Marine litter: Vital graphics

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graphicsEvery year, the sum of humanity’s knowledge increases exponentially. And as we learn more, we also learn there is much we still don’t know. Plastic litter in our oceans is one area where we need to learn more, and we need to learn it quickly. That’s one of the main messages in Marine Litter Vital Graphics. Another important message is that we already know enough to take action.

Marine Litter Graphics

Marine plasctic debris and microplastics:Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy change

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plasticPlastic litter in the ocean can be considered a ‘common concern of humankind’. This study summarizes the state of our knowledge on sources, fate and effect of marine plastics debris and microplastics, and describes approaches and potential solutions to address this multifaceted issue. The study is divided into four main sections: Background, Evidence Base, Taking Action, and Conclusions and Key Research Needs.

Marine plasctic debris and microplastics:Global lessons and research to inspire

Longevity and survival of the Endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin

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Seychelles magpie robin by Martijn Hammers

The Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus sechellarum was once one of the most threatened birds in the world, but was downgraded from Critically Endangered to Endangered after a long-term recovery programme was successfully implemented. Comprehensive long-term monitoring of this species was conducted on the islands of Cousin and Cousine over an 18-year period. We report here on the species longevity and annual survival at these two sites.

Julie Gane and April Burt  Longevity and survival of the Endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus sechellarum

Paris Climate Talks 2015 COP21

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Some documents from From the International Energy Agency at COP21

Energy Technology Initiatives 2013 ETP Executive Summary – 2015 Global_Tracking_Framework Good_Practice_Policy_Framework for Energy Technology How2Guide_Wind Energy Technology Development Prospects_Indian Power Sector TechnologyRoadmap_ EE Buildings TechnologyRoadmap_Bioenergy for Heat and Power Read the rest of this entry »

Diet Composition of Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Republic of Seychelles

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hawksbill-turtleEffective conservation of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the western Indian Ocean is hindered by a lack of basic ecological information about its diet and habitat requirements. This study utilised stomach samples from dead turtles and oesophageal lavage, together with in-water observations of foraging turtles, to identify the relative importance of species contributing to the diet of hawksbill turtles at five localities in the Republic of Seychelles. Read more