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Stephen Palumbi: Following the mercury trail

In another TED Talk from the Mission Blue Voyage, Marine Biologist Stephen Palumbi talks about biomagnification – how mercury from the bottom of the ocean food chain makes its way up into the human body, with terrible results.

With a close link to recent HPD topics on the environment’s link to health and to G3: Impacts of Humans on Ecosystems, Palumbi highlights the tight connection between the oceans and our own health as humans.It might better be entitled “Protecting the Ocean Pyramid,” or “Beach closed due to excess human fecal matter.

How We Wrecked The Oceans – Jeremy Jackson at TED

In another great (but more than a little worrying) talk from TED 2010, Jeremy Jackson (coral reef ecologist, not star of Baywatch), gives a picture of the real state of the oceans, and the massive damages we as a species have caused.

Dan Barber: How I Fell In Love With A Fish

What’s sustainable about feeding chicken to fish?

How do you make sustainable fisheries development entertaining? Get this guy to tell you about it.

In this talk (from TED 2010), chef Dan Barber talks about how he fell out of love with one type of ecologically questionable farmed fish and was impressed by new sustainable fish farming methods in Spain. Watch the talk, be amazed and then read more about Miguel Medialdea’s projects (“three parts Darwin, one part Crocodile Dundee”).

Oceans: Disney’s Earth Day Super-doc

Following last year’s Earth, Disney are releasing Oceans on Earth Day. Loaded with symbolism and lovely shots, though unlikely to be as informative as the brilliant Blue Planet series, it might just inspire more people to take care of the oceans and be aware of their importance to us. I hope it hits the big screens here in Indonesia!

Here’s an idea Disney – if you’re serious about sending the message, why not give the tickets away to schools for free?

NOAA Environmental Visualisation Library

Education Resources, Animations, Videos and Satellite Images

Education Resources, Animations, Videos and Satellite Images

Awesome. NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) has revamped its Environmental visualisation libray – bringing new educational materials, visualisations, animations and resources to educators and the public. See the images of the 2008 hurricane season, animations of the ocean damage caused by humans or check out their library of satellite images.

They also have a YouTube channel where you can view and download some of their video resources. In relation to our upcoming Earth Day theme of “Reefs and Oceans“, here’s a clip about the effects of coral bleaching:

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Check out the NOAA image galleries too...

Check out the NOAA image galleries too...

The Habitable Planet

This is a great collection of multimedia Science resources, including lectures, notes, videos and interactives.

Get on and have a go!

It is produced by Learner.org, a huge and excellent resource for all Science topics (and other subjects, too).

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