Friday 11 May 2012
Tracking nutrient pollutant in ChesapeakeEurekAlert | 11 May 2012
Too much of a good thing can kill you, the saying goes. Such is the case in the Chesapeake Bay, North America's largest estuary, where an overabundance of nutrients fosters the formation of an oxygen-starved "dead zone" every summer. Deb Jaisi, an assistant professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Delaware, wants to seek out the sources of a key nutrient so excessive that it has become a pollutant in the Chesapeake Bay -- phosphorus.
Scientists discover new site of potential instability in West Antarctic Ice SheetEurekAlert | 11 May 2012
(University of Texas at Austin) A team of scientists from the US and UK have uncovered a previously unknown sub-glacial basin nearly the size of New Jersey beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet near the Weddell Sea. The location, shape and texture of the mile-deep basin suggest that this region of the ice sheet is at a much greater risk of collapse than previously thought.
Four Pacific countries to benefit from Island Biodiversity projectSecretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme | 11 May 2012
A USD 1.7 million dollar project to conserve island biodiversity in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu was launched at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa. Under this three year initiative the island nations will carry out a range of activities with their local communities to produce and strengthen management actions to save threatened species and ecosystems; and to help ensure sustainable use of natural resources.
Scientists debate seafood certification systemsfishupdate.com | 11 May 2012
The efficacy of seafood certification systems has been debated at the 6th World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, as part of a series of topical sustainability panels.
Shark tagging programme goes Internationalfishupdate.com | 11 May 2012
The Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN) have announced a collaboration with Sportvisserij Nederland' (Royal Dutch Angling Association) which will extend their shark tagging event - Sharkatag - into Dutch waters.
UNSG Report Highlights Potential of Marine Renewable Energies in SIDSInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 11 May 2012
The report of the UN Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea underlines that oceans are a vast renewable resource with the potential to help SIDS, characterized by limited land and land-based natural resources, to produce billions of watts of electric power. It highlights the example of the Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation, which currently is designing the world's first two commercial ocean thermal energy conversion plants in the Bahamas.
The Nation's Coastal Waters Receive a Fair RatingNOAA's National Ocean Service | 11 May 2012
The fourth National Coastal Condition Report (NCCR IV), part of a series of reports that rate the overall condition of U.S. coastal waters and the Great Lakes, was released in April. The overall condition of our coastal waters was rated fair based on data from 2003 to 2006.
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