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Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch
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OneZoom Protecting the World's Oceans | Oceana You Don't Need An Energy Company When You Can Buy Power From Your Friends While communication networks have evolved a lot over the last century, the electricity grid has hardly changed at all. The system still uses the same basic technology and has the same general form: big power plants delivering electrons over long transmission and distribution lines. Thomas Edison built America's first power plant in New York in 1882. And as power industry folk like to say, "he would probably still recognize the grid today." Not for much longer. Here are some of the ways that could happen: Buying power on an energy Airbnb Today, when people sell solar power to the grid, they have to accept the price utilities are willing to offer. There are examples of this happening already. Not just energy Matthew Crosby at the Rocky Mountain Institute, an energy think-tank, reckons we could see Airbnbs and Ubers in the energy space—in other words, hubs where individuals sell power to each other, much like people now sell spare rooms and taxi rides to each other. Shared investments

Ecological selectivity of the emerging mass extinction in the oceans To better predict the ecological and evolutionary effects of the emerging biodiversity crisis in the modern oceans, we compared the association between extinction threat and ecological traits in modern marine animals to associations observed during past extinction events using a database of 2497 marine vertebrate and mollusc genera. We find that extinction threat in the modern oceans is strongly associated with large body size, whereas past extinction events were either nonselective or preferentially removed smaller-bodied taxa. Pelagic animals were victimized more than benthic animals during previous mass extinctions but are not preferentially threatened in the modern ocean. The order of authors after the first author was determined alphabetically.

Map of Life Leaflet | © OpenStreetMap contributors, © CartoDB The Plan to Map Illegal Fishing From Space Illicit fishing goes on every day at an industrial scale. But large commercial fishers are about to get a new set of overseers: conservationists—and soon the general public—armed with space-based reconnaissance of the global fleet. Crews on big fishing boats deploy an impressive arsenal of technology—from advanced sonars to GPS navigation and mapping systems—as they chase down prey and trawl the seabed. These tools are so effective that roughly a third of the world’s fisheries are now overharvested, and more than three-quarters of the stocks that remain have hit their sustainable limits, according to the FAO. US Coast Guard cutter Rush escorting the illegal fishing boat Da Cheng back to China. US Coast Guard But now environmentalists are using sophisticated technology of their own to peel away that cloak of invisibility. A prototype of the system, called Global Fishing Watch, was unveiled today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. Oceana/SkyTruth

The World Could Run Entirely On Wind, Solar, And Hydro Power By 2050 In a few decades, the world could be powered by nothing but wind, water, and sunlight. That's the conclusion of a new study released just before world leaders head to Paris to strike a climate deal. "These are basically plans showing it's technically and economically feasible to change the energy infrastructure of all of these different countries," says Mark Z. Jacobson, director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University, who worked with University of California colleagues to analyze energy roadmaps for 139 countries (you can see a few above). The researchers crunched numbers to see how much energy each country would need by 2050—including electricity, transportation, heating and cooling, industry, and agriculture—and then calculated how renewable energy could cover those needs, where it could go, and how much it would cost. Renewable energy is already cheap and will get cheaper. The study lays out a timeline of how the shift could happen.

Les Moules Sauvages de Barfleur Moules de Barfleur : « Belle, blonde et sauvage » © JCG Met au goût incomparable, délice des gastronomes, cuisinée de manière traditionnelle à la normande, au cidre ou à la crème, peu calorique, riche en protéines, en zinc, en vitamines B12, en Calcium, en Magnésium, en Sélénium et en Oméga 3, la « Blonde de Barfleur », à la chair claire, tendre et savoureuse, pêchée en pleine mer sur la côte nord-est du Cotentin, entre Barfleur et Grandcamp-Maisy, s’invite chaque année aux meilleures tables, du début du printemps jusqu’à la fin de l’automne. Pur produit de la mer, bénéficiant du label « Belle, blonde et sauvage » depuis 2001, issu du plus important gisement français de moules sauvages baigné en permanence par les eaux fraîches et riches en nutriments de la mer de la Manche, les moules de pêche de Barfleur (Mytilus edulis) plus volumineuses , plus charnues et plus iodées que les moules d’élevage, de bouchots, de cordes ou de parcs , naissent et croissent de manière totalement naturelle.

Chromium-6 in Water Utilities | Lower 48 States On the map, click on counties/markers for more information. Average level of Chromium-6 Contamination in Community Water Utilities testing for Chromium-6 in EPA's UCMR-3 Not Tested<= 0.02 ppb >0.02 - 1.00 ppb >1.01 - 5.0 ppb >5.01 - 10.0 ppb >10 ppb Population Served Source: Environmental Protection Agency, UCMR-3. Lower 48 Alaska Hawaii Smile! Satellites can see your illegal fishing from space If a fish falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it … wait, is that not how it goes? Let’s put it this way: If a fishing boat illegally scoops up a load of fish in the middle of the ocean and no one is there to see it, it’s still illegal — but until now there has not been much anyone could do about it. It turns out that satellites a few hundred miles above earth are a lot better at surveying the high seas than, say, a lone Coast Guard boat with a spyglass, especially in the most remote waters where fishermen may be used to acting with impunity — ignoring quotas, transferring fish from ship to ship, dumping bycatch, even changing the vessel’s name between ports like a Shakespearian youth slipping casually into drag. Thanks to new projects in high-powered satellite surveillance, it may be possible to put an end to pirate fishing once and for all. This is good news for, let me see, about a billion people.

Cambio Climático y Economía - Microeconomía del Cambio Climático - Blogs Expansió ¿Te ha parecido interesante la noticia? Sí No ¿Te ha parecido interesante el post?+- Accede a tu cuenta El verdadero problema del Cambio climático es que los que se benefician de la venta de hidrocarburos son unos (muy pocos), los que compran los hidrocarburos son otros (muchos más) y los que se perjudican de su efecto contaminante somos todos. Los que más se benefician son como las empresas mineras de antes. 40 de las 50 empresas más valiosas de la lista Forbes 500 son petroleras, gaseras, eléctricas o automovilísticas. No llegan a 1.000 las empresas que tienen intereses billonarios en mantener el statu quo. Los que usan esos productos son, sobre todo, casi mil millones de ciudadanos de la OCDE y otros mil millones de las nuevas clases medias y ricos del resto del mundo. Vuelve a haber una tremenda injusticia en ese reparto, pues apenas una cuarta parte de la humanidad es la que quema esos combustibles fósiles, echando los gases invernadero a la atmósfera de todos. ¿La buena noticia?

Le Parlement adopte définitivement la proposition de loi sur "l'économie bleue" Le Parlement a adopté définitivement la proposition de loi sur "l'économie bleue", avec le feu vert du Sénat mardi à ce texte, qui entend accroître les bénéfices tirés par la France de l'activité maritime, tout en affichant le souci de l'environnement. Seuls les sénateurs communistes ont voté contre ce texte, déjà adopté le 1er juin par les députés, et les écologistes se sont abstenus. La proposition de loi qui avait été présentée par les députés socialistes prévoit des dispositions en faveur de la compétitivité des exploitations maritimes et des ports de commerce comme l'exonération de cotisations patronales pour tous les navires battant pavillon français soumis à une cotisation internationale, l'instauration de l'autoliquidation de la TVA à l'importation dans les ports, ou encore l'extension de l'autorisation des jeux de hasard à bord de l'ensemble des navires à passagers français. Read the article on News Republic

Arctic Web Map Arctic Web Map (AWM) is an Arctic-specific web mapping tool allowing researchers to customize map projections for scientifically accurate visualization and analysis, a function that is critical for arctic research but missing in existing web mapping platforms. It provides a visually appealing tool for education and outreach to a wider audience. Arctic Web Map has two components: An Arctic-focused tile server, and a Leaflet-based client library. By providing tiles in multiple Arctic projections, data can be more accurately visualized compared to most Mercator projected map tiles. The client library, PolarMap.js, is designed to be easy to use and easy to extend. We’re hooked on this map of industrial fishing We’ve written before how the best tools to fight overfishing at sea may be found in the skies – but this past Wednesday, proof-of-concept came in the form of a satellite-tracked map of all the journeys made by 25,000 large fishing vessels between 2012 and 2013. The system is called Global Fishing Watch, and it was conceived by ocean-hugger nonprofit Oceana, developed by our favorite eye-in-the-sky watchdog SkyTruth, powered by satellite company SpaceQuest, with technical support from Google. Those are some heavy hitters to throw their weight behind the problem of illegal fishing — and they could actually make a difference. Here’s Wired‘s take: Although the system currently displays voyages from nearly a year ago, “the plan is that we will build out a public release version that will have near-real-time data,” said Jackie Savitz, Oceana’s VP for U.S. oceans. So now we’re one step closer to catching fish criminals red-herring-handed.