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Ubiquitous Plastics, Toxic Sponges Extraordinaire

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Ubiquitous Plastics, Toxic Sponges Extraordinaire - The Huffington Post  ::  Toxic plastic pollution is filling-up the Great Lakes, European lakes and even subalpine lakes in Europe's famed Alps. This insidious byproduct of petroleum has infiltrated the marine food webs and Earthlings are indeed in harms way.


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Prime Minister announces extra $100 million for Great Barrier Reef protection

Prime Minister announces extra $100 million for Great Barrier Reef protection | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that the federal government will inject an extra $100 million into the management of the Great Barrier Reef.

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dilaycock's curator insight, March 21, 2:38 AM

Time will tell.

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Australia spells out plans to protect Great Barrier Reef

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia detailed on Monday how it will ban dumping of all dredge soil in the Great Barrier Reef as it looks to step up protection of the world's largest reef and avoid having it

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Protecting an Ocean at Risk

"Pristine Seas is an exploration, research, and media project to find, survey, and help protect the last wild places in the ocean. These pristine places are unknown by all but long-distance fishing fleets, which have started to encroach on them. It is essential that we let the world know that these places exist, that they are threatened, and that they deserve to be protected.  Learn more about Pristine Seas here: http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/explore/pristine-seas/ "


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 12, 12:35 PM

I was enchanted hearing Enriq Sala discuss his passion for ocean biodiversity and purity.  This passion, combined with scientific exploration and political advocacy is the backbone of a National Geographic's Pristine Seas project.  Here is one news story about the Seychelles, and how they are trying to manage their fishing industries to promote sustainability and hopefully the Pristine Seas project will lead to greater awareness of the need for ocean conservation. 


Tags: water, conservation, National Geographicphysical, biogeography, environmentpollution, resources.

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 12:41 PM

INDUSTRIALIZATION 

Fishing and Urban Development have detrimentally destroyed our oceans, and we have polluted the seas at such a high level. Urban growth and over fishing have caused our oceans to be polluted, and we are killing the diversity in Earth's waters. It is essential that we preserve marine life and stop polluting the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it. 

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▶ River Country Spirit Ceremony ( Murrundi Ruwe Pangari Ringbalin) - YouTube

Aboriginal peoples along the Murray--Darling rivers in South-Eastern Australia say their river is sick and their country is dying. Ngarrindjeri Elder, Major ...
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Racing Extinction - Why Sharks Matter

SIGH THE PLEDGE to ban the trade of shark fins in Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Jersey: http://sharks-racingextinction.nationbuilder.com For updates on…
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Vital Signs: Sea Level

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Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.
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Five key questions to saving sea creatures - National - NZ Herald News

Five key questions to saving sea creatures - National - NZ Herald News | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Why do marine reserves matter? We might think of them as sanctuaries for our cherished ocean species and habitats, but their benefits stretch well beyond conservation. - New Zealand Herald

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White House Proposes First-Ever Rules For Oil Drilling In The Arctic

White House Proposes First-Ever Rules For Oil Drilling In The Arctic | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are queasy about the prospect of drilling in one of the most environmentally sensitive and isolated areas of the world.

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Human Landscapes of Canada

Human Landscapes of Canada | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Canada is a massive country, yet it has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Despite this, Canadians have made a wide impact on their land, much of it visible from aerial and satellite photography. Hydroelectric facilities, roads, mines, farms, ports, resource exploration, logging, canals, cities, and towns have altered much of the landscape over the years.
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▶ NASA | Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2014 Minimum Extent - YouTube

Sea ice acts as an air conditioner for the planet, reflecting energy from the sun. On September 17, the Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent for 2014. A...
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Yellowstone's grizzlies have officially given up on winter

Yellowstone's grizzlies have officially given up on winter | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
It's so warm that the park's famous grizzlies are coming out of hibernation earlier than ever before.
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Aboriginal stories of sea level rise preserved for thousands of years

Aboriginal stories of sea level rise preserved for thousands of years | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Long before Botany Bay became Sydney's main cargo seaport the iconic cove was a wetland used by the first Australians.
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Great Barrier Reef polluters face tougher action under Queensland's new government

Great Barrier Reef polluters face tougher action under Queensland's new government | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it

OPtion topic(s) Labor government appoints state’s first ever reef minister as it steps up plan to avoid the UN listing the ecosystem as ‘in danger’

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How do natural disasters contribute to the marine debris problem?

How do natural disasters contribute to the marine debris problem? | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms, tsunamis, and landslides have the potential to be the source of a tremendous amount of marine debris. High winds, heavy rain, storm surge, and flooding associated with these disasters can pull large structures, household products, and outdoor items into surrounding waters.

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New battle surfaces over super trawlers

New battle surfaces over super trawlers | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
THE super trawler Geelong Star could cause local depletion of the small pelagic fishery never before seen in Australia, according to recreational fishers.

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OceanAmp's curator insight, March 23, 4:45 AM

the days when fishing was a romantic and sustainable way to feed families and stay balanced with nature are gone, gone, gone.....

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Google Earth Animation Shows How Dams Could Worsen Climate Change

Google Earth Animation Shows How Dams Could Worsen Climate Change | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
A project of two NGOs, using Google Earth technology, highlights far-ranging effects of dams.
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Racing Extinction - Reduce carbon, save species

SIGH THE PLEDGE to ban the trade of shark fins in Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Jersey: http://sharks-racingextinction.nationbuilder.com For updates on…
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China in temporary ivory import ban

China in temporary ivory import ban | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
China imposes a one-year ban on the import of ivory, amid criticism that demand among Chinese consumers is fuelling poaching in Africa.

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The Geographic Advantage

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We are living in an era of receding glaciers, accelerating loss of species habitat, unprecedented population migration, growing inequalities within and between nations, rising concerns over resource depletion, and shifting patterns of interaction and identity. This website provides 11 geographic investigations aligned to the geographic questions in the NRC Understanding Our Changing Planet report. The report focuses on the future directions in the geographical sciences and how these key questions will guide research to help us understand the planet on which we live.

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tom cockburn's curator insight, February 27, 5:09 AM

Affects us all

Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 20, 6:17 PM

This article by the AAG emphasizes that in order to provide a healthier, more prospering world, we need to do 4 things. These 4 things are: environmental change, promote sustainability, spatial reorganization of the economy and society, and harness technological change. This will allow us to create more long term and sustainable geographic patterns. 

Elle Reagan's curator insight, March 22, 10:02 PM

I really liked this article as it was interactive. I was able to pick out the area of geography I wanted to learn about and then it took me to another page that gave me more in-depth explanations. It was an overall good refresher on different aspects of geography with emphasis on how we react with our environment. 

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Ocean Plastic Pollution’s Shocking Death Toll on Endangered Animals

Ocean Plastic Pollution’s Shocking Death Toll on Endangered Animals | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Scientists find that hundreds of species are being harmed or killed by the trash we toss into the seas.

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▶ NASA | Vital Signs: Taking the Pulse of Our Planet - YouTube

Sea ice acts as an air conditioner for the planet, reflecting energy from the sun. On September 17, the Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent for 2014. A...
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Good News for Animals in Nepal: A Full Year Without Poaching

Good News for Animals in Nepal: A Full Year Without Poaching | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Last year more than 700 wildlife criminals were arrested in Nepal, thanks to a multilayered system of information gathering, enforcement, and swift justice.
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Your city's water would be cleaner if it had a magic island in it

Your city's water would be cleaner if it had a magic island in it | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it

Strategies Floating wetlands feed on nitrogen pollution in streams and ponds, stifling gross algal blooms and bringing some wildness back into cities.

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Australia Failing to Protect Great Barrier Reef, Report Says

Australia Failing to Protect Great Barrier Reef, Report Says | Lorraine's Australian Geography Curriculum YR 10 Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Australia has fallen short in its efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the damaging effects of port developments, a report commissioned by an environmental group has found.
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