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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

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Marine reserve proves the promise

Marine reserves were a novel idea when they were pioneered on North America's West Coast two decades ago. Now protected zones have been established around the world. Conservation results vary but one reserve in Mexico has proved their promise in spades. The basic idea behind marine reserves is that they are a designated area of ocean-- based on scientific analysis --where fishing is banned and the natural ability of the marine environment is allowed to restore itself. As fish populations ...
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Earth Day 2011

We are reminded that Earth Day is today. Two examples illustrate the meaning of this day. Established in 1970, Earth Day was originally intended "to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment". This was a worthy objective considering our dependence on the natural ecosystems that sustain us all. Today is also the first anniversary of the explosion/sinking of theĀ  Deep Water Horizon drilling platform that resulted in one of the biggest oil spills ever. This ...
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Tuna reprieve?

The destruction of bluefin tuna through over-exploitation by commercial fishing fleets has received past attention here at Riled Up. Estimates vary, but the harvest is way past any level of sustainability and ocean fisheries may be totally depleted within 15 years if harvest rates are allowed to continue at current levels. [caption id="attachment_3444" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="blue fin tuna source: The Australian"][/caption] Two recent technological ...
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