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SUFB 1122: Massive Sea Turtle Rescue After A Deep Freeze In Texas Bays

Speak Up For The Ocean Blue

Release Date: 02/19/2021

SUFB 1262: Bleached reefs can still support nutritious fish show art SUFB 1262: Bleached reefs can still support nutritious fish

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A study based in Seychelles found that there some fish species will remain on a reef after the corals have bleached, which could help maintain fisheries and some form of nutrition for humans.  Coral reefs are at risk from or are bleaching in many parts of the world, which could have negative implications on the fish communities and the human communities that rely on them for food. The study identified five micronutrients that are found in a diverse array of fish (zinc, iron, calcium, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids) that live on coral reefs. However, when the reefs bleach, only two...

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SUFB 1261: A new Gentoo penguin colony discovered by Greenpeace with help from climate change show art SUFB 1261: A new Gentoo penguin colony discovered by Greenpeace with help from climate change

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A Greenpeace research vessel discovered a new colony of Gentoo penguins in Antarctica. It is the only colony that has been detected this far south on the icy continent. It's an important discovery because Gentoo penguins prefer low-lying, rocky areas that have no ice.  The ice in Antarctica is melting six times faster than it was in the 1970s due to climate change. Melting ice will have an effect on global sea rise, weather patterns, and prey availability (krill).  Greenpeace and other organizations are calling for the nations of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic...

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SUFB 1260: Can media headlines affect motivation on climate change? show art SUFB 1260: Can media headlines affect motivation on climate change?

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There was a headline on Rollingstone magazine (link below) that mentioned the Doomsday Glacier was on the verge of melting. The headline didn't make me feel good about where we were at on reducing climate change, but it also didn't motivate me to do anything about it because the problem seemed too big.  Conservation optimism is important when trying to change people's behaviour to live for a better ocean. Optimistic stories can inspire people to do more for the ocean.  Reading the headline "'the fuse has been blown' and the Doomsday glacier is coming for us all" does not seem to...

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SUFB 1259: How Pharmaceuticals are affecting water quality show art SUFB 1259: How Pharmaceuticals are affecting water quality

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Did you ever wonder what happens to your pee and poo after you flush the toilet? I bet you never thought you would read those words on this podcast, but the fact of the matter is our water quality is dependent on how well our sewage treatment plants can stop nasty stuff that we excrete from getting into our waterways, including the ocean. Mongabay posted a great editorial about how the world is dealing with preventing pharmaceutical waste that we excrete from getting into our water. It doesn't look like we are doing a great job.  Many places around the world cannot treat their sewage with...

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SUFB 1258: Undersea Volcano erupts near Tonga affecting nearby islands show art SUFB 1258: Undersea Volcano erupts near Tonga affecting nearby islands

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You likely heard of the undersea volcano that erupted in the South Pacific near the island of Tonga as it was all over the news. The eruption reached 20 km in the air and the blast was visible from space. Unfortunately, the eruption caused Tsunami-like waves to crash into the island of Tonga and cause damage to properties, cut out power, and flood many parts of the island.  New Zealand is sending rescuers and supplies to help the nearby island but is having trouble communicating with the island. A volcanic eruption is violent and destructive, but it is also part of the ocean's process to...

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SUFB 1257: Are your coffee pods recyclable in your area? show art SUFB 1257: Are your coffee pods recyclable in your area?

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Coffee pods are popular in most households. You can make any type of coffee quickly without any mess of having to take teaspoon measurements of the coffee beans and pour them into the coffee-maker. All you have to do is pop them into the designated area and press a button and voila! A wonderful coffee to start your day! However, are you aware that your coffee pod may not be recyclable even though it says it is on the packaging? Keurig Dr. Pepper Canada claimed that their K-Cups were recyclable all over Canada, but most places outside British Columbia and Quebec would not accept them in their...

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SUFB 1256: Invasive species arriving in Antarctica buy boats show art SUFB 1256: Invasive species arriving in Antarctica buy boats

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Is visiting the Antarctic on your bucket list? If so, you may want to take the right boat to get there.  PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge, Arlie McCarthy, wrote a great piece that we should all be talking about regarding invasive species reaching the Antarctic on Conversation.com. The article describes the difficult path invasive species have had to travel to reach the shores of the Antarctic. The Southern Ocean's currents rotate clockwise around the continent deflecting many of the species. If the invasive species do make it to the coastal area, then they would have to...

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SUFB 1255: Individuals VS Corporations - who is more responsible for our wasteful society show art SUFB 1255: Individuals VS Corporations - who is more responsible for our wasteful society

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There was a great conversation happening on TikTok (yes, TikTok) on Dr. Virginia Schutte's account regarding wastefulness and our environment.  The video series started with Virginia stitching another creator on her comments about being judged for her family using paper plates. Virginia responded by saying that she chooses not to judge anyone on their lifestyle and rather approaches people with love and support to help others understand what conservation is and that not everyone is able to do conservation.  A number of other comments were generated from the first video and Virginia...

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SUFB 1254 - We now have evidence that warmer waters with less oxygen will produce smaller fish dominated communities show art SUFB 1254 - We now have evidence that warmer waters with less oxygen will produce smaller fish dominated communities

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There is a prediction that says the ocean will have warmer water with less oxygen that will be more conducive to smaller mesopelagic fish. A study was recently published in Science and covered on Mongabay news that provides empirical evidence from 130,000 years ago (where, warmer and less oxygenated waters occurred) that shows the prediction could happen.  The same conditions that were present 130,000 years ago are predicted to happen in 2100 that will have severe consequences for global fisheries, especially in the Humboldt Current System off the coast of Peru, where the study was...

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SUFB 1253: The plight of the endangered Indus River dolphin show art SUFB 1253: The plight of the endangered Indus River dolphin

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Another Indus river dolphin was found dead near the Taunsa Barrage (a damn) in the Indus River (Pakistan) bringing the total to three Indus dolphins in the past month found dead. This past dolphin was found in fishing gear, which is the greatest threat to the population that is already limited by the physical barriers of six barrages within the river.  Non-governmental organizations are trying to pressure the government to enforce policies that regulate the type of fishing gear, material, and mesh size as there has not been any enforcement on the fishing contractors in the area. ...

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The deep freeze in Texas is not only affecting Texans all over the state, but it's always affecting Sea Turtles. Animal rescuers made up of government scientists, organizations, and volunteers rescued 4,750 Green Sea Turtles that were affected by the deep freezing effects of the cold snap.

The cold temperatures affect Sea Turtles as they can render them immobile. The Sea Turtles can't swim to the surface to get air and could eventually drown. 

The efforts from everyone that participated in the rescue potential saved the population of Threatened Sea Turtles. 

You can support those organizations at the links below:

Sea Turtle Inc.: https://seaturtleinc.org/

Sea Turtle Island Restoration Network: https://seaturtles.org/

Link To Article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-weather/article/Texans-stepping-up-to-rescue-a-record-breaking-15960798.php

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