Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Impact of Losing Green Climate Fund, Hash Weather Patterns Interrupt Climate Study and More

1. The International Impact of Losing the Green Climate Fund

smoke stacks, green climate fund
June 13-15 was Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) and Sea Save was present.  In related news, Trump has pulled the U.S. out of pledging $2 billion for the international Green Climate Fund. The GCF was “created in advance of the Paris Agreement to support projects to address climate change in the developing world.”  Developing countries such as Chile are impacted, and could have used the U.S. funding to further cut down carbon emissions.
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2. 1,300 Pledged Actions for Protecting the Blue!


fishing boat, Kenya, Mombasa, Indian OceanThe UN Ocean Conference in New York (which Sea Save Foundation was a part of) got 1,300 voluntary pledged actions for protecting our oceans.  “The bar has been raised on global consciousness and awareness of the problem in the oceans,” the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson said.
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3. Inclimate Weather Cuts Climate Study Short

BAYSYS, climate change, climate change study, Arctic ice, Arctic icebergs

A major climate change study, BAYSYS, was cut short due to icebergs floating south from the Arctic to where their icebreakers were in Newfoundland.  The icebreaker boats were trapped and the $11 million study had to be canceled.  The second leg of the study will be in July.
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4. Will Dolphins Pay the Price for Hong Kong’s Airports?

Chinese white dolphin, Hong Kong, dolphins

The Chinese white dolphin, the mascot of China’s handover of Hong Kong in 1997, is in danger from an expansion of Hong Kong’s airport.  The $18 billion project will add a third runway and started last summer.  It is scheduled to take eight years.  “A marine park should be created nearby after the runway is completed, around 2023, to compensate for the planned destruction of an area of dolphin habitat roughly twice the size of Central Park in New York City.”
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5. The Dying Salton Sea

Salton Sea, Salton Sea drying up

The Salton Sea is California’s largest lake, and is drying up.  Water has been diverted from it to go to San Diego County and Coachella Valley cities.  Less birds are now found there, and the fish will soon die from the increased salinity.  The dry lakebed spews up dust and is causing childhood asthma rates to go up in nearby communities.




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6. A Breakthrough for Coral Reef Restoration



Humans have lost 25 to 40 percent of the world’s coral reefs in recent decades due to seawater temperature rise and ocean acidification. Dr. Vaughan has developed a technique called “microfragmenting” that allows corals to grow more than 25 times faster than normal. (Watch video)
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7. Inside the Multimillion-Dollar World of Eel Trafficking


freshwater eels, eelsYoung “glass eels” are shipped to Asia from places like Maine in the U.S. In Asia, the young eels are fattened up on aquaculture farms before being turned into food.  This is a multimillion dollar industry and would-be entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to illegal means of laundering and trafficking the valuable eels.
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