1. Undersea Voyager Project


    from Steffan Schulz / Added

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    Part of the Destination Green Planet Series, this short focuses on the the Undersea Voyager Project which is a non profit (501-c-3) public-benefit company for Oceanic Research and Educational Outreach. Founded by undersea explorer, Capt. Scott Cassell the Undersea Voyager Project is designed to utilize manned submersibles to take a physical look at the first 100-1,000 feet of seawater, (which is the largest environment on Earth) on a continuing series of missions to explore the Earth underwater. UVP is privatizing ocean exploration and science by inviting the public to participate.

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    • The Delicate Balance of Blue Green Algae (no sound)


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      (Phosphorescent algae images painted on driftwood blocks with underwater video overlay.) A few years ago while participating in an artist-in-residency I had the miraculous opportunity to swim at night through a colony of phosphorescent algae. Swimming with my eyes open underwater that night was like combing my childhood fantasies of being an underwater Tinkerbell with Jacques Cousteau. I determined to learn more about these special beings. Turns out they are micro-small, but powerful in numbers - powerful enough to keep the oceans humming on this planet! I dedicated my research and multimedia ecoart installation to these little creatures - bluegreen alga (plural) or Cyanobacteria (Latin). Small things in great numbers do wonders! THE DELICATE BALANCE OF BLUEGREEN ALGAE “demonstrates the fragile equilibrium of nature by spotlighting blue-green algae, one of the most basic forms of life, and how it is a foundation to our world’s food system. As current practices have proven disruptive to this stability, BlueGreen stresses the value of these microscopic organisms and why it is critical to restore nature’s essential balance.” Excerpted from 2011 Nature Nourishes catalogue* Filmmaker and ecoartist Baker believes the microscopics of the ocean act as our life support system, effecting not simply the food chain and oxygen levels in the oceans, but planet-wide. As Climate Change effects warm the oceans and acidification increases, the delicate balance of the entire ocean-based food chain and oxygen production is at risk. Baker feels that this is why it is essential to move to sustainable practices much more quickly than our current rate of change. This sculpture has been re-purposed and traveled from Maine to Detroit to California and now back to Maine. Baker likes to quote, “What goes around, comes around,” as she believes the Bluegreen algae is one of earths’ most basic forms of life, as well as a source of food for many beings and environments. These microscopic plants are in a delicate balance in waters all over the world – from mud puddles to expansive oceans. Although many people may know that oceans derive their color from bluegreen algae, it’s not widely known that these tiny creatures are the keystone to our planetary food pyramid. As non-sustainable practices have evidenced the disruption to this delicate balance, BlueGreen underscores the reverence and practices necessary to restore and maintain this balance -- follow the sea turtles feeding and follow natures’ plan.

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      • Acidification-AMPAT Talk


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        Manipulating the pH of the manure alters the balance between ammonia and ammonium. As ammonia is the volatile of these two compounds, reducing the pH to change ammonia to ammonium can be effective at reducing loss of nitrogen. Additionally, ammonia emissions are an environmental and human health concern. Acidification is one strategy to reduce ammonia emissions. This fact sheet is part of the Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT) developed at Iowa State University and funded by the National Pork Board. Additional resources can be found on the AMPAT web page at: www.agronext.iastate.edu/ampat

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        • REACHING BLUE- teaser


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          REACHING BLUE airs on CBC Television 7pm September 6th 2014 And then streaming online on demand (Canada only): http://www.cbc.ca/absolutelycanadian/vancouver/

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          • Testing the Waters: Acidification in the Mediterranean [English version]


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            Ocean acidification - known as "the other CO2 problem" - is now also affecting the ecosystems of the Mediterranean. The scientific project MedSeA, funded by the European Community, has been studying the impacts of the phenomenon throughout the Mediterranean region for the last three and a half years. The video, produced by Dutch director Maarten van Rouveroy, shows key information, scientific knowledge, and findings of the MedSeA Project, against the beautiful (and endangered) setting of the Mediterranean waters. Testing the Waters is the summit of the MedSeA Project's dissemination efforts to reach the widest audience possible, in order to raise awareness on the constant dangers stemming from ocean acidification and warming. Aquaculture, the tourism and leisure industries, and the whole economy of a large share of Europe's coastline and population are threatened by these stresses. Spreading as much information as possible, while engaging policy-makers to address this issue and start devising solutions, is one of the key objectives of the MedSeA Project. Testing the Waters was produced over the course of six months between January and June of 2014. This short documentary film was shot in Spain (Barcelona and Ebro Delta) as well as in Italy (Vulcano - Eolian Islands) with additional material coming from Israel and other places around the Mediterranean. The film was based on interviews with seven people with many others contributing in various capacities.

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            • An introduction to acids and ocean acidification


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              • Connecting Topics with Ocean Acidification


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                To make a connection between physics, biology, and chemistry topics, Mr. Ted Taylor (Earth Sciences Teacher at Bangor High School in Maine) has his students work through a series of laboratory activities centered around ocean acidification. In this way, students are exposed to a new idea (ocean acidification), what its effects on marine life might be, and noticing patterns in the experiments they are conducting.

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                • Losing Base Short Version


                  from Amy Bowman / Added

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                  Teaching kids about ocean acidification

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                  • Ocean Drifters


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                    "Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves" is a short film about plankton written, produced and directed by Dr Richard Kirby (Marine Institute Research Fellow, Plymouth University) with a narration by Sir David Attenborough and music by Richard Grassby-Lewis. Drawing upon Richard Kirby's plankton imagery, Ocean Drifters reveals how the plankton have shaped life on Earth and continue to influence our lives in ways that most of us never imagine. Further information about the plankton can be found at the Ocean Drifters website (http://www.oceandrifters.org) and in the popular book about plankton also titled "Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves". The making of Ocean Drifters was supported by Carl Zeiss Ltd and the UK Natural Environment Research Council

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                    • A Natural Response - Doc Teaser January 2014


                      from Patrick Behan / Added

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                      Dr. Ed Sobey leads a team of citizen scientists to study the heath of coral reefs in the Caribbean. Music by Synaesthetik. Find more here - https://soundcloud.com/shizmait and on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/synaesthetikmusic

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