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A call for change or a call for awareness? “Just another brick on the wall.. ” As Pink Floyd’s song goes, so does my writing.. Hear ye, Hear ye!  This is my call for awareness. Let it not be just another rock for the wall. We might not have all the time on Earth to put it back once it crumbl...
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Life has suddenly gotten easier for the sardine. Federal regulators are not only closing the commercial sardine fishing season early in Oregon, Washington and California, but it will stay closed for more than a year. The decision to shut down the sardine harvest is an effort to build up depleted st...
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By Allie Wilkinson  More than 90 species of marine fishes in Europe’s waters are threatened with extinction, according to a report published today by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Sharks, rays, and other cartilaginous fish are at greatest risk, with about 40% f...
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BY ELIZABETH PIERSON MAR 19, 2015 More than 1,100 baby sea lions have washed ashore on California's beaches in the past two months. Some believe the sea lions are victims of the warming coastal waters, which are two to six degrees Fahrenheit above average. NOAA scientists say an El Niño climate p...
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Posted by on in General Environment
41. A swan built its nest on garbage. 42. This boy was collecting recyclable garbage in the polluted water. 43. A sea bird polluted by oil in the ocean. 44. Penguins covered with oil. 45. Homeless koala. 46.In Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China, a old man was taking a shower in the lake full of...
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31. People in Sichuan, China were sadly looking at the polluted river. 32. Mexico City is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, which has a population of 20 million people. 33. The beach of Bombay is covered with garbage. 34. Plastic bags are everywhere in the ocean, e...
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The Earth is suffering from human activities. Here are 50 photos show human's "masterpiece".  1. A turtle deformed by plastic ring. 2. A seal is tangled by abandoned fishing wire, causing its neck split. 3. A sea bird is covered by oil. The only thing it can do is waiting to die. 4. I...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
In recent years the double whammy of plastic trash and overfishing has drawn more attention to the plight of the world’s oceans. But another problem is that too many fishing vessels dump their gear, mostly fishing nets, which then endanger marine life long after they return to shore. This “ghost gea...
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Posted by on in Fishing
Increasing carbon dioxide in the world's oceans could hamper fishes' eyesight, slowing their reaction times and leaving them vulnerable to predators or unable to hunt, new research has shown. Experts say it adds to the existing evidence that ocean acidification will be bad for marine...
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Genetic tests have confirmed that an outbreak of a measles-like virus known as morbillivirus is playing a major role in the massive dolphin die-off on the Mid-Atlantic coast. This is the second big strike for the virus, which was the chief agent behind a wave of infections that struck bottlenose do...
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A new study on an array of marine animals shows that they all will suffer in different ways in the acidified oceans of coming decades. That means rising carbon dioxide levels will trigger some profound reshuffling of life in the seas as some species are more hurt than others. Because some of the ca...
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A Smithsonian museum scientist who dealt with the nation's largest dolphin die-off arrived Tuesday to help figure out what's killing dolphins in Virginia at a rate not seen in 26 years. As of Monday, 16 dolphins had washed up dead in Virginia in August, bringing this year's total to 103. Almost hal...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
While the recent Seli 1 oil spill did not pose any immediate danger to marine life, it does serve as a stark reminder of the significant environmental risks posed by a poorly regulated shipping industry. Ahead of World Oceans Day on Saturday, WWF has released a new study on shipping accidents. It in...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Google's chairman has funded a $60 million research vessel to study a "dead zone" in the Pacific Ocean, along with other mysteries of the sea. The 272-foot vessel, Falkor, took off from San Francisco Thursday, headed to Vancouver Island off the Canadian coast, near Victoria. A dead zone is where s...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
A vote on Tuesday on whether to declare a marine protection area over an Antarctic body of water seven times the size of Germany is hanging in the balance due to Russian and Ukrainian fishing interests, the head of a European delegation to the talks has told EurActiv. Representatives of 25 countrie...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Environmentalists on Monday filed a petition with the U.S. government requesting regulatory safeguards for 81 particularly vulnerable marine wildlife species, from corals to sharks. According to WildEarth Guardians, a conservation watchdog, U.S. officials have failed to protect ocean-dwelling speci...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Finding a balance between ocean conservation and sustainability has led to a University of Queensland (UQ) scientist winning a prestigious international prize. Dr Carissa Klein, an Australian Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow with UQ's School of Biological Sciences, was awarded the $US25,00...
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It may not be immediately apparent what jellyfish, human population growth and our protein diet have in common. Take a closer look, though, and all three offer warning signs that dramatic changes are on the horizon for us and our planet. For aquarium fans, jellyfish are enchanting; for fishermen th...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
It is difficult not to be amazed by the diversity of life forms when you venture into a tropical rainforest or dive into a coral reef. Locally, a trip to a mudflat, such as at Lung Mei at low spring tide, or to the Deep Bay wetlands in winter equally yields wonders. Some 1.2 million species have be...
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SAWFISH and snubfin dolphins on the brink of extinction are top priority in a plan to restore degraded coral habitats and reconnect coastal ecosystems along the Great Barrier Reef. The plan by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority comes as the CSIRO today will launch a report in Brisbane, ...
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