THIS IS, HOW DOLPHINS GET MURDERED IN TAIJI, JAPAN: FAKE DOLPHIN INDUSTRY & TRADITION


 

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Smack down !!! Japanese fake dolphin industry and tradition.
by toshio yashiro / time , Non Profit Individual
Sunday Aug 31st, 2014 4:55 PM

Again, the slaughter season just started now.

“Yashiro claims that the hunt is not concerned with Japanese food culture or tradition, but rather with the live dolphin trade, which is fuelled by demand in countries all over the world. “” Dolphin slaughter for food, according to Yashiro, is a skilful deception. “(more)
http://www.greenfudge.org/2014/01/22/japanese-voices-against-the-taiji-dolphin-hunt/
By Graham LandPlease support.;To stop dolphins and whales captivity in japan. no more captives. Set the captives free
;The Petitions of Boycott ” World Heritage in japan ” for saving whale and dolphin.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/07/20/18740105.php;Taiji deceives skillfully as tradition for eating , and shifts to dolphin-trade business.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/09/01/18742507.php;”The Huffington Post Japan ” should publish this report of Taiji to the Japanese readers.
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/09/18/18743417.phpI am thankful to all people opposed to Japanese dolphin slaughter.
love you.Thank you, Mr. Land.thank you for your time.
Sincerely,toshio yashiro / time , Non Profit Individual
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Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean


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Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean
by Staff Writers
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 25, 2014


Contact: Hannah Hickey
hickeyh@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Atlantic Ocean and Global Average Temperatures

Caption: (Top) Global average surface temperatures, where black dots are yearly averages. Two flat periods (hiatus) are separated by rapid warming from 1976-1999. (Middle) Observations of heat content, compared to the average, in the north Atlantic Ocean. (Bottom) Salinity of the seawater in the same part of the Atlantic. Higher salinity is seen to coincide with more ocean heat storage.

Credit: K. Tung / Univ. of Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(Top) Global average surface temperatures, where black dots are yearly averages. Two flat periods (hiatus) are separated by rapid warming from 1976-1999. (Middle) Observations of heat content, compared to the average, in the north Atlantic Ocean. (Bottom) Salinity of the seawater in the same part of the Atlantic. Higher salinity is seen to coincide with more ocean heat storage. Image courtesy K. Tung and Univ. of Washington. For a larger version of this image please go here.

Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. At first this was a blip, then a trend, then a puzzle for the climate science community.

More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows that the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study is published in Science.

Subsurface warming in the ocean explains why global average air temperatures have flatlined since 1999, despite greenhouse gases trapping more solar heat at the Earth’s surface.

“Every week there’s a new explanation of the hiatus,” said corresponding author Ka-Kit Tung, a UW professor of applied mathematics and adjunct faculty member in atmospheric sciences.

“Many of the earlier papers had necessarily focused on symptoms at the surface of the Earth, where we see many different and related phenomena. We looked at observations in the ocean to try to find the underlying cause.”

The results show that a slow-moving current in the Atlantic, which carries heat between the two poles, sped up earlier this century to draw heat down almost a mile (1,500 meters). Most of the previous studies focused on shorter-term variability or particles that could block incoming sunlight, but they could not explain the massive amount of heat missing for more than a decade.

“The finding is a surprise, since the current theories had pointed to the Pacific Ocean as the culprit for hiding heat,” Tung said. “But the data are quite convincing and they show otherwise.”

Tung and co-author Xianyao Chen of the Ocean University of China, who was a UW visiting professor last year, used recent observations of deep-sea temperatures from Argo floats that sample the water down to 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) depth. The data show an increase in heat sinking around 1999, when the rapid warming of the 20th century stopped.

“There are recurrent cycles that are salinity-driven that can store heat deep in the Atlantic and Southern oceans,” Tung said. “After 30 years of rapid warming in the warm phase, now it’s time for the cool phase.”

Rapid warming in the last three decades of the 20th century, they found, was roughly half due to global warming and half to the natural Atlantic Ocean cycle that kept more heat near the surface. When observations show the ocean cycle flipped, around the year 2000, the current began to draw heat deeper into the ocean, working to counteract human-driven warming.

The cycle starts when saltier, denser water at the surface northern part of the Atlantic, near Iceland, causes the water to sink. This changes the speed of the huge current in the Atlantic Ocean that circulates heat throughout the planet.

“When it’s heavy water on top of light water, it just plunges very fast and takes heat with it,” Tung said. Recent observations at the surface in the North Atlantic show record-high saltiness, Tung said, while at the same time, deeper water in the North Atlantic shows increasing amounts of heat.

The authors dug up historical data to show that the cooling in the three decades between 1945 to 1975 – which caused people to worry about the start of an Ice Age – was during a cooling phase. (It was thought to be caused by air pollution.) Earlier records in Central England show the 40- to 70-year cycle goes back centuries, and other records show it has existed for millennia.

Changes in Atlantic Ocean circulation historically meant roughly 30 warmer years followed by 30 cooler years. Now that it is happening on top of global warming, however, the trend looks more like a staircase.

The temperature oscillations have a natural switch. During the warm period, faster currents cause more tropical water to travel to the North Atlantic, warming both the surface and the deep water. At the surface this warming melts ice. This eventually makes the surface water there less dense and after a few decades puts the brakes on the circulation, setting off a 30-year cooling phase.

This explanation implies that the current slowdown in global warming could last for another decade, or longer, and then rapid warming will return. But Tung emphasizes it’s hard to predict what will happen next.

A pool of freshwater from melting ice, now sitting in the Arctic Ocean, could overflow into the North Atlantic to upset the cycle.

“We are not talking about a normal situation because there are so many other things happening due to climate change,” Tung said.

“International Ocean film festival comes to Britain” TheGuardian


International Ocean film festival comes to Britain

From the uplifting story of a paralysed surfer to terrifying tales of adventure gone wrong, we take a look at the sea-themed short films that will be touring UK venues from Cornwall to Inverness

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The wonders of the world’s oceans will be on show in venues all over Britain in September and October at the International Ocean film festival. Originally from Australia, the festival features a selection of 11 of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films, put together into a two-hour evening of divers, surfers, swimmers and sea creatures. To whet your appetite, check out stills from a selection of the films. The festival starts on 4 September in Truro, Cornwall, and will tour 17 towns and cities until 30 October. For tickets, times and venues see oceanfilmfestival.co.uk

Duct Tape Surfing

Duct tape surfing

Eighteen years ago, a car accident left Pascale Honore paralysed from the waist down. Fascinated by the ocean, Pascale dreamed of being able to surf. With the help of a roll of duct tape and Tyron Swan, a friend of her son who is a big wave surfer and professional diver, her dream eventually became a reality. …

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Oekologische Katastrophe: Ein See in Iran wird zur Salzwueste NZZ


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Ökologische Katastrophe

Ein See in Iran wird zur Salzwüste

Jürg Bischoff, Orumiyeh Heute, 19. August 2014, 05:30

http://www.nzz.ch/international/naher-osten-und-nordafrika/ein-see-in-iran-wird-zur-salzwueste-1.18365585?extcid=Newsletter_19082014_Top-News_am_MorgenDem Schlamm des austrocknenden Sees werden heilende Eigenschaften zugesprochen.
Dem Schlamm des austrocknenden Sees werden heilende Eigenschaften zugesprochen. (Bild: Hossein Fatemi / Panos)
Der Urmia-See im Nordwesten Irans ist auf ein Drittel seiner ursprünglichen Oberfläche geschrumpft. Nun wurde ein Plan ausgearbeitet, um das einmalige Ökosystem zu retten.

Hinter dem Bahnhof von Sharafkhaneh liegen zerstreut ein paar verlassene einstöckige Häuser. Aus einem Garten voller Unkraut ragt etwas weiter weg ein grosser, leerer Hotelkasten. Dann kommt das Seeufer, von dem aus ein Damm, dann ein mehrere hundert Meter langer hölzerner Steg in den See hinausführt. Doch von Wasser ist nichts zu sehen, die Holzpfosten stecken in grauem, festem Sand. Weiter draussen wird das grelle Sonnenlicht zwar reflektiert, doch ist nicht auszumachen, ob es Wasser oder Salz ist, das die Spiegelung hervorruft. Die Saison im einstigen Badeort ist vorbei…

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The Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland in 2010, which caused disruption to Europe’s aviation for six days


 

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in Iceland in 2010, which caused disruption to Europe’s aviation for six days. Photograph: Paul Souders/Corbis

Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupting in Iceland

Iceland‘s meteorological office has raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange, which is the fourth level on a five-grade scale.

Ash from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 shut down much of Europe’s airspace for six days, affecting more than 10 million people and costing $1.7 Billion. …

READ MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/18/iceland-volcano-risk-raised-to-orange

How One Documentary Exposed The Cruelty Of SeaWorld And Killed The Company


How One Documentary Exposed The Cruelty Of SeaWorld And Killed The Company

How One Documentary Exposed The Cruelty Of SeaWorld And Killed The Company
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It seems that SeaWorld may not be here for much longer.

SeaWorld’s stock has plummeted as the public continues to turn against the amusement park that they see as abusive to animals.

Much of this backlash is a consequence of the film “Blackfish.” The documentary highlighted the cruelty of keeping large aquatic animal, like the orca whale, in a confined space for the sake of Entertainment  ,,,

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Southern Californians seeing more sharks this summer


Southern Californians seeing more sharks this summer

Californians are seeing more than just garbage patches in the ocean – they’re also seeing an unusual amount of sharks, according to KTLA 5.

Locals are reporting a noticeable spike in shark sightings off the coast of Southern California this summer. Experts believe a variety of factors are contributing to the increased number of sightings, including clearer water causing more visibility.

But the spike isn’t just about more people looking for sharks. There actually have been more sharks, and experts say it’s because of the weather.

We’ve had near 70 degree water here in Southern California,” Dave Bater, a marine biologist, told KTLA 5. “This is [also] a place that’s full of baby shark food, which is small fishes.”

Because these animals don’t attack unless provoked, officials stated that there shouldn’t be any cause for Alarm.

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Construction of U.S. Military Airstrip in Japan That Would Destroy Habitat of Endangered Okinawa Dugongs


Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Construction of U.S. Military Airstrip in Japan That Would Destroy Habitat of Endangered Okinawa Dugongs

Marine base threatens survival of manatee relative
A dugong swims in the ocean.

Dugongs are gentle marine mammals related to manatees and have been celebrated as “sirens” that bring friendly warnings of tsunamis. Recent surveys have only been able to conclude that at least three dugongs remain in Okinawa.

Photo courtesy of Matthijs Rouw

July 31, 2014

San Francisco, CA —American and Japanese conservation groups today asked a U.S. federal court to halt construction of a U.S. military airstrip in Okinawa, Japan that would pave over some of the last remaining habitat for endangered Okinawa dugongs, ancient cultural icons for the Okinawan people. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, is the latest in a long-running controversy over the expansion of a U.S. Marine air base at Okinawa’s Henoko Bay. Preliminary construction on the base began earlier this year.Dugongs are gentle marine mammals related to manatees that have long been revered by native Okinawans, even celebrated as “sirens” that bring friendly warnings of tsunamis. The dugong is listed as an object of national cultural significance under Japan’s Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties, the equivalent of the U.S. National Historic Protection Act. Under this act and international law, the United States must take into account the effect of its actions and avoid or mitigate any harm to places or things of cultural significance to another country.

“Our folktales tell us that gods from Niraikanai [afar] come to our islands riding on the backs of dugongs and the dugongs ensure the abundance of food from the sea,” said Takuma Higashionna, an Okinawan scuba-diving guide who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. “Today, leaving their feeding trails in the construction site, I believe, our dugongs are warning us that this sea will no longer provide us with such abundance if the base is constructed. The U.S. government must realize that the Okinawa dugong is a treasure for Okinawa and for the world.”

The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has listed dugongs as “critically endangered,” and the animals are also on the U.S. endangered species list. In 1997, it was estimated that there may have been as few as 50 Okinawa dugongs left in the world; more recent surveys have only been able to conclude that at least three dugongs remain in Okinawa. Although the Defense Department acknowledges that this information is “not sufficient,” and despite the precariously low dugong population even under the most conservative estimates, the Defense Department has authorized construction of the new base.

The Nature Conservation Society of Japan reported earlier this month that it had found more than 110 locations around the site of the proposed airstrips where dugongs had fed on seagrass this spring and summer.

“Okinawa dugongs can only live in shallow waters and are at high risk of going extinct. These gentle animals are adored by both locals and tourists. Paving over some of the last places they survive will not only likely be a death sentence for them, it will be a deep cultural loss for the Okinawan people,” said Peter Galvin, director of programs at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Today’s legal filing, which supplements a suit filed in 2003, seeks to require the U.S. Department of Defense to stop construction activities on the new airstrip until it conducts an in-depth analysis aimed at avoiding or mitigating harm the expansion will cause for the Okinawa dugong. In April 2014, the Defense Department concluded that its activities would not harm the dugong, but that conclusion did not consider all possible effects of the new airstrip and ignored important facts. In addition, the department excluded the public, including local dugong experts, from its analysis.

For years, many locals have protested and opposed the base-expansion plan for Okinawa, where 20 percent of the island is already occupied by U.S. military.

Today’s lawsuit was filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the U.S. organizations Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network; the Japanese organizations Japan Environmental Lawyers Federation and the Save the Dugong Foundation; and three Japanese individuals.

“Basic respect demands that the United States make every effort not to harm another country’s cultural heritage. U.S. and international law require the same,” said Earthjustice attorney Martin Wagner. “The Defense Department should not allow this project to go forward without making every effort to understand and minimize its effects on the dugong. That means fully understanding the state of the entire Okinawan dugong population, how it depends on the seagrass beds around the proposed airstrip, and how construction and operation of the base might harm it. To ensure that no relevant information is excluded, the process and all related information must be fully open to the public.”

Eau : le marché juteux de l’or bleu | ARTE Future


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Eau : le marché juteux de l’or bleu | ARTE Future.

Eau : le marché juteux de l’or bleu

Dernière mise à jour: 13 Août 2014

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Alors que le nombre d’habitants sur la planète s’accroît de façon exponentielle, l’eau potable devient une denrée de plus en plus rare. Les grandes entreprises, telle Nestlé, tirent profit du marché de l’or bleu et imposent leur prix à ce bien de première consommation, nécessaire à toute vie humaine. La bataille pour un droit à l’eau et à l’assainissement est ainsi amorcée.

Nestlé et le business de l’eau en bouteille

Comment transformer de l’eau en or ? Une entreprise détient la recette : Nestlé, multinationale basée en Suisse, leader mondial de l’agroalimentaire, grâce notamment au commerce de l’eau en bouteille, dont elle possède plus de 70 marques partout dans le monde. Une enquête édifiante.

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