Category archive: Fish Carbon

Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services

Fish Carbon: Exploring Marine Vertebrate Carbon Services

In answer to the call by the United Nations to provide innovative solutions to address the climate change challenge and prevent global biodiversity loss, a new report has been produced on the potential of marine vertebrates to fill this void. The report, jointly produced by GRID-Arendal, a collaborating center with UNEP, and Blue Climate Solutions,…

Canadian photographer caught in poo-storm from giant sperm whale

Canadian photographer caught in poo-storm from giant sperm whale

This story relates to The Ocean can Help Meet the Climate Change Challenge, finds new Report Additional information: Download the report here:  The Ebook version is available here: https://cld.bz/LdEfcuu#12 Original Story http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/2015/01/22/photos-canadian-photographer-caught-in-giant-whale-poo-storm/ It’s a poo-nado, a poo-nami, or just a poo-storm. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a rare underwater event that most people would do their best to…

Sylvia Earle honored as a UNEP “Champion of the Earth” for Lifetime Leadership

Sylvia Earle honored as a UNEP “Champion of the Earth” for Lifetime Leadership

Original Story : http://mission-blue.org/2014/11/sylvia-earle-honored-as-a-unep-champion-of-the-earth-for-lifetime-leadership/ Wednesday night in Washington, DC, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) honored eight environmental stewards as “Champions of the Earth!” As the United Nations’ most prestigious award for the environment, the Champions of the Earth award is celebrating its tenth year of highlighting the outstanding contributions of policy makers, innovators and advocates “to our…

Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Underestimating the ocean: new evidence from IUCN highlights the carbon-regulating capacity of the ocean

Gland, Switzerland, 9 December 2014 – Protecting key carbon-absorbing areas of the ocean and conserving fish and krill stocks are critical for tackling climate change. This is one of the findings of a report released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in which top marine scientists describe how atmospheric carbon is captured, stored and moves in the ocean.

Why whale poo matters – George Monbiot – the Guardian

Why whale poo matters – George Monbiot – the Guardian

I can hear you muttering already: he’s completely lost it this time. He’s written a 2,000-word article on whale poo. I admit that at first it might be hard to see the relevance to your life. But I hope that by the time you have finished this article you will have become as obsessed with marine faecal plumes as I am. What greater incentive could there be to read on?

In truth it’s not just about whale poo, though that’s an important component. It’s about the remarkable connectivity, on this small and spherical planet, of living processes. Nothing human beings do, and nothing that takes place in the natural world, occurs in isolation.

When I was a student, back in the days when mammoths roamed the earth, ecologists tended to believe that the character of living systems was largely determined by abiotic factors. This means influences such as local climate, geology or the availability of nutrients. But it now seems that this belief arose from the study of depleted ecosystems. The rules they derived now appear to have described not the world in its natural state, but the world of our creation. We now know that living systems which retain their large carnivores and large herbivores often behave in radically different ways from those which have lost them.

How Whales Change Climate

How Whales Change Climate

When whales were at their historic populations, before their numbers were reduced, it seems that whales might have been responsible for removing tens of millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere every year. Whales change the climate. The return of the great whales, if they are allowed to recover, could be seen as a benign form of geo-engineering. It could undo some of the damage we have done, both to the living systems of the sea, and to the atmosphere.

The Ocean can Help Meet the Climate Change Challenge, finds new Report

The Ocean can Help Meet the Climate Change Challenge, finds new Report

Abu Dhabi/Arendal, 6 November 2014 – In response to the call by the United Nations to provide innovative solutions to address the climate challenge and to prevent global biodiversity loss, GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Blue Climate Solutions, a project of The Ocean Foundation, have produced a report…

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