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Educational resources on our world's ocean

The Global Governance Monitor

The Global Governance Monitor: Oceans

The earth's oceans are increasingly threatened by a dizzying array of dangers, from piracy to climate change. To safeguard the world’s oceans, countries around the world need to embrace more effective multilateral governance in the economic, security, and environmental realms. So far, the most comprehensive attempt to govern the oceans produced the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). But U.S. refusal to ratify the convention has limited its strength, leaving a vacuum in the maritime regime. At the same time, other states that have joined the treaty sometimes ignore its guidelines or fail to coordinate policies across sovereign jurisdictions. Even if it were perfectly implemented, UNCLOS is now almost thirty years old and in need of updating. The Global Governance Monitor: Oceans is an interactive guide to oceans governance, featuring six components:

A mini-documentary providing a cinematic overview of the main challenges and objectives of oceans governance;

An  interactive timeline tracing the history of international efforts to understand and regulate the oceans and the high seas, from 1419 to present day;

An issue brief summarizing the strengths and weaknesses of the oceans regime. The issue brief includes steps the United States and international institutions should take to correct glaring gaps, such as ratifying strengthening, and updating UNCLOS; coordinating national ocean policies for coastal states; strengthening high seas fishing governance; reducing plastic pollution; increasing funding for research, exploration, and monitoring; and bolstering capacity of developing coastal states;

A matrix cataloging all relevant international agreements, resolutions, conventions, bodies and organizations that address global oceans governance, including their coverage, mandates, and gaps;

An interactive map detailing the geographic distribution of increasingly relevant challanges facing the oceans, from dying coral reefs, dead zones, and the melting poles to chokepoints, slavery, and piracy;

A list of resources , including recommended readings, multimedia, essential books, and relevant CFR experts on ocean issues and governance.

 

 
National Ocean Sciences Bowl

National Ocean Sciences Bowl

The ocean is an ideal interdisciplinary teaching tool for science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) that puts study in a real world context. Working in the ocean environment poses challenges that push the innovation, engineering, and technology development needed in our workforce. But ocean science is not a course generally offered at the high school level. The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is one of the only ways students gain exposure to all of ocean science and related careers as they are beginning to chart their course in life.

 
 
News-O-Matic

News-O-Matic

News-O-Matic offers children their first daily news app. Its mission is to report current events to a young audience in a true, concise, educational, and emotionally safe manner. NOM’s content awakens children’s curiosity on different topics, opening the doors to the world. NOM encourages children to become habitual readers of the news naturally and it’s teachers guide is fully aligned with National Standards, making it a great asset to any classroom. NOM offers a fun and highly interactive experience. Articles are supported by short videos, educational games, and fun facts. The daily games relate to the stories of the day. An interactive map connects the location of the user to the location of the story with kid-friendly measurements to show the distance! Kids are also given a voice while they explore the latest news. They can rate articles, ask questions, and submit drawings to NOM. Readers’ questions are vetted and answered every day by the Editor-in-Chief, and drawings are featured in the app’s News Room. NOM covers many stories about the oceans and its inhabitants promoting awareness and educating a new generation to respect and preserve our Earth. NOM is available for all Apple mobile devices and a free trial is available on the app store by clicking here .

Recent stories include:

A Whale of a Record - 4/1/14 Deep Sea Discovery - 2/11/14
Greenland's Iceberg Maker - 2/6/14 Down with Pirates - 1/17/14
Australia's Plan to Kill Sharks - 1/17/14 New Life in the Arctic Sea - 12/13/13
Green Sea Turtles Return to Florida - 12/12/13            Who Owns the North Pole? - 12/12/13

 

 

Encyclopedia of Life

One Species at a Time podcasts from the Encyclopedia of Life are hosted by Ari Daniel Shapiro and produced by Atlantic Public Media. The One Species at a Time podcast series from the Encyclopedia of Life provides a chance to dive into the world of biodiversity through lively, 3-5 minute audio stories about species. The podcasts are accompanied by a Meet the Scientist feature page, multimedia extras, interesting facts and relevant educational materials.

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Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

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The arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) makes an incredible migration each year. These small birds travel distances of more than 50,000 miles, from pole to pole, crossing through temperate and tropical regions along the way. Carsten Egevang used geo-locator tags to track some of these terns, and he shares their story with us in this tour. 

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The Arctic Tern Google Earth Tour is narrated by Ari Daniel Shapiro. Produced by Atlantic Public Media and Eduardo Garcia Milagros.

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

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What is it like to be eyeball to eyeball with a fish the size of a Volkswagen? Learn about the process of tagging tuna and how those tags are revealing surprises that might help save tuna from their own popularity in sushi restaurants.

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This tour was created by Eduardo Garcia-Milagros, in collaboration with Atlantic Public Media , Randy Kochevar and Andre Boustany. The tour is narrated by One Species at a Time host, Ari Daniel Shapiro

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Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale

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Writer Karen Romano Young takes an icebreaker to Barrow, Alaska, to join in the festival of Naluqatak and learn about the intimate relationship between the Inupiat Eskimos and the bowhead whale. Listen as she tells Ari Daniel Shapiro how the whole community turns out for whale hunt, how the bowhead nourishes the Inupiat, both physically and spiritually—and how the hunt is proving to be an unexpected gift to scientists.

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Box Jellyfish

Box Jellyfish

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Learn how three fiery, painful stings during an early morning swim in Hawaii changed the life of researcher Angel Yanagihara. Once the young biochemist had recovered from her box jelly encounter, Carybdea alata had her full attention. Now she works to unlock the secrets of venom of these beautiful, and sometimes dangerous, angels of the sea.

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We challenged our listeners to dance like a box jellyfish. Check out all of the great submissions! Thanks to all who contributed!

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Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon

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Can painted wooden fish on a schoolyard fence change human behavior and help clean up the ocean for the real salmon? Stream of Dreams in British Columbia thinks so, and a lot of wooden fish and some 100,000 school kids later, they have some intriguing results to show for their effort.  

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Coral

Coral

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Coral reefs are bustling cities of marine life, until rising ocean temperatures turn them into ghost towns. Can reefs spring back from devastating bleaching events? Ari Daniel Shapiro and researcher Dr. Randi Rotjan of the New England Aquarium, journey to the remote Phoenix Islands to find out.

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Dinoflagellates

Dinoflagellates

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Science contributor Josh Kurz, tells the story of dinoflagellates through “music from the bottom of the food chain.” There are “billions of these microscopic creatures in every bucket of the salty sea,” Kurz reveals. Learn which dinoflagellate has a special glow, and which one is responsible for killing more people every year than sharks.

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Giant Squid

Giant Squid

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How do you get two dead Giant Squid the size of a school bus from a fishing boat in Spain to a museum in Washington, DC, USA? Call in the Navy! Find out how Operation Calamari unfolded and how the museum managed to put their new Giant Squid on display.

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Great White Shark

Great White Shark

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Students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in Massachusetts and La Salle Academy in Rhode Island question shark researcher Greg Skomal about this charismatic predator at the top of the ocean food chain. Learn some surprising facts and the answers to such questions as what preys on the Great White and do they mate for life?

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Greenland Shark

Greenland Shark

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Join shark expert Greg Skomal as he ventures under the Arctic ice in search of the Greenland shark. Sharing this icy, blue twilight with an apex predator is a thrill--so long as you don’t end up being mistaken for a ringed seal, the shark’s favorite meal. In this episode, we’ll learn how Skomal’s research is revealing how these evolutionary survivors endure despite astonishing obstacles. 

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