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CBD
Meeting
#5406
News Headlines
#101692
2014-10-30

Illegal Med fishing claims up to two tons of swordfish per boat per day

Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists

News Headlines
#101657
2014-10-28

Protection plan 'will not save Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.

News Headlines
#101660
2014-10-28

Great Barrier Reef protection plan 'ignores the threat of climate change'

Scientists warn the government’s strategy is likely to prove ineffectual as ‘unless Australia cuts back on carbon dioxide emissions we won’t have much of a Great Barrier Reef left’

News Headlines
#101618
2014-10-24

Science chief warns on acid oceans

The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.

News Headlines
#101629
2014-10-24

Acid oceans: the risk from carbon emissions

Some species 'may not last the century' as rich eco-systems are threatened by industrial emissions

News Headlines
#101575
2014-10-22

Australian scientists studying the effects of ocean acidification on marine life

Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101590
2014-10-22

Oceans Could Lose $1 Trillion in Value Due to Acidification

This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.

News Headlines
#101557
2014-10-21

Why we need to save the sharks

Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. But this depiction could not be further from reality.

News Headlines
#101516
2014-10-20

Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its mar ...

News Headlines
#101492
2014-10-17

Panama’s Coral Reefs Ringed with Threats

TABOGA, Panama, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Fermín Gómez, a 53-year-old Panamanian fisherman, pushes off in his boat, the “Tres Hermanas,” every morning at 06:00 hours to fish in the waters off Taboga island. Five hours later he returns to shore.

News Headlines
#101461
2014-10-16

Sharks that hide in coral reefs may be safe from acidifying oceans

The epaulette shark displays physiological tolerance to elevated carbon dioxide in its environment after being exposed to carbon dioxide levels equivalent to those that are predicted for their natural habitats in the near future.

CBD
Meeting
#5417

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) High-level Meeting

16 - 17 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea

Side Event
#3212
COP 12
2014-10-15

Managing coastal marine biodiversity in India: Can participatory approaches make a difference?

Protection of biodiversity in India has a long tradition with some remarkable success when it comes to terrestrial ecosystems. Similar efforts for marine areas along the coast proved to be much more difficult, mainly because of the enormous pressure on natural resources exerted by an ever increa ...

News Headlines
#101444
2014-10-15

Plenty more fish in the sea: preserving stocks in Madagascar

Projects where local fishers manage marine areas to ensure sustainability are being replicated across the Indian Ocean

Side Event
#3217
COP 12
2014-10-14

ACHIEVING AICHI TARGETS AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN THE MARINE AND COASTAL PROGRAMME OF WEST AFRICA (PRCM)

This side event will showcase some progress in West Africa towards Aichi Targets achievement. Species and habitats have been facing increasing pressure in West Africa: Overexploitation, critical habitat destruction, pollution, urbanization, growing extractive industry, and uncontrolled tourism ...

Side Event
#3239
COP 12
2014-10-13

Partners Roundtable on Achieving the Aichi Targets through Integrated Coastal Management

The Roundtable with Donors and Partners will feature the joint initiative of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and the Partnership for Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia in supporting efforts in South East and East Asia to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity targets through integrated ...

Side Event
#3343
COP 12
2014-10-13

Unveiling the implementation toolbox: support tools and methodologies to achieve objectives of the CBD

This group of global NGOs will jointly showcase the wealth of instrumental material they have been long developing to contribute on the implementation of the CBD. A variety of valuable policy support tools and methodologies have been developed by the CBD, its Parties and its partners, to help i ...

Side Event
#3177
COP 12
2014-10-10

MARINE BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE USE IN CORAL REEF AND ASSOCIATED ECOSYSTEMS

This side event will highlight the efforts of the GEF partnership to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of coral reef and associated ecosystems and the achievement of the related Aichi Targets and provide an overview of programming opportunities within the GEF-6 biodiversity stra ...

Side Event
#3267
COP 12
2014-10-10

Impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity

This event will review and consolidate on the experiences, tools and guidance on addressing the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity, and provide inputs to the forthcoming CBD Expert Workshop on this issue in December 2014.

Side Event
#3110
COP 12
2014-10-10

MANAGING CORAL REEFS FOR RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE CHANGE - PROGRESS MADE AND KEY PRIORITIES TOWARDS MEETING AICHI TARGET 10

The event will share information on coral reef planning and management approaches that safeguard or enhance coral reef resilience to increasing threats from climate change. Through presentations and panel discussion the event will review experiences and progress made, and discuss further actions ...

Side Event
#3141
COP 12
2014-10-10

The importance of protecting coastal environment gradients ~How can we attain marine Aichi targets ~

The Japanese NGOs in marine fields(Marine and Coastal Biodiversity network-Japan, Nakatsu Waterfront Conservation Association, Kaimin Network, NPO Omotehama network, and Nature Conservation Society of Japan) would like to hold a side event for information exchange of status of coastal areas of J ...

News Headlines
#101365
2014-10-10

Carbon Emissions Are Bringing Ocean Acidity To Catastrophic Levels

Most scientists whose heads aren't firmly wedged inside the Koch brothers' rear ends have ascertained that human-sourced carbon emissions are contributing to a dangerous warming of our planet, one that pretty much spells out the end of Earth as we know it unless world leaders do something about ...

News Headlines
#101378
2014-10-10

Marine Litter: Plunging Deep, Spreading Wide

ATHENS, Oct 10 2014 (IPS) - Imagine a black-footed albatross feeding its chick plastic pellets, a baby seal in the North Pole helplessly struggling with an open-ended plastic bag wrapped tight around its neck, or a fishing vessel stranded mid-sea, a length of discarded nylon net entangled in its ...

News Headlines
#101380
2014-10-10

Great Barrier Reef: 'a massive chemistry experiment gone wrong'

Scientists warn that pollution may be dramatically increasing the rate of ocean acidification in inshore areas, threatening coral

Side Event
#3197
COP 12
2014-10-09

Yellow Sea Ecoregion – The strategic collaboration for its biodiversity

The event links to the Aichi CBD Target 11. The YSESP on-the-ground activities were implemented in Muan Tidal Flat Wetland Protection Area, Korea and Yalu River Estuary Coastal Wetland Natural Reserve, China. Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) and Community Based Management (CBM) approach were app ...

Side Event
#3233
COP 12
2014-10-09

Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reefs and Closely Associated Ecosystems

This side event will highlight the importance of coral reefs and associated ecosystems (e.g., mangroves, seagrasses) for sustainable development and the need to enhance action towards Aichi Target 10. The main aspects of the Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reef ...

News Headlines
#101332
2014-10-09

Ocean acidification will cost global economy $1 trillion by 2100

Ocean acidification will cost the world economy more than $1 trillion annually by 2100, according to a U.N. report released this week. Changing the composition of the world's oceans will undermine a variety of commercial operations, it said.

News Headlines
#101333
2014-10-09

Scientists Report Ocean Acidification Causes $1 Trillion Damage

Carbon dioxide emissions are dissolving in the ocean, making it more acidic and causing nearly $1 trillion worth of damage, according to a new report.

News Headlines
#101334
2014-10-09

Worsening ocean acidification threatens humans and marine life, UK scientists warn

Rising carbon dioxide emissions are altering the pH levels of the ocean, with dramatic consequences for the marine environment and the people who depend on it, a group of British scientists has said.

News Headlines
#101335
2014-10-09

Ocean Acidification Could Cost the World its Coral... and a Trillion Dollars

Ocean acidification and coral reef damage is likely going to cost the world economy over a trillion dollars by 2100, according to a new report by United Nations (UN) experts.

News Headlines
#101339
2014-10-09

Les océans s'acidifient à la vitesse grand V: «une catastrophe en cours»

Les océans du monde seront trop acides pour une grande partie de la vie marine d'ici la fin du siècle et les eaux canadiennes seront particulièrement touchées par le phénomène.

News Headlines
#101348
2014-10-09

Acid Oceans Could Deal Heavy Blow to Fishing-Dependant Nations

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 9 2014 (IPS) - Scientists here are warning Caribbean countries, where the fisheries sector is an important source of livelihoods and sustenance, that they should pay close attention to a new international report released Wednesday on ocean acidification.

News Headlines
#101354
2014-10-09

Climate Change Has Raised Ocean Acidity by a Quarter

Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned on Wednesday.

Side Event
#3236
COP 12
2014-10-08

Presentation and discussion of the book on "Governance for Fisheries and Marine Conservation".

Two editors of the book and several of its authors will be presenting the book followed by questions and discussions by the audience. The book is coming out this month and will be officially launched in Oslo, Norway, August 26 2014.

Side Event
#3232
COP 12
2014-10-08

Updated scientific synthesis on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity

This event will provide the details of the updated scientific synthesis on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity, as requested by COP 11 (decision XI/18).

Side Event
#3250
COP 12
2014-10-08

MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING IN PRACTICE – TRANSITIONING FROM PLANNING TO IMPLEMENTATION IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS

ABSTRACT: Marine spatial planning (MSP) can cover a broad range of initiatives that aim to maintain the use of resources and ecosystem services through careful planning of available coastal or ocean space - essentially any effort that attempts to reconcile more than one sector’s development obje ...

News Headlines
#101308
2014-10-08

Ocean acidification causes US$1trn of damage a year – study -

As well as warming the atmosphere, carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and cars dissolve in the ocean, making it more acidic. - See more at:

News Headlines
#101311
2014-10-08

Zooniverse: Floating Forests

Most algae and animals that live on the seafloor can be sampled only by SCUBA divers or dredging up samples from the deep.

News Headlines
#101318
2014-10-08

Mystery of Ocean Heat Deepens as Climate Changes

When British Capt. James Cook undertook his second voyage in the Southern Ocean in 1772, scientists on board measured the temperature 183 meters below the surface. It was colder than at the surface.

News Headlines
#101324
2014-10-08

Global economy to lose billions without action to stop ocean acidification, UN report warns

8 October 2014 – The global economy could be losing as much as $1 trillion annually by the end of the century if countries do not take urgent steps to stop ocean acidification, says a United Nations report launched today in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea (ROK).

News Headlines
#101326
2014-10-08

U.S. initiates prototype system to gauge national marine biodiversity

NOAA, NASA and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have joined together to support three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales.

News Headlines
#101327
2014-10-08

Scientists sound alarm over ocean acidification

Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned on Wednesday.

News Headlines
#101328
2014-10-08

Acid damage to coral reefs could cost $1 trillion

Ocean acidification is set to cost us $1 trillion by 2100 as it eats away at our tropical coral reefs.

Side Event
#3231
COP 12
2014-10-07

Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in World Oceans

This event will update the results of seven regional EBSA workshops held in various regions around the world, convened by the CBD Secretariat together with various global and regional partners, involving more than 100 Parties and other Governments.

News Headlines
#101294
2014-10-07

Saving Peru's sea turtles and marine birds: conservationists and fishermen partner to tackle bycatch

Marine conservationists often view fisheries as an enemy of sorts, vacuuming up fish with little thought to the long-term consequences and using equipment that also ends up killing other species, i.e. bycatch like sea turtles and marine birds.

News Headlines
#101298
2014-10-07

Great Barrier Reef dredge approval was ‘suicide’ for reef authority

Coral reef expert says Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has lost its credibility and budget cuts left it unable to protect the world heritage site

CBD
Meeting
#5416

Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Partnership Meeting

3 - 4 October 2014, Seoul, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#101195
2014-10-02

Global ocean health gets a D on latest report card

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- On their latest report card, the world's oceans were docked points for overfishing, pollution, climate change, and weak environmental protections, ultimately earning a D grade.

News Headlines
#101196
2014-10-02

UN meeting hears call for greater marine protections as plastic waste accrues in oceans

1 October 2014 – The steady build-up of garbage in the world’s oceans is a “tremendous challenge” and a growing threat to the planet’s marine ecosystems with the potential for “significant socio-economic consequences,” the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) heard today.

News Headlines
#101198
2014-10-02

Coral reef winners and losers as water temperatures rise

Contrary to the popular research-based assumption that the world's coral reefs are doomed, a new longitudinal study paints a brighter picture of how corals may fare in the future.

News Headlines
#101204
2014-10-02

Satellites detect 'thousands' of new ocean-bottom mountains

It is not every day you can announce the discovery of thousands of new mountains on Earth, but that is what a US-European research team has done.

News Headlines
#101181
2014-10-01

35,000 walruses haul out of ocean, crowd Alaskan shore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Hauling out is a technique most typically employed by biker gangs, fleeing the scene on their hogs in the aftermath of a bar fight, but it's also a move occasionally made by walruses fed up with warming waters and the lack of sea ice.

News Headlines
#101150
2014-09-30

New UN report warns of ‘devastating’ effects from ongoing destruction of mangrove forests

29 September 2014 – The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.

News Headlines
#101101
2014-09-26

Finding a level playing field for mangroves

BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them.

Notification
#2252
2014-09-26
Action by
2014-11-28

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for South America, 23-27 February 2015 – Lima, Perú

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/83526 (2014-122)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela; regional seas conventions and action plans; regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives

pdf English 
News Headlines
#101023
2014-09-19

Whaling commission shifts toward conservation agenda

Portoroz, Slovenia - The 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ended today with a landmark decision to impose better controls over any future whale hunts conducted for the purposes of so-called scientific research.

News Headlines
#101005
2014-09-18

We Can Save Coral Reefs

Parrotfish eat algae and seaweed. These brightly colored fish with beaklike mouths inhabit coral reefs, the wellsprings of ocean life.

News Headlines
#100931
2014-09-15

First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force

All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated from now on, in a significant step forward for conservation.

News Headlines
#100832
2014-09-10

Kerala to Prepare Databank of Marine Ecosystem

Thiruvananthapuram: Claimed to be the first of its kind initiative in the country, a marine biodiversity map of Kerala's coastline is being prepared by the State Biodiversity Board to create a databank of marine ecosystems and traditional knowledge of the fishermen folk community.

News Headlines
#100849
2014-09-10

Pacific walrus population declines

Scientists are working to get an accurate count of the Pacific walrus population before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides if the species should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 2017.

News Headlines
#100788
2014-09-08

How Much Danger Do Ship Strikes Pose to Blue Whales?

A new study suggests that blue whale populations are not as vulnerable to ship strikes as previously thought, but experts say, 'not so fast.'

News Headlines
#100790
2014-09-08

New Plan Avoids Mud Dumping in Barrier Reef Park

BRISBANE, Australia — The government of Australia’s Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

News Headlines
#100768
2014-09-05

California blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers

Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels

News Headlines
#100755
2014-09-04

Australia cancels plan to dump dredge in Great Barrier Reef

A consortium of companies—North Queensland Bulk Ports, GVK Hancock and Adani Group—have announced they are giving up on a hugely-controversial plan to dump five million tonnes of dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef. The plans ran into considerable opposition from environment, conservation ...

News Headlines
#100760
2014-09-04

SAMOA: New partnerships seek to protect world's oceans

3 September 2014 – Fishermen in coastal Samoan villages say there are less fish than there used to be and worry that the fish populations will soon disappear altogether, but participants at a United Nations conference on forming partnerships with small island developing states are vowing to prev ...

News Headlines
#100718
2014-09-02

How corals stir up their world

Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.

News Headlines
#100723
2014-09-02

'Dredge spoil will speed decline of Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's iconic reef is under threat from pollution and climate change. Jon Day, recently resigned as the reef's Director of Heritage Conservation. He told DW that plans to dump spoil will put the reef at risk.

Notification
#2238
2014-09-02

Selected Experts for the CBD Expert workshop to Provide Consolidated Practical Guidance and a Toolkit for Marine Spatial Planning, 9 to 11 September 2014, Montreal, Canada

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/83496 (2014-108)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; United Nations specialized agencies, including UNEP, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and International Maritime Organization; the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-STAP); regional organizations, including Large Marine Ecosystem programmes; other relevant organizations; and indigenous and local communities

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News Headlines
#100706
2014-08-29

Tiny Beads Found In Shampoo And Exfoliants Are A Threat to the Sydney Harbour

Tiny pieces of plastic used in toothpastes, shampoos, shower gels and exfoliants have been found in the Sydney Harbour and could pose a threat to marine animals and humans as they are toxic in nature, reported Daily Telegraph.

News Headlines
#100587
2014-08-25

New Antarctic atlas offers index of marine life

The most complete audit ever assembled of Antarctic sea life is to be published this week.More than 9,000 species, from single-cell organisms to penguins and whales, are chronicled in the first Antarctic atlas since 1969. The book will be launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Researc ...

News Headlines
#100591
2014-08-25

Hundreds of sea-floor methane plumes spotted by sonar

Bubble streams off the US East Coast could be methane-rich ices warming and releasing the potent greenhouse gas.

News Headlines
#100575
2014-08-22

Jamaican coral reefs get a helping hand

Jamaica may be known for its sun and sea, but under the waves the country is batting to rebuild its coral reefs. Manmade reefs have begun to see success after the island's corals were decimated by disease and pollution.

News Headlines
#100576
2014-08-22

Dumping Ban Urged for Australia’s Iconic Reef

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - Increased effort is needed to protect Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, which is in serious decline and will likely deteriorate further in the future, according to a new report. “Greater reductions of all threats at all levels, reef-wide, regional and l ...

News Headlines
#100541
2014-08-20

'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'

A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

News Headlines
#100524
2014-08-19

Scraping the Seafloor for Fish Harms Biodiversity

Fishing boats have dragged nets across the seafloor in pursuit of bottom-feeding fish and crustaceans since the Middle Ages. In recent decades, motorized fishing fleets, powered by government subsidies, have taken heavier nets deeper and farther offshore. The annual haul from international water ...

News Headlines
#100499
2014-08-18

Government scientists 'warned against dumping' in Great Barrier Reef park

Scientists were opposed to dumping millions of tonnes of dredged sediment but they were overruled

News Headlines
#100506
2014-08-18

Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?

REYKJAVIK, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.

News Headlines
#100487
2014-08-15

40% of the Indian coast is subjected to coastal erosion

The ministry of environment and forests through the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai in association with the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai has conducted a study regarding "assessment of shore line change for the entire coast of mainland India, ...

News Headlines
#100489
2014-08-15

In the Ocean, Clues to Change

A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

News Headlines
#100468
2014-08-14

Cameras head to oceans to give ‘street view’ of reefs

ISLAMORADA, Fla. – It’s easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders.

Meeting
#5246

International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC3)

14 - 19 August 2014, Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

News Headlines
#100450
2014-08-13

Sharks Winning Shark Week: Obama Acting to Protect America's Oceans

President Ulysses S. Grant signed the legislation establishing Yellowstone National Park in 1872, making it the first such place preserved for future generations. At the time, there was no real threat of massive industrial development in the region, but forward-thinking conservationists foresaw ...

News Headlines
#100453
2014-08-13

Australia Great Barrier Reef outlook 'poor and deteriorating'

The outlook for Australia's Great Barrier Reef is poor despite conservation efforts, with further deterioration expected in coming years, a report says.

News Headlines
#100428
2014-08-12

Planting meadows in the ocean: technique may help restore disappearing seagrass beds

Seagrass meadows form important parts of many ocean ecosystems, but is disappearing due to human impacts. However, a study published recently in PLOS ONE found eelgrass beds could benefit from a restoration technique using seed-filled pearl nets.

News Headlines
#100431
2014-08-12

Great Barrier Reef's greatest threat is climate change, says new report

Warmer ocean currents will have far-reaching consequences for decades to come, study says

News Headlines
#100418
2014-08-11

Mercury pollution in upper ocean has tripled since Industrial revolution

The amount of mercury in the upper ocean has tripled since the industrial revolution, according to a new study that leaves little doubt that humans are to blame.

News Headlines
#100401
2014-08-08

Study measures steep coastal costs of China's GDP growth

Economic activity, as in this floating mariculture installation at Sanya, is having a dramatic effect on the health of China's seas.

News Headlines
#100379
2014-08-07

Marine noise impacts eels too!

Marine noise has been studied for it's impact on whales, dolphins and other marine animals. Might it also impact smaller creatures too? Eels, for example.

News Headlines
#100381
2014-08-07

Pollution triples mercury levels in ocean surface waters, study finds

Toxic metal threatens marine life as it accumulates faster in shallow layers than in deep sea due to human activity

News Headlines
#100385
2014-08-07

Elephants under the sea: awkward-looking fish modify the coral-reef ecosystem in mixed ways

Bumphead parrotfish are noisy feeders. They break off large branches of corals using their powerful beaks, grind them up in their bodies to extract nutrients, and expel the undigested material in large cloudy plumes of feces.

News Headlines
#100371
2014-08-06

A major study of all penguin populations

A major study of all penguin species suggests the birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation. Writing in the journal, Conservation Biology, a group of internationally renowned scientists recommends the adoption of measures to mitigate against a range of effects including; food scarcit ...

News Headlines
#100348
2014-08-04

New corals discovered on UKs highest underwater mountain

Heriot-Watt scientists have discovered new populations of deep-sea corals growing on the slopes of the UK's highest underwater mountain, a site recently added to the list of Scotland's new Marine Protected Areas.

News Headlines
#100210
2014-07-29

115 whales killed as Japan wraps up Pacific hunt

Japan has concluded a two-and-a-half month whale hunt in the Pacific, killing 115 whales. It is the second campaign since the United Nations' top court ordered Tokyo to halt a separate hunt in the Antarctic.

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