Notes from a rare planet: WWII fisheries closures led to fish population boom

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This photo of the North Sea comes courtesy of Flickr user Acheron333.

WW II fisheries closures led to a boom in North Sea fish numbers

  • “During the war, though, most of the populations rebounded, with older fish showing the biggest increase. The number of ten-year-old haddock, for example, went up nearly twelvefold during the six years the conflict lasted, though year-old haddock actually declined by 50%. The team propose the theory that such yearlings are truly, in this case, the exception that proves the rule. Such small fry are prey, and as the number of older, predatory fish increased, yearling haddock suffered disproportionately.”

When marine species aren’t well managed, local fishermen’s luck begins to run out

  • Fishing isn’t about luck; it’s about resources, and we are using up these scarce resources too quickly.

Plastic bag use plummets in UK supermarkets since 2006

  • “Customers at the UK’s leading supermarkets used 43% fewer carrier bags in 2009-10 than they did in 2006, when figures were first recorded, with 6.1bn single-use bags used in 2009-10 against 10.7bn four years earlier.”

A wild long-tailed macaque monkey has adopted an abandoned kitten at Ubud’s Monkey Forest in Bali

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A start towards our lower-carbon future: In 2009, Americans used more wind and solar power– and less coal and gas.

  • “Using data from the U.S. Department of Energy, the laboratory said energy use fell from 99.2 quadrillion BTUs (quads) in 2008 to 94.6 quadrillion BTUs in 2009, a drop of nearly 5 percent. Laboratory analysts said that while some of the decline was due to the economic recession, the drop also came about because Americans are using more efficient vehicles and appliances.”