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The Top 5 Programs Bringing Hope to Our Oceans


by Leslie Gabriel March 05, 2014

If you read the headlines, its easy to get disturbed and depressed about the state of our oceans. With news about the oil spills, garbage patches, ocean acidification, naval sonar killing our sea mammals, the decimation of coral reefs - its easy to spend a lifetime breaking out the tissues to wipe the tears away.

But don't you fret ... all this bad news is now being followed by a huge new focus on the oceans of our blue planet. We did some research and found these top five programs that are working to transform our oceans to vibrant health.

  1. Hope Spots Critical Ocean Areas: Developed as a way to identify the 16 marine areas that are critical to ocean health, the Hope Spots are being used to mobilize action where it is most needed.
  2. Conservation International’s Ocean Health Index: This Ocean Health Index will assess the health of waters off 172 countries, measuring 10 factors including climate change, acidification, conservation plans, and human wellbeing.  The information will be used to determine where the biggest problems lie so that research and clean-up efforts can be strategically focused.
  3. Global collaboration: The Global Partnership for Oceans is an alliance of environmental groups, governments, and private sector interests who are looking to find the best places to invest their sustainability funding.
  4. Census of Marine Life: The Census of Marine Life is a project completed in 2010 that’s the culmination of over 10 years of research by 2,700 scientists in 80 countries. Most exciting is that it conveys the 1,200 new ocean species that were added to the sea creatures list.
  5. James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger: Diving to the deepest void in our oceans (the Marianas Trench), his Deepsea Challenger has stimulated new excitement for exploring the oceans.

This is great news ... but the focus will only stay active because of people like you ... so check them out and share them with your friends.

Because, we want our oceans to stay vibrant and support all our lives on earth.

 




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