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"...The Go Blue Initiative is not just about mindless protection, writing laws and never ending complaints about governmental and non-governmental agencies. 

The Go Blue initiative is about LEARNING - DISCOVERING - PROTECTING TOGETHER, not just in words but in deeds." - THEOCEANROAMER 2017

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UN chief warns oceans are 'under threat as never before'

Jun. 5, 2017   7:58 PM ET UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the first U.N. conference on oceans Monday with a warning that the seas are "under threat as never before," noting one recent study warns that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done. Gemunu Amarasinghe FILE- In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, a plastic bottle lies among other debris washed ashore on the Indian Ocean beach in Uswetakeiyawa, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, June 5, 2017, opened the first-ever U.N. conference on oceans with a warning that the lifeblood of the planet is "under threat as never before," with one recent study warning that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File) FILE- In this Aug. 13, 2015, file photo, a plastic bottle lies among other...
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The Sustainable Seafood You Can Eat Without Hating Yourself—And What to Avoid

Photo by mike feist . Seafood is tasty, seafood is fun, but eat too much of the wrong kinds and our grand-kids will have none. How to Crack, Devein, and Devour Tasty Crustaceans I love crustaceans. Lobsters, prawns, crabs, and crawfish are some of the tastiest things our… Read more What’s Mostly Sustainable and Clear to Eat Over-fishing and questionable farming practices are a problem for many edible sea species right now. Fortunately, not every fish, mollusk, and crustacean is in danger of being wiped out. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list , the Marine Conservation Society , the Blue Ocean Institute , the Marine Stewardship Council , and the Environmental Defense Fund , here are the species you can munch on with a clear conscience: King Salmon Sockeye SalmonPink SalmonChum SalmonWild Striped Bass Soft Shell Crab Pacific Rock Fish Wild Yellowtail Swordfish Farm-Raised Abalone Farm-Raised Arctic...
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Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain

There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.” Plastic bottles, plastic bags, snack wrappers, foam takeout containers, foam coffee cups, packing materials: these common, everyday items make up 85% of our waste stream. These items aren’t biodegradable and our ability to recycle them is limited. This societal reliance on throw-away plastic is strangling our environment — particularly our waterways. More than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, where it kills animals and fouls waterways and beaches. This isn’t the work of careless litterbugs at the beach. Over 80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources. Even if you live inland and take care to properly dispose of your trash, there is a good chance some of your plastic waste has found its way to the sea. Consider the American Great...
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How Finn the fortunate tiger shark is helping save the ocean from plastic waste

Over the years I’ve done a lot of work helping different companies tackle lots of environmental issues such as cutting non-recyclables and single-use plastic out of their supply chain, including Marks & Spencer, SSP Group, The Boots Company Plc and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd (where we took a lot of these out of the clubhouses, back in 2009). I’ve also done a lot of work to engage senior teams on why it matters, including a really memorable Virgin Holidays beach clean up back in 2007 – unconventional, but very effective at getting everyone excited about what they could do as a company! So many of the things we use everyday aren’t even recyclable, let alone reusable, and it takes a lot of time, research and organisation to cut it out. However, progress on a global scale still felt so slow, and I felt that our media were doing an excellent...
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135 Years of global warming in 30 seconds

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Bacteria Are Evolving To Eat The Plastic We Dump Into The Oceans

Bacteria Are Evolving To Eat The Plastic We Dump Into The Oceans
The ocean is full of plastic, a grim marker of the Anthropocene . There are floating, continent-size patches of it in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and there are newly formed ones in the Arctic. There are some uninhabited islands that are drowning in the stuff. Weirdly, though, scientists have come to the conclusion that, based on the amount of plastic we make every year, there is only about one-hundredth as much of the plastic floating around as the numbers would suggest. Although there are many possible explanations for this, a new study available on the pre-print server bioRxiv has concluded that microbes are breaking the plastic down. This may sound utterly bizarre, but just last year, researchers discovered that a newly discovered species of bacteria was able to shatter the molecular bonds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), one of the most common forms of plastic. They’re literally using it as...
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What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer

What the World Will Look Like 4°C Warmer
Polynesia is gone – sunk beneath the waves. Pakistan and South India have been abandoned. And Europe is slowly turning into a desert. This is the world, 4°C warmer than it is now.  But there is also good news: Western Antarctica is no longer icy and uninhabitable. Smart cities thrive in newly green and pleasant lands. And Northern Canada, Scandinavia and Siberia produce bountiful harvests to feed the hundreds of millions of climate refugees who now call those regions home. This map, which shows some of the effects a 4°C rise in average temperature could have on the planet, is eight years old, but it seems to get more contemporary as it ages (and the planet warms). Antarctica is white with snow and ice, on the ground and, traditionally, on most maps. This map has turned the continent's western end incongruously green. And only last week did reports confirm that Antarctica...
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The faces of climate change: How a rapidly warming Arctic is destroying a way of life

The faces of climate change: How a rapidly warming Arctic is destroying a way of life
There is no shortage of alarming climate change stories. We hear about the rapid rate of Arctic sea ice loss; about abnormally high temperatures in the Far North; polar bears resorting to eating birds' eggs instead of meat to survive. 'We are becoming collateral damage.' - Sheila  Watt-Cloutier What's often absent in these stories is the faces of those most affected. People have been living in the challenging climate of the North for what some estimate to be 20,000 years. It is their home. It is their way of life.  But their home is changing, and they are racing to change with it. Rapid change The Arctic is the fastest-warming place on Earth, with the average temperature increasing by about 3.5 C since the beginning of the 20th century . And many climatologists believe that we're just beginning to see the effects of a warming planet; the climate is playing catch-up with the increased...
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