Monthly Archives: September 2015

Mission Blue Film Wins an Emmy!

We’re tremendously excited to announce that the Nextflix original documentary Mission Blue won the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Editing – Documentary and Long Form! While Mission Blue founder and National Geographic Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle has been spreading her message of hope for years, this message—our Mission Blue—has leapt to the next level of awareness in the global public consciousness. From left: Jack Youngelson (Writer/Producer), Sarah Nixon, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Peter R. Livingston Jr. (Editor), Bob Nixon (Director/Producer) The documentary, directed by Bob Nixon and Fisher Stevens and edited by Peter R. Livingston Jr., began inspiring people across 40+ countries in August 2014. Honored with this Emmy® Award, we anticipate that Dr. Earle’s simple message of ocean conservation—of respect for our planet and what sustains us—will reverberate through the homes and hearts of Netflix’s global audience now deeper than ever before.…
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Artists & Scientists Return from Arctic Expedition

A team of 60 of the world’s leading marine scientists, photographers, filmmakers and fine artists recently returned from an expedition to the icy waters of Norway, Greenland and Iceland to explore and document the impacts of climate change on the fragile high Arctic region. The two-and-a-half-week Elysium Artists for the Arctic expedition was orchestrated by photographer Michael Aw—director of the Ocean Geographic Society—who co-led the trip alongside Mission Blue founder and National Geographic Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle and acclaimed photographers David Doubilet, Jennifer Hayes and Ernie Brooks. The team traveled from North Spitsbergen to North and East Greenland and on to Iceland aboard the 71.61-meter MV Polar Pioneer—a Finnish ice-strengthened research vessel specially charted for the expedition. The team experienced incredible panoramas of glaciers, icebergs and mountains, went snorkeling and diving in frigid high Arctic waters and documented numerous polar bears, walruses, Arctic hares and kittiwakes.…
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Join Hello Ocean on a Scientific Odyssey

News from our partners at Hello Ocean: Filmmakers Teresa and Ben Carey invite you to join a scientific odyssey to document ocean acidification and map ocean noise pollution. Award winning sailors and filmmakers, Teresa and Ben Carey, are taking the lead in an exciting new cooperative venture between the sailing and scientific communities. They are partnering with The Ocean Foundation, Dr. Nina Bednarsek and Swift Engineering to create a citizen science project in which ocean going vessels can take part collecting vital data that will help document the state of the world’s oceans. Their project, called Hello Ocean, launches this summer. Ocean acidification was recently cited among the top five research interests of ocean scientists worldwide. Ocean acidification is the continuous decrease in the pH of the ocean, caused by carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.…
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Uniting Ocean and Earth for Climate Action

By Courtney Mattison  This winter, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris will feature one of the largest gatherings of world leaders to ever address global warming. The stage is set for all United Nations member states to come together and create an international agreement on the climate with the goal of keeping global warming below 2°C. In anticipation of this opportunity, President Barack Obama announced an action plan to combat climate change in June. Also this summer, Pope Francis demonstrated a masterful understanding of the science behind global warming and urged Catholics to take immediate action to combat greenhouse gas emissions in his recently released encyclical. Even China, the world’s heaviest polluter, has committed to significantly reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.…
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Unlocking the Secrets of Coral Reef Resilience

Here’s a word from our new partners at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute! At the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) we are creating a hopeful future for coral reefs, vibrant ecosystems that have been the heart of healthy oceans for more than 200 million years. CCMI is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 to protect the future of coral reefs through research, conservation, and education. In 2005 we opened the flourishing Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC). At the groundbreaking for the center, HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and CCMI Royal Patron dedicated the site “to sustain biodiversity so that the children of the world may forever discover the treasures of the sea.” The reefs around Little Cayman truly are treasures of the sea and they offer insight for coral reefs globally.…
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