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  • Ecosystems & climate change

    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!

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  • Tongareva Atoll, Cook Islands
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  • #hararanga
    #indigenous
    #seaturtles

    I expect some of you have struggled with there being no scientific resources in local languages. This is one we made a few years ago to ease understanding. Simple and clear, Mike
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  •   oceanmike commented on this post about 6 months
    #hararanga
    #oceanplastics
    #subsistenceliving
    #documentary


    This includes SDG14: Life below water; a GEF SGP funded project; and a grant from the Australian High Commission, Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Oceanic plastics are an overwhelming problem.
    kino waste movie
    Hakono Hararanga documentary on how oceanic plastics impact our subsistence way of life at Tongareva Atoll in remote Polynesia. Huge thanks to the Global Env...
    • 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 ...
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  •   oceanmike commented on this post about 6 months
    coral bleaching movie
    Hakono Hararanga documentary about a coral bleaching event currently underway at Tongareva Atoll in remote Polynesia, This time it looks to be caused by incr...
    • 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.
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  • #hararanga
    #seabirds
    #climatechange
    #indigenous

    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!
    te manu movie
    Hakono Hararanga documentary on some of the seabirds at Tongareva Atoll in remote Polynesia. These isolated places act like an oasis in the desert: species t...
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  • #hararanga
    #forests
    #restoration
    #climatechange

    This documentary shows the habitat failures we suffered, mostly from climate change impacts : & our restoration efforts, which were mostly successful.
    reforesting movie
    Hakono Hararanga documentary on our GEF reforesting project at Tongareva Atoll in remote Polynesia. Climate change has caused many trees to die and fall down...
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  • te honu movie
    Hakono Hararanga documentary on sea turtles at Tongareva Atoll in remote Polynesia. It considers climate change impacts, particularly forest loss. Temperatur...
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