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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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GOBLU3 Pillar 1: Restoring balance to the Ocean Eco-system

GOBLU3 Pillar 1: Restoring balance to the Ocean Eco-system
Since many years, I have been looking into the true sense of conservation of an Ocean area; and came to the obvious conclusion that the once in so often little beach or reef cleanup's will not hack it (it's a start and make up a necessary part of conservation, but generally speaking I call it eye candy). The underwater environments the day of today...
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Coral Reefs Generate Half of Earth's Oxygen ... and They Could All Die Off by 2050

Coral Reefs Generate Half of Earth's Oxygen ... and They Could All Die Off by 2050
By Dahr Jamail When he was six years old, Dean Miller already knew he wanted to be a marine biologist. At that time, growing up in Australia, the world of marine biology seemed both spectacular and limitless, he said. "I wanted to study the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef , the intricate and complex connections between the thousands of different life-forms that represent the most diverse ecosystem on the planet," Miller told Truthout . But in the last two years, this has all changed for him. "I now look at the reef as an ecosystem that is suffering from our actions and I feel guilty beyond belief that this is happening in my backyard, on our generation's watch," he explained. "I no longer dream of the kaleidoscope of life, color and movement that represents the world's coral reefs . Instead, I worry and fight for the actual existence of...
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Murky Waters: Stop Blaming China for the State of the World’s Fishing Stocks

Murky Waters: Stop Blaming China for the State of the World’s Fishing Stocks
There is no doubt that China is a key player in the current era of industrialized global fishing. The fact that China operates the world’s largest fleet of fishing vessels is well established. The related facts of China being the world’s largest consumer, producer and exporter of seafood are generally clubbed together when discussing China’s fishing capacity and its environmental impacts. The general worldview labels China as an irresponsible nation whose nationals seem to have an insatiable appetite for fish. However, there are many complexities to the story of China’s role in global fishing, and these complexities remain poorly reported. In the most commonly cited paper on China’s distant water fishing fleets, the authors specifically recommended "the practices of the Chinese distant-water fleets do not differ much from those of other countries in East Asia and Europe that also deploy distant-water fleets, the main difference with Chinese fleets being their...
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Warm arctic fuels second-warmest April on record

An unusually warm Arctic spring fueled the second-hottest April on record globally, with global warming and unusual weather conspiring to shrink sea ice and push up polar temperatures. April temperatures were 1.5°F (0.9°C) warmer worldwide than the 1950 to 1980 average, NASA data released Monday showed, extending to three a string of hot months in which temperatures were surpassed just once in history. April temperatures were higher only in 2016. The warm global average last month was heavily influenced by a continuation of unusually high temperatures in the Arctic. The Arctic warmth has been linked to record low levels of sea ice and to the variability of weather, including northward-moving storms that have brought heat with them. “If it’s just natural variability, it’s a type of natural variability I am not familiar with,” said Mark Serreze , director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center. “There’s a lot going...
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Global warming is making Antarctica green again, and it's stunning

When you think of Antarctica, you probably imagine a frigid, windswept, icy, inhospitable domain; the whitest, most barren canvas on Earth. That's pretty much the way the Southern continent has been for at least the last 3 million years, since the last time that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels approached their current levels. But times, they are a-changing. The effects of global warming are beginning to radically alter the Antarctic landscape in some surprising ways. Scientists say it's like looking back in time, to an epoch when this bleached terrain was actually green. Mossy mats are rapidly spreading across the thawed, exposed soils at unprecedented rates, transforming the land from a place of desolation, to a place of viridescence. At the very least, we're getting a peek at Antarctica's future, which like its past was green and filled with plant-life, reports the Washington Post . “This is another indicator that Antarctica...
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'Maximum damage': What's going wrong in our deep blue and warming sea

'Maximum damage': What's going wrong in our deep blue and warming sea
Taking a dip at Sydney's beaches remains an attractive option even this far into the autumn, and the projections of climate change mean you soon won't have to be an ice-berger to swim year round. "Sydney will have tropical waters by between 2040-60," Adriana Verges, a marine ecologist at the University of NSW, said. "Summers [will be] above 25, winter 19 degrees." Regions such as these 12-metre strands of giant kelp off Tasmania are under threat as waters warm. Photo: Craig Sanderson Those celebrating the future demise of the wetsuit, though, might want to take a look beyond the shallows. A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters this month highlighted the extent of warmth wasn't being captured by the readily available surface temperature measurements. "Satellites are not getting the full picture," Moninya Roughan, an associate professor at UNSW's Coastal and Regional Oceanography Lab and co-author of the paper said. "They are missing the peak and intensity, and...
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Thousands of cars banned from roads as Mexico City chokes in worst pollution for two decades

Authorities in Mexico City have ordered cars off the streets and warned people about exercising outdoors as sprawling metropolis chokes in its worst smog for nearly two decades. Hundreds of thousands of less efficient vehicles have been banned from the roads in the Mexican capital, where a  pollution alert has been in place since Monday. Ozone levels topped the 150-point threshold that typically triggers a smog alert for the following day again on Friday. The last time the stage 1 warning remained in place for five days was May 1998, although back then alerts were triggered at 200 points. The stage 1 alert has doubled the number of vehicles not allowed to drive in the sprawling metropolis on a given day and place additional emissions requirements on factories.  Children, elderly people, pregnant women, and people with respiratory and cardiovascular problems are urged to stay indoors between 1pm and 7 pm....
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Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault Gets Doused By Climate Change

Flooding caused by climate change has hit the  Global Seed Vault , which holds samples of the world’s seeds in the event of an apocalyptic catastrophe. The seeds weren’t damaged, but the entryway of the vault flooded when nearby permafrost melted. Engineers are now designing plans to shore up protections at the storage facility. The vault has been described as the “Noah’s Ark” of seeds and a last chance for the world to regenerate if the worst happens. Built into a hillside in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, it was established in 2008 as a fail-safe protection for food sources and stores packets of dried and frozen seeds from around the world that can last hundreds of years.  Officials chose the location because they believed the permafrost there was permanent. But in a worrying sign that world-threatening change may be inescapable anywhere on the planet, the permafrost melted for the...
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