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Coral protections lead UNESCO to remove Belize barrier reef from World Heritage Sites in Danger Photo

Coral protections lead UNESCO to remove Belize barrier reef from World Heritage Sites in Danger

In a victory for coral, UNESCO has removed the Belize barrier reef from the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The barrier reef of Belize is the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere. The reef was included on the list of World Heritage sites in 1996, but then included on the list of sites in danger in 2009 due to oil exploration and mangrove destruction for real estate. Belize has implemented a moratorium on oil exploration in the entire maritime system of the country, which lead to the barrier reefs removal from the danger list. The purpose of the list is to bring awareness to threats facing World Heritage sites and to hopefully encourage corrective behavior.

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Laura James: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Photo

Laura James: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Filmmaker and conservationist Laura James is sharing a series of articles about filmmaking with the Wetpixel community. Laura has been a pioneer in the production of 360° immersive media. She has built her own camera rigs and has the goal of encouraging both filmmakers and amateurs to try making high-quality 360-video. In addition, Laura is a passionate advocate for the natural world, shooting films that inspire people to care for their environment, and helping to communicate complex scientific concepts to the general public and elected officials.

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Review: Nikon FX wide-angle lenses Photo

Review: Nikon FX wide-angle lenses

Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of most of the available rectilinear wide-angle lens choices for Nikon full-frame camera. The aim is to evaluate individual lens’s performance underwater, but also for this to be a reference for those seeking information about lens choices. As other test lenses come available, the tests will be added to, so please keep checking back for updates

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$158 million addition all about Sharks opens in New York Aquarium Photo

$158 million addition all about Sharks opens in New York Aquarium

A new exhibit at the New York Aquarium opened this past weekend, and it is all about sharks. The 57,000 square foot and $158 million addition is called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The addition comes as much the aquarium is still rebuilding from being hit by hurricane Sandy. The new addition of the aquarium, which is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been in the works for the past 14 years. The goal of the addition was to educate visitors about the vital role sharks play in our oceans.

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