Archive for the ‘oceans’ Category

Following on the open access and marine themes of the past few weeks, the Census of Marine Life is a terrific open access resource.

screenshot of Census of Marine Life website
The census, carried out over ten years, was an impressively massive effort involving:

2,700 scientists
80+ nations
540 expeditions
US$ 650 million
2,600+ scientific publications
6,000+ potential new species
28 million distribution records and counting

Much of the census research is freely available in different forms on the site, including research articles published in PLoS ONE. The site is a treasure trove that yields new and fascinating information with each visit.

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In a TEDTalk earlier this year, artist Dianna Cohen, co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, challenges us to add refuse to the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra:

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Many of you probably know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or gyre, but you may not know that up to 11 plastic garbage gyres have been found in the world’s oceans. The folks at 5Gyres are committed to eliminating the five largest subtropical garbage patches. And Cohen argues that the only way to achieve this is to stop generating the tons and tons of single-use plastic that we consume each day. The solution starts with consumers; the solution starts with each of us.

What will you refuse today?

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