California Bans Plastic Straws

California Bans Plastic Straws

A new law makes California the first state in the U.S. to regulate plastic straws. It is not a complete ban since it only applies to dine-in restaurants, excluding fast food outlets, delis and coffee shops. In addition, it only bans restaurants from automatically...
Largest 3D Printed Coral Reef in the Maldives

Largest 3D Printed Coral Reef in the Maldives

The Maldives are world famous for colorful and diverse coral reefs. Surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, the country’s more than 1000 islands contain nearly 3% of the world’s coral reefs. These reefs are dramatically vulnerable to global warming....
Is There Shark in Your Sunscreen?

Is There Shark in Your Sunscreen?

Shark populations are in decline around the world, some reduced by 50% in the last several decades. While much of that loss is due to illegal fishing and the slaughter of millions of sharks for their fins, there is more to tell. Have you ever heard of shark in your...
Summing Up the Global Climate Action Summit

Summing Up the Global Climate Action Summit

More than 4,000 people gathered last week in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. Convened by California’s Governor Jerry Brown and UN Special Envoy for climate action Michael Bloomberg, the Summit mobilized local, state, and business leaders to...
Bigbird the Pelican, a Very Unusual Story

Bigbird the Pelican, a Very Unusual Story

Bigbird is a young pelican. Separated from his flock during a storm, he was adopted by the staff of a safari camp. What was a chance encounter evolved into an unlikely, but very sweet friendship. Jeffry the manager of Greystoke Mahale, a Nomad Tanzania resort, has...
Can Hi-Tech, the U.N. and Drones Defeat Ghost Gear?

Can Hi-Tech, the U.N. and Drones Defeat Ghost Gear?

In early September 2018, we saw a dramatic example of the cost to marine life of abandoned fishing gear, infamously known as Ghost Gear. More than 300 endangered, Olive Ridley sea turtles were found dead, apparently after being entangled in an abandoned fishing net....
What do Sharks and Cancer have in common?

What do Sharks and Cancer have in common?

Sharks have been swimming our oceans for hundreds of millions of years. However, over the last several decades we have witnessed populations of sharks plummet worldwide. The most obvious and publicized reason has been shark finning. This practice of butchering sharks...