Marine reserves map via Marine Conservation Institute. Click image to enlarge.
• Secretary of State John Kerry calls for a significant expansion of the world’s marine reserves: “Think of the progress we can make if just 10% of marine areas were protected,” Secy Kerry said in a video address at the World Ocean Summit, sponsored by The Economist in Half Moon Bay, CA. “I think that is a goal we should set for ourselves.”
More via The Guardian:
The initiative was Kerry’s second recent major foray into environmental protection. In a speech in Jakarta earlier this month, the secretary of state ranked climate change as a major global security threat.
“Climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction,” Kerry said at the time.
The remarks were ridiculed by conservatives such as Newt Gingrich and the Republican senator John McCain.
But Kerry, who had a strong record on ocean protection and climate change during his years in the Senate, pushed on, signalling new US willingness to take on a leadership role on ocean protection. [The Guardian]
• With Arctic ice on a continuous decline, scavenging polar bears that usually hunt seals are instead pillaging the eggs of cliff-dwelling seabirds such as Thick-billed Murres. [CBC]
• The top five challenges facing Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the new administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [National Geographic — the Ocean]
• The “sweaters on oiled penguins” meme has hit the internet again. Here’s our 2011 take on the folly of using knit sweaters on penguins to prevent preening of oiled feathers. [International Bird Rescue blog]
• A great feature on the apparent increase in the Snowy Owl population along the Eastern seaboard. [Allegheny Front; photo via Mass Audubon]
• The youth of Long Island are spreading the word on the importance of leaving seabird nesting sites undisturbed. [LongIsland.com]
• Cool or creepy? Hungarian techies have created the first drones that can fly as a coordinated flock. [Nature]
• On the topic of marine preserves, our favorite photo of one: Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, photo by Paul Chesley via National Geographic:
Tweets of the week:
— Amer. Bird Conserv. (@ABCbirds1) March 3, 2014
— Sonoma Birding (@Sonoma_Birding) February 28, 2014
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— BirdRescue.org (@IntBirdRescue) March 3, 2014
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— National Aquarium (@NatlAquarium) March 7, 2014
— Nick Minor (@nmbirder14) March 1, 2014