Sea kayaking coaches paddling back from Ram Light in Casco Bay

The Power of Blue

With excerpts from Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness, by Elle Hunt, published in The Guardian, November 3, 2019.

In recent years, stressed-out urbanites have been seeking refuge in green spaces, for which the proven positive impacts on physical and mental health are often cited in arguments for more inner-city parks and accessible woodlands. The benefits of “blue space” – the sea and coastline, but also rivers, lakes, canals, waterfalls, even fountains – are less well publicized, yet the science has been consistent for at least a decade: being by water is good for body and mind.

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Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

By Jonathan White

“‘It’s flooding,’ Lukasi, the elder, said.

It was a quiet beach, and to my eye there was no indication whether the tide was flooding or ebbing.

‘How do you know?’ I asked.

‘Fuzz,’ he answered…

‘What fuzz?’

‘When the tide is flooding, it picks up dust and pollen and insect larvae from the beach that sits on top of the water like a blanket. It doesn’t happen when the tide is dropping.’”

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Ghost Gear

Featured photo by Mira Pavlakovic from FreeImages.

Lost and abandoned fishing gear is one of the most significant contributors to the earth’s plastic problem. Although single use plastics such as plastic straws, water bottles, and grocery bags are often targeted by environmental groups, fishing gear is a far bigger problem in the ocean garbage situation. Global Ghost Gear Initiative was started by World Animal Protection in 2015 to address the issue.

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We’re Losing the Night Sky – to Light

Two-thirds of people in the US can’t see the Milky Way from their homes. The stars that shape our galaxy disappear from view due to outdoor lighting which is too bright, stays on all night, or illuminates the sky rather than the earth. Night lighting also interferes with the rhythms of human, animal, and plant life.

Photo by Studio 7042 from StockSnap.

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