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Saving dolphins could be key to healing the oceans.

Saving dolphins could be key to healing the oceans. | Environment. | Scoop.it

One of the daily privileges of living in Southern California along the Santa Monica Bay is watching pods of bottlenose dolphins patrolling the coastline.


Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 10:00 am

Dr. Reese Halter / Special to Malibu Times| 3 comments

One of the daily privileges of living in Southern California along the Santa Monica Bay is watching pods of bottlenose dolphins patrolling the coastline. They are extraordinary creatures with astounding memories that bring joy to my day each time I see them.

My students and I believe that dolphins are entitled to the right of life. We along with millions of other Earthlings are mortified that Japan and Faroe Islanders brutally slaughter dolphins e.g., the events at Faroe Islands and Taiji Cove, with such reckless abandon and a despicable sense of entitlement.

Those unfortunate dolphins and other sea life not slaughtered but caught are sentenced to an unimaginable captivity - suffering a brutal and torturous existence in dolphinariums for the amusement of unconscious humans. Have you seen the documentary "Blackfish"?

Since July 1 of this year, my colleagues and I have witnessed bottlenose dolphins dying along the eastern seaboard from New York to the Carolinas (and soon predicted along Florida), at ten times the normal death rates, washing ashore emaciated, shark bitten with shocking skin lesions. So far over 375 have perished. Predictions suggest casualties will at least double before a morbillus virus, which is implicated in their deaths, abates.

In addition, it is worrisome that polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs are showing up in high concentrations off the coast of Georgia. Although banned in the U.S. since 1979, the chemicals remain at manufacturing sites, bleeding carcinogenic toxicity into soils and waterways for many decades.

The truth of the matter is that our oceans are desperately sick; my forthcoming book 'Shepherding the Sea' delves into many of those details. In the meantime, dolphins and whales are in big trouble - naval and oil exploration sonar are shattering their eardrums, cargo ships are ramming them, 13 million miles (or 27 round trips to the moon!) of hooked and monofilament fishing lines are ensnaring them or cutting them badly, their autoimmune systems are so over-compromised from mercury poisoning (a by-product of coal-fired power plants) and toxic micro-plastics acting as sponges laced with high concentrations of potent man-made poisons. These awesome sea creatures are now susceptible to many viruses whereby pneumonia sets in quickly.

My colleagues have clearly shown that both filter feeding whales like humpbacks and both large and small toothed whales such as dolphins play an essential role in keeping the web of sea life intact and vibrant. The filter feeders fertilize the ocean with their nitrogen-rich flocculent fecal plumes; stimulating phytoplankton, enriching the marine ecosystem, and creating abundant fisheries. Toothed whales cull the old and weak fish and seal populations, preventing diseases from becoming epidemics and ensuring a high level of fitness throughout the seas.

The Japanese and Fareo Island bloodlust is barbaric and it is fueling the death of the sea - their repugnant sense of entitlement must end now!

The Japanese government recently called demonstrators in Tokyo 'environmental terrorists' for drawing attention to the beginning of yet another dolphin slaughter season. Shame on them for their incorrigible misuse of the word 'terrorism.'

Those that stand-up for nature and the rights of sealife are intrepid and indeed worthy of praise. On the other hand, those that authorize and profit from the killing or torturing of nature and the destruction of our living biosphere are perpetrating global crimes against all children, and their birth-right on planet Earth.

Do not buy tickets to dolphinariums.

Please support the conservation work of Blue Voice, Save Japan Dolphins, Ocean Preservation Society, Animals Australia and Operation Infinite Patience - Sea Shepherd.

Earth Dr Reese Halter is a broadcaster, conservation biologist, educator and co-author of "Life, The Wonder of it All".

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Your atmosphere and environment are extremely important to encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
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Every action in this life has a reaction.....every choice you make, a consequence. Be kind to animals and the Planet Earth.

Every action in this life has a reaction.....every choice you make, a consequence.  Be kind to animals and the Planet Earth. | Environment. | Scoop.it
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World Cetacean Alliance | World Cetacean Alliance.

World Cetacean Alliance | World Cetacean Alliance. | Environment. | Scoop.it

At the 1st World Whale Conference, 26-27 October 2012, delegates agreed that a new coalition should be formed to effectively protect the world’s cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) from the many and varied threats that they face. This coalition will be a partnership of NGOs, whale and dolphin watching businesses, and passionate individuals, all prepared to work together and shout louder on behalf of cetaceans than ever before. So why do we need it?


Vulnerable species becoming extinct, common species rapidly becoming uncommon, and critical habitats disappearing fast” – sounds familiar? It’s time for a new global alliance if we are to effectively protect cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) from the many and varied threats that they face. This new organisation will be a partnership of NGOs, whale and dolphin watching businesses, and passionate individuals, all prepared to work together, faster and louder on behalf of cetaceans than ever before.

The community of people with an interest in protecting cetaceans is one of the largest for any group of animals in the world. According to statistics sourced from both IFAW and Planet Whale it includes over 3,300 whale and dolphin watching businesses, 150 NGOs, and 13 million people going whale watching every year.

Joined together this community has the potential to be enormously powerful and influential; to run global campaigns with the backing of millions of people, to target specific issues with enough support to achieve rapid change, to pull in significant new funding, to reach more of the public than ever before, and to ensure the success and growth of every member organisation.

On 8th June 2013, on World Oceans Day, 22 partners from 10 countries launched the World Cetacean Alliance to bring the community together.

Planet Whale does not intend to lead this new organisation. Planet Whale facilitates partnerships and community engagement projects around the world to achieve positive change for cetaceans and their habitats. By facilitating new partnerships Planet Whale empowers other individuals and organisations to be more effective through collaboration.

Successes include the Responsible Whale Watch Partnership, WhaleFest, and the World Whale Conference. With advice from Birdlife International, the world’s largest partnership of conservation organisations, Planet Whale is facilitating the World Cetacean Alliance.


The World Cetacean Alliance will represent a new and powerful global community willing to work together to protect whales, dolphins, and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans), and their habitats.

We will stand by the following principles:

The Alliance will actively seek recognition and influence as the largest international network of experts and advocates for cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises).Our emphasis will be to involve the widest possible stakeholder community, and especially the general public, in all of our agreed strategies, policies and programmes; globally, regionally, and locally. We believe everybody deserves a say in the important decisions that affect whales and dolphins.We will seek innovative and positive solutions to the issues affecting cetaceans by adopting an inclusive, solutions-driven approach at all times.As the global Partnership empowered to speak with one voice to protect cetaceans and their habitats, we recognise the value of collaboration and respect the ideas and principles of all of the Partners as equals.YEAR 1 MISSION

The World Cetacean Alliance owes its existence to over 100 whale and dolphin watch operators, NGOs, and other businesses that committed to the concept and value of creating a partnership by supporting the Save the Whales: Reloaded campaign. The campaign launched at the World Whale Conference and WhaleFest, UK, 25-28 October 2012, on the 30th Anniversary of the historic agreement to ban whaling.

The primary focus of the campaign was to establish a mechanism for assessing the global community’s concerns for cetaceans. An understanding of the global perspective is now seen as the essential first step to enable the World Cetacean Alliance to effectively prioritise its work.

The World Cetacean Alliance represents the next step for the many supporters of the Save the Whales: Reloaded campaign. Partners will continue to work alongside supporters to deliver the campaign’s objective to unite the many people and organisations working on behalf of cetaceans, and map the priority issues.

Hotspots mapping outreach programme to identify ‘Areas of Concern’ for cetaceans worldwide

Following a series of trials conducted by Planet Whale and Partners, the World Cetacean Alliance will run a six month outreach programme to encourage the general public, scientists, conservationists, marine users, and other stakeholders from around the world to identify their ‘Areas of Concern’ for cetaceans using a free collaborative survey and mapping tool called SeaSketch.

SeaSketch will enable stakeholders with different backgrounds and interests to identify and map their priority issues affecting cetaceans around the world. By encouraging stakeholders to focus on location, the outreach programme will be an effective way to:

a) Empower the global community to highlight the many issues affecting cetaceans and share their concerns and;
b) Pinpoint areas and opportunities to work together to deliver effective solutions to highlighted issues.

First challenge for the partners: Putting Cetaceans on the Map

Before we can protect cetaceans and their habitats, we have to map the locations where they are threatened around the world and it’s that simple. Partners of the World Cetacean Alliance will play a pivotal role by inviting their members, supporters, fans and customers to identify and map their ‘Areas of Concern’ for cetaceans around the world using SeaSketch.

In addition, the Alliance has contracted a dedicated Scientific Officer responsible for networking with as many people as possible around the world in order to get their feedback on the critical issues affecting cetaceans.

As a result, the Alliance will publish, for the very first time, global and regional maps illustrating cetacean hotspots for all of the major issues affecting cetaceans, including critical habitat, whaling, pollution, captivity, fisheries, and vessel collisions.

In addition, the Alliance will also encourage as many people as possible to submit their Areas of Concern for the three critical issues identified at the launch of the Save the Whales: Reloaded campaign. They were: a) saving the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin in New Zealand; b) releasing the wild orca called Morgan from captivity in Loro Parque, Tenerife; and c) protecting the Southern Ocean / Ross Sea from whaling and other destructive practices.

By focussing on these three issues we intend to raise further awareness amongst the international community, identify stakeholders prepared to assist the Alliance in seeking solutions, and submit further evidence to the relevant authorities of the widespread concern for these issues.

The resulting report, Putting Cetaceans on the Map, will be pivotal to the progress of the Alliance, with early results presented at the next World Whale Conference, where the Alliance will plan to act upon some of the priorities identified. The report, which will be clearly branded with the logos of all of the Partners, will be a ground-breaking document and a powerful tool to initiate discussions with influential people and organisations around the world in order to find solutions to the issues highlighted. The report will also bring recognition to the Alliance as the largest international network of experts and advocates working to protect cetaceans.
Second challenge for the partners: Operating framework and constitution

During the first year, the partners will form focused working groups in order to:

1. Draw up an operating framework / constitution for the Alliance.
2. Map Areas of Concern worldwide
3. Map and report on critical habitats worldwide, with special emphasis on the Ross Sea / Southern Ocean
4. Map and report on critically endangered species, with special emphasis on Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins
5. Map and report on the captivity industry, with special emphasis on the campaign to free Morgan, the wild killer whale currently held in a captivity at Loro Parque, Tenerife

YEAR 1 STRATEGYApril – June 2013. Invite Partners to the PartnershipApril – May 2013. Public vote on the name of the Partnership8th June. World Cetacean Alliance named and launched. Alliance Forum created. Partners begin working together to map the priority issues and locations affecting cetaceans around the world using SeaSketch Mapping Outreach ProgrammeJuly. Form working groups to map and report on Areas of Concern for cetaceans worldwide, with special emphasis on Maui’s dolphins, the Ross Sea / Southern Ocean, and Morgan the wild killer whale held in captivityJune – October. SeaSketch Mapping Outreach Programme reaches stakeholders around the world and highlights priority hotspots requiring action to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises4 – 7 November. World Whale Conference (and Whale Watch Conference) enables Partnership to meet for the first time and discuss plans and a first draft of the constitution.Spring 2014. Report Putting Cetaceans on the Map becomes the first publication published by the Partnership. The report will enable partners to emphasise the case for dealing with a number of issues more forcefully than before, and will also set the priorities for the Alliance during 2014 and beyond.14 – 16 March 2014. WhaleFest 2014 champions the key issues highlighted by the Alliance, with a special focus on the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin. WhaleFest will also provide another opportunity for Partners to meet.May 2014. New Partners invited to join. Assess plans for year two of the Alliance. 


Brunella Battista's curator insight, October 29, 2013 12:07 AM

Cmeps was there last year, we are Partners and will be there at the upcoming conferences.

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First rhinos to ever set foot in Chile.

First rhinos to ever set foot in Chile. | Environment. | Scoop.it
First rhinos to ever set foot in Chile Now open to the public, Chilean zoo’s breeding program for two South African white rhinos aims to protect them from the growing threat of rhino poachers in their homeland.
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I Demand Corporations Use Recycled Ocean/Social Plastics: The Plastic Bank

I Demand Corporations Use Recycled Ocean/Social Plastics: The Plastic Bank | Environment. | Scoop.it
The Plastic Bank is setting up plastic repurposing centers around the world, where there’s an abundance of both waste plastic and poverty. 

We are empowering people to harvest plastics as a currency they can exchange for tools, household items, parts & 3D printing. 

Our mission is to remove plastic waste from the land, oceans and waterways while helping people ascend from poverty and transition into entrepreneurship.
We call harvesting and repurposing plastics like this “Social Plastic”. 

Our goal is to lead the movement towards worldwide demand for the use of Social Plastic in everyday products. The higher the worldwide demand becomes, the higher the reward will be for harvesting Social Plastic. 

Join our social plastic movement to start changing the world through your purchasing power.

As educated consumers begin to demand the use of recycled ocean plastics in the products they buy, the value of ocean plastics will increase.
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Drilling in the Arctic - what is the environmental impact ...

Drilling in the Arctic - what is the environmental impact ... | Environment. | Scoop.it

 Drilling in the Arctic - what is the environmental impact?

Greenpeace activists have been charged with piracy for their protest on a Gazprom oil rig. But what are they protesting about and what is the justification for their claims? With your help, Karl Mathiesen investigates. Post your views below, email karl.mathiesen.freelance@guardian.co.uk or tweet @karlmathiesen.


Russia today charged Greenpeace activists with piracy for their protest action on a Gazprom oil rig in the Arctic Circle. Russia's police action and the potential for draconian punishments (piracy carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in Russia) is "the most serious threat to Greenpeace's peaceful environmental activism" since the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, according to Greenpeace executive director, Kumi Naidoo.

Apart from Greenpeace's right to protest, what is at stake in the Arctic? And why is Greenpeace so concerned about Arctic drilling in particular? 

Today I will be talking to experts, industry and scientists about the potential environmental impacts of an Arctic energy rush. 

You too can help with the investigation. Please write your thoughts in the comments below, or tweet me, or email me. If you are quoting figures or studies, please provide a link through to the original source. Later I will return with my own verdict.

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Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone.

Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone. | Environment. | Scoop.it

There's a deceptively still body of water in Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film.

Photographed by Nick Brandt in his new book, Across the Ravaged Land, petrified creatures pepper the area around the lake due to its constant pH of 9 to 10.5—an extremely basic alkalinity that preserves these creatures for eternity. According to Brandt:

I unexpectedly found the creatures - all manner of birds and bats - washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No-one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry.

I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.

The rest of the haunting images follow and they feature in Brandt's book, available here. Or, you could go and visit for yourself—but keep a safe distance from the water, please. [New Scientist]

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Japan PM seeks overseas help on Fukushima nuclear plant

Japan PM seeks overseas help on Fukushima nuclear plant | Environment. | Scoop.it

Japan's nuclear regulator orders TEPCO (some the company's officials seen here), the operator of the crippled Fukushima power plant to draft in additional workers if needed to plug leaks of radioactive water from its tanks and report within a week on steps taken to fight the crisis. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan is open to receiving overseas help to contain widening radioactive water leaks at the crippled nuclear plant in Fukushima, with leaks and mishaps reported almost daily.

Abe made the comments in a speech at an international science forum in Kyoto in western Japan on Sunday.

"We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem," Abe said in his English speech to open the conference on energy and environment.

"We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem": Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Reuters

"My country needs your knowledge and expertise," he said.


Despite Abe's reassurances to the International Olympic Committee last month that the leaks were "under control," many Japanese believe he was glossing over problems at the plant.

Abe did not say whether he still thinks the leaks are under control, or give any specifics about foreign participation.

His comments come just days after the plant's operator acknowledged that highly contaminated water spilled from a storage tank as workers tried to fill it to the top.

Officials have acknowledged that the ground water contaminated with radioactive leaks has been seeping into the Pacific since soon after meltdowns following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/japan-pm-seeks-overseas-help-on-fukushima-nuclear-plant-20131006-2v2e8.html#ixzz2gw5fEvXJ
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Climate report puts geoengineering in the spotlight.

Climate report puts geoengineering in the spotlight. | Environment. | Scoop.it

Attempts to counter global warming by modifying Earth's atmosphere have been thrust into the spotlight following last week's report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Mention of ‘geoengineering’ in the report summary was brief, but it suggests that the controversial area is now firmly on the scientific agenda. Some climate models suggest that geoengineering may even be necessary to keep global temperature rises to below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.

Most geoengineering technologies generally either reflect sunlight — through artificial ‘clouds’ of stratospheric aerosols, for example — or reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The latter approach, described as ‘negative emissions’, involves capturing carbon dioxide with strategies that range from building towers to collect it from the atmosphere to grinding up rocks to react with CO2 and take it out of circulation.


Critics say that the technologies are unproven, will have unforeseen impacts and could distract from attempts to limit emissions of greenhouse gases. But advocates point to language in the summary for policy-makers produced by the IPCC working group that assessed the scientific evidence for climate change as evidence that reducing emissions will not be enough.

The document notes that a “large fraction” of anthropogenic climate change is irreversible except with a “large net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere over a sustained period”. Under some climate models, keeping temperature rise below 2 °C will require negative emissions.

The summary reads: “Methods that aim to deliberately alter the climate system to counter climate change, termed geoengineering, have been proposed. Limited evidence precludes a comprehensive quantitative assessment of both Solar Radiation Management (SRM) and Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and their impact on the climate system.”

Piers Forster, a climate-change researcher at the University of Leeds, UK, and one of the authors of the summary, says: “The policy relevance of the information is that if you do not start mitigating [ie reducing emissions] tomorrow we will have to start to consider these unattractive options.”

At present, only small-scale, pilot geoengineering projects are in operation, including reforestation efforts and capturing carbon from biofuel plants. This is due, in part, to what some scientists say is a baffling dearth of funding for researchers working in the area.

But that may change with the publication of the IPCC report. "To some extent, the treatment of geoengineering in the IPCC reports is a reflection of growing governmental interest in these ideas," says Ken Caldeira, a climate researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science, in Stanford, California. "It is hard to determine the extent to which possible increases in funding would be driven directly from this governmental interest and how much would be driven by the report itself."

Funding isn't the only concern. “There are serious questions relating to the technical feasibility, social acceptability, scalability and side effects relating to geoengineering techniques. It seems perverse that policy-makers have thus far been content to leave such important questions unanswered,” says Tim Kruger, manager of the geoengineering programme at the University of Oxford, UK, and organizer of last week’s meeting in that city on technologies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.

Many geoengineering experts complain about the lack of research in the field, and widespread deployment of the technologies seems a distant prospect.

The debate is “at the point where the appropriateness of [research and development] is the issue,” says Robert Socolow, who works on carbon management and sequestration at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Socolow says that the focus now should be understanding how the Earth works, research that will serve two purposes. Studies of Arctic ice, for example, will help researchers to understand how intervention could slow sea-level rise, and work on clouds could contribute to solar-radiation management.

“But first of all we will reduce our collective ignorance about clouds and ice,” he says. “No message comes through from the [summary for policy-makers] more forcefully than how urgent it is to improve Earth-system science.”

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Kred Story.

Kred Story. | Environment. | Scoop.it
See the Kred Influence and Outreach scores. Kred measures influence in communities connected by interests and affiliations.
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Odin Prometheus - Google+

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Odin Prometheus - Earth science, Natural science & Zoology student Odin Prometheus. - Odin Prometheus @PrometheusEarth
Earth formed approximately 4.54 billion years ago, and life appeared on its surface within its first billion years.
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Zooniverse - Whale FM

Zooniverse - Whale FM | Environment. | Scoop.it
Hear Whales communicate.// information Welcome to the Whale Song Project

You can help marine researchers understand what whales are saying. Listen to the large sound and find the small one that matches it best. Click 'Help' below for an interactive guide.

Did you know that Killer Whales (Orcas, which are actually the largest dolphin species) can talk to each other in quite sophisticated ways? Each family of Killer Whales has its own dialect and closely-related families share calls. We'd like you to help us to categorize sounds in order to understand what whales are saying.

While the primary motivation for putting a project in the Zooniverse is to collect data on a well-defined research question, the very fact that hundreds of thousands of people world-wide view the projects generates an amazing potential for education. The projects within the Zooniverse provide an excellent resource for inquiry-based learning within the classroom or for home-school groups.

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What are the sources and impacts of marine litter? — European Environment Agency (EEA)

What are the sources and impacts of marine litter? — European Environment Agency (EEA) | Environment. | Scoop.it
Increasing amounts of litter are ending up in the world’s oceans and harming the health of ecosystems, killing animals and putting human health at risk. The solution lies in waste prevention and better waste management on land.
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Coral Invasion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coral Invasion in the Gulf of Mexico. | Environment. | Scoop.it
The black sun coral is "invading" the Gulf! Once settled, it could out-compete other benthic epifauna and change the dynamic of the region's community structure.


Marine and freshwater species are constantly being introduced to different parts of the world via a number of different vectors. Some species attach themselves to the hulls of ships, carrying them half way across the world, while other species hitch a ride on oil and gas platforms that are being towed to different locations. Species have even been found in the ballast water on container ships and even in other instances, aquarium hobbyists have released invasive species into the wild simply because they didn’t want them in their homes anymore. Once introduced, species distribution can become rapid and widespread.

The sun coral, Tubastraea coccinea, was introduced in Puerto Rico in 1943 (nobody is sure how, but chances are it was due a ship or barge transporting goods from Indo-Pacific) and is presently found all the way in the northern Gulf of Mexico. While teams were out doingsurvey counts on this specific coral, they found a new invasive coral species, the black sun coral Tubastraea micranthus, on gas and oil platforms. Black sun corals can thrive on highly exposed habitats (aka gas and oil platforms) competing with other benthic epifauna for space. This poses a potential threat if expansion grows dramatically. For these reasons scientists set out to estimate the current population of this new invasive coral and determine if their numbers are expanding and spreading to new locations.

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Salaries of Charity Executives: Jobs that Pay More Than 400k a Year.

Salaries of Charity Executives: Jobs that Pay More Than 400k a Year. | Environment. | Scoop.it
Want a job that pays over $400,000 a year? Perhaps you should strive to become the CEO of a charity. Here are some nonprofit CEO's who earn more than 400k a year. Keep in mind that these salaries do not include perks and benefits. This article is a supplement to "Charity CEO Salaries: Jobs that Pay Over 500k a Year" and "Nonprofit CEO Salaries: Jobs that Pay Well Over 300k a Year."

These salaries were found on the website www.charitynavigator.com. Visit it find the salary of the CEO of your favorite charity.

World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife's Fund overall goal is to conserve nature. This includes helping endangered species, promoting efficient use of resources and much more. As of June 2008, the CEO, Carter S. Roberts earned a salary of $439,327 / year. Is this reasonable? Many would argue it is not, considering the salary of a forest ecologist is only between $30,000 -$45.000. (See payscale.com for more details.) If this CEO were earning an average salary of a family practice doctor at around $130,000, there would be alot of donated money left over to help the environment.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association helps in Alzheimer's care, support and research. It strives to prevent the risk of dementia by the promotion of brain health. As of June 2008, the president and CEO Harry Johns earns a salary of $545,566 a year. If he were a neurologist, he would only earn a salary of about $150,000 to $250,000. One just has to wonder if her earned that salary how additional families affected by Alzheimer's could be helped. 

The Children's Aid Society

The Children's Aid Society strives "to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of children and families.", as stated on charitynavigator.org. It has been helping families since 1853. As of June 2008, the CEO, C. Warren Moses earns a salary of $481,158 a year. If he earned the average salary of a children's psychiatrist, he would only earn about $100,000a year. 

Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, also known as the MDA, fights neuromuscular diseases through programs of research and education. It's number one volunteer, Jerry Lewis, helps raise funds for the MDA. In December 2008, Gerald Weinburg, President and CEO earned $402,732 a year.

These are just four nonprofit CEO salaries that pay very well. Please read "Charity CEO Salaries: Jobs that Pay Over 500k a Year" and "Nonprofit CEO Salaries: Jobs that Pay Well Over 300k a Year." for more insight. To search charities on your own, please visit www.charitynavigator.org.

SOURCES: charitynavigator.org and payscale.com

The Contributor has no connection to nor was paid by the brand or product described in this content.
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China, Indonesia to cooperate on ocean conservation - Authint Mail News.

China, Indonesia to cooperate on ocean conservation - Authint Mail News. | Environment. | Scoop.it

BALI —  China and APEC hostIndonesia have signed an agreement to work together on marine conservation and ocean monitoring. They have called on other members to join in as part of the push for sustainable development, an official said here Tuesday.

Indonesian Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) Minister Sharif Cicip Sutardjo believes that his country is ready to motivate greater work on conservation of marine resources, Xinhua reported. 

Some ocean and fisheries issues were discussed at APEC 2013 including the provision of fish as food and animal protein sources (food security), connectivity, provision of employment, poverty reduction and the role of the ocean in support of economic growth.

"Mainstreaming ocean and fisheries issues are very important in the Asia-Pacific region, primarily related to the tourism sector, the development of alternative energy, transportation, food security, sustainable trade of marine and fisheries products and the supporting plan and implementation," he said. 

Mainstreaming ocean-related issues needs to be pursued, says a statement to APEC Economic Leaders, to make a stronger foundation for cooperation on ocean and fisheries, he opined.

To support the plan, Indonesia has proposed a concrete action work plan for mainstreaming ocean-related issues for each member of APEC.

The work plan is expected to be a reference for each APEC member economy for the development of ocean and fisheries sector in the region.

China and Indonesia's presidents last week initiated bilateral cooperation for monitoring ocean resources in the Asia-Pacific region through a memorandum of understanding.

The cooperation agreement also discussed technical cooperation development of sustainable fisheries, protection of biological diversity of fishery resources and capacity building in fisheries. 

Among them, through a variety of educational and training programmes by both parties that will develop fisheries.

The signing of this cooperation has a high strategic value because in addition to providing benefits to both parties, this can also improve Indonesia's ability to ensure the stability and safety of marine resources in the region that will contribute to the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region as well as to accelerate the economic recovery in the region.

Indonesia has shown its seriousness in building cooperation for ocean monitoring in APEC by proposing the establishment of the APEC Ocean and Fisheries Information Center (AOFIC).

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How Iran might win the Middle East oil game

How Iran might win the Middle East oil game | Environment. | Scoop.it
With much of the Middle East and North Africa in a static state of upheaval, Iran could be the unlikely winner of the post-Arab Spring energy prize, Graeber writes.


Instability in Libya and other parts of North Africa may be giving international investors the jitters. In August, U.S. energy explorer Apache Corp. said it had enough of the political upheaval in Egyptand  sold a portion of its assets there to its Chinese counterpart, Sinopec. In neighboring Libya,Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell said they'd had enough of the unrest, though Italy's Eni and Spain's Repsol weren’t so squeamish. To the west, in Algeria, while BP and Statoil remained resilient, BG Group and ConocoPhillips said they'd take their business elsewhere. With much of the region in a static state of upheaval, Iran could be the unlikely winner of the post-Arab Spring energy prize.


Apache Corp. in August said it was handing over some of its oil and gas business in Egypt to Sinopec. One revolution and two years of political instability later and the U.S. energy explorer said it was focusing its efforts on North America, where business is booming. Though oil production is on the road to recovery in Libya, that may be too little too late for Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell, who said the national security situation in the post-revolutionary climate made it tough to justify the effort. Meanwhile, Norwegian major Statoil said it was resolved to continue work in Algeria despite the January attacks on the Ain Amenas natural facility. That attack was attributed to militants who spilled over from Libya, giving some of Statoil's European counterparts cause for concern.

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Namibia battles worst drought in decades

Namibia battles worst drought in decades | Environment. | Scoop.it
Almost half of Namibians face food insecurity as drought devastates southern African country.
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Fukushima's deserted towns – in pictures.

Fukushima's deserted towns – in pictures. | Environment. | Scoop.it
Fukushima's deserted towns – in pictures

In 2011 a massive earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima nuclear plant, resulting in a meltdown that became the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. About 160,000 people living near the plant were ordered to move out and the government established a 12-mile compulsory evacuation zone.

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Sharks: feared or revered, but rarely understood – in pictures.

Sharks: feared or revered, but rarely understood – in pictures. | Environment. | Scoop.it


.Sharks: feared or revered, but rarely understood – in pictures

For some, sharks are the stuff of nightmares. Others rely on them for a living – and humankind has driven many species into decline. Perhaps it is time to think again about how we treat these beautiful creatures

These photographs come from Thomas P Peschak's book, Sharks and People. To buy a copy, visit guardianbookshop.co.uk

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Hidden cameras reveal rare Sumatran rhino

Hidden cameras reveal rare Sumatran rhino | Environment. | Scoop.it
Hidden cameras have captured images of the critically endangered Sumatran rhino on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, where it was thought to have long ago died out, the WWF said on Wednesday.
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Paper.li – Be a publisher.

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#Zooniverse - Real Science Online.

#Zooniverse - Real Science Online. | Environment. | Scoop.it

The Zooniverse began with a single project, Galaxy Zoo , which was launched in July 2007. The Galaxy Zoo team had expected a fairly quiet life, but were overwhelmed and overawed by the response to the project. Once they'd recovered from their server buckling under the strain, they set about planning the future!

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