Wednesday 07 March 2012
SPREP - Island countries seek ways to better access fundsSecretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme | 07 Mar 2012
Accessing funds for Climate Change adaptation is a key challenge for the Pacific as knowing where to seek information on the financing available and how to access the funds is not always as cut and dried as it seems.
Chevron: Fire at rig off Nigeria has stoppedSeattle Times | 07 Mar 2012
A natural gas fire that killed two people and destroyed a Chevron Corp. rig off the coast of Nigeria has stopped on its own, the company said Tuesday, ending an ocean inferno that burned for 46 days.
Oceans acidifying faster today than in past 300 million yearsEurekAlert | 07 Mar 2012
(National Science Foundation) The oceans may be acidifying faster today than they did in the last 300 million years, according to scientists publishing a paper this week in the journal Science. "What we're doing today really stands out in the geologic record," says lead author Bärbel Hönisch, a paleoceanographer at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
Hot meets cold at new deep-sea ecosystem: 'Hydrothermal seep'EurekAlert | 07 Mar 2012
(National Science Foundation) Decades ago, marine scientists made a startling discovery in the deep sea. They found environments known as hydrothermal vents, where hot water surges from the seafloor and life thrives without sunlight.
NIST releases Gulf of Mexico crude oil reference materialEurekAlert | 07 Mar 2012
National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a new certified reference material to support the federal government's Natural Resources Damage Assessment in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Genetic survey of endangered Antarctic blue whales shows surprising diversityEurekAlert | 07 Mar 2012
(Oregon State University) More than 99 percent of Antarctic blue whales were killed by commercial whalers during the 20th century, but the first circumpolar genetic study of these critically endangered whales has found a surprisingly high level of diversity among the surviving population of some 2,200 individuals. That may bode well for their future recovery.
European Commissioner Outlines Commission's Key Targets for Oceans at Rio+20biodiversity-l.iisd.org | 07 Mar 2012
During a Symposium on "A Blueprint for Oceans and Coasts" at the European Parliament, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki outlined the European Commission's objectives on Oceans and Coasts for Rio+20. She called in particular for green investments for a blue world and underscored the need to modernize the EU's Common Fisheries Policy.
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