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Large study shows pollution impact on coral reefs -- and offers solutionEurekAlert | 26 Nov 2013
(Oregon State University) One of the largest and longest experiments ever done to test the impact of nutrient loading on coral reefs today confirmed what scientists have long suspected -- that this type of pollution from sewage, agricultural practices or other sources can lead to coral disease and bleaching. But there was unexpectedly good news - when you cleaned up the water, the corals recovered.
Award-winning Kiwi filmmaker exposes New Caledonian mine disasterNew Zealand Herald | 07 Nov 2013
Entertainment: Film maker Jim Marbrook's new documentary, set to grace our screens next year, will examine the impacts of a mining disaster in New Caledonia. The documentary, Cap Bocage, follows indigenous Kanak socialist and environmental activist, Florent Eurisouke as he, and environmental organisation Mee Rhaari, bring a private New Caledonian mining company to justice for a marine accident which poisoned a customary fishing area in 2008.
Sam Judd: Wasted on waterNew Zealand Herald | 22 Oct 2013
In the third of a series of articles, Sam Judd - our Young New Zealander of the Year and co founder of Sustainable Coastlines - reflects on the challenges and opportunities that the United Nations Environment Program faces with regard to oceans.
XPRIZE dives into Earth's final frontier - our oceans and their future healthGuardian Unlimited | 22 Oct 2013
The XPRIZE Foundation, once known for competitions for spaceflight innovation, has turned its focus to the seas, launching a series of new prizes for ocean health over the next seven years. The Ocean Initiative represents the biggest XPRIZE commitment to date, reinforcing earlier competitions for devices to monitor ocean acidification and clean up oil spills."The oceans are in trouble.
Opponents of Alaska's Bristol Bay gold mine continue their battleGuardian Unlimited | 21 Oct 2013
Opponents of the development of the world's largest gold mine, in Alaska's Bristol Bay, have said they will continue to fight the project. Environmentalists and residents have fiercely opposed the plans, saying the mine would pollute the surrounding area, threatening the 30 to 40 million sockeye salmon that come to the bay each year. Indigenous Alaskan populations in the region rely on the salmon for food.
Sam Judd: Global partnerships for oceansNew Zealand Herald | 11 Oct 2013
In the first of a series of articles, Sam Judd - our Young New Zealander of the Year and co founder of Sustainable Coastlines - reflects on the challenges and opportunities that the United Nations Environment Program faces with regard to oceans.
Worker error causes Fukushima leakBBC | 03 Oct 2013
Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has a new leak of radioactive water after workers overfilled a storage tank, its operator says.
Baltic Sea deadlines delayedWorld Fishing | 03 Oct 2013
Ministers have agreed to rebuild fish stocks in the Baltic by 2015, but environmental groups fear that reaching the overall goal of good environmental status by 2021 will not be possible.
Seafish guides shellfish harvestersWorld Fishing | 30 Sep 2013
Seafish has published a risk assessment best practice guidance document to help live bivalve mollusc harvesters make informed active management decisions.
Marine: New rules for cleaning bottomsNew Zealand Herald | 28 Sep 2013
Although most boat owners will not have been aware of it, over the past three years the Government's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reassessed all antifouling paints used in New Zealand. The aim has been to ensure that both the environment and those applying the paints are properly protected, preferably without unduly compromising the effectiveness of the antifouling paints.
Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminantsnpr.org | 18 Sep 2013
How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never. And so, year after year, their ear wax builds up, layer upon layer. According to a study published Monday, these columns of ear wax contain a record of chemical pollution in the oceans.
In every whale's earwax is a record of its lifetime exposure to pollutantsGuardian Unlimited | 17 Sep 2013
In addition to the amazing revelation that whales have earwax, we learn that a team of researchers in the US has published a paper detailing a new method that they developed for measuring a whale's lifetime exposure to a wide variety of chemicals - by studying their earwax. In this study, the team examined the earwax plug removed from an individual male blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, that died after being hit by a ship.