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Anatara Kihavah Villas goes to Sea with marine biologist Joseph Lassus Last Updated on 2014-07-06 09:59:09                    Situated in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll island archipelago, Anantara Kihavah Villas is the perfect place from which to enjoy the underwater world of the Indian Ocean. Here, you can snorkel some of the world’s most treasured reefs, explore uninhabited deserted islands, or cruise in solitude into a tapestry of unimaginable colors. Recovering from the 1998 El Nino that destroyed most of the country’s shallow reef coral, in June 2011 UNESCO declared the Baa Atoll a Biosphere Reserve. Operating as an eco-conscious beach resort, Anantara Kihava Villas has been dedicated to supporting the recovery since opening in 2012. This luxury resort counts among Green Globe’s top performing members. In its commitment to protect and preserve the environment, the property has... More »
From Despair to Repair: Dramatic Decline of Caribbean Corals Can Be Reversed Last Updated on 2014-07-02 13:46:18 Gland, Switzerland, 02 July 2014 – With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012, is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date – the result of the work of 90 experts over the course of three years. It contains the analysis of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, including studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish.   The results show that the Caribbean corals have declined by more than 50% since the... More »
Transforming Ocean Plastic Into Fashion Last Updated on 2014-04-09 15:24:36 As rescuers continue to frantically search for disappeared Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 a thousand miles or so west of Perth, Australia, one thing has become very apparent: The Indian Ocean is full of millions of tons of plastic. Did you know that 3.5 million pieces of plastic enter the oceans 24/7, 365 or the equivalent of 20 million tons a year?                         There's six times more plastic than phytoplankton in all oceans, and according to the UN Environmental Programme a minimum of 46,000 floating pieces of plastic for every square kilometer of Earth's oceans in their entirety. Photo credit: hipmomsgogreen.com   Most plastics entering our oceans breakdown into 'microplastic' or diminutive pieces that resemble confetti, and sealife... More »
Ocean acidifying 10 times faster than anytime in the last 55 million years, putting polar ecosystems at risk Last Updated on 2014-03-11 09:01:11 An assessment of ocean acidification, presented at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw in November 2013, starkly concluded that acidity is on track to rise 170 percent by the end of this century. As many key species are sensitive to changes in acidity, this would drastically impact ocean ecosystems, with effects especially pronounced in polar regions where the cold waters intensify acidification, and which are home to many organisms that are particularly vulnerable to acidification. The ocean acts as a giant sink for carbon, absorbing 24 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every day. Since industrialization, approximately 30 percent of anthropogenic (human generated) CO2 has been absorbed in this way. In the context of climate change this is incredibly important, as the amount of atmospheric CO2 is directly linked to global temperatures. But as CO2 is absorbed, the pH of the... More »
Focus on Ocean’s Health as Dolphin Deaths Soar Last Updated on 2013-12-23 07:56:40                   Krystal Rodrique, left, and Liz Schell of the Virginia Aquarium’s stranding response team                             with a dead dolphin last summer in Norfolk. By LIZETTE ALVAREZ MIAMI — Like a macabre marine mystery, the carcasses — many badly deteriorated and tossing about in the surf — first turned up along the coast of New Jersey in June. Soon, droves of them washed up in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and most recently Florida, their winter home.                       The lower jaws and teeth of dolphins from the Indian River Lagoon in Florida are cataloged.   So far this year, nearly 1,000 bottlenose dolphins — eight times... More »