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A made-up shot, but still very cool.
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The Life of Stars
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured this stunning true-color picture of the giant galactic nebula NGC 3603 on March 5, 1999 with its Wide Field Planetary Camera 2.
This single view nicely illustrates the entire stellar life cycle of stars, starting with the Bok globules and giant gaseous pillars, followed by circumstellar disks, and progressing to evolved massive stars in the young starburst cluster. The blue supergiant with its ring and bipolar outflow marks the end of the life cycle.
Image Credit: NASA, Wolfgang Brandner (JPL/IPAC), Eva K. Grebel (Univ. Washington), You-Hua Chu (Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
An international, shark-focused meeting of more than 50 nations, convened under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), concluded this week in Bonn with adoption of a global conservation plan for great white sharks, porbeagles, basking sharks, spiny dogfish, whale sharks, and two species of makos.
The plan aims to complement and promote the objectives of the 2010 CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the first intergovernmental treaty dedicated specifically to global shark conservation. To date, the MoU has 25 Signatories, including Germany, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, the Philippines, Australia, Senegal, and the United States.
“We congratulate the Signatories and CMS Secretariat on the adoption of a sound basis for conserving several threatened, highly migratory shark species,” said Sonja Fordham, President of Shark Advocates International. “The success of the new conservation plan depends on immediate and concrete, follow-up actions to not only improve our understanding of sharks, but also to limit shark fishing, bycatch, and trade to sustainable levels.”
Through the Shark MoU and accompanying conservation plan, signatories are encouraged to cooperate in national and regional actions to:
- facilitate research, data collection, and monitoring of shark populations and fisheries;
- set fishing limits based on scientific advice and the precautionary approach;
- prevent “finning” (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea);
- impose area closures to protect critical habitats and key life stages of sharks;
- reach out to stakeholders and raise awareness of the sharks’ status and needs; and
- cooperate toward shark conservation through international fisheries and wildlife bodies.
“We are pleased by the widespread support expressed this week for strengthening shark finning bans and the specific text that encourages requirements for landing sharks with fins still naturally attached,” said Ania Budziak, Associate Director of Science and Policy at Project AWARE Foundation. “We note that the European Union is close to adopting this best practice for finning ban enforcement, and we are hopeful that the CMS endorsement will encourage Members of European Parliament to complete this critical task.”
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