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Posted by Chris Conant
Chris Conant
Chris Conant has been involved with the Sea Bird Adventure for over a year, and
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on Wednesday, 26 October 2011
in Mother Nature's Science

Coca-Cola goes ...White?

Well, you could consider it 'green'.  Yesterday Coca-Colacoke-white-can Chairman, Muhtar Kent stated that the company wants to raise awareness of the threatened levels of Polar Bears, which have been one of their beloved icons since 1922.  To do so, they are changing their iconic Coca-Cola cans from red, to white!  The cans are expected to be in stores starting November 1st.

Coca-Cola has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise money and awareness of the depleting Polar Bear population, as well as the threat of the melting Arctic Sea Ice.  Present data suggests that with the melting of the ice, Polar Bears are being forced to swim greater distances, which is also limiting their ability to hunt for food.

The Coca-Cola company is pledging to donate an initial $2 million to the WWF's "Arctic Home Fund" and has promised to match up to $1 million in consumer donations through the date of March 15.  Consumers can donate $1.00 by texting 357357 or donate online at Arctichome.com starting November 1st.

This isn't the first time that Coke has helped the planet.  In June, 2011 the Coca-Cola company created a billboard that was made of thousands of Fukien tea plants, consume high levels of CO2.  The project was created to raise awareness of Phillipines' "Live Organic Sustainability Program", which was also created by the WWF.  The billboard is 60 x 60 feet, and all of the pots are made from recycled bottles, which contain all of the 3,600 plants. coke-white-can

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Chris Conant has been involved with the Sea Bird Adventure for over a year, and is actively trying to make headway on the project on a daily basis.



Originally from the Seacoast of New Hampshire (yes, New Hampshire has a seacoast), Chris currently resides in San Diego, CA.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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