March 4 , 2008 

New Global Oceans Map

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Segment 1

The Paradox of Compassion

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren’t more compassionate more of the time. Sharing the results of psychological experiments (and the story of the Santa Cruz Strangler), he explains how we are all born with the capacity for empathy -- but we sometimes choose to ignore it.

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 Segment 2

A Global Map of Human Impact on Marine Ecosystems 

Dr. Ben Halpern / Marine Ecologist

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

University of California Santa Barbara

What happens in the vast stretches of the world's oceans - both wondrous and worrisome - has too often been out of sight, out of mind.

The sea represents the last major scientific frontier on planet earth - a place where expeditions continue to discover not only new species, but even new phyla. The role of these species in the ecosystem, where they sit in the tree of life, and how they respond to environmental changes really do constitute mysteries of the deep. Despite technological advances that now allow people to access, exploit or affect nearly all parts of the ocean, we still understand very little of the ocean's biodiversity and how it is changing under our influence.

The goal of the research presented here is to estimate and visualize, for the first time, the global impact humans are having on the ocean's ecosystems.

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Sea Shepherds "Steve Irwin" continues to chase and annoy the Nisshin Maru of the Japanese whaling fleet. Below are links to some of the video taken in the last day of the events transpiring between these two sides.

The Japanese clips from

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