River and coral reef in Belize

River to Reef from Ya’axché Conservation Trust on Vimeo.

This video says about itself:

This documentary was produced by Ya’axché Conservation Trust and Ajax Films in the Toledo District of southern Belize to highlight the connections between freshwater and marine ecosystems.

One of the key messages of this film is that what happens upstream affects what happens downstream and it is for this reason that we must learn to take care of our rivers for ourselves and for future generations.

This film provides a chance to see how a small number of individuals living along Toledo’s rivers are trying to make a big difference within their communities providing not just local benefits but benefits for all Belizeans.

You can learn more about Ya’axche at: yaaxche.org

Social wrasse in Belize reefs: here.

Coral bleaching in Panama as sea hots up: here.

The Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC), recently completed a World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-financed study of the mangrove ecosystems which are a crucial part of the Belize Barrier Reef Complex – the world’s second largest coral reef system – and part of the broader Mesoamerican Reef Ecoregion.

Hundreds of international demonstrators gathered on the tiny island of Sergeant’s Caye off the coast of Belize City, Belize, on Saturday to ask: is this “THE END” for the Belize barrier reef and other reefs around the world? Here.

Help make sure that the Belize Barrier Reef stays home to dolphins, not drills: here.

November 2010: A cold water coral ecosystem has been found off the coast of Mauritania in Africa for the first time. A research team led by Professor Andre Freiwald of Germany’s Senckenberg Institute came across the reef, which was full of living animals during a research trip. The scientists also stumbled across the giant deep sea oyster, a Methuselah among sea creatures: here.

Examination of deep sea corals reveals that there have been drastic changes to oceanic currents in the western North Atlantic since the 1970s. The influence of the cold water Labrador Current, which is in periodic interchange with the warm Gulf Stream, has been decreasing continually since the 1970s. Occurring at the same time as Global Warming this phenomenon is unique in the past 2000 years: here.

Student constructs breathtaking ceramic coral reef to unite art, science, and advocacy: here.

Destruction of coastal carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves or seagrasses, is leading to rapid emissions of CO2: here.

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