Marine Zoologist educated at Bangor and Cork Universities. Studied endangered species for over 25 years. I'm a specialist in remote atoll research and have a life-long interest in Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous ways-of-life. Now climate change is the major impact and, quite literally, I'm watching our very remote ecosystem collapse before our eyes. Coral bleaching, forest loss, flowers not pollinating; an ocean full of plastic entering our subsistence food supply. The nightmare gft from the Far-Away world!!!
Right now busy reforesting collapsed habitats (successfully) and deep decarbonisation ~ including solar-powered outboard motors and E-scooters; sun ovens work well on many days too. Easy aye!
“"If we actually implement what the #BlueCharter🌊 says, we stand a good chance of having an abundant & sustainable future"
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Worse. As part of my oceanic plastics clean-up project at Tongareva Atoll ~ funded by Australian High Commission in Wellington ~ thank you ~ I'm making a poster on various health impacts (including ecosystem & biosphere levels). Only yesterday I read a study about persistent organic pollutants (POPs) accumulating in fish tissue ~ the real impacts are already going to be horrendous. My feeling is it's too late (Eriksen et al 2014 estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean); (Jambeck et al 2015 report about 8 million tonnes added to the ocean each year). Homo plasticus !!! #plastic
My concern here is we are a subsistence way-of-life (not a cash economy) gathering fish and shellfish from the ever-present plastic pollution in our lMy concern here is we are a subsistence way-of-life (not a cash economy) gathering fish and shellfish from the ever-present plastic pollution in our lagoon; none of that came from our atoll by the way. All the mothers breast-feed, so toxicants are passed on to the suckling infants. More ...
We are not a cash economy, but live on fish, shellfish and coconuts. Climate change is now affecting them all. So the continual presence of plastic inWe are not a cash economy, but live on fish, shellfish and coconuts. Climate change is now affecting them all. So the continual presence of plastic in our food supply is a health concern. As plastics slowly break down the constituent chemicals enter the food web and bioaccumuate too. Toxicants are passed from mother to infant during breast-feeding ~ which is the norm here. More ...
This bleaching event appears to be caused by increased solar irradiance (u/v) as sea temperatures are normal. It is happening very quickly and now in This bleaching event appears to be caused by increased solar irradiance (u/v) as sea temperatures are normal. It is happening very quickly and now in May 2019 large areas of boulder corals are disappearing. An eco-tragedy. We are expecting an El Nino,which will make everything much worse.
The stratospheric ozone layer is degraded by greenhouse gases, expecially bromines and chlorines. More ...
2018 was a remarkable year for nesting seabirds. About 70 years ago red-tailed tropicbirds Phaeton rubricauda were only nesting on a single islet: the Landowner put 'Rahui' in place ~ so no birds could be taken. Now they are nesting on every uninhabited islet. Excellent news!