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Krill-gotten gains to fund Antarctic research

Posted by Willie — 25 February 2015 at 12:42am - Comments
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Adelie penguins eat so much krill it can turn their poo pink. They'd probably like us not to eat any.

Scientific research and conservation need more cash. That’s sadly usually true. It’s especially the case in the Antarctic where research is expensive but absolutely essential given the massive environmental changes happening there.

But although new streams of funding should welcomed for Antarctic research, it’s also important to question where that funding comes from. After all, there’s just a sliver of a chance that some seemingly good PR is actually a mind-bogglingly cynical act of greenwashing.

Challenging the UK government to lead the world in ocean protection.

Posted by Willie — 10 February 2015 at 5:02pm - Comments
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If I said to you that the UK government was responsible for rare sea turtles, endangered sharks, tropical coral reefs and quite possibly more penguins than any other country, you might think I was talking about some aquariums or zoos. It’s certainly not what you think about in UK seas, especially at this grey time of year (though of course we do have visiting turtles, many shark species, cold water corals, and puffins as penguin-wannabes). But across the world the UK has ‘overseas territories’. They are relics of a turbulent past when flags were planted across the world, and mostly, these days, they are islands – like Bermuda, Pitcairn, and Ascension. So, in turn, the amazing wildlife in the seas around these islands is effectively ‘British’.

Last chance to save the vaquita?

Posted by Willie — 24 November 2014 at 2:59pm - Comments
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Image of a vaquita model

The vaquita is a beastie with some remarkable claims to fame:

For the oceans - every week is Shark Week!

Posted by Willie — 7 August 2014 at 2:50pm - Comments
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‘Shark’:  it’s an evocative and symbolic single syllable. Just the sound of the word conjures up a host of associated images, usually to do with menacing fins, teeth, and a certain cinematic soundtrack.  #SharkWeek ramps up the public awareness around sharks, but it’s also a chance to reconsider and revalue these iconic, and undoubtedly awesome, ocean creatures.

Top 10 reasons to love the ocean

Posted by Willie — 23 July 2014 at 2:44pm - Comments
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We need to protect our beautiful oceans and the ecosystems within from overfishing and pollution (which you can help to do by adding your name to the petition to defend our oceans)

Why? Because they are home to a staggering 80% of life on Earth... but aside from that amazing fact, here are our top ten reasons to love the ocean:

Ocean heroes in a half shell: it’s World Turtle Day!

Posted by Willie — 23 May 2014 at 12:12am - Comments
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Sea turtles live in the ocean. They don’t loiter around so much as cruise the whole sea, taking in shallow coastal lagoons, stopping by seamounts, and crossing the open ocean on high seas highways, only ever returning to land to lay eggs.

They are truly creatures of the ocean. And they are pretty special.

Today is World Turtle Day – so what better excuse to shell out a bit of love and respect to these most iconic ocean ambassadors?

Celebrating island (wild) life

Posted by Willie — 22 May 2014 at 12:05am - Comments
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Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but put simply it’s a day officially set aside to celebrate the world’s wealth of wildlife. For 2014 the theme is Island Biodiversity.

Tuna are for life, not just for lunch.

Posted by Willie — 2 May 2014 at 12:00am - Comments
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Tuna are awesome. We don’t get to say that enough, so since it’s World Tuna Day, I want to make amends. These fish are majestic ocean wanderers, who have earned their place in history, but today they are sadly the icons of global overfishing & dodgy fishing methods, and a globally-traded commodity.

Name that tuna

Posted by Willie — 30 April 2014 at 1:51pm - Comments
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Tuna are fish, and they are wild animals. But to many people, they are simply understood as food. It can be a bit confusing when the short hand of ‘tuna’ is used, as it covers a whole family of species, from the relatively-tiddly and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic but beleaguered bluefins.

Waddle you do to celebrate World Penguin Day?

Posted by Willie — 25 April 2014 at 12:10am - Comments
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'Give us a kiss, it's World Penguin Day!'

It’s World Penguin Day today, April 25th, and I simply can’t imagine a world that didn’t have penguins in it. So in order to celebrate our funny fine-flippered friends I thought it would be good to pull together some fun facts about penguins. Some are fun, some are facts, and some are both at once. 

About Willie

Hi, I'm Willie, part of the Greenpeace UK biodiversity team. I work mostly on oceans and fishy issues.

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