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Populations of tiny forage fish, such as herring and sardines, fluctuate naturally, and sometimes collapse. This can have harmful effects on the fishing industry and on larger animals (including whales, tuna, birds, and seals) that depend on forage fish for sustenance. But a 2014 study offers a clue as to how we might make such collapses less severe.
The study, led by Pew marine fellow Tim Essington, found that intense fishing makes collapses worse than would be expected from natural fluctuations alone. That means we may be able to make a big difference for fishermen and forage fish if we time our fishing right. pewmarinefellows.org
“When you see a sea otter, they’re usually either eating or digesting,” often munching on urchins, says ecologist Anne Salomon, a Pew marine fellow. That's a good thing for some kelp beds. Without otters to control urchin numbers, the spiky shellfish can devour the beds, leaving barren seascapes behind.
Fifty years ago, sea otters were so sought after for their fur that they disappeared from the Canadian coast. But now they're bouncing back and—as seen in this video—competing with humans for the region's shellfish. www.pewmarinefellows.org
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, leading scientists tell NRDC science scribe Perrin Ireland what happened to BP's oil and what they know about its impact on the Gulf. Learn more: www.onearth.org/gulf
Scientists, in order of appearance:
Michael J Blum, Tulane University
Christopher Reddy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Thomas Ryerson, National Ocean and Atmospheric Institution
Elizabeth Kujawinski, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Samantha Joye, University of Georgia
See the list of Gulf Impacts here: onearth.org/gulfimpacts
Scientists aboard the remotely operated research vessel Nautilus got photobombed in a big way when, much to their delight, a sperm whale took an interest in their vehicle. The team, led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard (of Titanic fame), was working off the Louisiana coast on April 14th when the surprise struck (or actually, nudged and circled around). The gray beauty did twirls for the ROV’s camera nearly 2,000 feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Such encounters are incredibly rare.
Earth is an oceanic planet, and its seabeds remain largely unexplored. Andrew Wheeler and his team use ROVs to collect core samples from the deep ocean, their layers revealing Earth's geological history. Andrew tells the story a grain of sand taken from the deep ocean, and how it has changed our understanding of how Ireland's landscape was shaped two million years ago.
Andrew Wheeler is a marine geologist and ocean explorer. He has led many deep-water surveys mapping and sampling the seabed. Andrew's studies have taken him from the Arctic to sub-tropical Pacific, from mid-ocean ridges to shallow shelf, and he is fascinated by the geology of cold-water coral reefs.
As founder and principal designer at SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design office, Kate Orff works every day to bring her passion for sustainable development, biodiversity and community-based change to life. In this engaging talk at TEDxGowanus, Kate highlights her Blue Mussel Pilot project, among others, and how a new approach to coastal protection can transform New York Harbor and the communities that share it. This talk also provides an update on her original TED.com talk here: www.ted.com/talks/kate_orff_oy...
Koen Olthuis studied Architecture and Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology. In his vision today's designers are an essential part of the climate change generation and should start to enhance their perspective on urban components to become dynamic instead of static. His solution called City Apps, are floating urban components that add a certain function to the existing static grid of a city. More info on www.tedxvilnius.com.
Bill Moyers presents and introduces the short documentary Dance of the Honey Bee. Narrated by Bill McKibben, the film takes a look at the determined, beautiful and vital role honey bees play in preserving life, as well as the threats bees face from a rapidly changing landscape. "Not only are we dependent on the honey bee for much of what we eat," says Bill, "there is, of course, a grace and elegance they bring to the natural world that would diminish us all were they to disappear."
The accomplishments of Playwright and Actress Kaiulani Lee.
The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible. In this now universal contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world — the very nature of its life. — Rachel Carson
Read more: billmoyers.com &
Kaiulani Lee: billmoyers.com
A colony of Patagonian seabirds nesting across the coast of Argentina.
As people spend more time indoors, ecotherapy is emerging as a way to help rebuild our relationships with nature—and improve mental and physical health. James Hamblin visits San Francisco to learn more. twitter.com/jameshamblin
Can you see the stars at night? Only a few centuries ago, the Milky Way was visible from almost anywhere in America. Today, more than 99 percent of the population in the continental U.S. live in light-polluted areas. It's impossible to see the Milky Way in more than two-thirds of the country.
While it's unclear exactly how this change affects our culture and health, scientists are beginning to take notice of the disappearing night sky. The International Dark Sky Association works to reverse light pollution by studying the ways we light our streets and cities. Major metropolitan areas in Los Angeles and New York City are already transitioning to LEDs, which have the potential to greatly reduce the amount of light pollution in the sky. Maybe, just maybe, there's hope for our stars. www.theatlantic.com/video
LOPIFIT a new Walking Bike invention.
Meet Bruin Bergmeester of Holland who in his spare time has invented a new form of transport: the Lopifit. The Lopifit is a totally new way of moving. With the electric assist it takes no more effort to walk then “a walk in the park”. The electric assist in combination with the gear is boosting your walking pace up to the speed of a regular bike. 40km range. www.lopifit.nl
A zoo in Chile has turned the tables on its visitors, caging them as they enter a 2-hectare parc where the lions roam free and get to look at humans from up close. www.parquesafari.cl
Stories from around the world about the transformations resulting from different approaches to water management, and the effects on local climate. With the ongoing drought in California, people are waking up to concerns about water sources - but while there’s discussion over the effects that climate change can have on water, we’re not looking at the flip side: how restoring the water cycle can have a moderating effect on climate. Schwartz offers examples from the field, while Tom Goreau will comment from a scientist’s perspective.
From Biodiversity for a Livable Climate conference: "Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming"
Saturday November 22nd, 2014.
Kill the K-Cup
In 2013, Keurig Green Mountain produced 8.3 billion K-Cups — enough to circle the Earth 10.5 times. In 2014, 9.8 billion portion packs were produced. Those numbers include only the Keurig brand pods.
K-cups are composite plastic #7 and not recyclable.
13 million people currently own a Keurig machine.
Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests.
"Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days. Spurred by the jaw-dropping losses of the 1990s, new laws (and transparent data) are helping slow the rate of deforestation in Brazil. Is it enough? Not yet. He has five ideas about what we should do next. And he asks if the lessons learned in Brazil be applied to an even bigger problem: global climate change.
Tasso Azevedo has helped reduce the rate of deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest by 75 percent — and inspired similar efforts around the world.
Tasso Azevedo founded the Brazilian non-governmental organization Imaflora in 1995 to create alternatives to deforestation. It became the leading environmental certification institution in Brazil. In 2003 he was appointed as the first director general of Brazil's National Forest Service.
In that job, by showing how the health of the Amazon rainforest is directly connected to his country’s economic stability and energy security, he led the implementation of an innovative framework of incentives for sustainable forestry that contributed to reduce the ate of deforestation in the Amazon by 75 percent -- and Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions by one-third. Today, Azevedo is focused on addressing climate change globally.
Let's save the last pristine continent.
2041 will be a pivotal year for our planet. That year will mark the end of a 50-year agreement to keep Antarctica, the Earth’s last pristine continent, free of exploitation. Explorer Robert Swan — the first person to walk both the North and South Poles — is on a mission to ensure that we extend that treaty. With passion and vigor, he pleads with us to choose the preservation of the Antarctic for our own survival.
When Robert Swan, OBE, set foot on the North Pole in 1989, he entered the history books as the first person to walk to both poles. But the South Pole, which he had reached in 1984, inspired his life's work -- to preserve Antarctica in the face of climate change.
Swan's organization 2041 (named for the date when the world’s moratoriums on mining and drilling in Antarctica will expire) leads expeditions of the world's most influential people to the continent in hopes that it will ignite their passion for preservation. The hope: to affect real and lasting environmental policy changes.
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources markup of Keystone XL pipeline legislation, on January 8, 2015.