15 Finalists Announced For Prince William’s EarthShot Prize

15 Finalists Announced For Prince William’s EarthShot Prize

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In October 2020, Prince William created the EarthShot Prize, a £1 million reward for five innovations that help improve climate and conservation issues. This year, fifteen finalists have been selected. Winners will be chosen from across five categories: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build […]

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Best of 2020: The Creation of Tristan da Cunha MPA

Best of 2020: The Creation of Tristan da Cunha MPA

On Friday, the government of Tristan da Cunha, a four-island archipelago in the South Atlantic, announced that it is creating the fourth-largest marine “no-take” reserve in the world

Why This Matters:  As National Geographic states, while 8% of the world’s ocean territory is protected at some level, commercial fishing is banned in only 2.6%.

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Another Notch on the U.K.’s Blue Belt- Tristan da Cunha’s Marine Protection

Another Notch on the U.K.’s Blue Belt- Tristan da Cunha’s Marine Protection

On Friday, the government of Tristan da Cunha, a four-island archipelago in the South Atlantic, announced that it is creating the fourth-largest marine “no-take” reserve in the world

Why This Matters:  As National Geographic states, while 8% of the world’s ocean territory is protected at some level, commercial fishing is banned in only 2.6%.

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New Study Finds Reef Shark Populations Declining More Globally Than Previously Known

New Study Finds Reef Shark Populations Declining More Globally Than Previously Known

Last month, a new study published in the journal Nature showed that shark populations are decreasing in many regions throughout the world at much greater rates than previously thought. As CBS Los Angeles reported, this is the “most comprehensive study done on the world’s shark population.” The study found that 20% of the areas they studied — across 58 countries — had no sharks at all.

Why This Matters: As Philip Matich, a marine biologist at Texas A&M-Galveston says, “Sharks have important roles in marine ecosystems, but disturbance can alter this role.” This, in turn, can impact the ecosystem, since as one of the top predators in the water sharks regulate prey populations. But, as the study notes, not all hope is lost.

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Ocean Conservation Heroes: The Community of Niue

Ocean Conservation Heroes: The Community of Niue

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, big conservation wins are possible. Niue is a small island nation in the Pacific but it just made a huge contribution to global ocean health by finalizing this week the creation of an enormous marine protected area comprising 40% of the country’s vast ocean territory.  The new protected […]

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Interview of the Week: Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence

Interview of the Week: Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer in Residence

Dr. Sala leads the National Geographic Society’s program to conserve the last wild places in the ocean.  ODP:  The Coronavirus pandemic has harmed people around the globe.  How will this global crisis help more people to see the importance of conserving nature for our own health and well-being? ES: The global pandemic is a tragedy […]

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