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Marine Protected Areas

Cameras Deep Under the Ocean Surface Reveal Crucial Secrets

Lauren De Vos | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Lauren De Vos

The big change? The rapid evolution of camera technology had lowered the price of cameras available to the average user. The advent of GoPros made high-quality filming a reality for surfers, divers -- and scientists.

Two-Step Strategy for Saving the World's Corals

Caleb McClennen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Caleb McClennen

While heat stress can cause mass mortality of reefs, well-managed reefs can recover and coral organisms themselves have even demonstrated the ability to adapt. While acidification provides a looming threat, some evidence suggests that healthy reefs may even alter the local chemistry of their surrounding waters to ensure proper pH for calcification.

America's Worst Environmental President At Least Did *This*

David Helvarg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
David Helvarg

What we lack is not solutions but the political will to enact them. And even here there is hope we may have started scaling up the solutions as fast as the problems.

Black and Blue: Santa Barbara Oil Spill Takes Another Toll on California

Kira Redmond | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Kira Redmond

On Tuesday, an onshore pipeline near Santa Barbara ruptured, spilling more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil onto one of the last remaining stretches of pristine, undeveloped coastline in California.

WCS at 120: Celebrating a 12-Decade Commitment to Protecting Wild Places

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

It is perhaps fitting that the 120th anniversary of WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) this week coincides with the establishment of three new marine parks in Madagascar. Since its founding 12 decades ago, WCS has dedicated itself to the protection of wildlife and wild places.

Strong Arctic Leadership Can Make a Difference at the Top of the World

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

When Secretary of State John Kerry took the Arctic Council chair from Canada, the United States began an exciting opportunity to lead the world in advancing environmental safeguards across the Arctic, while slowing warming and ice melt that threaten the region and our planet.

Why a (Nearly) Deserted Island Gives Me Hope for the Oceans

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

In addition to what we're learning about predators, Palmyra Atoll is shedding new light on the effects of climate change. The atoll's corals appear to be more resilient to bleaching events and ocean acidification than corals around developed areas. The research is encouraging.

Obama Should Designate Marine National Monuments In Alaska

Richard Steiner | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Richard Steiner

While political and business interests in Alaska are likely to oppose such new federal marine protections, it is important to note that federal waters off Alaska are co-owned an co-managed by all Americans, and all Americans have a say in their management.

33 Amazing Species -- And a Chance to Save Them

John Hocevar | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
John Hocevar

Our report highlights 33 species -- but it could easily have included thousands more. From giant blue whales and mysterious Antarctic toothfish to furry Weddell Seals and rugged chinstrap penguins, the Southern Ocean is part of a vast interconnected ocean environment that not only supports marine life but human life around the world.

'No Blue, No Green' -- New Sylvia Earle Film Shows Power of Protecting Our Oceans

Frances Beinecke | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

In a beautiful new film released this Friday on Netflix, oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle describes her underwater adventures. She also explains why she is driven to protect wild oceans the way we now protect wild lands.

Obama Takes Bold Action to Protect Marine Life in the Pacific Ocean

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.17.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As the summer arrives and millions of Americans head to the coast, we can all feel proud that our nation has the wisdom to preserve our ocean riches. The plan President Obama announced today will set a new record for marine protection and set the stage for more action in U.S. waters and around the globe.

Global Partnership for the Oceans

Peter Neill | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Of the many organizations and initiatives dedicated to ocean sustainability, we often point to smaller groups and individuals attempting and succeeding in making a difference through specific actions directed at local issues and solutions.

Beyond Hope

Peter Neill | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Frequently in these conversations I hear expressions of hopelessness: What can I do to combat these forces, distant and powerful, that seem indifferent not just to the natural environment, but also to the values and traditions that have been part of our engagement with the ocean forever?

World Parks Congress Holds Promise for an Inspired Planet

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

The effort to work with women, local communities, indigenous peoples, and youth has never been more pronounced.

Sea Sickness

Peter Neill | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Every human need for the future -- fresh water, food, energy, medicine, security, and psychological renewal -- is dependent on a healthy, sustainable world ocean. The ocean is our cure. Why would we destroy it?

Geospatial Revolution

Peter Neill | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Those attempting to plan, or govern, in these areas -- be they local, regional, national, or international -- have not had these tools before. They have been thwarted by conventional inaccuracies, vested interests, ideological determinations that bear no relation to reality, and aggressive opposition.

The Bottom Line: Protecting Real Estate for Fish

Lee Crockett | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

For businesses dependent on high foot traffic, location is everything. It's much the same out on the water, where finding the right spot can make all the difference for commercial and recreational fishermen alike.

'Hope Spots' -- Building an Ocean Legacy

Francesca Koe | Posted 10.28.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

Many of us, as young girls, read about Sylvia Earle's aquatic adventures -- we dreamt of exploring the oceans just like oceanographer affectionately known as 'Her Deepness.' Sylvia's vision continues to inspire us all. In partnership with Mission Blue, Her Deepness aims to renew the health of our imperiled oceans by giving key spots relief from human stressors.

Yesterday's Ocean

Francesca Koe | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

Have you ever wondered what the seas off the California shores looked like 100 years ago? Now you can find out!

Russia in the Ocean World

Peter Neill | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Peter Neill

President Putin seems determined to restore Russia's maritime role, not just in the face of the United States, but also China, Japan, and the European Union (EU).

Ordinary People Helping Our Oceans in Extraordinary Ways

Francesca Koe | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

With the help of people just like you and me, collectively we will know a whole lot more about the numbers and types of sea life in our waters, how best to respond to a major disturbance, and how much success we're having in protecting vulnerable habitats.

Charting a Path to Ocean Prosperity

Peter Seligmann | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Peter Seligmann

The Pacific Island Forum nations and their peoples have courageously stood up to the developed world and asked those countries to stop the overexploitation and thoughtless destruction of the ocean. Now it is time for the developed world to answer.

Diving With the Dream Team

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 11.06.2012 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

I am scuba diving in the South Pacific, about six hours due south of Hawaii by air. As exotic and remote a locale as this is, the real story is not where I am but whom I have the honor to dive with.

Ocean Frontiers: A Film for Everyone Who Cares About the Sea

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 09.23.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

The ocean is facing unprecedented challenges and it is up to us to find solutions to protect it. Ocean Frontiers is more than a film, it is an outreach campaign designed to engage, inspire and mobilize people to better manage and conserve our ocean.

Australian Government Finalizes Plans for the World's Largest Ocean Reserve Network

Mera McGrew | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Mera McGrew

Australia's announcement details their plans to protect more than a third of its waters, including important deep ocean habitats like the Diamantina Fracture zone, Australia's largest under water mountain range.