Tuesday 13 March 2012
Draft map of protected marine areas thrown outNew Zealand Herald | 13 Mar 2012
A map dotted with marine protection areas for investigation will be wiped from the Auckland Plan after public protests about popular fishing spots being tagged without consultation.
The shape of things to comeEurekAlert | 13 Mar 2012
(McGill University) For those involved in managing the fallout from environmental disasters like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it is essential to have tools that predict how the oil will move, so that they make the best possible use of resources to control the spill. Thanks to work done by McGill Engineering professor George Haller and Josefina Olascoaga of the University of Miami, such tools now appear to be within reach.
Scientists document first consumption of abundant life form, ArchaeaEurekAlert | 13 Mar 2012
(Oregon State University) Scientists have documented for the first time that animals can and do consume Archaea - a type of single-celled microorganism thought to be among the most abundant life forms on Earth. Archaea that consume the greenhouse gas methane were in turn eaten by worms living at deep-sea cold seeps off Costa Rica and the West Coast of the United States.
Worrying declines for world's seabirdsIUCN | 13 Mar 2012
The status of the worlds seabirds has deteriorated rapidly over recent decades and several species and populations are now perilously close to extinction, according to a new review by BirdLife International, a partner of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Across the globe, commercial fisheries pose the most serious threat to seabirds.
162: World Bank and a New Global Partnership for Oceans (radio)World Ocean Observatory | 13 Mar 2012
At The Economist's World Ocean Summit in Singapore in early 2012, World Bank Group president Robert B. Zoellick announced that they are turning their attention to the ocean, partnering with NGOs to the tune of 1.5 billion dollars in what will be called The Global Partnership for Oceans.
Study: Rising Sea Levels a Risk to Coastal StatesNew York Times | 13 Mar 2012
Coastal flooding that was once exceedingly rare could become an every-few-years occurrence, with Florida especially vulnerable, as global warming accelerates rising sea levels.
Scots MEP calls for aquaculture eco-labelWorld Fishing | 13 Mar 2012
Scottish Tory MEP, Struan Stevenson, is calling for an eco-label to certify environmentally friendly and sustainable aquaculture practices.
Study shows seabirds are in troubleWorld Fishing | 13 Mar 2012
A study by scientists from the RSPB and BirdLife International has found that seabirds, including albatrosses and penguins, are in more trouble than any other group of birds.
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