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Coral reef can survive, say scientists, but fast action is needed

P rofessor Terry Hughes, lead author of the study, said reefs will be capable of regenerating themselves in the future but only if urgent action is taken to address climate change and the root causes of rising water temperatures. “The reefs of the future will be radically different from today or 30 years ago,” he said. “But, if we take the right steps immediately, we can – and must – secure a future for reefs, recognising that the possibility of restoring them to their former condition is no longer possible.” Original link Original author: Jonathan

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Hundreds of Huge Craters Discovered in the Arctic Ocean

Hundreds of Huge Craters Discovered in the Arctic Ocean
When Karin Andreassen set out for the Barents Sea, she knew she would find a lot of methane. The cold, shallow body of water just north of Norway meets Russia is home to oil and gas fields, and methane—the main component of natural gas—naturally seeps out of the seafloor here. Andreassen, a marine geologist at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, also knew from surveys in the 90s that she’d find some underwater craters. But she did not expect to find so many craters (hundreds!) and so many huge ones (half a mile wide). “They were giant,” she says, “And they were next to these huge mounds.” The mounds ended up being a clue to the craters’ origins. In a new study , Andreassen and her colleagues lay out a unified theory for how the craters and mounds formed as the Barents Sea itself changed over thousands of years. It...
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MASSIVE FINE FOR RAJA AMPAT CRUISE SHIP DAMAGE

Cruise Operator Heavily Fined for Raja Ampat Reef Damage   The MV Caledonian Sky ran aground at Kri Reef in Raja Ampat (Picture: Stay Raja / Facebook) by Mark 'Crowley' Russell The Indonesian Government has fined the British operator of a cruise ship that rana aground on a coral reef in Raja Ampat the hefty sum of 6trillion Indonesian Rupiah – over £350 million at today's exchange rate. According to an article on the Indonensian Tempo.Co website , the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry calculated the overall damage to the reef at 18,882 square metres, with 13,270sq m being totally destroyed, caused when British-owned, Bahamian-flagged vessel MV Caledonian Sky struck Kri Reef in Raja Ampat, West Papu as reported in March 2017 . Noble Caledonian, the operator that owns the ship, released a statement in the aftermath of the grounding that is was 'working with the Indonesian government to establish...
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A fisherman-turned-billionaire is building a super yacht that also cleans the ocean floor

How do you go from a school dropout, dyslexic fisherman to billionaire and tenth richest man in one of Europe’s most-prosperous countries in less than twenty years? Ask Kjell Inge Roekke, who in many ways is the poster-boy for the ‘self-made, rags-to-riches’ trope that we all love so much. But after such a turnaround from penury to privilege, you’d imagine the 55-year-old would be inclined (and deservingly so) to spend his calculated net worth of nearly $2.7 billion in a life of luxury. Except, he’s now giving it all back to the sea. Kjell is planning on putting almost the entirety of his net worth into saving from the sea from the damage humans have meted on it. His first step – building a ridiculously expensive ship that will clean up after us by collecting as much as five tons of waste from the sea floor in a...
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Can you be zero-waste without a bulk store nearby?

When you live in the country, not everything can be purchased in a Mason jar. When I first read Bea Johnson’s book, “Zero Waste Home,” she made it seem so easy. Just shop for groceries at your local bulk store with reusable containers and bags, and you’re set! Unfortunately, my small Ontario town (pop. 6,500) was not nearly as advanced as San Francisco when it came to shopping options and the only local bulk store refused to allow reusable containers at the time. For years, I struggled to minimize my family’s packaging waste, sometimes driving long distances between farms, markets, and small businesses in neighboring communities to seek out minimal or refillable packaging. All that driving wasn’t terribly sustainable either, and it took a ton of time. Most of all, it was discouraging. I felt that the amazing urban bloggers I followed didn’t really grasp how challenging zero-waste living can...
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