What kind of world do we want?

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This video is by the nonprofit group, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). It is a plea to the citizens of the rich countries of the world to rethink the many ways we exploit the world's resources before it's too late to stop our crash course with the mass extinction of millions of animal and plant species.

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Drop into the Ocean

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Take a deep breath and imagine the oceans.... This disturbing video is a short Greenpeace documentary outlining the threats that humans pose to our oceans and a proposal for what we ALL can do to help restore their health. [In short, if you haven't stopped eating all fish -- and most especially shrimp -- yet, this video will make you think seriously about this decision]

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Care for Some Crude With Your Sushi?

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The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the worst environmental disaster the US has faced. Toxic oil from the Deepwater Horizon well threatens the region's sensitive shorelines and the nesting birds along the Louisiana coast. But there's another species at serious risk: the Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus. This disturbing video tells you more about their plight, and how this oil spill could be the last straw that pushes them over the edge ...

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TEDTalks: Brian Skerry Reveals Ocean's Glory -- and Horror

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Professional photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves -- as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.

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The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving our Natural World

Mar 23 2008 Published by under Book Review

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. . . I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move . . .
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The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round many voices. Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world . . .

"Ulysses"
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

In the ten years before he died, world-famous ocean explorer, filmmaker, and environmental activist, Jacques Cousteau, wrote what would be his last book, The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World (NYC: Bloomsbury; 2007). This book, which is a sort of autobiography, was updated by co-author Susan Schiefelbein, and recently published for the first time in the United States.

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Sorry Charlie: Bluefin Tuna Ready to Become Dodos of the Sea

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Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus.
Orphaned image [larger image].

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The western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna fishery in the Gulf of Maine is in danger of collapse, according to University of New Hampshire (UNH) researchers. Further, the team found that the number and quality of the captured fish has declined markedly in recent years.

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