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H ALIBUT HERALD

May 7, 2009
Not that we are anywhere near the Mediterranean, but all bodies of water are essentially at risk to these very same
factors (that happen to be displayed in an aesthetically pleasing manner). If the above appears unreadable, please
READ ON HERE: http://klasherbert.com/index.php?/sea-campaign-zoom/

Nudibranchs, Coral and Math (and crochet!)


A Great TED Talk about a project that “reaches across 3
continents and it’s roots go into the fields of
mathematics, marine biology, feminine handi-craft &
environmental activism” -- definitely worth spreading!

 Crochet Coral Reef!

“ It is viral, involves textiles and it's working! Thousands


of participants have gotten involved in the project and
come away with a far greater understanding of the
issues facing our reefs.”

WATCH TALK:
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/margaret_werthe
im_crochets_the_coral_reef.html

Ultra-Wide Fish-Eye Lens


Upon my Interweb travels, I stumbled across this flickr collection worth sharing. Looking forward to finding more
experimental images like this in underwater photography!

VIEW MORE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/heiwa4126/sets/72157601616772815/


New hope for saving frogs
There's new hope that science will solve the mystery of a deadly fungus --
known as chytrid -- that has already wiped out 122 frog and amphiabian
species and threatens to cause the extinction of two-thirds of the planet's
amphibian species.
An Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, led by the Smithsonian
Institute and six zoos, plans to study healthy frogs in Panama in hopes of
unlocking how their natural bacteria has a resistance to chytrid fungus. The
fungus is spread through water and through amphibian-to-amphibian contact. It
is so prolific in infected areas that up to 50 per cent of amphibians can be killed
off within just one year.
The fungus is found in dozens of countries, including Canada.
Chytrid fungus overwhelms the outer layer of an amphibian's skin, preventing the absorption of water and oxygen.
The end result is the amphibian can't breathe or drink, and suffocates and starves to death.
SOURCE: http://workcabin.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1068&Itemid=117

Mission Seedbomb: Guerilla Robot sub aims for deepest ocean


Gardening on a Massive If successful, Nereus will be the first autonomous vehicle to visit the 11,000m
(36,089ft) Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean.
Scale
Fascinating concept but would it work?

READ ON: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8035499.stm

Underwater 'flying machine' launched


Deep Flight Super Falcon has been dubbed the Lear jet of the oceans
READ ON:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technolo
gy/8049179.stm

READ ON: http://earthfirst.com/mission-


seedbomb-guerilla-gardening-on-a- Invasion of the Lionfish
massive-scale/ Lionfish are the first
exotic species to
Foldable Modular Greenhouse Makes Gardening invade coral reefs.
Easy in Small Spaces They are now known to
live from Rhode Island
 READ ON: to Belize. “I’ve never
http://earthfirs seen any fish colonize
t.com/foldable so quickly over such a
-modular- vast geographic range,”
greenhouse- says Paula Whitfield, a
makes- fisheries biologist at
gardening- NOAA.
easy-in-small-
READ ON: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-
spaces/
nature/Invasion-of-the-Lionfish.html
Inform Yourself: Are YOU What You Eat?

Green or Not: Big Organic? Hot Tips: Two Reusable Swiffer Tutorials
There are some that worry that "Big Organic" lowers
food quality and weakens standards. Others say that
Big Organic gives more consumers access to high-
quality food and keeps prices down.
What do you think? Is "Big Organic" green or not?
READ ON: http://www.re-nest.com/re-
nest/greenwash/green-or-not-big-organic-084484

Inspiration: DIY Food Projects 


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reusable-swiffer-tutorials-083717
NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM: "Our Living Legacy: The Threatened Ancient Forests of
Vancouver Island and BC's South Coast"
by Jeremy Sean Williams
26 minutes long, in 3 parts on Youtube:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-XDOcf7YDU
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXbzH5rQixs
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF2YL490-hE

Save our bogs: Avoid using peat in gardens!


British Columbia's Burns Bog Conservation Society is championing a cause that you
don't hear much about in Canada, but is vital to preserving an important ecosystem.
The country's peatlands (or bogs) are threatened by development and consumers'
use of peat in general. Canada has the biggest concentration of peatlands in the
world -- about 12% of our land stretching from the NWT to Newfoundland.
The Burns Bog society has some important facts about peat bogs and why you
should be concerned about their potential loss:

• Peat bog store and filter 10% of the world's fresh water.
• A typical peat extractor will take up to 22cm of peat per year, however it
grows at approximately 1mm per year.
• Carbon dioxide emissions from peatland exploitation are estimated to be 3
billion tonnes per year.
READ ON:
• A recent United Nations report estimates the preservation and restoration of
http://workcabin.ca/index.php?option=co
peat bogs can reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 10%.
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Next time you visit your local gardening centre, ask about alternatives to peat. Some
retailers carry products such as coconut fibre. http://www.burnsbog.org/
How to Create Massive Change
When It Comes to Climate Change
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/feature/earth-
day/bill-mckibben-earth-day.html

INSPIRE CHANGE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5kg1oOq9tY

LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.350.org/

Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action


Thich Nhat Hanh, Daryl Hannah, and Alice Walker are
featured in ScaredSacred director Velcrow Ripper's
documentary on the spiritual experience of social
activism.

10 Ways to Change the World Through Social


Media
1. Take Social Actions
2. Twitter with a Purpose
3. Visit White House 2.0
4. Claim your Zumbox
5. Host a Social Media Event
6. Travel the World
7. Build It on Drupal
8. Green Your iPhone
9. Unite the World Through Video
10. Rate a Company
BONUS!
Watch Trailer 11. Publish a collective, simultaneous blog post on a universal topic
Rating: PG
Run Length: 97 minutes INFORM YOURSELF! LEARN WHAT ALL THIS MEANS!:
Genre: Documentary http://ecoble.com/2009/05/12/10-ways-to-change-the-world-
WHERE: http://www.straight.com/timeout/listing/fierce- through-social-media/
light-when-spirit-meets-action
Library News
Get your up-to-the minutes news via RSS feed from the library’s What’s new pages. Currently, there are two What’s
new pages running a variety of interesting news feeds

What’s New – Animals and Nature – for news about birds, reptiles, marine mammals, and places such as the Arctic
What’s New – Business and General – for news about business, finance, tourism, visitor experience and marketing

News on Environmental conservation and education will soon be available via the Conservation Current.

Did you know that the Library has access to over 100 journals and magazines??
At least 80 of these are available full text online.
For a complete hyperlinked list, visit the library journals page on Aquanet:
http://aquanet.vanaqua.org/IS/CRS/Lib/Pages/Journals.aspx

As well, you can find new books and movies listed on this page of Aquanet:
http://aquanet.vanaqua.org/IS/CRS/Lib/Pages/LibraryCatalogue.aspx

Sign up for Bike to Work Week at


www.vacc.bc.ca and ride your
bike to work on May 11-17th.

Our team is under ‘Vancouver


Aquarium’ and when you
register, the site will ask you to
create a route and then log each
trip you make during that week.

Come down to the wrap-up BBQ


on Friday, May 15th, for free
food, entertainment, some fun in
the sun, and the chance to meet
and greet thousands of city
cyclists. We’ll have pedal-
powered amps and music and
dancing from 4:00 pm to 7:00
pm, under the gazebo at the
Telus World of Science.

JOIN:
www.vacc.bc.ca
Archival Photo
Events
Tap the city’s art pulse at Pecha Kucha Night
Sustainable cities need a vibrant
creative class. So how do
Vancouver’s creatives stack up?
Find out for a measly $10 at
Pecha Kucha Night. Billed as a
rousing mix of “show-and-tell,
open-mike night and happy hour,”
Pecha Kucha Night offers creative
types of all stripes a chance to
screen 20 PowerPoint slides of
their work. The catch? They only
get 20 seconds to discuss each
slide – which keeps the show
whipping along.

READ ON:

http://www.granvilleonline.ca/gr/living/2009/05/13/tap-city%E2%80%99s-art-pulse-pecha-kucha-night
http://www.granvilleonline.ca/gr/contests
More exciting events
here:
http://www.vanevo.ca
/events01.html
Check out videos of
past lectures here:
http://www.sfu.ca/cst
udies/science/darwin.
htm
2009 Audubon Magazine Photography
Awards:
Birds in Focus, created to celebrate the beauty and diversity
of birdlife through the art of photography, and to honor the
exceptional work of talented professional, amateur and youth
photographers from all over the U.S.

Audubon will be accepting submissions online between May


15-July 15 in three categories: Professional, Amateur, and
Youth. Photographers are encouraged to reveal a new angle
or perspective in their work. “Think creatively,” advises
Audubon’s design director Kevin Fisher, one of the judges.
“Originality and drama rank high at Audubon. Include tight
shots, such as close-ups of eyes, feathers. We welcome
uncommon perspectives.”
LEARN MORE: www.AudubonMagazinePhotoAwards.com

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