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It is so cold in the United States right now that sharks are dying and turtles are cold-stunned

Updated December 30, 2017 18:21:02 Photo: This shark washed up on a snowy beach off Cape Cod Bay today. (Supplied: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy) Sharks are washing up on a beach in Massachusetts frozen completely solid amid a record-breaking cold snap in the United States. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said it had found three dead thresher sharks stranded on the shore of the Cape Cod Bay in Brewster, south of Boston, in the last three days. The first two were "likely stranded due to cold shock" it said. The third was frozen solid. Photo: The sharks were likely stranded while trying to reach warmer waters. (Supplied: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy) "This shark was too frozen to attempt a necropsy … a true sharkcicle," it said. Thresher sharks are found all over the world and generally stay far away from the shore, in warmer waters. "These sharks were most likely...
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Sunscreens that Protect You and the Ocean

Ah, summer. It’s that time of the year again for fun in the sun. When packing for your beach picnics, one of the most important items alongside the beer cooler is sunscreen. However, when you go to buy a sunscreen you are faced with the daunting prospect of choosing from hundreds of products lining your store’s shelves. What makes your purchase even more complicated is that you have been told that not all sunscreens are created equal, false labeling is rampant and often misleading.  So, what brands are safe for you and the kids and what should you know before making that very important purchase. (photo – Women’s Health) Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help guide you in making a purchase that insures you do not sizzle or slime the ocean.   Some Sun Suggestions Use shade, find it or make it with a beach umbrella and...
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Glow in the dark sharks: new species discovered in Hawaii – and it glows

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Earlier this year a new species of deep water shark, Etmopterus lailae, was discovered in waters surrounding the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Measurements of external features, teeth, vertebrae and intestines, along with specific external markings and patterns confirmed that it was indeed a new species – a member of the lanternshark family. Lanternsharks (Etmopteridae) are one of the most species-rich shark genera, with approximately 38 known species, 11 of which have been described since 2002. The lanternsharks are one of two deep sea shark families to possess the ability to bioluminesce – in other words, they are able to glow in the dark. The other shark family with the ability to do this are the kitefin sharks (Dalatiidae). This family houses the infamous cookie cutter shark , which was known for its impressive ability to disable US Navy submarines in the 70s and 80s, by testing how...
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Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

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Bali’s palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage. Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents. “When I want to swim, it is not really nice. I see a lot of garbage here every day, every time,” Austrian traveler Vanessa Moonshine explains. “It’s always coming from the ocean. It’s really horrible,” she adds. Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country’s trash problem. The archipelago of more than 17,000 islands is the world’s second biggest contributor to marine debris after China, and a colossal 1.29 million metric tons is estimated to be produced annually by Indonesia. Officials in Bali have declared...
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10 Ways To Be a Better Environmental Steward in 2018

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Protecting the natural environment may seem overwhelming with increased natural disasters, melting sea ice , and threatened wildlife . But your choices can truly go a long way for your community and your health. Here are ten ways to be a better steward in 2018 and help others do the same! 1. Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Food Pexels Reducing your carbon footprint can seem daunting when learning about the many ways in which humans contribute to global greenhouse gas emissions . But there are a few things you can do to directly cut back on your own influence. Start by looking at your consumables, especially your food . When you factor in transportation, land use, pesticides and waste , food produces up to twice as much pollution as all of the cars on the planet. Being mindful of where your food comes from and how it was produced...
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Study Says Some Men Avoid Being Eco-Friendly Because It Looks 'Less Manly'

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It's no secret we all need to pull together to help ease pressures on the environment, but there could be a compelling psychological basis for why many of us aren't doing everything we should to help save the planet .   A recent report based on seven studies involving a total of more than 2,000 subjects found that both men and women associated eco-friendly behaviours and products with being feminine – which scientists say could contribute to men not embracing environmentally conscious conduct, for fear of it undermining their manliness. "Previous research shows that men tend to be more concerned about maintaining a masculine identity than women are with their feminine identity," says consumer psychologist James Wilkie from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. "We therefore thought that men might be more open to environmental products if we made them feel secure in their masculinity, so they are less...
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5 reasons 2017 was best year for climate action

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As we approach the end of 2017, it’s easy to feel down about the state of our planet. We’ve experienced climate-fueled superstorms that leveled entire islands in the Caribbean and flooded Houston. Meanwhile, California continues to burn. And, of course, the Trump White House has done its best to undermine progress. But I think 2017 was a great year for climate action. Here’s my top five reasons why. 1. Global momentum is now unleashed. It turns out, the Trump administration’s announcement that it would withdraw from Paris was precisely the fuel needed to put the agreement into action. I just witnessed this firsthand in Paris, where French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the One Planet Summit together with the World Bank and the United Nations. In this historic meeting, divestment from fossil fuels made huge progress as both the World Bank and a group of nations with $15 billion in sovereign...
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$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

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The global plastic binge which is already causing widespread damage to oceans, habitats and food chains, is set to increase dramatically over the next 10 years after multibillion dollar investments in a new generation of plastics plants in the US. Fossil fuel companies are among those who have ploughed more than $180bn since 2010 into new “cracking” facilities that will produce the raw material for everyday plastics from packaging to bottles, trays and cartons. The new facilities – being built by corporations like Exxon Mobile Chemical and Shell Chemical – will help fuel a 40% rise in plastic production in the next decade, according to experts, exacerbating the plastic pollution crisis that scientist warn already risks “near permanent pollution of the earth.” “We could be locking in decades of expanded plastics production at precisely the time the world is realising we should use far less of it,” said Carroll Muffett,...
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Safecast: Now More Than Ever

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Holding a bGeigie Nano above Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. I measured over 45,000 CPM in this spot. An average city is 30–50 CPM. Last week I visited the Fukushima exclusion zone with several other volunteers from the Safecast team for a tour we’ve been trying to organize for quite some time. This is the area directly impacted by the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear meltdown in March, 2011. I’ve been there before , but this was the first time we’d gotten official access to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as well. I’ve seen photos and videos of these buildings hundreds, maybe thousands of times over the last 7 years but nothing prepared me for standing there in front of them, and seeing how much work there is still to be done. I’m still processing it to be honest. It’s one thing to say these events killed over fifteen thousand...
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UN poised to move ahead with landmark treaty to protect high seas

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The world’s oceans are set for a long overdue boost in the coming days as the United Nations votes for the first time on a planned treaty to protect and regulate the high seas. The waters outside national maritime boundaries – which cover half of the planet’s surface – are currently a free-for-all that has led to devastating overfishing and pollution. But after more than five years of negotiations, UN members are poised to agree to draw up a new rulebook by 2020, which could establish conservation areas, catch quotas and scientific monitoring. “This is the biggest opportunity to change the status quo we have ever had,” said Will McCallum, the head of oceans at Greenpeace. “It could change everything.” A debate on whether to move ahead with a High Seas Treaty has been tabled before the end of the year at the UN headquarters in New York. The motion...
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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