Category Archives: Cruising Green

Half of Great Barrier Reef Lost in Past 3 Decades

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a glittering gem. The world’s largest coral reef ecosystem is chock-full of diverse marine life. But new research shows it is also in steep decline, with half of the reef vanishing in the past 27 … Continue reading

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Marine Park “Size of the Moon” Takes Shape in Pacific

An ambitious plan to link marine parks across a vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean — whose surface area would equal that of the Moon — is slowly coming together piece by piece, say conservationists. Former international rugby league player … Continue reading

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First Tidal Power Delivered to U.S. Grid Off Maine

A tidal power project is delivering electricity to the U.S. power grid for the first time, energy officials say. Ocean Renewable Power Co.’s first underwater turbine, off eastern Maine, was delivering to the grid the first commercially produced tidal power … Continue reading

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PBO Green Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2012 Practical Boat Owner (PBO) Green Awards have been announced. Mr. D’s Thermal Cookers triumphed in the best product category for its eco-friendly cooking method, which requires both less gas and cooking oil. Winner of the … Continue reading

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Florida Bans Removal of Giant Sea Anemone from Ocean

The giant Caribbean sea anemone, whose tentacles snatch fish, shrimp and other creatures from South Florida’s reefs, is itself frequently snatched by divers collecting them for the aquarium trade. To help rebuild their dwindling population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission … Continue reading

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2041 Voyage for Cleaner Energy

The Voyage for Cleaner Energy is a worldwide lecture series and sailing expedition by Robert Swan and his team at 2041. The purpose of the voyage is to increase awareness about environmental issues related to climate change and inspire young … Continue reading

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A Green Teak Deck Alternative

Traditionally, high quality yacht decking has been made from teak, but supplies are increasingly difficult to source and harvesting is causing major environmental damage. Alternatives to date have not delivered the aesthetic and performance qualities of this endangered tropical hardwood. … Continue reading

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Researchers: Global Ocean Health Gets Passing 60% Grade

The health of the world’s oceans received a score of 60 out of 100 from a team of international scientists, including fisheries researchers at the University of British Columbia. The team undertook the first global quantitative assessment of ocean health and … Continue reading

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A Voice for Healthy Oceans

SeaWeb is the only international nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to using the science of communications to fundamentally shift the way people interact with the ocean. The organization shines a spotlight on workable, science-based solutions to the most serious threats facing … Continue reading

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Staying Green in the Blue

Putting in the extra effort to maintain a boat with smaller environmental impact not only helps the Earth – it can help your wallet, too. A well-maintained boat performs better, potentially saving you from costly repairs – and if your … Continue reading

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Solar Odyssey – Around the USA’s “Great Loop”

Just as Swiss/Germa- inspired Turanor PlanetSolar has completed the world’s first ever circumnavigation on a craft powered by solar alone, a new venture is traversing the entire “Great Loop” of the United States in a very different-looking solar craft, called … Continue reading

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50 Tons of Garbage Pulled from Pacific Ocean

Scientists loaded their ship to the max this month off the coast of Hawaii, but their bounty wasn’t fish or coral or any other scientific specimen. It was garbage. The crew of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Oscar … Continue reading

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85% of Asia Coral Reefs are at Risk

More than 85% of reefs in Asia’s “Coral Triangle” are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development, pollution and overfishing, a new report warns. Launched at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns, Australia, the report said that … Continue reading

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International Whaling Committee Meetings Open in Panama

NOAA, with staff from the State Department, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, Department of the Interior and private citizens representing the United States at the International Whaling Commission (IWC), arrived in Panama for this year’s 64th meeting armed with years of experience … Continue reading

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B9 Shipping Developing 100% Fossil Fuel-Free Cargo Sailing Ships

Ireland-based B9 Shipping has started work on a full-scale demonstration vessel as part of its goal to design the world’s first 100 percent fossil fuel-free cargo sailing ships. Unlike most conventional large cargo vessels, which are powered by bunker fuel, … Continue reading

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Plastic in Our Playground

The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it, and without it we wouldn’t have 60-80% of the world’s oxygen…so why do we abuse it? A note from Ocean Crusaders’ founder Ian … Continue reading

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Joint Effort Planned to Lessen the AC World Series’ Environmental Impact in Newport

As the eyes of the sporting world descend on Newport, RI during the final stop of the America’s Cup World Series (June 23-July 1), a trio of local organizations are working in collaboration to set a new standard for sustainable … Continue reading

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Butanol: the Next Great Biofuel for Boats?

The E10 ethanol experience soured many boaters on biofuel and the prospect of E15entering your fuel system is down-right scary, but butanol could turn out to be a far better biofuel—at least, the experts are hoping so, and to find … Continue reading

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Marine Recycling to Safeguard the Environment

Marine recycling holds great importance for safeguarding the environment, saving energy, and conserving resources. Many items are eligible for marine recycling, such as antifreeze, fishing line, oil filters, and even boats. It’s important to know where and how you can … Continue reading

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Radioactive Tuna Found in Pacific

While researchers may not be as alarmed by this research as others, it’s important to be aware of this not only when purchasing fish, but especially when you’ve got your own hook out for anything while cruising. Bluefin tuna caught … Continue reading

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