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Grim Consequences of #Canadian #TarSands’ Rapid Growth

Grim Consequences of #Canadian #TarSands’ Rapid Growth | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
While industry has embarked on lobbying and public relations campaigns in an effort to paint themselves as responsible ("Air pollution kills about 20,000 Canadians a year & with tar sands expansion, it will only get worse”
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Harm to the #Oceans can make #Sharks sick ~ #OilSpills #RunOffs of #ToxicChems !

Harm to the #Oceans can make #Sharks sick ~ #OilSpills  #RunOffs of #ToxicChems ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Harm to the oceans can make sharks sick
Chicago Daily Herald
Sharks rule the oceans as the top predator. They play a key role, and are called a keystone species because they keep marine populations in check by weeding out the sick and the old.

Via Prof Brendan Godley
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Research conducted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium tracks traces of the toxins PCB and DDT in mother sharks, chemicals that have been banned for decades but linger in ocean waters. Scientists are trying to determine if these chemicals cross over to baby sharks.

 

Dr. Mike Murray, Monterey Bay Aquarium veterinarian, said poor food quality can make sharks in the wild sick.

 

"Bad food, not enough food, and the wrong types of food can also make animals, including people and sharks, sick," Murray said.

"So, some of the harm that is being done to the oceans and the animals that live in them can affect sharks by affecting their food. There are lots of things that make sharks sick, but we can do an awful lot to protect them and keep them healthy by making sure that their oceans are kept healthy."

 

Anyone can help keep sharks and other marine animals healthy by taking care of how they dispose of chemicals, medicines and other pollutants.

 

"Among the things we can do to help keep sharks from getting sick is to limit the chemicals we use, and the flow of those chemicals into rivers, lakes and oceans where wildlife lives," said Monterey Bay Aquarium's Ken Peterson.

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#China's Monster #Fish Ends Up in a Cheesy Photo Op ~ insatiable desires will be their undoing!

#China's Monster #Fish Ends Up in a Cheesy Photo Op ~ insatiable desires will be their undoing! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
That's one big fish. One really big fish. Your typical smaller grouper weighs between three and five pounds, but this is hardly typical. This is a goliath grouper.
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 It has taken billions of years for life to evolve to the state it's in now and humans will completely destroy almost all of it in the next few centuries if things continue in the direction they are going. You could call it "surivival of the fittest" or take the more nihilistic approach and say humans are just the most efficient virus ever developed, but the reality is humans WILL absorb all of the natural resources and we WILL destroy the planet as we know it.

 

That said, as long as life exists in some form, it will continue to grow and evolve; re-engineering the future even after people are all gone.

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#Dirtydealings: #Chevron's #toxicPollution fine reduced to $9.5bn ~ #Environment

#Dirtydealings: #Chevron's #toxicPollution fine reduced to $9.5bn ~ #Environment | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
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Dirty dealings: Chevron's toxic pollution fine reduced to $9.5bn
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Chevron refused to apologize for 40 years of harmful oil extraction from the Amazon rainforest by Texaco, which has left the land polluted with toxins and waste.
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#Salmon toss: #Students put #FishCarcasses in creek for wildlife ~ #nutrients

#Salmon toss: #Students put #FishCarcasses in creek for wildlife ~ #nutrients | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Salmon toss: Students put fish carcasses in creek for wildlife KPTV.com A group of 38 juniors and seniors from Clackamas High School placed the salmon in the upper reaches of the Clackamas Watershed to boost nutrient levels for fish and other...
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Dolphin-Killing #Virus Spreads South, May Be Infecting #Whales Too !

Dolphin-Killing #Virus Spreads South, May Be Infecting #Whales Too ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Dolphin-Killing Virus Spreads South, May Be Infecting Whales Too Wired “It was very unreal dealing with the numbers of animals that were coming in at the peak in August,” said Mark Swingle, director of research and conservation at the Virginia...

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Interpol issues #warning of new slice-and-dice #sharkfinning method #CostaRica + below...

Interpol issues #warning of new slice-and-dice #sharkfinning method  #CostaRica + below... | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The Tico Times - Central America's leading English language news source.

Via Kathy Dowsett
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12.11.13 ~ Uh Oh, People Are Still Shark Finning Legally in Costa Rica Despite the Ban

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/uh-oh-people-are-still-shark-finning-legally-in-costa-rica-despite-the-ban.html#ixzz2kWv7NrXW

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, November 12, 2013 12:49 PM

This is pathetic and ugly.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:02 PM

Option topic: Marine Environments and management

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#Ultraviolet #nets significantly reduce sea #Turtle #bycatch

#Ultraviolet #nets significantly reduce sea #Turtle #bycatch | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Bycatch, a side-effect of commercial fishing in which non-target species are accidentally caught, is linked to severe population declines in several species.
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"Bycatch of threatened species such as sea turtles and marine mammals is often a major concern because some bycatch rates are so large that it threatens the entire population of those species," said John Wang, one of the authors of the study. "Gillnets are one of the most ubiquitous forms of fishing around the world. It is relatively low cost, easy to deploy, and offers a livelihood for many peoples in coastal communities. Gillnet fishing is often the most non-specific type of fishing - that is - it often associated with high rates of bycatch." 

Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1111-pham-uv-nets-reduce-seaturtle-bycatch.html#cYSWHc6OZ4JfiWcv.99

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Web Resources About #WaterPurity, #Pollution, Or How To Test Water Quality

Web Resources About #WaterPurity, #Pollution, Or How To Test Water Quality | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Tweet I found these helpful link on the New York Times website: DRINKING WATER The Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water Environmental Protection Agency Local Drinking Water System Lookup Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water and...
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#Extinction Roulette: #Fukushima by Michael Allen Martin, Hong Kong ~ #warped #deluded & #dangerous !

#Extinction Roulette: #Fukushima by Michael Allen Martin, Hong Kong ~ #warped #deluded & #dangerous ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Extinction Roulette: Fukushima. The consequences, the human toll, have already begun.
Marian Locksley's insight:

Perhaps we will learn that Corporate/Government Neo-Fascism and the power it exerts over the global masses… does not work. Perhaps we will learn that their priorities and objectives are not ours- that they are quite willing to impoverish and kill us all (and themselves) in working their warped, deluded, and dangerous agenda. Perhaps we will learn that we must rise up against those that maliciously seek our collective destruction. Perhaps we will learn that only by such a response might we survive as a species.

 

               Perhaps we will learn that ‘perhaps’ is not enough.

 

Death of the Pacific. Fukushima Debris soon to hit American Shores: http://nsnbc.me/2013/09/13/death-of-the-pacific-fukushima-debris-soon-to-hit-american-shores/
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#DolphinMating Season Begins! ~ Posted by Whitney Friedman of University of #California @NatGeo

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Love is in the air at Shark Bay.

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#Sharkfinning to be outlawed in #NZ ~ a wave better for species*

#Sharkfinning to be outlawed in #NZ ~ a wave better for species* | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Shark finning is to be banned in New Zealand by 2016.
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#China eyes #Antarctica's resource bounty ~ there can be #NoErrors !

#China eyes #Antarctica's resource bounty ~ there can be #NoErrors ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Experts raise concerns over China's ambitions in mineral-rich continent as Snow Dragon icebreaker embarks

Via Red-DragonRising
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Countries who fail their own #environment should not be involved in Antarctica  ~  'EarthLaw '  !

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The 10 Steps That Need To Be Taken To #CleanUp The #Ocean ~ #PlasticsScourge

The 10 Steps That Need To Be Taken To #CleanUp The #Ocean ~ #PlasticsScourge | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
How to Clean Up Ocean Plastics Pollution: Actress Amy Smart and UCLA Experts on HuffPost Live - The Huffington Post (How to Clean Up Ocean Plastics Pollution: Actress Amy Smart and UCLA Experts on HuffPost Live http://t.co/tPPSF8CCGm...
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#GhostGear ~ A Scary Matter! #OceanDefendersAlliance ~ More below... #HopeSpots

#GhostGear ~ A Scary Matter!  #OceanDefendersAlliance  ~ More below... #HopeSpots | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
… (Ghost gear + #overfishing = big problems - @OceanDefenders Alliance + @MissionBlue = #hope - That's my kind of math! http://t.co/0JXiVmmRl3)
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The Lowdown on IMPAC 3: http://mission-blue.org/2013/10/the-lowdown-on-the-impac-3/

 

 

Fifteen hundred representatives from 87 nations came together last week to discuss our absolutely favorite subject:  Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s), or as we call them, Hope Spots. It went down in France with a delicately balanced soup of the relevant stakeholders: Marine Protected Area managers, scientists, politicians, local representatives, concerned civilians, business executives and more.

Getting together and talking is all well and good — but what happened? What were the visions put forward to save our ocean?

 

On the Mission Blue front, we were ecstatic to announce a new Hope Spot Map with 50 marine areas targeted for increased conservation. Ideally even larger swaths of the ocean would be completely protected starting tomorrow, yet these 50 Hope Spots offer a road map — a game plan — to concentrate conservation efforts in places that are critical to ocean health…critical to the future health of our entire planet, whose chemistry and biology is driven by our Blue Heart.

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Arviat tests #feedingStations to divert #Polarbears ~ pls read comments on this link.

Arviat tests #feedingStations to divert #Polarbears ~ pls read comments on this link. | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Wildlife officers in Arviat, Nunavut, are trying a different technique this year to try and keep polar bears out of the community during freeze-up — offering them meat.
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Save The Arctic : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV9BLjzgS7E&feature=share&list=UUTDTSx8kbxGECZJxOa9mIKA

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#SeaWorld vs. #OSHA: No Matter Who Wins, the #Whales Lose ~ @SeaShepherd ~ more below...

#SeaWorld vs. #OSHA: No Matter Who Wins, the #Whales Lose ~ @SeaShepherd ~ more below... | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.
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Japanese Whaling unjust: http://www.tokyotimes.com/2013/japanese-whaling-unsustainable-and-irresponsible-uk-study/



“For 2013, the catch limits allow the slaughter of 16,655 small cetaceans, but our analysis of available scientific data raises very serious concerns about the sustainability of these hunts. In using outdated population information and lacking a scientifically rigorous method for setting catch limits, the Government is displaying a lack of responsibility and is failing to implement its own policies of sustainable utilization,” itadded.

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Can #Sealife adapt to souring #Oceans? #SeaChange ~ + see below #feeding #phytoplankton

Can #Sealife adapt to souring #Oceans?  #SeaChange ~ + see below #feeding #phytoplankton | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
For a glimpse of how nature might adapt to ocean acidification, scientists turn to the prickly sea urchin.

Via Kathy Dowsett
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http://uk.news.yahoo.com/-new-book-explores-how-a-vat-of-rotten-urine-led-to-one-of-science-s-big-breakthroughs-140725627.html#pTgs1Oo&nbsp;   <<  Please see video bottom of this link.

 

5 Ways to Save the World: Urine component as nourishment for sea?

 

More:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24904143 <   

Emissions of CO2 driving rapid oceans 'acid trip'  !

 

14.11.13 ~ 

Scientists warn of hot, sour, breathless oceans:  http://phys.org/news/2013-11-scientists-hot-sour-breathless-oceans.html ;
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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, April 14, 2:01 PM

Our oceans are changing. 

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Looking for #life at the bottom of the #sea ~ video 7.24mins

Looking for #life at the bottom of the #sea ~ video 7.24mins | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Explorers fish for answers in the first systematic study of life in ocean trenches.

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No #bycatch at all? Do you really think we are that stupid? - #BluefinAction

No #bycatch at all?  Do you really think we are that stupid? - #BluefinAction | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
This is the website for Bluefin Action, a group of people with experience in animal rights and marine conservation efforts, dedicated to saving Bluefin Tuna from extinction (RT @bluefinaction: NO BYCATCH?
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'Saving Our Fish' Needs More Than Ban On Discarding: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131110204343.htm

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Curbing #China’s Massive ~& Destructive – #DistantWaterFishingFleet !

Curbing #China’s Massive ~& Destructive – #DistantWaterFishingFleet ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
the Blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program (Curbing #China’s massive, destructive, distant water fishing fleet http://t.co/KocJBMldnH via @DianeN56 @NewSecurityBeat #overfishing)...
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China’s massive distant water fishing fleet is problematic for a few reasons, the most prominent being that a significant portion of its catch it illegal, unreported, or unregulated, making measuring catches and determining sustainable catch rates impossible. Of the estimated 4.6 million tons of fish China catches annually, the vast majority comes from outside of its domestic waters, and most of that is unreported.

Along with many other distant water fishing nations, China concentrates a good portion of its efforts off the west coast of Africa due to nutrient upwelling that brings dense schools of phytoplankton and all the food chains that rely on them. Many European and other countries have signed access agreements under theUN Convention on the Law of the Sea establishing certain extraction amounts and parameters with African countries. China does not publically disclose its access agreements, so it is unclear how much of their activity is illegal, but it is estimated that 80 percent of the 3.1 million tons caught off African coasts is illegal, unreported, or unregulated.

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#Hinkley C #Nuclear Power Plant To Get Twice The Rate As Solar PV From #UK Gov. Pls SIGN below

#Hinkley C #Nuclear Power Plant To Get Twice The Rate As Solar PV From #UK Gov. Pls SIGN below | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
In a demonstration of how out of touch the UK government is with public opinion, it intends to pay approximately twice as much for electricity from the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power plant near Bristol than is paid for electricity from solar power...

Via Rob McCarty
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STOP this madness you crave uk Gov. & come Clean!  PETITION> https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/End_Nuclear_Insanity_NOW_Ban_Construction_of_Hinkley_C_Nuclear_Power_Station/?wowBBbb

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Rob McCarty's curator insight, October 30, 2013 1:30 PM

Is there something I'm missing here? This sounds to ridiculous to true.

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@SeaShepherd founder in court in Seattle after #JapaneseWhalers threaten fines ~ c.c @CaptPaulWatson

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The anti-whaling activist and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Paul Watson is due to take the witness stand in a contempt of court hearing in Seattle.
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What a waste of time and money, it's quite plain that Sea Shepherd want to save Species of the Seas......."Who else is there, with such compassion"?  

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Abbott raises global ire after ditching #tuna deal ~ species thats #criticallyEndanagered !

Abbott raises global ire after ditching #tuna deal ~ species thats #criticallyEndanagered ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
The Abbott government has been rebuked by Japan and New Zealand for ditching Australia's commitment to monitor closely its catch of the endangered southern bluefin tuna.
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Almost all of the Australian quota is taken by purse seine vessels operating in the Great Australian Bight under the control of Port Lincoln's tuna tycoons.


listed as critically endangered by environment group the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-raises-global-ire-after-ditching-tuna-deal-20131108-2x72m.html#ixzz2kGUhjFTF


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Gov. approved #cull of #endangered #Birds on Duke of Westminster’s Estate! @ChrisGPackham described the situation as a #travesty !

Gov. approved #cull of #endangered #Birds on Duke of Westminster’s Estate! @ChrisGPackham described the situation as a #travesty ! | Now is the Time to Help our Oceans & it's Species ! | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of endangered birds have been shot, trapped and poisoned on one of England's largest shooting estates with the approval of the government agen (RT @debbiedaywalker: Government approved cull of endangered birds on Duke of Westminster’s...
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Chris Packham, the BBC Springwatch presenter and naturalist, has described the situation as a “travesty” and the RSPB is now calling for an urgent review.

 

Chris Packham said he was “completely unaware of this travesty”. He added: “In these days of widespread decline and the accompanying need for increasingly effective conservation, this perverse anomaly strikes me as particularly inexcusable on any level. The fate of a species should not be imperilled by the murderous desires of a minority. Here is a perfect opportunity for the shooting fraternity to publicly put their house in order and I sincerely hope they do.”

 

Confusion’ over the legal protection status of the lesser black-backed gullhas allowed culling to continue, despite its population crashing in recent years.

 

Some experts believe the culling was also partly to protect grouse shooting interests.!

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