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Eco

From consumer packaging to medicine, plastic and its derivatives are now deeply entrenched in our modern society. And because of its almost immortal lifespan, it will outlive us all, to the detriment of our environment. Learn the history of microplastics and it's impact to marine wildlife. Unfortunately, microplastics are now present in the food chain. It is now airborne and interfering ecosystem.
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The new wave of artificial lighting is now being ushered in by light-emitting diodes (LEDs). But can LEDs be truly a sustainable and eco-friendly solution for artificial lighting? Are we using too much light? What are the effects of LED blue lights? How LED Pollution can Impact our Oceans? How can we fix light pollution in land and ocean? Read more to find out.
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Rhino rays live in shallow tropical waters from the Indian and West Pacific oceans to the East Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. People harvest wedgefishes, and giant guitarfishes because of their ‘white’ fins. According to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, this species and the family that it belongs to is at the brink of extinction. So how can we help?
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Scientists define marine heat waves as periods when the sea surface in a particular area of the ocean becomes unusually warm for at least five days in a row. Like a forest wildfire, a marine heat wave can wipe out entire ecosystems underwater. The first to go is what biologists call the foundational species. These are the coral reefs, sea grasses and kelp forests.
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Last July 1, the first victim of Japanese whalers was offloaded into the pier where it was expected to be carved up and sold to local wet markets. This is only the first of a 277 quota of whales that will be allowed by the Japanese government to be hunted by whalers this year. there’s no real benefits towards hunting a species that was once on the brink of extinction.
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These groms, many of whom are of Thunberg’s age and bursting with childhood innocence and idealism, consider the ocean as their home. But now that plastic pollution is a real problem, especially in Bali, I wonder how long until they become anxious about the condition of their ocean and demand action from their elders, like Greta once did.
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I’m in Northern Sumatra, at the tail end of their dry season. I am checking out the island’s postcard-perfect surf beaches. So far, they are awesome. The waters are warm and crystal-clear and I am pleased to report that there are plenty of rights and lefts as well as beach and reef breaks to play with.
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The planet has its own natural cycle of warming and cooling down, one that takes centuries to occur. But with the increased presence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere brought about by human activities, these cycles are now happening within decades. But what is less reported is the often invisible changes happening to the ocean that’s equally important to address.
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the Olympic Committee has ruled that the surfing competition was going to be held on the ocean, off the coast of Chiba Island. And so, everyone was relieved. And yet that incident ignited a debate that has been simmering ever since the earliest wave pool technologies were rolled out for the surfing public to try out.
We’re all aware of how noise can be a source of pollution. Too much noise is bad for our health. And yet we don’t think twice about inflicting it on other organisms. Anthropogenic noise pollution is affecting a range of animals across a variety of habitats but it’s not highlighted often enough so people are not aware that it is a serious problem.
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When a golfer clubs the ball into the air, it becomes a speeding projectile. If it hits the temple, it can cause a fracture inward and cut the artery, causing brain injury. As if this weren’t enough, golf balls are also an environmental hazard.
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On the occasion of Women’s Equality Day this August 26, I find myself thinking about how women have transformed the sport, both in the industry and in their communities all over the world. Trailblazers like Margo Oberg, Lisa Anderson and Layne Beachley and others like them have shown the world that surfing is not just a man’s game. It’s anyone’s sport.
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