How To Help Rebuild Florida’s Reefs Post Hurricane Irma

Pollution linked to 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, study says

Pollution deaths in 2015 This map shows the proportion of people who died in 2015 due to a pollution-related cause as estimated by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health using data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the World Health Organization.

The fatal effects of pollution are seen across our planet.

In 2015, nearly one in six deaths, an estimated nine million worldwide, was related to pollution in some form — air, water, soil, chemical or occupational pollution, according to a new report published Thursday in The Lancet.


Air pollution is by far the largest contributor to early death, according to the new research produced by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. This form of pollution is linked to 6.5 million fatalities in 2015.

Water pollution, responsible for 1.8 million deaths, and workplace-related pollution, which led to 0.8 million deaths, pose the next largest risks, the report noted…


How To Help Rebuild Florida’s Reefs Post Hurricane Irma

By now, you probably know the Florida Keys have reopened to visitors and divers after Hurricane Irma has passed. Many organizations have resumed their pre-storm operations, but some, like the Coral Restoration Foundation, will be working double-time before getting back to normal.  The Coral Restoration Foundation is a nonprofit based in Key Largo. They are at the forefront of coral reef rehabilitation, doing everything from growing coral in underwater nurseries to training volunteers to out-plant coral onto reefs around the Keys, among many other things.

To see what it’s like to dive with them, check out this video of some of our staff members touring the coral nursery and planting corals.

Fortunately, the foundation is reporting that almost all of their coral nurseries are intact, but Hurricane Irma did impact the shallow reefs where the coral is outplanted. They have a small window to reattach broken coral fragments, but being a nonprofit can make funding a challenge under such a tight deadline. They are asking for donations from the public. Any amount is beneficial and will go directly to restocking their coral nurseries and reattaching broken coral fragments, as well as continuing to assess storm damage…



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