Endangered green and loggerhead turtles make Mediterranean comeback

August 17, 2018 by  
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For 10,000 years, green and loggerhead turtles have been nesting on the Mediterranean coast of Cyprus. In the last 100 years, they have been hunted to the brink of extinction. Thankfully, due to pioneering conservation efforts made by Cypriot marine biologists, these endearing reptiles have seen a promising bounce-back in numbers, pulling them away from the brink of extinction. Related: Turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for the first time in nearly 20 years For thousands of years, the turtles have hatched on Cyprus’s Lara Beach, fighting the waves as they make their way to the ocean and begin their lives. The reptiles return 20 to 30 years later to lay eggs and bring about the next generation of turtle hatchlings. This phenomenon is a result of the turtles’ own biological programming, which calls them back to the same beaches that their ancestors chose long ago. Conservationists have been working tirelessly to save the endangered green and loggerhead turtle populations for four decades. Their efforts began in 1978, when only 300 turtle nests remained on Cyprus’s shores. The result is “quite spectacular,” according to Andreas Demetropoulos, founder and co-head of a turtle conservation program overseen by Cyprus’s Fisheries and Marine Research Department. His program reported approximately 1,100 nests last year alone, over three times as many as there were at the program’s beginning. Related: Sea turtles appear to be “bouncing back” from the brink of extinction The green and loggerhead turtles only nest in two countries, Turkey and Cyprus. Of the 1,500 egg-laying female green turtles, approximately 200-300 return to Cyprus to lay their eggs. More than twice as many loggerhead turtles do the same. To protect them, Cyprus’s government began its conservation program long before any other EU country, and in 1989 it passed legislation that protected two beaches that the turtles use as hatching grounds. Prior to this, residents would use the beach without regard for the turtles, but in the intervening years a conservationist culture has arisen. According to the program’s other co-head, Myroula Hadjichristophorou, “When people come [to the beaches] with their families, their children, they see the babies coming out of their nests, this is something that they will never forget.” + Sea Turtle Organization Via Phys.org

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Historic LA port to get new life as a deep green ocean research hub

June 14, 2016 by  
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AltaSea’s state-of-the-art, net-positive campus will be built on City Dock No. 1, with access to the deep sea. This location will allow scientists to study marine life and develop programs for sustainability. The organization’s executive director, Jenny Krusoe, said in press release , “AltaSea will be a campus dedicated to finding ocean-related solutions to our most pressing challenges: food security , energy security and climate security.” Related: Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels The dock’s historic features will be both honored and updated as renovation proceeds, thanks to the mesmerizing design by Gensler . Renewable models for energy and rooftop solar fields illuminate the campus’ central themes and engage visitors in its mission. The Wharf Plaza Education Center is part of the $150 million Phase 1, where ocean exploration and sustainable solutions are at the core of the project’s vision. Other phases will include a Science Hub for oceanographic and marine biology research, where the Southern California Marine Institute will be housed, and an educational Engagement Center for visitors. + AltaSea + Gensler Via Gizmodo Images via Gensler

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Clean and Quiet Tsekoa II Research Vessel Is North America’s First Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Cell Ship

August 12, 2011 by  
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Vehicles are usually converted to hybrids for the fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, but the Tsekoa II research ship from the University of Victoria got a plug-in hybrid fuel cell retrofit for an additional reason: reduced noise pollution. The Tsekoa II is a retired Canadian Coast Guard vessel that is being put to work by the University of Victoria to study changing ocean ecosystems and continental shelf dynamics, research that includes studying the noises mammals make under the water. Electric hybrid power not only provides cleaner energy to power the powerful research equipment onboard the Tsekoa II, but it also allows researchers to monitor the ocean’s sounds without diesel engine noise pollution getting in the way. Read the rest of Clean and Quiet Tsekoa II Research Vessel Is North America’s First Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Cell Ship Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Canadian Coast Guard , green ship design , green transportation , marine research , North America’s first plug-in hybrid ship , plug-in fuel cell ship , Tsekoa plug-in hybrid ship , University of Victoria , world’s first plug-in hybrid fuel cell ship

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INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

August 12, 2011 by  
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Sustainable Marine Research Center Studies Tsunamis

October 13, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Sustainable Marine Research Center Studies Tsunamis http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Bali , eco design , energy efficient design , green architecture , green design , marine research center , net zero , rainwater , Solar Power , solus4 , sustainable design , tidal generators , tsunami , tsunami research

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