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Saving the Oceans One Plastic Piece at a Time

Saving the Oceans One Plastic Piece at a Time

The first step to understanding how harmful plastics are to our bodies and the environment is by learning how they are created.  Plastics are composed of materials such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, chlorine, and sulfur.  However, most plastics are composed of carbon atoms.  When large pieces of plastic erode over time, they break down into smaller pieces.  This may be due to weather, sunlight, or physical stress, and can take between 450 to 1,000 years.  There are tiny pieces of plastic covering the ocean called microplastics
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Saving Our Coral Reefs

Saving Our Coral Reefs

Corals Definition:  A tiny soft-bodied animal that lives within a stony skeleton clustered in large colonies that spend their adult lives in one location.

Coral reefs have been around for 500 million years and are extremely important to ocean life.  Many are unaware that coral is a type of animal.  They are alive and are made up of thousands of polyps, or small animals.  A polyp is a small, soft-bodied

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The Blue Economy… What is it?

The Blue Economy… What is it?

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You may have never heard of the Blue Economy, but it is an important emerging concept that is increasing in popularity.  Some people associate this term with the “Green Economy,” which aims to minimize the risks and use of ecological scarcities in energy, transportation, agriculture, and other land activities to stop the degradation of the environment, animal, and plant life.  Related but different, the Blue Economy is defined as the “sustainable
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Marine Protected Areas: Are they the Answer to Overfishing?

Marine Protected Areas: Are they the Answer to Overfishing?

Our oceans are being threatened now more than ever.  You and everyone you know are responsible for the overall survival of the Earth, its oceans, and its resources.  Every action you take in your daily life is impacting ecosystems around the world.
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Mangroves store how much carbon?!

Mangroves store how much carbon?!

If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance you care about the environment, even if it’s just a little bit. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have clicked on this page. So, you’re probably already aware that human activities are slowly, but surely, destroying our planet by emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and negatively changing the climate. But, did you also know that our coastal ecosystems provide a natural way of minimizing the harsh effect of these greenhouse gases? Better yet, did you know that mangroves play one of the biggest roles? 

 

 

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You don't have to go vegan to save the planet ... just eat more fish?

You don't have to go vegan to save the planet ... just eat more fish?

Thanks to social media and greater social awareness, caring for the climate is in. Altering your diet and lifestyle to protect the environment has gained more attention, but what if you can’t say goodbye to meat? Understandably, this is the case for most people. In our opinion, it’s just not realistic to expect everyone to switch to an entirely plant-based diet. Cutting out meat entirely isn’t the only way to reduce your plates' environmental footprint. There are many things you can do to reduce your impact without putting down your fork and knife. Here are some tips and tricks from the Twenty5Degrees family to you! 
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