ISSUE: Oceans

Lion Fish

It is estimated that 80 percent of all life on Earth exists beneath the oceans' waters. Not only do these waters provide a vital food source for humans, but they also create over half of our oxygen, dictate weather patterns, and keep the planet livable. Unfortunately, human activity is quickly diminishing the state of our global oceans and the species that live there.


According to a report by Greenpeace International, the key threats people pose to the fate of our global oceans are: industrial fishing, bycatch, unfair fisheries, unsustainable aquaculture, global warming or climate change, and pollution.


Inspired to take action, but don't know where to start? Browse this page for more information and to find out what you can do to help!




> Calls for action on ocean issues around the world:

Letter to the editor

Clean Water Action says...
Keep diesel out of drinking water!



Coral Reef Alliance

Small changes at home can help reefs!


Environmental Defense Fund says...
Stop plastic pollution in our oceans!


Greenpeace says...
Spread the word on
sustainable seafood!


Center for Whale Research says...

Follow their blog!

Film event

Sea Turtle Restoration Project says...
Spread awareness in the classroom!

Nancy Knowlton: Oceans Under Threat

Nancy Knowlton: Oceans Under Threat

Marine scientist Nancy Knowlton on ocean acidification and challenges facing the oceans, coral reefs and marine life today.
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Nancy Knowlton: Oceans Under Threat

Did you know that a temperature difference of even a few degrees can cause coral bleaching? Or that carbon dioxide can dissolve into the ocean, causing ocean acidification?


This Earth Focus clip features an interview with marine scientist Nancy Knowlton, who talks about ocean acidification and the challenges facing the oceans, coral reefs, and marine life today.


More ocean-related videos on Link TV:

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> The Gulf Coast oil spill...

Oil Spill

On April 21, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded, killing 11 workers and resulting in the largest man-made environmental disaster in US history. Years later, the effects of this catastrophe continue to harm the Gulf Coast both economically and environmentally.


Visit the links below to learn more and find out how you can take action.


Gulf Coast oil spill relief organizations:

- NOAA Deepwater Horizon Archive

- Citizen's Guide to the Oil Spill
- NRDC: In Deep Water

- Volunteer Louisiana

- National Audubon Society

- Save Our Sea Birds

- Ocean Conservancy



> Featured videos...

"Yours Truly, BP"

Watch this video montage from the Natural Resources Defence Council, and sign the petition asking Congress to prevent future oil spills.



The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Now "Roughly the Size of Texas"

Scripps University published a new study about Pacific Ocean pollution, adding that the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is about the size of Texas.

> ISSUE: Extractive Industries...

Pipeline Cornfield


If a disaster similar to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico happened off the Atlantic coast of Africa, would it prompt the same relief response and media coverage?


Browse this page to learn about the vastly under-reported harm caused by extractive industries located in the most vulnerable communities around the world, and find out what you can do
to help.

> Ocean Conservancy news...

    > The Future of Fish...

    Four Fish

    Curious why the seafood market is so heavily populated with only four common fish?


    Author Paul Greenberg breaks down the lack of sustainability in the growing domestication of salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna in his book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food.