Are Humans to Blame For Mass Whale Beach Strandings?

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Stranded humpback whale, Illaroo, Yuraygir, NSW, Australia. Photo source: ©© NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

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Of all cetaceans, whales and dolphins, pilot whales are the species most likely to strand themselves.

Indeed, their name itself, pilot whale, comes from their propensity to follow a single ‘leader’. This may be one reason for the strange behaviour of about 100 pilot whales that are currently circling off Loch Carnan in South Uist.

An ailing whale will often head for the shore, possibly because it can no longer support itself in the water (and might therefore drown)…

Read Full Article, By Philip Hoare, Guardian UK

60 pilot whales, at risk of beaching, Scotland, BBC

Pilot Whales Die on new Zealand Beach, in Coastal Care

Division over future of Chagos islands and islanders

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Chagos archipelago. Photo source: ©© Wikipedia

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More than 150 exiled Chagos islanders and their relatives gathered in London on Thursday to press for a return to the Indian Ocean archipelago from which they were exiled 40 years ago, and to discuss the area’s environmental future…

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Green Groups Bitterly Divided Over Future of Chagos Islanders

Chagossians would not damage their homeland
Conservationists’ Objection to resettlement Faced Criticism

Kids Fighting Climate Change Through Innovative Initiatives

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Photo source: ©© Oxfam International

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Floods and droughts may be the “new normal” and sea levels may be rising faster than previously thought, but the younger generation isn’t willing to accept these climate change consequences for their future.

As the grownups duke it out in Washington, kids take action with visible results, proving they may be more capable than adults in fighting man-made climate change.

Over 200,000 young people nationwide from over 2,500 schools participated in the Green Your School Challenge, a program that encouraged students to create initiatives focused on recycling, energy, climate change and food issues in their schools…

Read Full Article, By Joanna Zelman, Huffington Post

NASA, Climate Change and Children
Educational ressources, tales and games

EPA, A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change

Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks and marine environment

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Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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Hong Kong has banned trawl fishing in its waters, a decision welcomed by conservationists Friday as a crucial move to save fish stocks and revive the city’s depleted marine environment.

Trawling is a fishing method which involves nets being pulled through the water behind one or more boats, gathering up fish but also damaging the ocean floor and capturing other unwanted species…

Original Article, AFP

The Birth of an Ecomovement: Namibia’s Coastal Parks

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Skeleton coast, Namibia. Photo source: ©© William

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At dawn, three weeks before the winter solstice, the last tendrils of fog curled gray against the pinking sky over a sand dune on the eastern edge of the Namib Desert…

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Frans Lanting Photography

Whole Coastline of Namibia Designated National Park, in Coastal Care

Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, in Coastal Care

Japan Earthquake Could Raise Concerns Elsewhere

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Image of the estimated fault slip due to the 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake. The fault responsible for the quake dips under Japan, starting at the Japan Trench (indicated by the barbed line), the point of contact between the subducting Pacific Plate and the overriding Okhotsk Plate. The magnitude of fault slip is indicated both by the color and the contours, which are at 26-foot (8-meter) intervals. Image source: Caltech / NASA

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Scientists sifting through data from the great Japan earthquake in March are uncovering surprises that may raise concerns nearby.

The study of the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki quake, led by researchers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and published online in the May 19 issue of Science Express, details the first large set of observational data from this rare megathrust earthquake event…

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Japan Quake Study Yields Surprises: NASA, California Institute of Technology and University of Michigan

Japan Earthquake Shifted Seafloor by 79 Feet,largest slip ever recorded, National Geographic

Earthquake Shifted Japan, Now Towns Flood at High Tide

Seismic Shift? As Bahamas islands Sink, One Island Mysteriously Rises

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Eleuthera Island, in the Bahamas, is seen in an astronaut photograph taken from the International Space Station. Photo and caption: NASA

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All the islands in the Bahamas were thought to be slowly sinking, but now scientists find one quirky isle going against the crowd.

This anomaly suggests the area may be less seismically stable than previously thought…

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Mayaguana island, southeast Bahamas. Photo source: NASA

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Haiti’s Coastline Clean-Up

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Excerpt from UN / MINUSTAH

Every September, from Bangor, Maine, to Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 75 countries remove millions of pounds of trash from waterways and beaches all over the world during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).

Inspired by its success, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has launched a range of activities across three regions of the country, Cap Haitien, Les Cayes and Lully with the aim is to teach local people the importance of protecting their marine environment.

In Lully, MINUSTAH and the local Fishermen Association began the cleanup. The day started with peacekeepers distributing shirts and bags to the local population.

The Commander of the Chilean battalion of MINUSTAH said this approach is designed to protect the environment in which they operate.

The soldiers, in partnership with local residents, collected garbage in bags while educating people about the dangers of dumping waste into the sea.

For many volunteers, this cleanup is an important first step.

Members of the Association Vision 2013 went door to door explaining to people the usefulness of cleaning up the coastline.

Lucien Revange, President of the Association of Lully Fishermen says that the Haitian State should monitor the project and take all appropriate measures for fisheries development.

Fishing is Lully’s main activity, but fishermen are facing great difficulties, including a lack of equipment, in addition to the pollution of the sea. This creates not only a drop in the quantity of fish caught but also in their income.

Featured Photograph: Kevin Krejci / Tree Huggers /Creative Commons

Original Article and Video

United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, UN Site

MINUSTAH’s mandate, Wikipedia

The mission of the Santa Aguila Foundation is to raise awareness of and mobilize people against the ongoing decimation of coastlines around the world.

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