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The Choice of Democracy, Kafranbel
Kafranbel, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
14 Apr 2013

Every week, Ahmad Jalal, a young dentist in the city of Kafranabel, Syria makes controversial drawings about the Syrian regime, its allies, and the international community. Each drawing is a protest against the international community's declarations about Syria, or a denunciation of human rights abuses committed by the Syrian regime. Every week a banner is also made and echos the messages found in the drawings.

Unknown before the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011, Kafranbel is a small city that has become an icon of the Syrian uprising. Located in the Idlib region of North-Western Syria, in a zone controlled by the Free Syrian Army's Knights of the law brigade, this small city is now becoming known for its caricatures and banners.

The text on the caricatures and banners of Kafranabel is written in English in order to "reach the international public opinion more that the governments, as [the governments] have never done something for us since the beginning of the revolution", Ahmad Jalal says. Ahmad Jalal also tries to use the caricatures as a way to promote Syrian unity. Some drawings and messages have been dedicated, for instance, to Qamishli, a predominantly Kurdish city in the north-east of the country which is under the control of the PYD, a Kurdish independence party. After two years of revolution and war, Kafranbel is trying to lead the fight against sectarianism and is fast becoming a model for the rest of the Syrian population opposed to the regime, but keeping hope for a unified Syria.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

The caricaturist Ahmad Jalal is showing one of his drawings which are brandished at the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.
Le caricaturiste, Ahmad Jalal, présente un de ses dessins brandi durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
14 Apr 2013

In front of the Kafranbelmedia center, caricatures of the drawer Ahmad Jalal which are brandished during the Friday demonstrations. Widely released through social networks, Kafranbel caricatures have become famous all over Syria.

Devant le centre des medias, les caricatures du dessinateur Ahmad Jalal brandies durant les manifestations du vendredi. Largement diffusées par les réseaux sociaux, les caricatures de Kafranbel sont devenues célèbres aux quatre coins de la Syrie.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

« Knights of the law » fighters who are the Kafranbel FSA brigade are participating to the demonstration. The douchka fixed on their pick-up is used to protect the demonstration if the regular army planes bomb the city.

Les combattants des chevaliers du droit, brigade de l’armée syrienne libre de Kafranbel participent à la manifestation. La douchka installée sur leur pick-up leur permet de défendre la manifestation en cas d’attaque aérienne du régime.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
13 Apr 2013

After the Friday prayer at the mosque, inhabitants are gathering to demonstrate. Liberated since august 2012, the city is regularly bombed by the Syrian army located eight kilometers from there. 230 houses and buildings have been destroyed in Kafranbel.

Après la prière du vendredi à la mosquée, les habitants se rassemblent pour manifester. Libérée en aout 2012, la ville est régulièrement la cible des bombardements de l'armée régulière positionnée à 8 km de là. 230 maisons et bâtiments de Kafranbel ont été détruits.

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Kafranbel, Syria
By Marie
12 Apr 2013

Paintings and pencils used by the caricaturist Ahmad Jalal are brought from Turkey by the activists because of the Syrian products shortage. Kafranbel is located at sixty kilometers from the Bab el-Hawa Turkish frontier post. Syrian people are numerous to pass through it.

Les peintures et les crayons utilisés par le caricaturiste Ahmad Jalal sont amenés de Turquie par les activistes en raison de la pénurie de produits syriens. Kafranbel est située à soixante kilomètres du poste-frontière turc de Bab el-Hawa par lequel les Syriens sont nombreux à transiter.

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Su Tseng-chang talks to the media
Taipei, Taiwan
By CraigFergusonImages
10 Mar 2013

Su Tseng-chang, chairman of the opposition DPP talks to the media at an anti-nuclear rally in Taipei, Taiwan.

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (21 of 21)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

Boxes containing the puppets of political leaders are stored at the GoDown Arts Centre , 26 February 2013 where the satirical television program, The XYZ Show is produced. A satirical television program, The XYZ Show comments on current political and social affairs in Kenya through the use of latex puppets resembling prominent figures.On The XYZ Show, national leaders in Kenya are lampooned with the purpose of using humour to address difficult and controversial national issues while promoting transparency in government. The XYZ Show is modelled after the UK’s “Spitting Image” and France’s “Les Guignols de L’Info” television programs.

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (19 of 21)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

A member of the production team monitors sound while filming an episode of the show.

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (18 of 21)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

Puppets are dressed and ready for filming at the GoDown Arts Centre , 26 February 2013 where the satirical television program, The XYZ Show is produced. A satirical television program, The XYZ Show comments on current political and social affairs in Kenya through the use of latex puppets resembling prominent figures.On The XYZ Show, national leaders in Kenya are lampooned with the purpose of using humour to address difficult and controversial national issues while promoting transparency in government. The XYZ Show is modelled after the UK’s “Spitting Image” and France’s “Les Guignols de L’Info” television programs.

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (16 of 21)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

A clay mould of a puppet at the GoDown Arts Centre , 26 February 2013 where the satirical television program, The XYZ Show is produced. A satirical television program, The XYZ Show comments on current political and social affairs in Kenya through the use of latex puppets resembling prominent figures.On The XYZ Show, national leaders in Kenya are lampooned with the purpose of using humour to address difficult and controversial national issues while promoting transparency in government. The XYZ Show is modelled after the UK’s “Spitting Image” and France’s “Les Guignols de L’Info” television programs..

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (13 of 21)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

Puppeteers work with puppets at the GoDown Arts Centre , 26 February 2013 where the satirical television program, The XYZ Show is produced. A satirical television program, The XYZ Show comments on current political and social affairs in Kenya through the use of latex puppets resembling prominent figures.On The XYZ Show, national leaders in Kenya are lampooned with the purpose of using humour to address difficult and controversial national issues while promoting transparency in government. The XYZ Show is modelled after the UK’s “Spitting Image” and France’s “Les Guignols de L’Info” television programs.

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (7 of 21)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

A puppeteer practice his moves ahead of shooting at the GoDown Arts Centre , 26 February 2013 where the satirical television program, The XYZ Show is produced. A satirical television program, The XYZ Show comments on current political and social affairs in Kenya through the use of latex puppets resembling prominent figures.On The XYZ Show, national leaders in Kenya are lampooned with the purpose of using humour to address difficult and controversial national issues while promoting transparency in government. The XYZ Show is modelled after the UK’s “Spitting Image” and France’s “Les Guignols de L’Info” television programs.

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KENYA XYZ SHOW (1 of 21)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
26 Feb 2013

Puppeteers wait for the filming to start at the GoDown Arts Centre , 26 February 2013 where the satirical television program, The XYZ Show is produced. A satirical television program, The XYZ Show comments on current political and social affairs in Kenya through the use of latex puppets resembling prominent figures.On The XYZ Show, national leaders in Kenya are lampooned with the purpose of using humour to address difficult and controversial national issues while promoting transparency in government. The XYZ Show is modelled after the UK’s “Spitting Image” and France’s “Les Guignols de L’Info” television programs.

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From Top of the Rock
new york
By motasemdhawi
31 Dec 2012

Amazing view for New York city from top of the rock

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Egypt’s Independent Newspapers Go on ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
04 Dec 2012

Several independent Egyptian newspapers went on strike for one day on Tuesday, December 4, in protest against the constitutional declaration and the draft constitution. Twelve newspapers suspended publication and five TV channels announced that they will go off-air on Wednesday.

Egypt Independent, Al-Masry Al-Youm's English news website, has completely halted work and covered its main page with a statement reading "You are reading this message because Egypt Independent objects to continued restrictions on media liberties, especially after hundreds of Egyptians gave their lives for freedom and dignity."

The newly drafted constitution, which was passed on November 30 by the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly and is set to be voted on in a referendum on December 15, does not include articles against the imprisonment of journalists in cases related to freedom of expression as demanded by journalists.

The newspapers that went on strike on Tuesday include: Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Watan, Al-Tahrir, Al-Wafd, Al-Youm 7, Al-Dostour, Al-Shorouk, Al-Sabah, Al-Ahaly, Al-Ahrar, Al-Fagr and Osbooa. Among the TV channels that are expected to go strike on Wednesday, with blank screens broadcasting in place of content: ONTV channels, CBC and Modern channels, and Dream TV channels.

The Journalists Syndicate's executive council withdrew its representatives from the constituent assembly in mid-November after its recommendations and suggestions were ignored by the assembly.

Story: Egypt’s Independent Newspapers Go on Strike for Freedom of Expression
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: December 4, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: December 4, 2012
Length: 0:01:20
Video Size: 66.5 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Various overview shots of Egypt’s Nile River
2. Various shots of standards of newspapers around the streets for sale
3. Various shots of newspapers shops and customers
4. Medium shot of Masrawy website
5. Wide shot of Al-Youm 7 website
6. Close up shot of the logo of the Al-Youm 7
7. Tilt down shot of Al-Youm 7 newspaper
8. Various shots of Al-Youm 7 newspaper
9. Various external shots of the Journalists Syndicate

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Photographers
Aleppo, Syria
By pathilsman
30 Nov 2012

Photographers in flak jackets follow the demonstration.

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Dérives
Montreal, Canada
By SpiralDragon
31 Oct 2012

Ensglish follows

Réalisé de façon indépendante sans aucune contribution financière, le film Dérives est le résultat de plus de trente heures d'entretiens réalisés avec des citoyennes et des citoyens témoins et victimes d'abus policiers.

Le film est partagé gratuitement depuis le 13 février dernier sur Internet à partir du site web du collectif (www.99media.org), avec l'objectif de nourrir le débat public sur la question de l'exercice de la répression et ses conséquences sociales. Une répression qui fut banalisée - voire encouragée - à la fois par les sphères politiques et médiatiques québécoises.

En un mois, le total des visionnements pour Dérives a atteint la somme de 50 000. Le film a également été diffusé plusieurs fois devant public et sera projeté le samedi 16 mars 2013 dans le cadre du festival Hors Cadre. Il s’agit d’un succès qui dépasse toute espérance pour un film qui n'a fait l'objet d'aucune mention par les médias traditionnels et qui prouve que les créateurs des médias émergents pourront désormais s'affranchir de la nécessité d'une attention médiatique.

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Produced independently without any financial aid, Dérives is the result of more than thirty hours of interview with citizen witnesses, and victims, of police brutality.

The film has been available online for free since February 13th on the collective's website (www.99media.org), with the goal of contributing to the public debate on the issue of repression and its social consequences... repression that has been banalised, even encouraged, by Quebec's political and media spheres.

A month after its release, Dérives has been seen more than 50 000 times. The film has also been screened publicly a number of times and will be featured on Saturday, March 16th 2013 at the Hors Cadre festival. This is an unprecedented success for a Quebec documentary without any traditional media mention, proving the emerging media scene can now overcome the need of mainstream media attention.

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FEATURING INDIA; CONTEMPORARY EGYPTIA...
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Oct 2012

Kashmir Valley celebrates tourism week with the mesmerizing Shikara festival held at the world famous Lake Dal. Hundreds of boaters took part by giving tours on the lake where the tourism department gave live performances of traditional Kashmiri songs.

Based in the Chitrkoot district of Utter Pradesh, one of the most underdeveloped places in India, a creative small-town tribal woman named Meera launched a local paper "Khabar Laheriya" (Wave News) which began as a way for women to address sexual violence, gender issues and education.

Voodoo Doll: An interpretive dance piece performed at Contemporary Dance Night in Egypt.

Thousands of Jordanians gathered in front of Al Husseini Mosque in downtown Amman to call for electoral reform after Friday prayer on October 5, 2012.

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Police Intervenes
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
21 Sep 2012

A police officer tries to break up the fight between protestors, while other demonstrators and media look on.

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What Have You Accomplished?
Amman, Jordan
By Melissa Tabeek
21 Sep 2012

A demonstrator holds a sign mocking Jordan's Prime Minister Fayez al-Tarawneh: "Tarawneh: Raises prices. One Vote. Arrests. Media law."

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Egypt Court Postpones Trial of Newspa...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
22 Aug 2012

Giza Criminal Court adjourned on Thursday, August 23, postponing the trial of the editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour independent newspaper Islam Afifi to September 16. He faces charges of spreading false information and insulting President Mohamed Morsi.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mourad Mouawad, lawyer of Al-Dostour newspaper:
“The trial is strange as it comes at the beginning of a new era that is supposed to be democratic. We were surprised by groundless accusations presented by people who are not concerned, claiming that Islam Afifi and Al-Dustour Newspaper insulted the President and spread false news to cause chaos and disorder in the country.”

The Court postponed the trial of Afifi and put him on remand to give his defense lawyers time to prepare their defense, but President Morsi has just issued a legislation preventing temporary detentions in publishing cases.

Afifi earlier received a travel ban after several lawyers filed legal complaints claiming that Al-Dustour Newspaper had insulted the President.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sayed Abu-Zeid, Lawyera and Advisor at the Journalists Syndicate:
“The Journalists’ Syndicate wasn’t formally informed that the defendant would be subjected to interrogation, which is a basic legal step that must be done. This leads to the invalidity of the order of referring the case and the invalidity of the trial itself.”

Al-Dustour Newspaper published an article in early August claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood was trying to establish an "Islamic state" in Egypt.

President Morsi publicly warned media against spreading rumors that would destabilize the country.

The action against Al-Dustour and other journalists raises fears about press freedom in Egypt as Morsi pledged that freedom of the press would not be affected, affirming during his presidential campaign that no opinion will be supressed.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 23, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 23, 2012
Length: 0:01:40
Video Size: 82.9 MB
Language:
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

1- Tilt down external shot of Giza Criminal Court
2- Zoom in on editor-in-chief of Al-Dostour private newspaper Islam Afifi heading to the court
3- Zoom out shot of the signboard of the court
4- Zoom out shot of a signboard on inside the court of a verse from holy Quran , demanding people to achieve justice
5- Various shots of crowds of people inside the court
6- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mourad Mouawad, lawyer of Al-Dostour newspaper:
7- “The trial is strange as it comes at the beginning of a new era that is supposed to be democratic. We were surprised by groundless accusations presented by people who are not concerned, claiming that Islam Afifi and Al-Dustour Newspaper insulted the President and spread false news to cause chaos and disorder in the country.”
8- Medium shot of supporters of Afifi shouting statements inside the court to support him
9- Medium shot of Afifi speaking to one of the reporters inside the court
10- Medium shot of a man shouting inside the court
11- SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Sayed Abu-Zeid, Lawyera and Advisor at the Journalists Syndicate:
“The Journalists’ Syndicate wasn’t formally informed that the defendant would be subjected to interrogation, which is a basic legal step that must have been done. This leads to the invalidity of the order of referring the case and the invalidity of the trial itself.” 12- Pan left shot of crowds of people and lawyers inside the court
13- Medium shot of Afifi speaking to a reporter inside the court
14- Close up shot of a reporter taking noted during the court
15- Wide external shot of the Giza Criminal Court headquarters

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CitiAct Organized Protest for the 11 ...
Beirut, Lebanon
By mkleit
09 Aug 2012

CitiAct president, Rana Bechara (right) holds NewTV microphone or one of the abducted Lebanese's wives during news coverage

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By Mark_Esplin
11 Jul 2012

The rate of ocean acidification is expected to accelerate in the near future. Since the industrial revolution, ocean acidification has increased by 30%. Scientists believe that this rate is faster than anything previously experienced over the last 55 million years.

The problem is that even a mild change in PH levels has significant impact on animals with calcium carbonate shells or skeletons. They literally dissolve. Affected animals include krill and plankton as well as coral. This means that the bottom of the food web could potentially become extinct, and in turn so could fish, according to Zoologist Kent Carpenter: "If corals themselves are at risk of extinction and do in fact go extinct, that will most probably lead to a cascade effect where we will lose thousands and thousands of other species that depend on coral reefs.”

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By Mark_Esplin
10 Jul 2012

A fisherman wades through the shallows carrying a handful of possessions after a mornings fishing trip.

Attempts to educate fishermen have been made by the environmental community, and attitudes are slowly changing. The Coral Triangle Initiative announced that it saw a decrease in the use of destructive fishing methods in 2012. Although, they stated that other threats such as Population increase, pollution and sedimentation have increased considerably.

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By Mark_Esplin
10 Jul 2012

A fisherman on Palawan Island in the Philippines prepares for a fishing voyage out to sea.

Scientists have predicted that by 2100, global temperature rise could result in the extinction of coral in the Coral Triangle. This would lead to an 80% reduction in regional food production.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

Fishers tend to target bigger fish, which act as predators in the food web. Biologists have observed a change in the Philippines' species composition, and an increase of fishing for small oceanic fish – anchovies, etc. This is a good indication of overfishing, and of gradual stock collapse, as fishers can no longer catch larger fish to support themselves.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

The Philippines Government admits that all targeted species in the Philippines are showing signs of overfishing. Officials also recognise that the current approach to fishing is unsustainable. “Overall, the harvest rate of Philippine fisheries is approximately 30 percent higher than the maximum sustainable yield, which will likely trigger stock collapses in the absence of increased management.” (Department of Environment and Natural Resources)

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

The majority of people within the Coral Triangle are living in poverty. This increases the social and economic importance of reefs, and reduces their ability to adapt to depleting fish supplies.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

The threats to the Coral Triangle are numerous, and often vary from site to site. As such there is not a single answer to the problems faced by these ecosystems. Nevertheless, wide ranges of solutions are being adopted in an attempt to curb this degradation. These include: Marine Protected areas (MPA), gear restrictions, and catch regulations.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

A decline in reef biodiversity does not only affect local communities and subsistence fishermen’s food security, though they are likely the hardest hit. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), natural capital contributes significantly to manufacturing and service economies, that in-turn helps stabilise a nations food security. In their report ‘TEEB – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for National and International Policy Makers’ the UNEP suggest one systemic cause for a lack of local will power to preserve natural resources. “Benefits depend on local stewardship, local knowledge and, in some cases, foregoing opportunities for economic development – yet people on the ground often receive little or no payment for the services they help to generate. This can make it more economically attractive to exploit the resource rather than preserve assets of global worth.”

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

Government figures state that 67% of animal protein in the Philippines is comprised of fish and fish products. This makes fish the nations most important food source, next to rice.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

A fisherman prepares his line in a small wooden shack as his daughter plays behind. Surrounded by sublime tropical waters, the 7,000+ island shorelines of the Philippines are home to 40 million people - 45% of its population.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

Hook and line fishing techniques are seen as a solution compared to large scale commercial methods like trawler nets, that are considered dramatically unsustainable. Commercial fishing is having a drastic impact on fish stocks around the globe. Populations of targeted species such as Bluefin Tuna and Cod have reduced 90% since the 1960s, according to professors at the University of British Columbia.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

Hook and line fishing techniques are seen as a solution compared to large scale commercial methods like trawler nets, that are considered dramatically unsustainable. Commercial fishing is having a drastic impact on fish stocks around the globe. Populations of targeted species such as Bluefin Tuna and Cod have reduced 90% since the 1960s, according to professors at the University of British Columbia.

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By Mark_Esplin
09 Jul 2012

It is not only coral reefs that are affected by global warming. Other important environments, such as mangrove forests and sea grass beds, which provide habitats for hundreds of thousands of fish species and other organisms, are also threatened. Further destruction and loss to these domains will have profound effects on the productivity of costal regions and the lives of people reliant on them.

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By Mark_Esplin
07 Jul 2012

According to the WWF, “The decreased productivity of coastal ecosystems will reduce the food resources and income available to coastal communities in the Coral Triangle. By 2050, coastal ecosystems will only be able to provide 50% of the fish protein that they do today, leading to increasing pressure on coastal agriculture and aquaculture.”

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By Mark_Esplin
05 Jul 2012

The coral triangle is located in South East Asia and supports 120 million people, across 6 countries, over an area of 1.6 billion acres. Overfishing, pollution, overpopulation and climate change are putting this essential ecosystem in danger.