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Planet Ark. Know your World. Choose your Impact.

The World Environment News provides you with the latest information on global environmental issues making news headlines today. http://www.planetark.com/enviro-news/

 

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species

This list has become one of the most reputable, comprehensive and vital resource providing a consice evaluation of the conservation status of plant and animal species.

Goals of the IUCN are to provide a 'global index of the state of change of biodiversity'.

Please refer to this website's extensive resources. http://www.iucnredlist.org/

  

Greenpeace International

 

Here is the link to the "Oceans" component of this webiste, check it out: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/oceans/


The PEW Cheritable Trust 

A fantastic portal of information regarding our world's oceans, land and energy issues. Various campaigns, research findings, and up to date news stories are covered on this site, and deal with the most pressing environmental concerns. Click here to link to PEW: http://www.pewenvironment.org/


Plastic Pollution Coalition

PPC is an organization spreading the message of the severity of plastic pollution in our oceans, and world environment. This coalition is active in its quest to educate people of the responsibility we all hold in quitting our dependence and use of disposable plastics. Visit this informative site and learn what small changes in your own life will be a huge to the planet. http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/

 


International Whaling Commission

http://iwcoffice.org/index.htm

 

The International Maritime Organization

(IMO) The United Nations have this specialized agency focused on ensuring the safety and security of shipping around the world. Its main area of concentration is to prevent marine pollution caused by this industry. http://www.imo.org/Pages/home.aspx

 

 

Tara Oceans

 

This expedition is research and conservation out in the field of our oceans. Tara sails the high seas in order to study climate change and other crucial issues we are facing today. Link to the website to follow this mission. http://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/en/home-tara.php?id_page=1

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration

(NOAA) United States Department of Commerce.  This useful science based agency works to inform the world population about the ever changing environment. With a cutting edge research team and a highly technical instrumentation, the NOAA can provide current data, research findings and monitoring information regarding the ocean's health and the earth's systems' impacts. http://www.noaa.gov/ocean.html

 

EarthWatch Institute

http://www.earthwatch.org/australia/

 

The Ocean Project

This initiative works with a multitude of partners such as zoos, aquariums and museums to advance ocean conservation. This project is an innovative entity working to educate the public about the importance of conserving our blue planet. http://www.theoceanproject.org

 

The United Nations Atlas of the Oceans

The UNAO provides a huge database holding a wealth of information, and designed to familiarize readers with ocean issues. A very useful website for scientists, students and resource managers searching for information as well as approaches to ocean sustainability. http://www.oceansatlas.org/html/workissues.jsp

 

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission 

 Visit this extensive website for the latest issues and events surrounding the ocean environment. www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/ioc-oceans/

 

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

"Environment for development". http://unep.org/ 

UNEP's "Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities"  (GPA-Marine). The GPA-Marine is the only global intergovernmental initiative directly addressing the link between watersheds, coastal waters and the open ocean. http://www.gpa.unep.org/

 

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

 A specialized agency of the United Nations. It is the UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources. http://www.wmo.int/pages/index_en.html

 

The World Fish Centre

Our mission is to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.We began in 1977 as the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) based in the Philippines. In 2000 we shortened our name to The WorldFish Center and established our new headquarters in Penang, Malaysia. http://www.worldfishcenter.org/wfcms/HQ/Default.aspx





Did you know?

Beluga Whales, also known as "White Whales" live in the arctic and sub-arctic waters of the world.

They live in pods of hundreds, and even thousands of individuals, and their 'clicks', 'squeaks', and 'chips' are among the most distinctive of any mammal, earning them the nickname of "Sea Canary".

Living in the some of the coldest oceans, Belugas have a 10 centimeter thick layer of blubber insulating their bodies. In fact, half of their weight is FAT!

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