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Obama pledges support for massive new Pacific Ocean “hope spots,” echoing a TED Prize wish

Obama pledges support for massive new Pacific Ocean “hope spots,” echoing a TED Prize wish

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On June 17, 2014, US president Obama pledged support to create 700,000 square miles of new Pacific Ocean “hope spots” — no-fish, no-drill zones to help the ocean recover. As Sylvia Earle asked in her 2009 TED Prize wish:

I wish that you would use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — and campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas — hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet. How much? Some say 10 percent, some say 30 percent. You decide: how much of your heart do you want to protect?

31 days underwater: A TED Prize winner dives deep to visit Fabien Cousteau as he aims to beat his grandfather’s record

31 days underwater: A TED Prize winner dives deep to visit Fabien Cousteau as he aims to beat his grandfather’s record

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Sylvia Earle is always on a mission. She launched the ocean conservation campaign Mission Blue in 2010 after winning the TED Prize, establishing protected marine “hope spots” around the world. And last weekend, Earle dove 63 feet beneath the ocean’s surface to visit Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, on his Mission 31. Earle, []

The changing face of exploration

The changing face of exploration

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To explore is human. It’s as basic as cooking and bathing, and as essential as song and dance. It’s not something that needs a lengthy explanation — whether you’re 3 or 103, it’s the tingly feeling you get in the bottom of your stomach when you venture into unknown terrain. Across ages and cultures, there []

Learn more about ocean filmmaker Mike deGruy

Learn more about ocean filmmaker Mike deGruy

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On February 4, 2012, ocean filmmaker and educator Mike deGruy was killed in a helicopter crash while on assignment in Australia, along with pilot and filmmaker Andrew Wright. DeGruy (pronounced “degree”) was an Emmy-winning science documentarian and a mainstay of Shark Week; he also worked on James Cameron documentaries about the Titanic and Bismarck and []

Happy birthday, Sylvia Earle!

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“As the ocean gives us life, we must give back — an enduring gift from us to the future.” — Sylvia Earle Today we celebrate 2009 TED Prize winner Sylvia Earle‘s birthday by celebrating the many successes in ocean protection that took place in 2011. Sylvia recently told us the good news: “[This year there []

The great penguin rescue: Dyan deNapoli on TED.com

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A personal story, a collective triumph: Dyan deNapoli tells the story of the world’s largest volunteer animal rescue, which saved more than 40,000 penguins after an oil spill off the coast of South Africa. How does a job this big get done? Penguin by penguin by penguin … (Recorded at TEDxBoston, June 2011, in Boston, []

The weird and wonderful world of bioluminescence: Edith Widder on TED.com

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In the deep, dark ocean, many sea creatures make their own light for hunting, mating and self-defense. Bioluminescence expert Edith Widder was one of the first to film this glimmering world. At TED2011, she brings some of her glowing friends onstage, and shows more astonishing footage of glowing undersea life. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, []

Saving the ocean, one island at a time: Greg Stone on TED.com

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Oceanographer Greg Stone tells the story of how he helped the Republic of Kiribati create an enormous protected area in the middle of the Pacific — protecting fish, sealife and the island nation itself. (Recorded aboard Mission Blue Voyage, April 2010 in Galapagos, Ecuador. Duration: 17:15) While TED.com is down today — find this talk []

Sustainable seafood? Let’s get smart: Barton Seaver on TED.com

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Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom’s favorite adage — “Eat your vegetables!” (Recorded on the Mission Blue Voyage, April 2010 on the National []