World Environment Day and World Ocean Day 2007 with Program Moderators Dr. David W. Randle and Ed Begley Jr. Panelists include: Phillippe Cousteau, Dr Noel Brown, Dr Paul...
The Tourism Crisis: Impacts and Solutions Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:23:32When most people think of tourism they rarely think of tourism as a crisis.
Yet, last year according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization, tourists crossing international boarders reached over 1 billion a year for the first time. Projections are for international tourism visits to almost double to 1.8 billion by 2030.
The tourism crisis is the impacts that adding 800 million additional international visitors per year to the tourism industry, not to mention the increase of tourism visits that may take place within national borders. Adding 800 million visitors a year is the equivalent of adding 8 or 9 Walt Disney Worlds to the tourism industry.
The challenges of how to construct facilities, provide energy, water and waste management, develop new food supplies, and protect cultural heritages of local communities, is a huge crisis, indeed.
The word crisis in Chinese characters has two... More »
Protecting Dolphins: A Right to LifeLast Updated on 2013-09-10 20:35:41One of the daily privileges of living in southern California along the Santa Monica Bay is watching pods of bottlenose dolphins patrolling the coastline. They are extraordinary creatures with astounding memories that bring joy to my day - each time I see them.
My students and I believe that dolphins are entitled to the right of life. We along with millions of other Earthlings are mortified that Japan and Faroe Islanders brutally slaughter dolphins i.e. Faroe Islands and Taiji Cove with such reckless abandon and a despicable sense of entitlement.
Those unfortunate dolphins not slaughtered but caught are sentenced to an unimaginable captivity - suffering a brutal and torturous existence in dolphinariums for the amusement of unconscious humans. Have you seen the documentary Blackfish?
Since July 1, my colleagues and I have witnessed bottlenose dolphins dying along the eastern seaboard... More »
Scientists excited about new lab at bottom of Pacific OceanLast Updated on 2013-05-19 00:00:00SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists are eager for access to information from a quarter-billion dollar lab at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean that they hope will teach them about climate change, earthquakes and even the origins of life on Earth and other planets.
The $239 million National Science Foundation project will install video cameras, seismic monitors and other gauges along a volcano in deep waters off the Pacific Northwest coast, giving researchers the ability to monitor activity 2 miles below the ocean surface.
The project could potentially warn of earthquakes that would threaten the Seattle area, according to scientists.
"It really will make a huge difference," said University of Washington oceanography professor John Delaney, who is leading the effort.
Thanks to nearly 600 miles of electrical wires and Internet cables this project will provide continuous information, separating it... More »
An Ocean Champion in the White HouseLast Updated on 2013-05-17 00:00:00This article was originally published by the Center for American Progress.
It should come as no surprise that a president who grew up in Hawaii and has been known to enjoy the occasional vacation on Martha’s Vineyard would prioritize policies that result in the improved management of America’s oceans and coasts. In the past few weeks, President Barack Obama has met such expectations. His administration released a final implementation plan for the National Ocean Policy that he established by executive order in 2010. It also finalized a budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, which, even in a time of sequestration and fiscal austerity, asks for an 11 percent boost from current funding levels.
Both actions show that the administration understands the challenges facing our marine resources and is willing to prioritize them. President Obama’s National... More »
The World's Most Protected SharkLast Updated on 2013-05-10 00:00:00
One species of shark made history today at the close of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission’s annual meeting of governments that share a practical and financial interest in fish stocks in the region. The oceanic whitetip, an open-ocean species with a distinctive white tip on its dorsal fin, became the most comprehensively protected shark on the planet.
Member governments of the commission agreed to ban the retaining on board, transhipping, landing or storing of this shark by vessels under the jurisdiction of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). The IOTC, one of five regional fisheries management organizations which collectively have responsibility for the management of tuna and tunalike species across 91 per cent of the ocean, now has a common agreement to release oceanic whitetip sharks if caught in fishing gear.
In combination with a decision in March at the... More »
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