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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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In the Maldives, the Virtues and Limitations of Pole-and-Line Tuna Fishing

K elsey Miller, fisheries researcher with a global advocacy group, wobbled for balance on a 50-foot fishing boat as silvery tuna flew through the air towards her. It was 2014, and as the vessel pitched off the coast of the Maldives, a collection of atolls several hundred miles southwest of the southern tip of India, a dozen or so fishermen working in the stern pulled the fish from the water one by one with fishing poles, flipping their catch towards the boat’s bow. There is one thing that all sides can agree on: Bycatch is a problem for the fishing industry everywhere. When the fishermen took a break, Miller and her colleagues went to work, hastily counting, weighing, and measuring the fish — along with any other sea creatures, from juvenile sharks to mahi-mahi, that were incidentally caught in the process. The team was conducting research for a study ,...
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5 Household Products That Are Slowly Destroying the Environment

Having a clean house is great — but a clean environment is even better. Many of the household and kitchen items we use on a daily basis may seem innocuous but have a detrimental effect on the environment. Ingredients found in soaps and detergents can wreak havoc on marine life and water systems. And despite our best recycling efforts, single-use plastic products like shrink wrap and coffee pods are still damaging to the environment. While it would be impossible to completely eliminate all these items from most households, Global Citizen has rounded up alternatives to these products that can help make your home, and the environment, a little greener. 1/Laundry and Dish Detergents According to the Environmental Protection Agency , many detergents contain phosphorus and nitrogen. These ingredients make their way into water sources where they cause aquatic plants to proliferate and then die. As the plants decay, they sap oxygen...
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A whale of a find in a far-away bay

Whale sharks are large — larger than any other fish on Earth — and somewhat mysterious, even to scientists. Finding them in the wild is no easy feat because they’re constantly on the move. Getting up close and personal to free-swimming whale sharks is even trickier. Georgia Aquarium scientists, along with scientists from Conservation International, traveled to Indonesia’s remote Cendrawasih Bay, in the province of West Papua, in search of these creatures, hoping to get close enough for a good look. They struck gold thanks to some local fishers out to catch baitfish — and the whale sharks that grabbed the chance at a free meal. Watch the video to see amazing footage from the expedition and hear Alistair Dove, Ph.D., vice president of research and conservation at Georgia Aquarium, explain how they managed to conduct the first-ever health assessment of a wild shark population, taking measurements, placing tracking tags...
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Microplastic particles found in Antarctic waters during the Volvo Ocean Race

by Volvo Ocean Race 22 Jan 13:59 GMT 22 January 2018 Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover. Ocean Summit. Patrick Yeung, Project Manager Oceans Conservation WWF © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover. Ms Daisy Lo, Assistant Director of Environmental Protection - Environment Bureau Ocean Summit © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover. Ocean Summit. Paul Rose © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race The new data comes from the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme, funded by Volvo Cars. Scientists analysed water samples, gathered at points during Leg 2 of the Race, between Lisbon and Cape Town and Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne. The groundbreaking results, announced at the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong Ocean Summit, found microplastics in the Southern Ocean close to the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone. Compared to other Oceans the number of...
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15 ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use on a daily basis

Need more incentive? Café chain Pret A Manger recently announced it will reduce 50p from the price of a hot drink when the customer buying it is using their own reusable coffee cup, and Starbucks is rolling out a three-month trial of a 5p charge on disposable cups in up to 25 London stores. 'Also think about water – do you really need to buy it?' asks Julian. 'If you need to take it out with you, do so in a reusable bottle. There's a growing number of café, bars, shops and even public water fountains now that are providing the opportunity for filling up.' Since the government brought in a 5p tax on plastic carrier bags in 2015, England's contribution to plastic bag pollution has plummeted by 85 per cent. Julian describes this as a 'huge success story' but notes that the levy is only restricted to the largest...
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Vancouver aquarium won't keep whales or dolphins captive after public outcry

Canada aquarium has announced it will end the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity, after pressure from the public Two whales died just weeks apart at the Vancouver Aquarium in May.Photograph: Flirt / Alamy/Alamy For years the Vancouver aquarium fended off pressure from animal right activists, local government and residents, arguing instead that whales and dolphins were central to its mission. But this week the tourist attraction gave in to public pressure, and announced that it would end the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity. “It had become a local hot topic, to the point where it was just hijacking everything else,” said John Nightingale, the aquarium’s president. “As much as we understand the tremendous value that an animal like a beluga whale brought to our mission … public controversy had gotten to the point where it was just preventing us from moving forward on so many other parts of...
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Water-based AC cools the air without using harmful chemicals

Our air conditioners still draw on principles that are around 100-years-old, sucking up power in the process. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are working on an alternative: water -based air conditioners. Their system doesn’t need energy -intensive compressors or harmful chemical refrigerants – and can cool air all the way down to 18 degrees Celsius, or 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Over 40 percent of the energy consumption of a building in the tropics goes to air conditioning, according to NUS associate professor Ernest Chua . He led a team to develop a new air conditioning system offering several advantages over conventional machines commonly found in buildings today. Related: This amazing Bangladeshi air cooler is made from plastic bottles and uses no electricity Water serves as the coolant in their air conditioner, and an innovative membrane technology sucks moisture out of humid air. The system uses up around 40...
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Coca-Cola pledges to recycle all packaging by 2030

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Coca-Cola has announced a pledge to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030. Calling it a "massive global ambition" the firm admitted its part in littering the environment and a responsibility to tackle the problem. The company, which markets 500 brands of fizzy drink, juices and water, will also work towards making all of its packaging recyclable worldwide. Greenpeace said Coca-Cola should focus on reducing, not recycling, waste. Coca Cola announced its "World Without Waste" campaign by acknowledging that food and drink companies were responsible for much of the rise in litter on streets, beaches and in the oceans worldwide. "The world has a packaging problem - and, like all companies, we have a responsibility to help solve it," Coca-Cola chief executive James Quincey said in a statement. Image copyright Getty Images The firm also said it subscribed to...
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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