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‘Surfing for Change’ in Bali

September 28th, 2013

Plastic’s piling up in paradise. But we can all pitch in to do something about it. Start by watching this short mini-doc about how the beautiful oceans of Indonesia are bearing the brunt of our disposable lifestyles.


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Shark Week — Sink your teeth into the truth

August 8th, 2013

The story of sharks is truly frightening. What’s happening to this animal is cruel and unnecessary and will come back to bite us, just not in the way we think.


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Let’s start treating climate change like the enemy

May 13th, 2013

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is hovering at a landmark 400 parts per million, a level never before experienced by human beings. Scientists say we’re playing with fire, risking the planet’s future if we don’t start to lower the greenhouse gas levels forcing climate change. How should we react to this news? First, we need to envision climate change more accurately, as a deadly threat.


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NASA scientists find phytoplankton blooms under Arctic ice

June 8th, 2012

For the first time, scientists have discovered extensive blooms of phytoplankton under Arctic Ocean ice, contradicting the widely held conviction that such blooms could not occur under sea ice that blocked the sun's rays from triggering the blooms. Sci...

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Los Angeles becomes largest city in the US to enact plastic bag ban

May 23rd, 2012

Los Angeles became the largest city in the US to pass a plastic bag ban, when the City Council voted 13 to 1 today to disallow the use of plastic bags in supermarkets.


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The state of our oceans, in a clamshell

March 12th, 2012

Our oceans, long taken for granted, are being stressed by pollution, over-fishing and climate change. Plastic gyres, swirling pools of plastic refuse, occupy several spots in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The largest one, in the North Pacific, is estimated to exceed the size of Texas….These linked, but disparate problems — pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, jobs at risk — won’t be solved easily. That’s why several environmental and conservation groups working around the globe have formed the Global Partnership for Oceans. The groups hope that together they can work to save the marine environment before human pressures cause natural fisheries to collapse.


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Surfrider Foundation upset about possible cuts to federal beach program

February 17th, 2012

From Green Right Now Reports The Surfrider Foundation, which supports beach and ocean conservation projects, is concerned by the budget proposed by the Obama Administration this week. The proposed FY 2013 EPA budget would axe $9.9 million from the federal Beach Grant Program, which Surfrider says would cut or curtail coastal water quality monitoring by [...]


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Sharks snatch victory from the jaws of Congress

December 21st, 2010

Sharks will be protected from the wasteful, inhumane practice of shark-finning in U.S. waters with the U.S. House passage today of the Shark Conservation Act. The bill, which the Senate passed yesterday, will strongly discourage “finning” by requiring that fishing boats bring sharks to land whole. It also will forbid the transfer of fins at sea by U.S. fishing vessels. Oceana’s federal policy director Beth Lowell, praised Congress for getting to the measure before adjourning, saying that the U.S. is showing leadership in protecting oceans. “Oceana applauds Congress and its ocean heroes for passing such an important piece of legislation,” said Lowell, who called out sponsors Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Congresswomen Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam).

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See OCEANS to help save oceans

April 16th, 2010

Disneynature’s OCEANS hopes to open with a splash on Earth Day next week, and not just to keep profits strong. The movie aims to raise money for coral reefs in the Bahamas and spread awareness of the imperiled, wider marine world — much like Disneynature’s Earth drew attention to terrestrial issues last year.

For everyone who sees the film during its debut week (April 22-28), Disneynature will make a contribution to the Nature Conservancy to help restore and preserve coral reefs around the Bahamas.

Coral reef in the film OCEANS (Photo: Jeff Yonover)

Coral reef in the film OCEANS (Photo: Jeff Yonover)


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Disneynature’s ‘Oceans’ to open on Earth Day, April 22

March 26th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

On Earth Day this year, April 22, Disneynature will release Oceans, which will explore the mysteries and dangers of these bodies of water that cover nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface.  French co-directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud used the latest underwater technologies to capture never-before-seen images, the company said.

(Photo: Disneynature)

(Photo: Disneynature)

Disneynature said it will make a donation to The Nature Conservancy to save coral reefs in honor of every person who sees the film during its opening week (April 22-28) in a program being called “See OCEANS, Save Oceans.”

The film is narrated by Pierce Brosnan, a long-time environmentalist who has focused his efforts on promoting ocean conservation. The actor has lent his support to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s “Save the Whales Again!” campaign, as well as working with environmental organizations including Sea Shepherd, California Coastal Protection Network, Ocean Futures Society, Oceana and Waterkeeper Alliance, and others.


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From ‘The Cove’ to the Red Carpet: Dolphin activist Ric O’Barry keeps making waves

March 4th, 2010

Marine mammal activist Ric O'Barry: 'We would like to see the Justice Department investigate SeaWorld.  This girl did not have to die.'
Marine mammal activist Ric O’Barry: ‘We would like to see the Justice Department investigate SeaWorld. This girl did not have to die.’

By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now

This is an interesting time to be Ric O’Barry.

On one hand, the marine mammal activist is counting down the hours until Sunday, when he may win an Oscar for his role in the documentary The Cove – a compelling and gruesome expose about the secret slaughter of dolphins in Japan.


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Watch your seafood choices with Seawatch and FishChoice

August 4th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

The more you learn about your carbon-footprint, the more you’ll realize that it’s weighed down as much by food choices as what car you drive and your home energy program. Food production comes with a whole cornucopia of green issues, from pesticide use to deforestation to world transportation.

No food issue, though, is more important than choosing the right fish. Seafood merits special attention, because the fish varieties that we’re consuming could be on the brink of survival. Ocean ecosystems are being wrenched apart by the overfishing of certain species and the destructive fishing techniques used to harvest others.


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