Thursday 01 March 2012
New Alliance calling for fully protected marine reserve in Antarctica's Ross SeaWorld Wide Fund For Nature | 01 Mar 2012
WELLINGTON, 28 February 2012 - A new coalition of environmental groups and notable people, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA), launched its first report, "Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Marine Reserve for the Ross Sea", at a reception for Parliamentarians and guests in Wellington today.
The Dugong, Seagrass & Coastal Communities Initiative LaunchedConvention on Migratory Species | 01 Mar 2012
Abu Dhabi, 26 February 2012 – A program to improve livelihoods and create economic opportunity in exchange for the conservation of dugongs and their seagrass habitat was officially launched in Abu Dhabi today.
Listening for gas bubblesearthmagazine.org | 01 Mar 2012
In recent decades, active acoustic surveys have been used to detect methane seeps and gas hydrates — deposits of crystalline solids consisting of gas molecules, usually methane, surrounded by a cage of water molecules — buried under the seafloor.
Port spoil runoff 'threat' to Great Barrier Reeftheaustralian.com.au | 01 Mar 2012
DUMPING millions of tonnes of dredge spoil into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park would be necessary because planned coal port expansions would overwhelm existing port-controlled disposal grounds, environment groups claimed yesterday.
Arctic offshore drilling: Shell launches preemptive legal strikeLos Angeles Times | 01 Mar 2012
Royal Dutch Shell launched an extraordinary preemptive legal strike Wednesday against opponents of offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, filing suit against more than a dozen environmental organizations likely to challenge its plan for drilling exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer.
EU fishermen must do more with less, says Scots MEPfishupdate.com | 01 Mar 2012
Helping fishermen to do more with less must be the key objective of the EU in respect of the future financing of the fisheries sector under the newly proposed European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Seafish articles offer a practical perspective on how to reduce discardsfishupdate.com | 01 Mar 2012
Seafish, the authority on seafood, has placed a series of articles on its website, which give a practical perspective on the discards issue and the work that Seafish, along with industry, has been doing to help develop new selective technologies and net-based fishing activities to reduce discards.
Oceans' acidic shift may be fastest in 300 million yearsReuters | 01 Mar 2012
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's oceans are turning acidic at what could be the fastest pace of any time in the past 300 million years, even more rapidly than during a monster emission of planet-warming carbon 56 million years ago, scientists said on Thursday.
Coal port growth threatens Barrier Reef: GreenpeaceReuters | 01 Mar 2012
PERTH (Reuters) - Australia's rapid expansion of coal ports in the next decade will threaten the Great Barrier Reef as increased ship traffic, port infrastructure and dredging put pressure on the world's largest coral reef, Greenpeace said on Thursday.
Ocean acidification rate may be unprecedented, study saysEurekAlert | 01 Mar 2012
(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) The world's oceans may be turning acidic faster today from human carbon emissions than they did during four major extinctions in the last 300 million years, when natural pulses of carbon sent global temperatures soaring, says a new study in Science. The study is the first of its kind to survey the geologic record for evidence of ocean acidification over this vast time period.
Current rates of ocean acidification are unparalleled in Earth's historyEurekAlert | 01 Mar 2012
(University of Bristol) Current rates of ocean acidification are unparalleled in Earth's history, according to new research from an international team of scientists which compiled all the evidence of global warming and acidifying oceans from the past 300 million years.
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