Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Wish? Protect our Oceans

photo: Dr. Sylvia Earle in one of many submersibles she has piloted

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle shares astonishing images of the ocean — and shocking stats about its rapid decline — as she makes her TED Prize wish: that we will join her in protecting the vital blue heart of the planet.

TED Prize Winner – 2009

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Life in the Ocean

photo: clownfish in a sea anemone - for Dr. Sylvia Earle video on protecting our oceans

Dr. Sylvia Earle has lived underwater more than anyone we know. More than anyone we’ve even heard of. Like many children, she discovered a love of nature. Unlike many adults, she has pursued that love for life all of her life.

In this video, Dr. Earle talks about the magic of being hundreds of feet under water and the importance of preserving our oceans through initiatives like Hope Spots.… [more…]

Nature Is Speaking – Ian Somerhalder is Coral Reef

video frame grab: beautiful coral reef and fish

This short video features poetically beautiful images of coral reef and many of its creatures. the video message concludes by reminding us, “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” Narrated by Ian Somerhalder.

Transcript with timecode:

0:06 I am coral.
0:09 Some people think I’m just a rock.
0:12 When, in fact, I’m the largest thing alive on this planet.
0:18 I’m so big, I can be seen from space.… [more…]

Nature Is Speaking – Harrison Ford is The Ocean

video frame grab: "Nature Doesn't Need People" superimposed over ocean - narration by Harrison Ford

This short video features poetically beautiful images of the ocean and its changing faces. The video concludes by reminding us, “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” Narrated by Harrison Ford.

Transcript with timecode:

0:04 I am the ocean.
0:06 I’m water.
0:08 I’m most of this planet.
0:11 I shaped it.
0:13 Every stream,
0:15 every cloud,
0:16 and every rain drop.
0:18 It all comes back to me.… [more…]

Cancer-Causing Pesticide ‘Garbage’ Taints Tap Water for Millions in California

infographic: One part per trillion is about 1,000 times smaller than a drop of water in an Olymic-size swimming pool. --Environmental Working Group

California produces two-thirds of America’s fruits and nuts, and a third of its vegetables, with the lion’s share grown in the 250-mile-long San Joaquin Valley. But the bounty comes with a price: widespread contamination of drinking water from agricultural chemicals.

Among the most toxic is 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP, an extremely potent carcinogen that was formerly an impurity in the pesticides Telone, made by Dow, and D-D, made by Shell. Telone … [more…]