Happy Wednesday SUFB crew! Today rather than doing an interview episode, Andrew and I wanted to do a mid-week news roundup for four different topics making waves this past week that impact our oceans.
First up, we wanted to share the story of Brazilian retired bricklayer Joao Pereira de Souza and his South American Magellanic penguin Dindim. In case you haven’t seen this story circling around on social media, five years ago Joao found Dindim stranded on the rocks at his local beach covered in oil. The man cleaned off the penguin, and cared for him for all of eleven months until Dindim was ready to go back into the wild. However, since that time Dindim has returned to Joao’s beach every four or five months, where the two hangout together and hopefully eat different foods. This sort of heartwarming story is needed every now and then for ocean conservation, as it shows just what sort of bond can be established between humans and wildlife if we can work together to protect each other.
Next up, February. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, February was the hottest month since we began recording temperature and climate patterns. Compared to the 1951-1980 global baseline, February 2016 was 1.35° C warmer than average. This is a full 0.2° C warmer than the previous record high, which happened to be January 2016. While some of this warming may be attributable to the El Niño even we’ve been experiencing throughout the Pacific, researchers continue to voice concerns that humans are having a significant detrimental impact on our planet’s climate. And until we acknowledge this problem, it’s not going to get any better.
On that note, we transition to politics. Now in case you haven’t heard, there’s an election coming up in the United States. If we as a country want to start seriously addressing climate change from a national and international level (which we certainly need to start doing), then we need to elect leaders who prioritize this type of action. At the absolute minimum, we should not be electing politicians who publically question or reject the existence of man-made climate change. It would be comparable to electing someone who doubted we landed on the moon, or claimed that apples don’t exist. They can believe that all they want to, but do you want someone who holds those beliefs running our country?
Finally, to finish off on a positive note, here’s a video by Mike Gil from the University of Florida about what it’s like to be a marine biologist. Those of you who may not be the biggest fans of science classes might find this particularly interesting. Enjoy!
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