Category Archives: Ecosystem Destruction

Save The Arctic Video, Greenpeace

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Photo source: © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltra
WATCH: A Homeless Polar Bear in London – Ft. Jude Law and Radiohead, A Greenpeace video, 09-01-2012

By Greenpeace;

Our leaders won’t listen to her, but they’ll listen to you. What do you have to say to those who want to destroy the Arctic? Tell us in a comment!

Greenpeace, Jude Law, Radiohead and hundreds of thousands of people around the world are coming together to demand we save the Arctic from oil drilling, industrial fishing and militarization.

Join Greenpeace at : SavetheArctic.org

Featured image: © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltra

Watch Greenpeace Video, And Learn More; Greenpeace (09-01-2012)

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Growing Traffic in Sri Lanka’s Waters Threatens Blue Whales

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Whale vertebrae. Photo source: ©© chrisstreeter

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In early April, whale watchers off this country’s southern coast were greeted by a disturbing sight: the lifeless body of a 60-foot-long blue whale floating in the water about 12 miles offshore.

Fifteen miles off the southern coast of Sri Lanka is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, and whales are known to swim regularly inside them…

Read Full Article, The New York Times

Global Network Will Track Acidifying Oceans

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Photo courtesy of: © Andrew Jalbert

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A global effort to track ocean acidification has begun to take shape, as researchers this week made plans to set up an international network of monitoring stations.

The seas absorb roughly one-quarter of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere each year. This makes the water more acidic, and can affect sea creatures, even weakening the calcium carbonate shells or skeletons of organisms such as corals, oysters and some types of marine plankton.

Researchers estimate that ocean acidity has risen by about 30% since the Industrial Revolution in the nineteenth century, but they need better data to improve assessments of where the problem is most severe, and to model future trends…

Read Full Article, Journal Nature

Indian Sadhus Protest Dam Projects on Holy Ganges

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Photo source: ©© Shreyans Bhansali

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Hundreds of saffron-clad Indian “sadhus,” or holy men, protested in New Delhi Monday against plans to construct more than 50 dams on the River Ganges, whose waters are sacred to millions of Hindus.

The sadhus, and environmentalists, say the dam projects, which are linked to hydropower creation on the Ganges and its myriad tributaries, will throttle the river at its source and threaten the natural ecosystem…

Read Full Article, AFP

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Two Diyas, trapped, Ganges River. Photo source: ©© Shreyans Bhansali

Mexico Axes Baja Resort Over Environmental Fears

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Cabo Pulmo Beach, Baja.
Cabo Pulmo Park, is located on the east coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, 60 miles north of Baja’s tourism epicenter, Los Cabos. Surrounded by undeveloped desert and a stunning mountain range, the pristine beaches of Cabo Pulmo Park give way to a shallow bay that cradles one of three living reefs (the only hard coral reef) in North America. Created in 1995, Cabo Pulmo, which is described as “the world’s healthiest marine reserve,” harbors the best-preserved coral reef in the Mexican Pacific. The park is home to whale sharks, manta rays, humpback whales and sea turtles as they migrate up and down the coast. Captions: WWF.
Photo source: ©© jeffgunn

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he is cancelling the construction of a huge tourist resort in Baja California over concerns it could damage the nearby marine reserve, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, which has some of the best preserved coral reef in Mexico’s Pacific region…

Read Full Article, BBC News

Recreational Fishing Causes Cape Cod Salt Marsh Die-Off

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Hatches Harbor salt marsh, Cape Coad. The Hatches Harbor salt marsh is a remnant of a larger salt marsh complex that existed at the time of the first European settlement. USGS. Photo source: ©© Lydia Mann

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As recreational fishing activity has reduced predators in many of Cape Cod’s salt marsh ecosystems, Sesarma crabs have feasted on grasses, causing dramatic die-offs of the marshes, according to a new study. The researchers assessed the “trophic cascade” in several experiments that also ruled out alternative explanations for the problem…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

Restoring a Salt Marsh, NPS / USGS

Consumption driving unprecedented environment damage: UN

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Photo source: ©© Dans Le Grand Bleu

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Population growth and unsustainable consumption are driving Earth towards “unprecedented” environmental destruction, the UN said in a report Wednesday ahead of the Rio Summit.

Of 90 key goals to protect the environment, only four have seen good progress, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a planetary assessment issued only every five years…

Read Full Article, AFP

Turbidity Caused by Sand Dredging Heightens Toxicity Levels and Threaten Marine Life

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“Disturbed Waters”, aboard a sand dredger. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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Monitoring stations at Gladstone Harbour recorded dangerously high turbidity levels at the same time as UNESCO was issuing dire warnings about the possible degradation of the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status…

Queensland Greens spokesperson, Dr Libby Connors says the turbidity caused by dredging in the harbour stirs up sediments containing toxic heavy metals…

Read Full Article, Dredging Today