We live on a blue planet; oceans cover 70 percent of the world’s surface and play a central role in supporting life on earth. The ocean supports a multitude of life forms, ranging from the blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, to tiny microorganisms.
Biological diversity is imperative in maintaining the functionality and productivity of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Marine biodiversity makes habitats more resilient to environmental change, and provides basic goods and ecosystem services that are crucial to human life and poverty reduction.
In recent decades, there has been a substantial increase in the proportion of fishery products used for direct human consumption. Overall, the growth in fish consumption has enhanced people’s diets around the world, largely due to the fact that fish supply high quality proteins containing all essential amino acids. …
A journey in self-love
A cold spring dawned upon me, and I was thrown into an abrupt transition back to reality. A brick wall was all I had to break my fall.
I used the shattered pieces to re-build parts of myself I didn’t realize were broken or needed fixing.
A shift in focus and value.
I have enjoyed spending time with myself in a way that I haven't done before.
Sinking into moments with the people I love.
Enjoying the details.
Noticing life, and having a renewed appreciation for the mundane, the simple, and the normal. …
Coastal ecosystems are an essential resource for marine life, and local coastal communities, who represent 37 percent of the global population in 2017. The coastal zone is an area of highly dynamic and productive ecosystems. Coastal ecosystems are areas where land and water join to create an environment with a distinct structure, diversity, and flow of energy. A typical coastal ecosystem consists of coral reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, and saltmarshes. These aquatic ecosystems have immense social, environmental, and economic value due to the range of ecosystem services they provide.
The shallow water habitats create an ideal environment where young ocean-going fish can nest, grow, and develop. These environments help to sustain many fishing communities that live in their vicinity, business sectors, and national economies. …
A Day In The Clouds
Together- Just you and I
Lying under the blue sky, watching clouds float by.
The deep green blades of grass press against my back, imprinting a pattern onto my skin.
You run your fingers down my arm as your eyes gaze over my body, the touch of your hand feels cool against my sun-soaked skin.
My head placed perfectly in the embrace of your chest and I listen to your heartbeat softly.
Soon we fell asleep.
Our eyes surrendered to the weight of the sun, as you fell deeper into a tranquil slumber, your grip tightened around my body and became firm. …
The vivacious petals of the tiger lily stand strong as it feeds off of the day’s last remaining sunbeams.
Its roots planted firmly in the ground.
The world is spinning around so quickly, this simple life form cannot comprehend all of the impending change.
Within only a few moments, ominous overcast fills the evening sky.
Sharp strident sounds vibrate through the air.
The winding wind pushes past the lilies’ leaves and nearly breaks its stem.
Now, the rain falls, it pours out of the sky as though the clouds were broken down flood gates.
The lilies become submerged in water.
The soil is slowly swept away, exposing their bare roots to the tumultuous elements. …
Peatlands are incredibly old landforms that have played an important role in the development of our natural history and are now found in almost every country in the world. The term ‘peatland’ refers to the peat soil and the wetland habitat growing on its surface. This natural terrestrial ecosystem formed over 10–40 thousand years ago is made up of partially decomposed plant material under waterlogged conditions.
Peatlands are among the most valuable ecosystems on Earth due to their carbon sequestration capacity. Plants use photosynthesis to extract carbon from the atmosphere and store it in peat. This is why peatlands have a cooling effect on the global climate. …
Toxic Algal Blooms: A Growing Problem
The year 2019 marked the 350th anniversary of the discovery of phosphorus (P) by the alchemist Hennig Brandt. Phosphorus is the foundation for all life on earth. It is essential to global food production and supporting population growth around the world.
In fact, it has been argued that phosphorus is at the heart of the food, water, and energy nexus. Over the past 75 years, agricultural demand has dramatically increased the rate of global phosphorus mobilization. …
The biodiversity of insects is threatened worldwide- We need to take action now
COVID-19 has transformed the world as we once knew it. Over the course of a few weeks countries diligently began to close their borders, halt production, reallocate public expenditures, and enforce ‘stay at home’ orders; all in an attempt to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus cases within their borders.
The United States, Brazil, and Russia have risen to the top of the charts for having the most confirmed COVID-19 cases. The speed with which they reached this status was remarkable.
Russia, in particular, has shocked the world with a dramatic increase in confirmed COVID cases. On April 1st, 2020 Russia had reported only 2,700 cases, this reached 106,400 by April 30th. By the beginning of June, there were over 415,000 cases. The epicentre of the national epidemic in Russia is Moscow, the biggest city in Europe, with a population of 13 million and about two-thirds of the country’s coronavirus cases. …