Hello, Ocean Tribe!
Your Mission this Week:
The action focus for World Oceans Day 2018 is to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean. All over the world, people will be taking action through cleanup events, awareness campaigns and more. You can join them and become a part of the solution by making a commitment on social media to stop using single use plastic bags, bottles and straws in honor of World Oceans Day.
– The Blue Ocean Team
Trending this Week:
- Your Beach; Where Does All That Sand Come From, Where Does It Go? The possibility that your beach could be gone in the next century is horrifying. Unfortunately, this threat is real, as sand is an essential component in the concrete used in the foundations, floors and supports of most modern buildings.
- India Vows to Ban all Single-Use Plastics by 2022 Beat Plastic Pollution is the theme of the 2018 World Environment Day and India as the host of this year’s event used the opportunity to announce a momentous initiative, to ban all single-use plastics by 2022.
- Japanese Whale Hunt, 122 Pregnant Females Killed For Research Japan says it’s scientifically imperative in understanding Antarctica’s ecosystem to kill whales, although they reference it politely as “collecting and analyzing animals.”
- Bioluminescence: Nature’s Fireworks from Fireflies to Jellyfish If you have been around the ocean at night, or even better diving, you may have been fortunate to experience bioluminescence, a natural phenomenon that can turn nighttime into fireworks.
From dolphins to whales, marine ‘hunts’ continue to take place in Japan.
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• Ocean Lovers Gather for a CORALPALOOZA On World Oceans Day On June 8th and 9th, hundreds of divers and non-divers alike will be joining the Coral Restoration Foundation. Space still available on select boats!
• Have you registered yet to join Ocean Advocates for March for the Ocean (M4O) – a plastic-free March in Washington, D.C. on June 9, with sister marches and international marches, too. #WearBlue for the ocean and support this international effort with these stylish t-shirts.
• Check in on Ben Lecomte’s swim across the Pacific Ocean, including through the Pacific Garbage Patch, in the name of science and research!
• The Reef-World Foundation shares their front row seat to ocean pollution in this article published by UN Environment.
• On the Papuan mainland, halfway between Raja and Triton Bay, lies Fak-Fak. Read how Bird’s Head Seascape’s efforts to create MPA’s in the Regency’s Capital is progressing.
• Calling people from all different fields and backgrounds to join Ocean Floor Engineering lab on June 15 at The Hague to help find innovative and groundbreaking solutions for the deterioration of ocean systems worldwide.
• Take a deep dive through some of the top underwater places our planet has to offer and learn why we must protect them!
• Check out these 15 books that will be perfect company for your summer reading.
Bioluminescent algae stunned beachgoers near George Town, Tasmania. The mystifying blue waters are actually a natural phenomenon linked to a species called Noctiluca scintillans, commonly referred to as “sea sparkle.” Tasmania, the island off the south coast of Australia, is known for its vast protected wilderness.
Government’s $500m Great Barrier Reef package may have limited impact amid climate change (ABC)
WORLD OCEANS DAY
20 Remarkable Underwater Photos to Celebrate World Oceans Day (Good Housekeeping)
Global 24-hour boycott on plastic packaging to fight ocean pollution begins in wake of ‘Blue Planet effect’(The Telegraph)
A drop in the ocean: Microsoft’s undersea data centre (Neowin)
Caribbean set to ride ‘blue economy’ wave, say economists (Reuters)
The Blue Economy: Harnessing the Ocean’s Resources for Sustainable Development (Chatham House)
The U.N. Goal That Doesn’t Get A Lot Of Respect (NPR)
Ocean Heatwaves Are Getting Longer and More Intense (Smithsonian)
These Home Brands Are On A Mission To Reimagine Ocean Plastic (MBG Lifestyle)
The apps that can help you live a sustainable lifestyle (Evening Standard)
8 Easy Eco Product Swaps You Can Make To Your Everyday Beauty Routine (Elle)
Whale dies in Thailand after eating more than 17 lbs of plastic (CNN)
Roving Exhibit Highlights Ocean Plastics Problem (Eos)
Scientists are using DNA to study ocean life and reveal the hidden diversity of zooplankton (The Conversation)
New invention safely transports unknown, deep-dwelling fishes to the ocean’s surface (Science Daily)
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#ICYMI: Lave from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano flowed into the state’s 400-year old Green Lake this week, evaporating the state’s largest fresh water lake in just hours. The volcanic eruptions on Hawaii’s Big Island are also feared to have claimed the Kapoho Tide Pools and fish ponds, two other favorite local natural resources.
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• Project Director, Global Tuna Conservation (International Fisheries Conservation) at Pew
• Director, Ocean Program at the Summit Foundation
• Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation / Fisheries Science at University of California Santa Barbara
• Plastics Initiative Director at Ocean Conservancy
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