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The world is blue. In this ocean issue-driven section, we share perspectives on the multiple issues that today are severely punishing our marine environment. The destruction of the world’s coral reefs resulting in coral bleaching and die-off; the effects of ocean acidification; over fishing, shark finning and the need for marine sanctuaries; marine pollution; sea level rise and climate change are all topics that we bring to you and that you need to understand.

Plus, we will tell you of the organizations that are addressing these big issues, and the actions you can take to be a part of the solution.

“How odd we call this planet Earth when it is so obviously ocean” Arthur C. Clarke

Deep Diving is in the DNA of the Sea Nomads

Deep Diving is in the DNA of the Sea Nomads

If you want to free dive to a depth of 200 feet and hold your breath for 13 minutes. Don’t do it, unless you have a rare gene mutation, states the Miami Herald, describing the “surprise finding” in a new study just published in the journal Cell. Scientists have been...

Taking a bite out of plastic with a mutant enzyme

Taking a bite out of plastic with a mutant enzyme

Did you know that globally, one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute! Remember all those disheartening images of masses of floating plastic debris on beaches and in oceans. What is the common element in almost all these images? The plastic drinking...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Plastic Pollution

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Plastic Pollution

When we look at the good, the bad and the ugly of plastic pollution in our oceans, we unfortunately, find much more bad and ugly than good news. Like the ancient mariner who uttered “Until my Ghastly Tale is Told, This Heart Within Me Burns” we're going to tell the...

Our Plastic Seas: There is No Away  – Dianna Cohen

Our Plastic Seas: There is No Away – Dianna Cohen

“Plastic is this incredibly useful material, and I feel that when we design things with intended obsolescence in mind—single use, disposable ideas in mind—we are treating a valuable material in an irresponsible way” ~ Dianna Cohen What started out as a career in art...

Growing Indonesian Oil Spill an Environmental Disaster

Growing Indonesian Oil Spill an Environmental Disaster

Recently we have covered numerous stories out of Indonesia from reporting on polluted rivers in Java to plastic littering the beaches of Bali. Now Indonesia must deal with possibly the largest environmental challenge of the last decade. Indonesian authorities have...

Penguins Living on a Plastic Island, Is This the Future?

Penguins Living on a Plastic Island, Is This the Future?

We love penguins, we're amused by their antics and admire their ability to survive in some of the world's most formidable conditions. Normally, we see penguins within a white, frigid, but pristine Antarctic habitat. But the World Wild Life Fund- Italia, just posted a...

Planet Earth Month and 50 Years since Apollo 8

Planet Earth Month and 50 Years since Apollo 8

This April 22nd marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. But why should we celebrate the earth only on Earth Day? Let's celebrate Earth Day for the entire month of April. We can call it Planet Earth Month and then it's not too big a leap to celebrate our precious...

Is the Ocean More Resilient to Climate Change Than Thought?

Is the Ocean More Resilient to Climate Change Than Thought?

We so often read articles of the ocean threatened by pollution, over-fishing and climate change, so here’s a report that brings us some much appreciated good news. Is the ocean more resilient to climate change than we had thought? Here's the easy part, the ocean, as...

Mangrove Deforestation Contributes to Global Warming

Mangrove Deforestation Contributes to Global Warming

We often hear that deforestation in forests and jungles like the Amazon releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere causing a “green-house effect” that contributes to global warming. But have we considered the consequences of mangrove deforestation. A new study...

Sustainable Seafood: A Smorgasbord of Ideas

Sustainable Seafood: A Smorgasbord of Ideas

Fish sustains a large portion of the world’s population. It's high in protein making it one of the healthiest food options available. That’s the rub; what is healthy for us is not necessarily healthy for seafood sustainability. At a time when the human population is...

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