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Well done. More than well deserved!
If you haven't seen The End of the Line, you are missing out on a powerful documentary that really brings to light the devastating impact the fishing industry has had on the world's oceans.
Because of it's inspired and courageous take on the dire situation, the film has been nominated as a finalist for the prestigious PUMA Creative Impact Award.
A true honor!
In case you haven't seen it, check out the trailer for the film (above). Two years worth of work really paid off!
Back in October, we reported on the decline of honeybees, and the negative impact of their dropping numbers.
Now, scientists are talking about the decline of bumblebees, which could have devastating impacts on plant and crop pollination.
According to scientists, this drop in bumblebee population numbers is likely due to disease, as well as "low genetic diversity" in bee populations.
Given the fact that bees pollinate around 90% of commercial plants in the world, we REALLY hope that something can be done about this.
Here's entomologist Sydney Cameron on the subject:
"Pollinator decline has become a worldwide issue, raising increasing concerns over impacts on global food production, stability of pollination services, and disruption of plant-pollinator networks. In accordance with the goals of the United Nations convention on biological diversity to reduce the rate of species loss by 2010, such efforts to elucidate the causes and ecological impacts of bumble bee decline, in co-ordination with informed conservation strategies, will go a long way to mitigating further losses."
Come back to us, bumblebees! We forgive you for stinging us, bbs!
Check out (above) this photo of a Louisiana waterway that has become overwhelmed with various species of dead sea life, which even allegedly includes a dead whale.
Although 'dead zones' - which are areas of water that don't have enough oxygen to support life - are apparently common during stretches in the summer in this area, it's normally never on this scale nor does it affect more than one species at a time.
Many have speculated that this is an indirect result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf - oil-eating microbes have been present in the waters since the incident, and those allegedly require quite a bit of oxygen when consuming the oil particles.
Billy Nungesser, who took the photos, says:
"We can't continue to see these fish kills. We need some additional tests to find out why these fish are dying in large numbers. If it is low oxygen, we need to identify the cause."
This is horrific news, and we sincerely hope that scientists take the time to figure out just exactly what's going on with these deaths.
Who knows what other unexpected long-term effects this oil spill will have on the ecosystem? Awful.
[Image via Billy Nungesser/WWL.]