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8 Dive Courses That Will Make You a Better Diver

8 Dive Courses That Will Make You a Better Diver | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
In the ever-evolving sport of diving, the only way to be safe is to stay sharp, refresh skills regularly, and take advantage of skill and equipment developments. Keep your head in the game with these eight scuba diving trips and dive courses.
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Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Chicago has become the latest U.S. city to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a partial plastic bag ban in Chicago on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The proposal was backed by Mayor R...
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Thumbs up---wish other cities would ban them as well!

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, May 2, 8:08 AM

Plastic bags will become a thing of the past very soon; it can be done and more governments are showing the courage to take a stand.

CEC Houston's curator insight, September 3, 5:32 PM

California, Chicago.... While Texas contemplates the legality of bag fees. Which city in the Houston region will be the first? Houston, Pasadena, Pearland, Sugar Land, Baytown, League City?

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Rare albino dolphin is captured by Japanese fishermen

Rare albino dolphin is captured by Japanese fishermen | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Fishermen transferred the rare albino into a small holding pen and killed 11 other dolphins in a shallow cove in Taiji, central Japan. Campaigners are trying to stop the controversial annual hunt.
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Kirk Scuba Gear's comment::::Either way, this action is not acceptable!

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NOAA seeks help with dolphin shooting - Local - Northwest Florida Daily News

NOAA seeks help with dolphin shooting - Local - Northwest Florida Daily News | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Northwest Florida Daily News - Local News.
Your source for local news from Santa Rosa county to Santa Rosa Beach.
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Japanese man gets back boat lost in 2011 tsunami

Japanese man gets back boat lost in 2011 tsunami | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese man has been reunited with a small boat that got swept away in the deadly 2011 tsunami and found three years later on a small atoll about 800 miles southwest of Hawaii.
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Petition: End Swim With Dolphin Programs

Petition: End Swim With Dolphin Programs | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Swim-with-dolphin programs pose a huge risk to the public. There are hundreds of documented cases of injuries from participants, including reports that humans have been rammed or bitten by dolphins during their interactions. It is next to impossible to determine the behavior of a cetacean on a daily basis, especially considering captive dolphins are stressed and frustrated. Expecting the dolphins, children and adults to follow the rules is extremely far-fetched. 

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Get in the water with Crocodiles!

Get in the water with Crocodiles! | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
There is a very specific breed of divers, those who are travelling thousands of miles just to be able to dive with a certain species, usually with one of the big sharks living around the world. The...
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Re-posted from The Scuba News!

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Dolphins in Captivity - Scuba Diver Life

Dolphins in Captivity - Scuba Diver Life | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
For those very few animals spared for captivity — a life sentence without the option of parole — their fate is uncertain. For every one dolphin alive in captivity, there are 10 dead dolphins that were unable to acclimate to a life of imprisonment.
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Excellent Article!

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Why do puffer fish build sandcastles?

Why do puffer fish build sandcastles? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Puffer fish build delicate and intricate structures on the ocean floor, but what could they possibly be used for?
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Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans' Detriment

Ship Traffic Increases Dramatically, to Oceans' Detriment | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The demand for global trade is driving a huge growth in cargo shipping in the world's oceans, with nearly four times as many ships at sea than in 1992.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, November 20, 8:07 AM

Option topic: Marine environments 

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Devastating Starfish Disease May Be Caused by Waterborne Virus

Devastating Starfish Disease May Be Caused by Waterborne Virus | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The mystery surrounding a gruesome disease that affects starfish on the Pacific coast might finally be put to rest.
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Why Are Millions of Starfish 'Melting'?

Why Are Millions of Starfish 'Melting'? | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
A virus is the culprit behind a gruesome wasting disease that has struck sea stars along the West Coast of Canada and the U.S.
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Dive Spots to Check Out With The Whole Family - Scuba Diver Life

Dive Spots to Check Out With The Whole Family - Scuba Diver Life | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
These family-friendly diving destinations are guaranteed to help you create everlasting memories with the entire clan.
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The seas are a climate change battleground — and the government is not protecting them

The seas are a climate change battleground — and the government is not protecting them | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Britain's bass stocks have collapsed, with commercial fishermen and even recreational anglers facing drastic cuts in what they're allowed to catch. West Country boats are laid up after a total ban on fishing for skate — the latest evidence of our continuing failure to manage our seas properly.
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Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Australian scientists

Plan won't save Great Barrier Reef: Australian scientists | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Australia's plans to protect the Great Barrier Reef are inadequate, short-sighted and will not prevent its decline, the country's pre-eminent grouping of natural scientists said Tuesday. The draft plan, released for consultation last month, was supposed to allay concerns by the United Nations about the reef's health after UNESCO threatened to put it on the World Heritage "in danger" list. Environment Minister Greg Hunt has said the proposal reflects an effort to balance the priorities of protecting the reef, which is teeming with marine life, and long-term sustainable development. "The plan also seems overly focused on the short-term task of addressing UNESCO's concerns about the reef's World Heritage Listing, rather than the longer-term challenges of restoring the values of the reef." Hughes said while the plan identified targets for reducing harmful agricultural run-off, any improvements would likely be lost in the unprecedented amount of dredging for coal ports and the Queensland state government's plans to double agricultural production by 2040.
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Shark tales: Mako shark contains dolphin skull

Shark tales: Mako shark contains dolphin skull | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
THERE’S been a few sharky encounters off the Narooma and Bermagui area including a mako shark containing a dolphin skull.
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Mysterious giant sharks may be everywhere

Mysterious giant sharks may be everywhere | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Greenland sharks are absurdly slow and mostly blind, yet they may have spread far beyond the poles
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Women in Commercial Diving: Small, Confident, and Smart! - Divers Institute of Technology

Women in Commercial Diving: Small, Confident, and Smart! - Divers Institute of Technology | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
An interview with a female commercial diver. She talks about underwater construction, adventure, and the advantages of being female in the diving industry.
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Open Letter of Personal Perspective to the Diving Industry | SDI | TDI | ERDI

Open Letter of Personal Perspective to the Diving Industry | SDI | TDI | ERDI | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
An Open Letter of Personal Perspective to the Diving Industry by Brian Carney, President of SDI/TDI/ERDI
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Rich Synowiec's curator insight, November 26, 8:13 PM

just wow... 

 

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Discovered: Oldest Intact Skeleton Found in Mexico's Yucatan

Discovered: Oldest Intact Skeleton Found in Mexico's Yucatan | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The New World's oldest intact skeleton found in Mexico's Yucatan. Read more aboutthe Mexican government's National Institute of Anthropology and History's discovery here.
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Favourite Canadian Dives - Scuba Diver Life

Favourite Canadian Dives - Scuba Diver Life | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The land of the True North strong and free is home to some of the world's best and most glorious diving destinations. Here's a collection of some of our top choices for diving across Canada.
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Newfoundland has endless shipwrecks, after all it is the site of the famous Titanic (not diveable), but it is extreme cold water diving!

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Restaurant owner, parent company plead guilty in sale of whale meat

Restaurant owner, parent company plead guilty in sale of whale meat | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
The parent company and owner of a Santa Monica restaurant pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges stemming from serving meat from the endangered Sei whale to undercover investigators in 2009 and 2010.
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Felicite Joseph Grajille's curator insight, November 20, 5:22 PM

"The outcome of the tagging project of whales which has cost millions of my country is "NIL", so what next for the next generation?"

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TODAY: Chat With National Geographic Explorer Enric Sala

TODAY: Chat With National Geographic Explorer Enric Sala | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Do you ever wonder what it's like to be a National Geographic Explorer? Here's your chance to connect directly with someone who has ventured to unexplored areas, discovered previously unknown life ...
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Alert Diver | Preventing Breathing-Gas Contamination

Alert Diver | Preventing Breathing-Gas Contamination | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it

Incidents involving bad breathing gas — be it air, nitrox, trimix or another mixture — are rare, yet they do occur. Health effects on divers vary depending on the contaminant breathed. Among the most severe symptoms of breathing contaminated gas are impaired judgment and loss of consciousness, both of which may be deadly underwater.

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Biodegradable fishing nets could prevent sea mammal deaths

Biodegradable fishing nets could prevent sea mammal deaths | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues | Scoop.it
Alejandro Plasencia has created biodegradable fishing nets and tracking tags for fishermen to prevent sea mammals getting trapped in lost trawling equipment
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Lauri's curator insight, November 18, 10:56 PM

Finally a sensible solution.