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

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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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A 100-Ton Kitesurfer

Not a typical sailboat, Race for Water’s wind power is generated by an avant-guarde, automated traction kite, developed by Skysails Yacht of Hamburg, Germany, a leader in Kite and wind technologies. A 30m2 (323 sq ft) Kite can fully power our 100-ton boat in 20 knots winds. Consequently, while the Kite is pulling, the solar panels can recharge batteries or create hydrogen energy through electrolysis. A similar technology can be used on land to generate electricity without the need for large permanent wind turbines. This Kite system is an essential part of the Race for Water energy mix: Solar and Wind to complementarily generate energy, Batteries and Hydrogen to complementarily store that energy. We have named those four technologies the four Musketeers of the clean energy transition.   The Race for Water in the Atlantic on his way to Bermuda Tracing an “8” makes a 323 sq ft Kite able to pull a 100 ton ship  Kite “smarts”  — Wind at 100+ meters altitude is strong and steady compared to wind at sea level, making this high-altitude...
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Experts: The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved

Experts: The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved
It’s official. The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved. The prognosis comes from the Australian government’s Reef 2050 advisory committee, made up of experts and scientists responsible for managing the reef’s future. In the more optimistic times of 2015, the committee put out a report on how to best preserve the reef. But now two of the committee’s experts have told the Guardian that the plan is no longer feasible “due to the dramatic impacts of climate change.” Instead, they recommend that the goal be revised to “maintain the ecological function” of the Great Barrier Reef. And the reef may now have a better shot of being listed as a “ World Heritage site in danger ,” a designation the Australian government has fought for for years. Record temperatures have killed almost half of the coral in the Great Barrier Reef One reason for the bleaker forecast for the reef...
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The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China

The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China
Why it matters to you This sprawling, floating solar power plant could change the way other nations design city centers. China has announced that the largest floating photovoltaic (PV) facility on earth has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid. Long reviled for its carbon emission record, this is the Chinese government’s latest achievement in its ongoing effort to lead the world in renewable energy adoption. Located in the city of Huainan in the Anhui province, the 40-megawatt facility was created by PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co. Ironically, the floating grid itself was constructed over a flooded former coal-mining region. Floating solar farms are becoming increasingly popular around the world because their unique design addresses multiple efficiency and city planning issues. These floating apparatuses free up land in more populated areas and also reduce water evaporation. The cooler air at the surface also helps to minimize the...
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Sharks get star treatment in beautiful new photography book

When you've spent more than 10,000 hours swimming the world's oceans, you're bound to see some incredible sights. And if you're a talented photographer, you can bring those sights to people who may never witness the wonder of life under the surface of the sea. Brian Skerry is one of National Geographic's most celebrated ocean photographers and has spent more than 30 years collecting images that explore the lives and challenges of marine species. One of the creatures that has most fascinated him over the years — and one that is currently most imperiled — is the shark. Skerry had his first encounter with a shark in 1982 and since then has been hooked, so to speak, on these perfectly evolved ocean predators. At Tiger Beach in the Bahamas, tiger sharks have acclimated to the presence of humans (and know that many will have food for them). Vincent Canabal is...
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Great White Shark v Killer Whale: The two deadliest sea titans are now waging war on each other

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Marine Dynamics / Dyer Island Conservation Trust They are two of the biggest – and deadliest – predators of all time. For years scientists believed both killer whales and great white sharks were utterly untouchable at the top of the food chain. But now these monsters of the deep are locked in a deadly battle for survival off the coast of South Africa. Related: Scientists find the most toxic killer whale, ever (USA Today) The bodies of three great whites have washed up on beaches already during May. That in itself is rare, but what really shocked scientists was that their livers had been removed with “surgical precision”. It was the unmistakable calling card of the killer whale, or orca. The whales are known as “wolves of the sea” as they hunt in groups and gorge on 200kg of food a...
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