The dive industry is a small industry, the type where you know almost everyone or can quickly connect to just about anybody. I met Shawn Heinrich in person for the first time this year at a dive show in Singapore. I was able to catch him briefly as he was running off to judge a photo competition. He had just finished an inspiring presentation, which left me totally mesmerized. So it’s an honor to introduce to the Huffington Post community, Shawn Heinrich’s and underwater model Hannah Fraser’s latest project, Manta Ballet.
“Words cannot describe the feeling one experiences when interacting with a giant manta ray. My goal with the manta ballet images is to capture the beauty and grace of these majestic creatures, inspiring global audiences and to fall in love with them and take immediate action to protect them” – Shawn Henrichs
The duo teamed up over the past year to create stunning imagery of Hannah with endangered Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales and Dolphins. To highlight the impact of their work, just two weeks prior to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), they released ‘Manta’s Last Dance’ (VIDEO BELOW) a groundbreaking short film that contributed to the Manta Rays securing protected status.
They were in Mexico to capture these images of the Manta Ballet. These images are being used to raise global interest in manta rays and awareness about the urgent need to conserve them. They are working with WildAid, Manta Trust, Shark Savers and Conservation International to end the destruction of manta rays before it is too la上海419同城交友
Kelly Schirmann is a writer, artist, and musician from Northern California. She is the author of Popular Music, a collection of poems and essays about self and culture. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and at kellyschirmann.com.
The government has downplayed the climate impacts of oil drilling, but a new study shows that keeping oil in the ground will help fight climate change.
The Brutus TLP of Green Canyon Block 158 in the Gulf of Mexico. Vessels continue skimming operations nearby in an attempt to clean up 88,200 gallons of oil that leaked from a flow line at one of Shell’s drilling sites about 90 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.
Over his two terms in office, President Obama has enacted strong climate policies, but his proposal to expand offshore oil drilling threatens to undermine these advances.
Policies such as the Clean Power Plan and stronger fuel economy standards will help the United States make progress towards the climate goals Obama agreed to in Paris — but by themselves they won’t be enough to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Obama seems to understand this. He has listened to the demands of climate justice activists by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and imposing a moratorium on federal coal leasing. He even said that “we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground” unless we want large parts of the planet to become uninhabitable.
President Obama must act today to cement his legacy as a climate leader by ending offshore oil and gas leasing in the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico.
The plan proposes to expand oil and gas production in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, a region that’s been called a “sacrifice zone” due to the effects of decades of pollution on local communities and the environment. Just last week, the Gulf was hit again with a spill of nearly 90,000 gallons of oil from a pipeline owned by Shell.
A recent study by the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) found that the United States can significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by phasing out fossil fuel extraction on public lands. Specifically, if the president were to remove the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico from the Five-Year Program and reject all renewals of existing offshore leases, he could reduce global emissions by 26 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2030 alone.
That’s equivalent to taking 5.5 million cars off the road for one year.
Because offshore oil production has very long lead times and high upfront costs, decisions made by President Obama today will resonate for decades to come. Phasing out offshore oil leasing will lead to even larger emissions reductions after 2030, but a decision to expand drilling will “lock in” oil and gas infrastructure and make it harder for the world to transition away from fossil fuels.
Asking the Wrong Questions
The connection between increased oil drilling and higher greenhouse gas emissions may seem obvious, but BOEM has fought for years to avoid fully measuring emiss上海419最新油压论坛