Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Wow. I’m back in Boston after a whirlwind weekend in New York City for the People’s Climate March. The March surpassed everyone’s expectations, drawing over 400,000 people (only 100,000 were expected) including policy makers, environmental and social activists, students, scientists, business leaders, labor workers, doctors, celebrities, and many more. Some of the more high-profile marchers were UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Scientist Jane Goodall, former Vice President Al Gore, 350.org founder Bill McKibben, and newly appointed UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio. The march in New York was just a piece of the movement too. More than 2,600 events in over 150 countries over the weekend showcased the global People’s Climate Mobilization.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Marine ecosystems worldwide are affected by ‘marine debris’, human-produced rubbish mostly made up of plastics. Marine debris includes consumer items such as glass or plastic bottles, cans, bags, balloons, rubber, metal fibreglass, and other manufactured materials that end up in our ocean.
CSIRO recently released a new report after three years of research that sheds light on the source of Australian coastal debris, and the impact it is having on our marine friends. The research found the major source of rubbish on Australian beaches came from Australia.
As the largest and most comprehensive research project of its kind, this survey forms an integral part of TeachWild, a marine debris research and education program developed by Earthwatch in partnership with CSIRO and Shell Australia’s National Social Investment Program.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Hi Earthwatchers! My name is Greg and I’m a new Research Intern at Earthwatch’s Boston office. This weekend I will be traveling to New York City to join in the People’s Climate March. If you haven’t heard of the March, it’s a global movement to raise awareness about the serious and immediate issue of climate change. Promising to be the largest climate march in history, with over 1400 collaborating organizations from businesses to schools to environmental groups, the People’s Climate March hopes to inspire politicians and world leaders to recognize and take action on global climate issues through peaceful demonstration and the sheer enormity of public participation. The “march” part of the People’s Climate March is happening this Sunday, September 21st starting at 11:30 am and other related events, demonstrations, and presentations will be occurring all weekend.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Christopher Golden has spent almost half of his life traveling to Madagascar. When he was 16, he went on an Earthwatch Expedition, Carnivores in Madagascar, led by Dr. Luke Dollar. Christopher’s experience directed him into a career in ecology and epidemiology. He’s now a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Director of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) Program at Wildlife Conservation Society. Recently, he has become a 2014 Emerging Explorer with the National Geographic Society.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Earthwatch scientist Demian Chapman has researched sharks off the coast of Belize for two decades. He has seen these animals, which fascinated him since his childhood in New Zealand, get destroyed by the lucrative trade in shark fins, a delicacy in some Asian countries. But soon these share populations could rebound, thanks in part to his work. Armed with creativity and expertise, Dr. Chapman fought a hard battle get five shark species protected under CITES—the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species—which has more than 160 member countries.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project, documenting plants and animals throughout the continent. In its fourth year, Bush Blitz has already discovered a new genus of a racing stripe spider, a possible new species of rainbow fish, a wolf spider, and the first new record of butterfly in Western Australia in a decade.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Many citizen science programs exist across the world, but often they do not interact with each other. This lack of communication has inspired two marine monitoring programs – Newcastle University’s Big Sea Survey in the U.K. and Earthwatch’s ClimateWatch program in Australia – to join forces and create Oceans Connected.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Six enthusiastic citizen scientists returned from a trip to Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef in June. The Earthwatch research team was involved in diving and snorkelling to photograph individual manta rays for identification as part of Project Manta. This trip identified 28 mantas, along with 3 possible new individuals, which will now be documented as part of the Manta Identification Database.
Monday, June 30, 2014
If you need that cup of coffee to get going in the morning, you’re not alone. According to a 2013 survey by the National Coffee Association, 83 percent of people in the U.S.—the world’s leader in coffee consumption—drink coffee, and 63 percent of Americans have at least a cup a day.