry and environmentalists has helped stamp out illegal fishing.

"By working together combining our networks and way of doing things we had a spectacular effect on the public policy environment both domestically and internationally but also on commercial behaviour," he said.

 

Martin Exel from the Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators says a lot of work has been put in and now only a handful of birds are being killed.

The Australian fisheries at Heard and Macquarie Islands have now been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainable.

 

Mr Exel says America's most influential seafood rating agency, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has also taken notice.
"In Australia's case both of our fisheries are rated best choice which aligns with the Marine Stewardship Council Certification where both of our fisheries are rated as well managed and sustainable," he said.

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Op-Ed: Surprise! #PETA buys shares in #SeaWorld ~

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SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. made waves Friday in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange when its stock opened at $30.56 a share. One newly invested part-owner quickly stepped forward -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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#Scientists call for #larger #Ocean #Reserves (ScienceAlert) !

#Scientists call for #larger #Ocean #Reserves (ScienceAlert) ! | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Leading marine scientists have called for the protection of more large marine wilderness areas after a study showed there's dramatically less fish i (RT @Seasaver: Scientists call for larger ocean reserves http://t.co/PciJu2phIu...
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The researchers acknowledge that marine reserves closer to centres of human population require different kinds of management and need to be smaller, to ensure that people can still draw their livelihoods and food from the sea – and these smaller marine reserves also provide important conservation gains.


As world fish stocks decline, large remote wilderness reserves require careful protection against plundering by illegal and ‘pirate’ fishing concerns.



“Clearly marine wilderness does promote a unique ecological community, which smaller no-take areas fail to attain, and formal legislation is therefore critical to protect these last marine wilderness areas,” the scientists conclude.


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#Wildlife Extra News - South Africa declares Prince Edward Islands as a vast #marine #protected area*

#Wildlife Extra News - South Africa declares Prince Edward Islands as a vast #marine #protected area* | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
The online wildlife magazine for those who like wildlife, wildlife news and watching wildlife, plus a guide to UK nature reserves. (RT @Apathetica_ South Africa declares Prince Edward Islands as a vast marine protected area.
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The marine biodiversity of the Prince Edward Islands is of global importance. The islands are home to a suite of spectacular marine wildlife, including albatrosses, penguins, killer whales and Patagonian toothfish stocks. Unfortunately this wildlife has been threatened by illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the past, resulting in significant economic and ecological losses to South Africa.

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Pollution may ‘wipe out’ a generation of #seabirds

Pollution may ‘wipe out’ a generation of #seabirds | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
An entire generation of seabirds could be wiped out on a section of the British coastline after hundreds were found dead last week, wildlife authorities have warned.
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More than 700 guillemots, razorbills and puffins have been washed up in Devon and Cornwall in the last fortnight covered in a clear sticky substance thought to be polyisobutene (PIB).

Wildlife agencies in the two counties said the number of birds killed or rendered helpless could now reach thousands and warned that a “whole generation of seabirds” may have been wiped out by a single pollution incident.

PIB is an oil additive often used to improve the performance of lubricating oil and is considered a hazard to the marine environment. But it is legal to discharge it in certain quantities directly into the sea.

 

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust renewed calls for PIB discharges to be outlawed by the International Maritime Organisation. It said “urgent action” was required to prevent “further death and destruction” in the South West.

“It has been a terribly sad time for everyone seeing these beautiful birds washing up dead in horrific numbers along our coastline,” said Abby Crosby, a marine conservation officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

 

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it had been unable to trace the source of the spill, although it appears to be the same as that which affected more than 300 birds along a 200-mile stretch of coastline in January and February.

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Don't Ignore the Root of #Trouble in Our #Oceans ~ #pollution

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Our oceans are already undergoing an unprecedented transformation by carbon pollution and it will only get worse if it goes unchecked.

Via Wildlife Defence
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The troubling part, though, is what's not in the plan. Specifically, any steps to reduce carbon pollution that's plaguing oceans and rapidly transforming marine life.

 

Without making cuts, the long-term future of many marine species is in question.

 

But we shouldn't dally -- every day of delay is a day closer deeper trouble in our oceans.

   
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#Overexploitation Watch: #Antarctic #Krill

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Sea Shepherd has a pretty depressing report on the factory ships they have seen plying Antarctic waters and scooping up krill: The area where we found the krill fishing vessels was incredibly close...
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You can’t get much further away as Antarctica and you can’t get much further down the food web than Krill.


                                   We are reaching the end.

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Stormy Waters: #NatGeo David Doubilet, Part II - unEARTHED, from Earthjustice (blog) More below...

Stormy Waters: #NatGeo David Doubilet, Part II - unEARTHED, from Earthjustice (blog) More below... | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
Stormy Waters: National Geographic's David Doubilet, Part IIunEARTHED, from Earthjustice (blog)Do you have any tips on how to get started with underwater photography?

Via Darrin Jillson
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You have to think of this planet, really, as a water planet, not as a land planet.
It really is the heart and soul of what life is.


Link:: http://earthjustice.org/slideshows/under-the-sea-with-david-doubilet#/sites/default/files/oceans-dd-01.jpg

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#Sea-ice #ecosystem possibly triggered evolution of baleen #whales ...

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The circum-Antarctic Southern Ocean is an important region for global marine food webs and carbon cycling because of sea-ice formation and its unique plankton ecosystem. The origin of its ecosystems can be traced back to ...

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The circum-Antarctic Southern Ocean is an important region for global marine food webs and carbon cycling because of sea-ice formation and its unique plankton ecosystem. The origin of its ecosystems can be traced back to the emergence of the Antarctic ice sheets approximately 33.6 million years ago. This discovery was made by an international team including scientists from the Goethe University and the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt, Germany. Their study, published today in Science, shows that the development of the sea-ice ecosystem possibly triggered further adaptation and evolution of larger organisms such as baleen whales and penguins.

 

The scientists analysed sediment samples from drill cores on the seafloor, which were obtained in 2010 off the coast of Antarctica, as part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). The cores reach nearly 1000 meters beneath the seafloor and provide new insights into a long gone past.

A study published in 2012 demonstrated that subtropical plants covered Antarctica about 53 million years ago. In the course of the following 20 million years, the global climate cooled continuously. The new study focuses on the interval 33.6 million years ago when within a short time an enormous ice sheet covered Antarctica. This changed the life conditions and the ecosystems on the Antarctic continent and the surrounding Southern Ocean dramatically.

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Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-sea-ice-ecosystem-possibly-triggered-evolution.html#jCp


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Thousands of #Whales and #Dolphins at #Risk: Actor Ted Danson Petitions Government to Halt Deadly #Seismic Testing in the #Gulf

Thousands of #Whales and #Dolphins at #Risk: Actor Ted Danson Petitions Government to Halt Deadly #Seismic Testing in the #Gulf | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
An easy thing to do for Earth Day 2013 – please sign Ted’s petition, and take a few minutes to see how this actor is using his resources to make a difference.

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                                A deaf Whale is a Dead Whale!

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#California appeals court upholds #marine reserve areas

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Californias landmark decision to establish the nations largest network of marine reserves did not violate state law and will be allowed to stand, a state appeals court has ruled.

Via Gaye Rosier
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In a significant victory for environmentalists and biologists who support the "no-fishing zones'' designed to restore declining ocean species, the Fourth District Court of Appeal this week turned back a challenge by the Coastside Fishing Club, based in Martinez, Calif. The group had sued, arguing that the rules went too far and violated state law.

"We're very heartened. It's really good news for the future of California's coast," said Karen Garrison, co-director of ocean programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.

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#OnlineSmuggling has #wildlife bureau hiring cyber detectives ~ #Seahorses #SeaCucumbers < page two...

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Online smuggling has wildlife bureau hiring cyber detectives - Almost a thousand websites, many of them Indian, are at the centre of a new-age illegal trade in wildlife, promising (Online smuggling has wildlife bureau hiring cyber detectives: Based...
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On sale in this online black market, largely catering to foreign markets, are not just the usual tiger skins, elephants tusks and rhinoceros horns but also the likes of the colourful tokay gecko, giant ladybirds, the Indian star tortoise, hill mynahs, tarantulas, sea horses, sea cucumbers, parakeets; animal parts like pangolin scales, neck feathers of the grey jungle fowl, musk pods, bear bile, mongoose hair, snake skins, insects and rare plants of high medicinal value. READ more on page 2.

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Reaching an #Arctic Accord ~ unbelievably #fragile !

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'The waters of the central Arctic, an area the size of the Mediterranean, hold the last untouched fishing stocks on this planet.' NYT ("@RSN_Godot: Reaching an Arctic Accord to guard against countries overfishing this pristine area
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he central Arctic Ocean has been covered in ice for eons, but under the influence of global warming, nearly half of it is now open water for part of the year. Commercial fishing has not yet begun there, but the urge to begin fishing is almost overwhelming.

The waters of the central Arctic, an area the size of the Mediterranean, hold the last untouched fishing stocks on this planet. At present, they also lie beyond the boundaries of settled international law - more than a million square miles outside the reach of the exclusive economic zones that protect the national waters of the five countries with coastlines on the Arctic: the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark and Norway.

 

What ice once protected, it is now up to humans to protect. Beginning later this month, the ice nations will discuss an international accord that would impose a moratorium on commercial fishing until scientists have had a chance to study the fish populations and underwater environment.

 

Eventually, these waters would be opened for carefully managed fishing. The immediate goal is to forestall the rapacious fishing fleets of Japan and China, for which the Arctic is an all too tempting target. Chinese trawlers already fish for krill in Antarctica, about 7,000 miles from China. The Arctic is 5,000 miles away.

In a curious way, the year-round Arctic ice, which has persisted for some 100,000 years, has made international agreements covering the use of these waters by Arctic nations unnecessary. If an Arctic fishing accord is reached - and we firmly believe that one is essential - it will be only the third such agreement; the first two regulated search-and-rescue operations and responses to oil spills as new drilling areas and shipping lanes opened up in coastal waters.

No matter how severe, how austere, the Arctic may seem in our imaginations, it is almost unbelievably fragile, as are many of the species newly exposed under what is now open water. It is time, now, to intercede and protect this environmental oasis.

 
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#EU ban on #trade in #sealfur set to be overturned!

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A Europe-wide ban on the trade of seal fur and products is expected to be overturned this week, in a move that will reignite one of the world's most contentious wildlife issues.

Via Wildlife Defence
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A Europe-wide ban on the trade of seal fur and products is expected to be overturned this week, in a move that will reignite one of the world's most contentious wildlife issues.

The actor Jude Law has written a letter calling for the ban to be upheld, which he says would be "in line with the wishes of compassionate people all around the world". He sent the letter to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on behalf of the animal rights group Peta a week before the WTO's final hearing on the issue in Geneva and days after the start of Canada's annual seal pup slaughter.....read more on link above...

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#Evolutionary Perspectives & Approaches to #Conserving #VanishingWildlife - National Geographic

#Evolutionary Perspectives & Approaches to #Conserving #VanishingWildlife - National Geographic | Rescue our Ocean's & it's species from Man's Pollution! | Scoop.it
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Evolutionary Perspectives & Approaches to Conserving Vanishing Wildlife
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In prior interviews with Dr.
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Will the polar bear adapt in time or “re-adapt” to life on land.


Will these iconic, Arctic predators essentially evolve to negotiate unprecedented warming trends? It is highly doubtful.


To preserve imperiled wildlife like the polar bear, humans may need to intervene on a number of fronts, not the least being the management of evolution?


We will explore this topic and related aspects of conservation in the context of evolutionary biology with Dr. Hutchins in our eighth interview for National Geographic News.

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Amid #mammal 'crisis,' #Wildlife Center seeks #volunteers, donations - Malibu Times

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Amid mammal 'crisis,' Wildlife Center seeks volunteers, donations
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A California Wildlife Center worker tends to a rescued sea lion pup in Malibu. Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 6:30 pm.
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Approximately 1,000 malnourished sea lions have been picked up in Southern California this year, with 118 of them from Malibu.


In what's been labeled as a mortality "crisis," the California Wildlife Center is still in need of volunteers and donations to help care a record number of beached sea lions and elephant seals that have washed up in Los Angeles County this year. 

 

The CWC in Calabasas is set to finish construction at the end of April on a temporary shelter to take in the overflow of animals being housed in San Pedro shelters.


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Thanks to #Plastic, Your Chances of Finding Nemo Just Got Way Worse!

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Yes, high-profile adventurers have drawn attention to plastic pollution in our oceans, but has it worked to lessen the filth?
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The eve of the forty third Earth Day is a good time to reflect on some of the major environmental ills facing the planet’s one ocean. Perhaps the first would be to address the fact that since nearly 72 percent of the planet is covered by salt water, shouldn’t we really be celebrating the anniversary of Ocean Day?

Earlier in the week we looked at the future role of marine protected areas, specifically in the Antarctic Ocean, as a way to preserve or revive specific sections of ocean and coast. But one of the most insidious ocean pollution stories of the past few years are the amount of plastic swirling around in it.

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Champions for #Cetaceans ~ please send your comments to #NOAA before closing...

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A site where supporters of whales, dolphins, and porpoises can network, share information, and join forces to help save Cetaceans

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Please get your comments into NOAA before the comment period closes! 

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Ending the #overfishing crisis #Greenpeace ~ Too many boats catching too few fish,some are juvenile!

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Less than six months after sailing through the Indian Ocean last year, Greenpeace has returned to the region to help end overfishing and create sustainable tuna fisheries that bring real economic benefits to coastal communities.
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#CarbonPollution: If We Don’t Change Our Direction, We’ll End Up Where We’re Headed...

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By Dr. Jonathan G.Koomey, via koomey.com If we don’t change our direction, we’ll end up where we’re headed Climate Progress did a great service for climate communications on March 8th, 2013 by publishing this graph of historical and projected global...
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The historical data in the graph came from a recently published article in Science, and the projected data came from the “no-policy” case developed by the folks at MIT back in 2009. The MIT case showed about a 5 Celsius degree increase in global average surface temperatures by 2100, equivalent to about a 9 Fahrenheit degree increase.

 

I like this graph because it combines what we know about historical temperatures with what is our most likely future — one where we continue to consume fossil fuels at increasing rates. I realized after seeing Joe’s graph that I could easily add additional context to it, because I have both historical data on carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, as well as the detailed projections from the MIT researchers (which I obtained from them while working on my most recent book, Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs).

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