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"Confronting and unraveling the intimate relationship that contemporary society has with plastic is at the heart of artist Pam Longobardi’s mission for the Drifters Project. Founded in 2006, the ‪#‎DriftersProject‬ works with local communities around the world to educate people about the potential dangers of ‪#‎plastic‬, reduce plastic use, clean beaches, and build socially engaged sculptures from the collected refuse."

Pictured: Pam Longobardi, cover of ‘Sierra’ magazine (2014)
+PlasticPollution +Faith Manners #ocean #DriftersProject  


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Confronting and unraveling the intimate relationship that contemporary society has with plastic is at the heart of artist Pam Longobardi’s mission for the Drifters Project.
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" It takes something truly bad happening to get, and to focus, the attention of the people with the power to do something serious about it. By that point, solutions are generally formulated to address the just-past disaster, not the next, worse one. And then, despite the devastation, society as a whole turns its attention elsewhere very fast. All of this is a given. This doesn’t mean we can’t do a good job preparing for, even foiling, disasters — wherever they come from. But it does mean there are significant humps to traverse. But when Katrina struck, it exposed a kind of institutional rot that went far beyond our warnings... "
~ John McQuaid for +Medium 
As the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approached, I did not plan to write about it. Yes, I thought about doing somethi…
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"Video footage shows that the deep reef habitat of Parks Victoria, Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park near Melbourne are simply teeming with life--rich marine ecosystems comparable to the Great Barrier Reef." http://tinyurl.com/pyo7ezo
With its multitudes of marine animal and plant life, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the world, but it may have a rival in the south of Australia.
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It's time for this week's ‪#‎WorldOceanRadio‬!
About this episode:
A recent series of investigative stories entitled "The Outlaw Ocean" by Ian Urbina of the The New York Times exposes the dark side of the deep sea, describing real abuses, crime and violence in international waters. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill summarizes the four-part “Outlaw Ocean” series, praising Urbina’s work to educate the public by exposing the labor, human rights, and environmental abuses occurring out of site, on the high seas. http://buff.ly/1EROjxt
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Maximilian Hirschfeld 2010 | Marine Photobank
‪#‎SeaConnectsAllThings‬ ‪#‎OutlawOcean‬ ‪#‎IanUrbina‬ ‪#‎HighSeas‬ ‪#‎IUU‬
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Seismic Blasting: The part of underwater exploration for #oil that we never see or hear. Greenpeace is going to the ‪#‎Arctic‬ where Shell is beginning exploratory drilling.‪#‎OffshoreDrilling‬ ‪#‎StopSeismicBlasting‬ http://grnpc.org/IgtdB
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It's a throw-back Thursday diving suit edition. We've come a long way, baby! I#TBT http://buff.ly/1hsShI2
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Did You Know?

The "Our Ocean Conference", created by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2014, is fast approaching. Hosted by the Chilean government in Valparaíso, Chile, the two-day event will take place on October 5th and 6th.

You can catch a preview of the Our Ocean Conference by tuning in for a special event: “Progress in the Fight to End Illegal Fishing” to hear the latest global initiatives to curb illegal fishing on the high seas. Panelists include Ian Urbina, investigative reporter for the The New York Times​ and author of #TheOutlawOcean series; Russell Smith of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)​, and Kristín von Kistowski of FISH-i Africa.

Event Details
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Washington, DC

Follow along with The Pew Charitable Trusts​' live webcast of the event and on Twitter at #OurOceanPew

A Preview of ‘Our Ocean’: Progress in the Fight to End Illegal Fishing http://buff.ly/1hvejti
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Today we celebrate Hawaii Governor David Ige for the hero that he is: pledging to be using 100% renewable energy by 2045. This is a courageous and ambitious move and we hope that other states and nations will be inspired by this bold action.  http://buff.ly/1hl642L
An unlikely partnership between Hawaii’s local government and the US military makes the island a leader in energy policy.
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"A new study says that there is an option to large wind farms in the middle of nowhere: #viaducts. The long bridge structures are typically high off the ground and usually contain a series of arches within which wind turbines could be built."
A new study says that placing turbines under these high, already-built structures could be an easy way to incorporate wind energy in areas around the world.
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It's time for this week's ‪#‎WorldOceanRadio‬!
About this episode:
A recent series of investigative stories entitled "The Outlaw Ocean" by Ian Urbina of the The New York Times exposes the dark side of the deep sea, describing real abuses, crime and violence in international waters. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill summarizes the four-part “Outlaw Ocean” series, praising Urbina’s work to educate the public by exposing the labor, human rights, and environmental abuses occurring out of site, on the high seas.
About World Ocean Radio:
Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory and host of World Ocean Radio, provides coverage of a broad spectrum of ocean issues from science and education to advocacy and exemplary projects. World Ocean Radio, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, is a weekly series of five-minute audio essays available for syndicated use at no cost by college and community radio stations worldwide. A selection of episodes is now available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Swahili, and Mandarin, enabling us to reach 75% of the world's population. For more information, visit WorldOceanObservatory.org/world-ocean-radio-global.
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‪#‎SeaConnectsAllThings‬ ‪#‎OutlawOcean‬ ‪#‎IanUrbina‬ ‪#‎HighSeas‬ ‪#‎IUU‬
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Before and After: A unique look at how areas of New Orleans have rebounded since Hurricane Katrina. http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/katrina/
An in-depth look at the disaster that brought New Orleans to its knees and changed it forever.
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What Is Really Warming the World?
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies data proves otherwise. http://buff.ly/1NxFnVj

Researchers who study the Earth's climate create models to test their assumptions about the causes and trajectory of global warming. Around the world there are 28 or so research groups in more than a dozen countries who have written 61 climate models. Each takes a slightly different approach to the elements of the climate system, such as ice, oceans, or atmospheric chemistry.
Climate deniers blame natural factors; NASA data proves otherwise
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