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Our growing taste for shrimp is bad news for climate change

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Split Second Stock/shutterstock.com By Erik Stokstad Apr. 2, 2018 , 1:25 PM Fishing boats are catching more shrimp and lobsters than ever before—and although that may be good news for your next visit to a seafood restaurant, it’s not so hot for climate change. The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by fishing vessels rose 28% from 1990 to 2011, according to a new study, thanks largely to a greater haul of this premium seafood. The findings are especially alarming because, over the past 2 decades, some fishing boats have become more fuel efficient and buyouts of excess fishing vessels have decreased competition and distances traveled. But the additional emissions from shrimp and lobster fishing have outweighed those gains. Pulling nets through the water adds considerable drag and also requires lower speeds, both factors that drain fuel tanks quickly. Lobster fishing also takes a lot of diesel to place, check,...
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This is how the anglerfish makes sweet and freaky deep sea love

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The Fanfin Seadevil deep-sea anglerfish has been caught mating on camera for the first time. This beauty is an “apparently gravid” – pregnant, or egg-laden – female with a sexually parasitic dwarf male attached to her belly. She’s about 16 centimetres in length, linked to a three centimetre male. To reproduce, a male anglerfish has to locate a female in the deep sea and attach himself to her, leading to a permanent fusion of tissues and the interconnection of their two circulatory systems. In short: this guy’s hooked. Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen took this shot on their LULA1000 submersible vehicle at a depth of 800 metres “in a zone characterized by steep, partially vertical walls" just off the south slope of São Jorge Island, Azores. The vehicle is able to take quality photos and videos at depths of up to 1,000 metres. “It's basically a propelled deep-sea camera with the...
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Indonesia declares state of emergency as oil spill spreads

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Indonesia has declared a state of emergency to help stop a deadly oil spill spreading off the coast of the island of Borneo. At least four fishermen in the port city of Balikpapan were killed over the weekend when the fuel ignited. Hundreds of people have reported health issues since Saturday's spill. It is not clear what caused the oil spill. As it continues to spread, the risk of further fires is increasing, the authorities said on Tuesday. The Balikpapan environmental agency has warned members of the local community to avoid any activities "that could spark fires". The spill, which threatens to further contaminate the fishing waters along the coast, currently covers an area of 12 sq km (seven sq miles). In addition to the four reported deaths, local health officials have said that hundreds of people in the area have experienced difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting since the oil...
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It’s Not Too Late to Save Coral Reefs

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Our strategy centers on empowering and collaborating with those on the frontlines of reef conservation. Our Reef Resilience Network , for example, connects marine resource managers around the world and provides information and training opportunities to maximize conservation and restoration efforts. Similarly, our work with fishermen in the Caribbean , the Solomon Islands and other regions is also demonstrating that a more sustainable approach to fishing sustains reef ecosystems and in turn leads to better fishing yields in the long term. Well-managed, healthy reefs are proving more resilient to the wider effects of climate change. But we're also finding more unlikely allies in the business community. The tourism industry offers a good example. Globally, the tourism industry derives $36 billion in annual revenue from coral reefs; the Conservancy's Mapping Ocean Wealth initiative is helping to identify where and how reefs generate tourism's value and offering more incentives for conservation. And...
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