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Coral growth stunted by air pollution

BBC News – Particles from fossil fuels ‘affect the growth of corals’.

Recent research indicates that air pollution is stunting coral growth in the Caribbean region.  The effect of particulates blocking the sun appears to be reducing photosynthesis at the same time as it may be reducing bleaching.  We are only beginning to understand the complex factors that impact upon these delicate organisms.

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Opinions on The Million Dollar Tuna.

sashimi-tunaCaptain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd has been speaking about the economics of extinction for some years.  He talks about the specially constructed, highly technical warehouses that can store bluefin tuna for up to 7 years.  He opines that there are ruthless individuals who are intent on driving the bluefin to extinction in order to profit from what will become a priceless commodity – the tuna that they have in storage.  Read more…….

Marine biologist, Wallace J Nichols asks “Why are delicacies such as boiled shark fins, sea turtle eggs, and cubes of quivering tuna belly as addictive as cocaine to some people, yet so repulsive to others? ”  This question and more will be debated at an event to be held on Block Island in May 2013 at which ocean experts will be joined by leading neuroscientists.  Read more…….

A recent report created by the International Scientific Committee to Study the Tuna and Tuna-Like Species of the North Pacific Ocean found that the “bluefin tuna population has dropped more than 96 percent….”   This is similar to the drastic impact fishing has had on other species, like sharks.  But, who is to blame?  Most of the fishing of bluefin tuna happens off the coast of Japan, which has virtually no limits on tuna fishing. 80 percent of bluefin tuna are used for sushi — stuffed into our mouths in the form of spicy tuna rolls and toro sashimi.  Read more……..

Conservationists must address this situation as a matter of urgency or their efforts to protect the bluefin tuna from extinction may be in vain.   We can also play our part in maintaining tuna stocks by refusing to buy it.  There are so many wonderful delights with which to excite our palates that do NOT result in species extinction.   Do you care enough about the health of our oceans to make another choice?


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The Wyland Foundation

The first time I saw one of Wyland’s murals I was captivated.

The Wyland Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life.  The foundation encourages environmental awareness through education programs, public arts projects, and community events.  Founded by renowned environmental artist Wyland, the Wyland Foundation has helped children and families around America to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The foundation gives children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented. The foundation has worked directly with more than one million children since its inception in 1993.  Find out more……………….

 


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How much water are you using?

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How to Do a Home Water Audit

It’s so easy to turn on the taps that a lot of us don’t notice how much water we send down the drains every day. But when you add up all those showers, lawns, and dirty dishes, you end up with a lot of wasted water. In fact, the EPA estimates that the average American family of four uses up to 400 gallons of water a day! If you want to turn this around and start conserving water in your home, a home water audit is the best way to figure out where to begin.

Know where your water goes

Check your bills: The easiest way to see how much water you use is simply to look at your water bill – it’ll give you an idea of your monthly usage and also help you keep track of seasonal changes. For example…

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Family volunteers with OceansWatch in the SW Pacific.

Sail-World.com: Our family volunteer with OceansWatch in the SW Pacific.

 
In close co-operation with the world’s sailors, divers and academics, OceansWatch undertakes marine conservation projects and offers humanitarian aid to coastal communities in developing countries. OceansWatch offers resources, in the form of ocean-going research vessels and expertise, such as marine biologists, members training, project management and support crew.  OceansWatch strengthens the link between the global yachting and diving communities and those who are actively involved in marine research, education and conservation. In the future OceansWatch will use environmentally friendly Wharram catamarans equipped with wet and dry laboratories, dive support facilities or clinics as our project lead boats, supported by members’ vessels.  OceansWatch is all about hands on help for coastal communities.  It is about running projects with the support of sailors, divers and academics. 

Find out more at OceansWatch.