3 Essentials for Eco-Friendly Living

You've seen the painstaking video of a polar bear's last moments on Earth. You've watched as biologists removed pieces of plastic from the airways of a sea turtle or the stomach of a seabird. You've felt the effects of climate change during this frigid winter. You're ready to do something... but where do you begin? …

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Just Keep Spinning

The spinner dolphins that inhabit nearshore areas of the Hawaiian Islands are friendly and curious, and they put on a fun show- jumping, flipping, and spinning out of the water and through the air. But there's a lot more to these adorable creatures than their acrobatics. Most people are familiar with bottlenose dolphins and their …

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Coral Reef-Safe Products

This post can also be found on Cosmetic Composition.   Introduction   Paige: During my recent trip to Hawaii I was struck with surprise when I saw posters in many shops and airports urging the importance of using a coral-reef safe sunscreen. In my typical manner I was skeptical at first but once I saw the …

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Shark Week Fin Facts

Discovery Channel is talking all about the ocean's apex predator on Shark Week, but can you tell fact from fiction in this year's shows and advertisements? Brush up on your 'fin facts' and you won't be fooled by the serial killer, attacker, and monster claims! Fin Fact #1 Sharks have a distinct color pattern called …

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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

We've all been there... shoving the newest pile of plastic grocery bags into our designated plastic bag drawer with all of our strength, wondering what to do with ALL THESE BAGS.  We have the best intentions of reusing them, but after a couple of uses, those bags meet their fate in the trash bin. I'm …

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Turn Down For Watt

What does turning your lights off after you leave a room do for your carbon footprint and your energy bill? Way more than you probably think. A lightbulb with a 60 watt rating uses up approximately 0.06 kilowatt-hours (kWh). There are a variety of lightbulbs (incandescent, halogen, CFL, LED) with a variety of watt ratings, …

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Into the Cage & Beyond the Comfort Zone

Pulling up to the harbor, I scanned the boat slips until I saw a cage attached to the back of a boat. My stomach filled with butterflies and I could feel my heart beating faster. It finally hit me that I was about to jump in the ocean with wild sharks and I couldn't contain …

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