Author: Owen

Hawaii bans sale of certain sunscreens to protect coral reef; too little, too late.

May 12, 2018

The Hawaiian State Legislature has moved to ban the sale of certain sunscreens that contain Oxybenzone and Oxinoxate as they have been found to be harmful to reef ecology. The law is awaiting ratification by the state governor before coming into effect in 2021. Hawaii is the first American State to ban the chemicals. While […]

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Taiping Island: A Concerto of Marine Life in the South China Sea: An exercise in science, beauty and propaganda

May 9, 2018

Taiping Island: A Concerto of Marine Life in the South China Sea documents the array of marine life around Taiping Island, part of the Spratly island chain and the largest natural island in the South China Sea. The 18 minute long documentary emerged following a one year research project commissioned by Taiwan’s fisheries agency in conjunction with […]

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The Rat Race: A documentary exposing the inadequate state response to vermin and disease in Mumbai

May 6, 2018

The Rat Race is a 2010 documentary examining the life of a team of night rat catchers working in a government department in Mumbai, India. To this documentaries credit it makes serious steps in covering the entirety of the rat catchers existence. It shows their struggles as the students among them try to both work […]

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127 killed in India’s deadliest dust storm yet.

May 5, 2018

Wednesday night a massive dust storm converged over northwest India leaving 127 dead 200 injured, this catastrophe was the ‘perfect storm’ as a number of weather systems coalesced to produce a chain of thunderstorms over a large area, many people were either injured or killed as the intensity of the storm damaged buildings. The storm […]

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Chasing Coral: A terrifying glimpse at the future of our oceans.

April 20, 2018

Chasing coral is a Netflix documentary that follows the story of a team of divers who attempt to take time lapse and 3D images of reefs as they bleach and die through the cumulative effects of climate change. They eventually produce a number of dramatic before and after shots which demonstrate the rapid rate at […]

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Massive Land clearing in QLD and its impact on the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

April 19, 2018

At a recent awards ceremony in London the eminent naturalist David Attenborough reiterated that his favourite place in the world is North Queeensland. “It has for a naturalist everything. It has amazing rainforest which is quite unlike any other rainforest in the world. Not only does it have that but down on the coast it […]

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