Global Green has unveiled a new, celebrity-packed video urging us all to fight global warming- which includes Mark Ruffalo, Adrian Grenier, Orlando Bloom, Serena Williams, James Cameron, Billy Morrison, Mark McGrath, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, and Al Bundy. The video does a great job of pointing out a few key things:
• WE are the ones threatened by global warming.
• Climate change is happening NOW and we will see some of its tremendous impacts in our lifetime if we don’t act now.
• We need to join the political effort to stop climate change now.
The One World One Ocean campaign is a multi-year educational campaign that aims to draw attention to the difficulties facing oceans and marine life, including overfishing, plastic pollution and changing temperatures which are causing heavy biodiversity losses.
A video series that is being used by the campaign to raise awareness on the issues will examine topics such as sustainable seafood movement and the intersection of oceans and the arts which will form a part of OWOO’s efforts to “showcase and celebrate the importance of the world’s oceans, with the goal of catalyzing a movement to protect it,”.0 comments
Scientists are calling it The Sixth Mass Extinction; species are dying off faster than at any time since the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago. It is estimated that around 30,000 species become extinct each year.
In January, 100 EU researchers and policy experts met at Copenhagen University to discuss this biodiversity crisis. It is thought that previous mass extinctions were due to natural causes: asteroids, volcanic erruptions and climate evolution. The current mass extinction is primarily caused by humans.
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Scientists at NASA have produced a visualization that depicts the recent rise in global temperatures as felt over a span of 130 years. The video shows a clear pattern of seasonal temperature changes along with momentary spikes throughout the centuries. It’s only recently that temperatures in most regions of the world (represented with intensified colors) started to really peak. In fact, since the year 2000, we’ve experienced nine of the 10 warmest years on record. And the researchers have noted that within the past 11 years, temperatures were significantly hotter than in the middle and late 20th century.
The warmest years on record were 2005 and 2010, registering as a virtual tie. The weather data was culled from more than 1,000 meteorological stations around the world, satellite measurements of sea surface temperature and recordings from an Antarctic research station. Researchers then used a computer program (available to the public) to calculate the difference between the surface temperature in a given month and the average temperature for the same place from 1951 to 1980, which served as a baseline for the analysis. Similar results from the UK’s Met Office Hadley Centre and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center corroborated with NASA’s findings.
The carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere was about 285 ppm in 1880, when the GISS global temperature record begins. By 1960, the average concentration had risen to about 315 ppm. Today it exceeds 390 ppm and continues to rise at an accelerating pace.0 comments
Working with government agencies in the region, the Wildlife Conservation Society released one of the most endangered turtles on earth into the wild in an area where the reptiles may be able to re-establish a stronghold. The female turtle weighs about 75 pounds and has been equipped with a satellite transmitter that will allow conservationists to track its whereabouts – the first-ever satellite monitoring study for this species. The turtle was captured in the Sre Ambel River by local fishermen in April, 2011. It’s one of only about 200 adults remaining in the wilds of Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It was voluntarily turned it over to the WCS Cambodia turtle team instead of being sold into the black market trade, where it would have been sent to food markets in China.
The population in the Sre Ambel River is estimated at less than ten nesting females. Thus, this individual is extremely important for maintaining genetic diversity of this species that has already suffered drastic population declines. Biologists with the Wildlife Conservation Society believe the population has an excellent chance of recovery as the coastal mangrove forests of Southeastern Cambodia are some of the largest and most pristine in Southeast Asia. The habitat is crucial to numerous aquatic and terrestrial animals and are vital nursery areas for marine fisheries.
Conservationists will monitor the turtle’s movements to see how it utilizes this region. Of particular interest is how the turtle navigates through commercial fishing grounds, as well as areas where it could be threatened by other factors such as habitat destruction by sand mining or conversion of mangrove forests into shrimp farming facilities.
In 2000, a small population of Southern River Terrapins, Batagur affinis, was found in the Sre Ambel after many years of being considered locally extinct. The turtle was once considered solely the property of the King of Cambodia, but has been decimated by overhunting over the past two decades. Following the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot regime, the Cambodian people were left in severe poverty, and with the growing international demand for turtles in China for human consumption, literally thousands of turtles were captured and sent to China for much needed income by the country’s impoverished people.
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In Africa, millions will suffer from climate change impacts on agriculture, water availability, ecosystem services and biodiversity. Its urgent for countries in the region to take action to reduce vulnerability and enhance local communities capacity to adapt.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (or IUCN) has been working with three countries to do just that.
In Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, IUCN staff members have been collaborating with national governments, local NGOs and selected communities on a pilot project, funded by the government of Finland, called the « Climate Change and Development project », or CCDP.
The project was developed with the aim of ensuring that policies and strategies lead to activities that emphasize the role of water and forests in adapting to climate change in the region.0 comments
Divers near Indonesia last year documented a new and unusual interaction between an octopus and a fish that may shed new light on predator – prey relationships in coral reef ecoystems.
Diving near Indonesia, Godehard Kopp of the University of Gottingen, Germany, filmed an unexpected pairing between a mimic octopus and a black-marble jawfish.
The mimic octopus impersonates toxic flatfish, lionfish, and even sea snakes by creatively configuring its limbs, adopting characteristic undulating movements, and displaying bold brown-and-white color patterns. The disguises enable the octopus to swim in the open with little fear of predators.
The jawfish, on the other hand, is a small and timid fish. It spends most of its adult life close to a sand burrow, where it will quickly retreat upon sighting a predator.
During the diving encounter, the black-marble jawfish was seen closely following a mimic octopus as it moved across the sandy bottom. The jawfish had brown-and-white markings similar to the octopus, and was difficult to spot among the many arms. The octopus, for its part, did not seem to notice or care.
Kopp sent the video to Rich Ross and Luiz Rocha of the California Academy of Sciences, who identified the jawfish species. Since this association had not been recorded before, they published their observations online last month in the scientific journal Coral Reefs. The authors surmise that the jawfish hitches a ride with the octopus for protection, allowing it to venture away from its burrow to look for food—a case of “opportunistic mimicry.”
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Coral restoration projects for reefs destroyed due to mass bleaching events are ongoing in several parts of the world. The efforts include measures to educate people as to the importance of coral reefs, how mass bleaching is linked to global warming, and how to protect corals as best we can.
The restoration efforts followed here include: Global Coral Reef Alliance, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia and Coral Restoration Foundation, Florida Keys.
Protection efforts followed in the video include: Ocean Earth in association with Kosrae Village Resorts, Kosrae, Micronesia.
Entry for video contest: PADI Sea the Change Conservation Contest
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