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300 dead sharks found on roadside may be work of Mexican cartels

MEXICO CITY — Residents in western Mexico were mystified when the carcasses of 300 sharks were found dumped by a roadside in their town, which lies about 150 miles from the sea. The shark carcasses were gutted and had their fins removed. They were found in the township of Yurecuaro in Michoacan state, which has a problem with gangs and drug cartel violence. The office for environmental protection said Wednesday the thresher sharks had apparently been legally fished in the northern states of Sonora and Sinaloa and were being taken by truck to Mexico City. But it said thieves intercepted the truck, stole it and dumped the frozen shark carcasses by the roadside. Thresher sharks are not a protected species in Mexico. Original link Original author: Associated
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The simple way this Japanese town has become nearly zero-waste

At times, separating trash between paper and plastic can be time-consuming. But it's nothing compared to the recycling efforts of residents in Kamikatsu, a small village in southwestern Japan. They sort their garbage into 34 separate categories of waste, as noted in this video discovered by Fast Company. Residents sort their trash into super-specific categories, like aluminium cans, steel cans, paper cartons, and paper flyers.  In 2003, the city embarked on a rigorous zero-waste program. The city used to incinerate its trash, but eventually realised how damaging it was to the environment. Waste incinerators have been shown to emit vast quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins that can damage the food supply. It took time for residents to adjust to the tedious task of washing, sorting, and bringing their trash to the town's sorting centre. (Although the residents do sort their trash before they bring it the centre, workers there...
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A Calif. bill would jail people for handing out straws. It may be based on a child’s research.

(iStock) The majority leader of the California State Assembly has introduced a bill that would, as written, impose jail sentences of up to six months if a restaurant worker hands out a single unsolicited plastic straw. Ian Calderon (D) has blamed a miscommunication for the bill’s strict criminal penalties and promised to remove them before it’s voted on. “I understand all the commotion about the penalties,” Calderon told The Washington Post, referring to reports on Fox News and beyond, as well as outrage on Twitter. “They were never intended to be in the bill.” But repercussions have already spread beyond California, complicating a national movement to eliminate drinking straws. A report by Reason, a libertarian magazine, throws doubt on national drinking straw estimates — 500 million used each day — that have been cited by Calderon, many environmental groups and even the federal government in anti-drinking-straw campaigns. Reason reports that the widely used figure  is based on a telephone poll conducted by a 9-year-old boy . A movement to eliminate plastic straws had...
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Vietnamese farmers are migrating en masse to escape climate change

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The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18 million inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten years, around 1.7 million people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers, and canals, while only 700,000 have arrived. On a global level, migration to urban areas remains as high as ever: One person in every 200 moves from rural areas to the city every year. Against this backdrop it is difficult to attribute migration to individual causes, not least because it can be challenging to find people who have left a region in order to ask why they went and because every local context is unique . But the high net rate of migration away from Mekong...
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Croatian trophy hunter killed during lion hunt in the North West

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Mahikeng - A 75-year old man was shot dead at a North West captive-bred lion hunting farm on Saturday, police said. While details around the incident remain sketchy, police spokesperson Captain Charlize van der Linden, confirmed that Pero Jelinic, from Croatia, and two other Croatians, were hunting captive-bred lions at Leeubosch Lodge near Setlagole, when the incident occurred. According to Van der Linden, the hunting party had already killed a lion, and were tracking a second cat, when Jelinic was struck by a bullet. "He was air-lifted to Vryburg Hospital by helicopter, but doctors were unable to save the man's life. A case of culpable homicide has been opened, and police are also investigating charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition," she said. "At this stage it is not clear who fired the fatal shot that killed Mr Jelinic. Our investigations are ongoing." READ: Industry body in the...
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World's oceans rise to hottest temperatures ever recorded 'by far'

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The world's oceans rose to the highest temperatures ever recorded "by far" in 2017, scientists have warned.  Research by a team of Chinese experts found the upper 2000 metres of ocean water were far warmer in 2017 than the previous hottest year in 2015.  The findings, published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric, show the annual electricity generation in China is 699 times smaller than the heat increase in the oceans last year.  "The long-term warming trend driven by human activities continued unabated," wrote research authors  Lijing Cheng and Jian Zhu, Writing in the Guardian , John Abraham, a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St Thomas in Minnesota, said last year's dramatic increase in temperatures made 2017 "by far" the hottest year on record for the world's oceans.  The findings also come after previous research showed greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere have risen to record high in 2017.  Last year was...
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An African island nation known for beautiful beaches is now a global leader in cutting greenhouse gases

Just less than a decade ago, the Seychelles—the archipelago nation of 115 island off the East African coast—faced a host of challenges in its climate protection efforts. Reports show that its environment has been vulnerable to numerous challenges including climate change, environmental degradation due to development, pollution and coral bleaching which affects its fisheries. While many of these challenges remain, things are changing. In its most recent efforts to minimize emission of greenhouse gas, the nation of just 95,000 people has improved considerably on the 2018 Environmental Performance Index , a biennial report by researchers at Yale University and Columbia University in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. In its two decades, the index observed that the Seychelles has emerged as the country with the highest improvement, citing its dedication to fighting greenhouse gas emissions. Data from the World Bank however shows Seychelles’ CO2 emissions has fluctuated over the years....
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Never-Before-Seen Viruses With Weird DNA Were Just Discovered in The Ocean

The ocean is crowded. As many as 10 million viruses can be found squirming in a single millilitre of its water, and it turns out they have friends we never even knew about. Scientists have discovered a previously unknown family of viruses that dominate the ocean and can't be detected by standard lab tests. Researchers suspect this viral multitude may already exist outside the water – maybe even inside us.   "We don't think it's ocean-specific at all," says environmental microbiologist Martin Polz from MIT. Polz and his MIT team, together with researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, analysed three months' worth of ocean water samples collected off the Massachusetts coast. Non-tailed viruses under electron microscope (Kauffman et al.) What they found floating in the water isn't just remarkable for what it possesses, but for what it doesn't. According to the researchers, the most abundant...
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First footage of Antarctic sea floor that’s never been visited by humans

This bizarre Antarctic sea urchin was found at a depth of 300 metres in the Antarctic (Photo: AFP/ Greenpeace/ Christian Aslund) It’s an alien world that exists on Planet Earth and has never been visited by any member of our landlubbing species. Now we can all see the wonders of a mysterious underwater oasis deep in the Antarctic ocean thanks to Greenpeace, which has released footage shot by its plucky robotic exploration craft. The environmental campaign group’s video shows a marine environment rich in sponges, coral and fish. It is calling for an ocean sanctuary covering 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 square miles) in the Antarctic to protect species including whales and penguins. Proposals for the sanctuary have been submitted by the EU and backed by the German government and will be considered when the Antarctic Ocean Commission convenes in October 2018. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and...
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Horrifying discovery inside dead fish

SHOCKING footage of garbage pulled from the stomach of a dead fish highlights the terrifying level of pollution in our oceans. The horrifying clip was filmed by a fisherman off the coast of Costa Rica, who cut open the fish after hauling it on board his boat. The fisherman said he believed the fish was unwell and wanted to examine what was causing the mysterious sickness. Once he had dissected the fish, the worker discovered a terrifying array of man-made objects inside its body. In the film, you can clearly see plastic lids, a comb and even a lighter being yanked out from the fish’s insides. The creature is believed to be a mahi mahi, better known as the common dolphinfish. The dolphinfish is highly sought after for both sport fishing and commercial fishing. Its habitats include the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific coast of Costa...
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5 biggest #threats to our #oceans - and what we can do about them #oceanprotection
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#Marine #Etiquette ever heard of it? Here a friendly reminder Knowing how to #interact with #ocean #wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk.Knowing how to interact with ocean wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk. #THEOCEANROAMER #NOOA
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#Madagascar: No more fish? We'll farm seaweed instead The changing #climate is a major pressure on communities across Madagascar #nofish #climatechange Add to the equation that coastal communities like Tampolove are experiencing changing weather patterns. "We are well into the rainy season, but have yet to receive rain," said Richard Badouraly, president of the aquaculture community in Tampolove. "Both farmers and fishers are in trouble."
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Way to go scottie! Scotland plans to #ban #plasticstraws by end of 2019