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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, []

Dive into ocean news on mission-blue.org

Dive into ocean news on mission-blue.org

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TED Prize winner Sylvia Earle inspired all of us to care deeply about the ocean and to think deeply about how we can protect it. But the ocean is vast and the challenges are numerous. Where do we begin to understand the complex beauty that is the ocean? One great place to start: The new []

Save the ocean, refuse plastics: Dianna Cohen for World Oceans Day

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By the end of Mission Blue Voyage, most of the attendees and speakers were sporting cool glass necklaces, a gift from Dianna Cohen, second from left, and the Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC). (From left, above, you can see filmmaker Mike deGruy, Dianna Cohen, speaker John Delaney, and the legendary Sylvia Earle, all wearing their glass []

Ocean hope at Mission Blue: A collaboration experiment comes good

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ABOVE: Sylvia Earle welcomes us to Mission Blue Voyage. How to describe what happened last week? A Galapagos sea-voyage of 100 people (including Sylvia Earle, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Case, Ted Waitt, Bill Joy, Jackson Browne, Damien Rice, Chevy Chase, Jean-Michel Cousteau and 30 of the world’s leading marine scientists) []

Wonder: Roundup of Session 5 on the Mission Blue Voyage

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Shark diver Mike Rutzen: Sharks form a social hierarchy better than any military. Edith Widder: Bioluminescence has evolved 40 to 50 separate times in history. What makes it so important to animals? Fred Grassle: The rate of discovery of new species in sea mud is a steep graph up. Mike deGruy: “I first fell in []

Interconnection: Roundup of Session 4 on the Mission Blue Voyage

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Rob Dunbar: We need ocean targets for climate change. Most oceanographers say 450 CO2 is too high. Stephen Palumbi: “We’re making the ocean unhappy. And if the ocean ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Chevy Chase: “I don’t fish, just never have. But if fish could scream, I don’t think anyone would fish.” Dee Boersma: “I’ve []

Your ideas for saving the ocean

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We asked our Twitter fans on @missionblue to share their ideas for saving the ocean. Here’s a sampling of what they replied: @galapa_gal: Placing GPS units on all registered vessels like they are doing now in Galapagos good idea however pirates still fish @oceanuni: fund research in healthcare to reduce amount of plastics/ improve disposal/ []

Protection: Roundup of Session 3 on the Mission Blue Voyage

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Kristina Gjerde: How do we monitor the open ocean? Using technology from space exploration. Barton Seaver: Just because there’s cod at the counter, doesn’t mean there’s enough cod in the sea. Damien Rice: “We have 12 minutes 37 seconds to write a song. Give me a chord and name an emotion.” Enric Sala: In a []

Meet the Mission Blue Idea Champions

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At the end of the first day of the Mission Blue Voyage, seven Idea Champions with marine and environmental expertise across disciplines pitched their big ideas for ocean protection and restoration. These ideas will form the building blocks for actions pursued by the Mission Blue team in the months to come, as they continue in []

Blue: Roundup of Session 1 on the Mission Blue Voyage

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Yesterday began the Mission Blue Voyage — a first-of-its-kind conference hosted by TED. Marine scientists, deep-sea explorers, tech innovators, policy makers and cultural icons will come aboard the National Geographic Endeavor and sail to the Galapagos Islands. For four days, they’ll brainstorm how to make Sylvia Earle‘s TED Prize wish — to protect and restore []

Announcing Mission Blue: A TED Prize wish

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From the TED Prize session: Mission Blue is the name for an ambitious, overarching project to create marine protected areas. It’s powered by Sylvia Earle’s 2009 TEDPrize wish: “I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films! expeditions! the web! more! — to ignite public support for a global network of marine []