Marine sanctuaries, shark hoaxes & an epic elephant lost

This week in our roundup of nature news: Kenya’s biggest tusker killed by poachers, an update on the battle to save Africa’s oldest national park, a great white hoax and plans for the world’s largest marine sanctuary. All those stories and more wrapped up in just two minutes.

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Ocean 2.0: Global Marine Ecology in the Anthropocene

Dr. Emmett Duffy, Director, Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network

When I was born the ocean was still a mysterious and often frightening wilderness. Few people had yet breathed underwater, sailors traveled hundreds of miles without seeing a sign of humanity, and many scoffed at the idea that the sea could be depleted of fish. Those days are gone. In a short 50 years the human population has doubled to 7 billion, our appetites have grown even faster, and advances in every field of science have uncovered a picture of the ocean’s depths formerly unimaginable. That picture is both exhilarating and sobering. It’s now clear that humans are the principal force of nature in the seas as on land, and that the future will require active management of nature on a planetary scale. Effective management in turn urgently requires a new paradigm of science that integrates globally, across disciplines, and that takes a rigorous approach to human behavior and ecology.

Duration: 53:08

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Indonesia Biodiversity Deteriorating Fast Due To Human Activity

Anthropologist J. Stephen Lansing is helping to save a unique, centuries-old cooperative farming system in Indonesia. Find out what makes him tick.

via Live Science Videos.


Responsible Coffee Practice: Plant and Protect

Our partnership with Starbucks Coffee Company​ strives to improve farmers’ livelihoods while conserving rich, vital forests that combat global climate change. Carbon projects funded by Starbucks pay beneficiaries to plant trees instead of cutting them down, and attempt to combat illegal logging, a crime second only to drug trafficking in rural areas.

Learn more: http://www.conservation.org/starbucks

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Why ocean exploration matters: Our ocean is mostly unexplored

Why explore? Despite the fact that the ocean is the largest living space on our planet and covers nearly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, we have only explored about five percent of our world ocean…that means that 95 percent of our ocean is unknown.

Learn more about why ocean exploration matters: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/world-oceans-day/index.html

[Video of a dancing holothurian (sea cucumber) seen in 2010 while exploring the Coral Triangle Region near Indonesia. This expedition marked the first time scientists used a remotely operated vehicle to get even a glimpse of deepwater biodiversity in the waters of the Sangihe Talaud Region.]

via oceanexplorergov.


'Shark Girl' Madison Stewart - Uncut Part 1 LiveScience Interview

20-yr-old diver, filmmaker and conservationist Madison Stewart explodes myths about sharks in this Live Science exclusive unedited interview with @DavidSkyBrody (Pt.1). On more than 450 dives sharks have been her playmates, family and friends.

via Live Science Videos.


Creating Sustainable Fisheries in Brazil’s Abrolhos Region

By recognizing the deep connection between the ocean’s bounty and the prosperity of local communities, CI made waves with an innovative approach to ocean protection and management — one that helped to transform lives and livelihoods in an entire region dependent upon the riches of the sea.

Learn more: http://www.conservation.org/sustainablefisheries

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Tiny turtles, polar bear cams & a huge ivory bust

It’s a dose of conservation news both good and bad in this week’s two-minute roundup. From a massive seizure of ivory in Hong Kong and Japan’s controversial whaling plans, to some great news for endangered turtles in Australia and the gift of freedom for circus animals in Mexico.

via Earth Touch.


A Forest After Fire

Year after year, massive fires continue to rip through the wildland-urban interface (WUI) in Colorado, but in the face of climate change and a warming climate, our beloved forests might not return after these catastrophic events. CU Boulder PhD student Monica Rother investigates these post-fire ecosystems in an effort to predict what the Colorado Front Range might look like in a warmer, drier future. Produced by: WildFIRE PIRE

via Life On TERRA.


Why ocean exploration matters: We can’t manage what we don’t know

In using our ocean and its resources, we need good management that balances use, enjoyment, and protection. But if we don’t know what’s out there, how can we manage it?

Ocean exploration can put information about unknown reaches of the ocean into the hands of management and regulatory communities, helping to ensure that the ocean is not just managed, but managed WELL.

For more on why ocean exploration matters, see: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/world-oceans-day/index.html

[Video: Red crab seen during the Okeanos Explorer Northeast Canyons 2013 Expedition. The baseline knowledge gained while exploring these canyons off the Atlantic coast has already benefited the conservation and preservation of these remarkable ecosystems. The need to learn more about the relatively undisturbed canyon ecosystems is becoming more urgent, particularly as fishing practices, mining activities, and hydrocarbon exploration extend into the deep sea.]

via oceanexplorergov.


What Happens When The Government Kills 4 Million Animals?

In the past year alone, the USDA Wildlife Services Agency has killed over 4 million animals in the U.S. Why are they doing this and what effect does it have on our ecosystem?

via Animalist.


A Look Inside CI’s Floating Office in Cambodia!

Take a tour inside CI’s only floating office, built on the Tonle Sap in Cambodia with Peter Stonier, Senior Director of Conservation International’s Visual Storytelling Team.

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