Oceans

Giant Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica as Climate Warms

Giant Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica as Climate Warms

  GREENBELT, Maryland, July 13, 2017 (ENS) – An iceberg weighing one trillion metric tonnes, one of the largest ever recorded, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and July 12 in what NASA...

 

U.S. Aquariums Battle Plastic Waste in Oceans, Lakes

U.S. Aquariums Battle Plastic Waste in Oceans, Lakes

  MONTEREY, California, July 10, 2017 (ENS) – Stopping the flow of plastic pollution into oceans and lakes is the goal of a new partnership of 19 U.S. aquariums that say plastic waste is one of the gravest threats facing ocean and...

 

World’s Largest Reef, Worth $56 Billion, Stressed Out

World’s Largest Reef, Worth $56 Billion, Stressed Out

  CANBERRA, Australia, June 28, 2017 (ENS) – Australian federal prosecutors are pursuing legal action against the master and owner of a ship they claim is responsible for an major oil spill near the Great Barrier Reef in 2015.  The...

 

All Nations Agree to Restore Ocean Health

All Nations Agree to Restore Ocean Health

  By Suzanne Maxx NEW YORK, New York, June 12, 2017 (ENS) – The 193 Member States of the United Nations agreed by consensus to a 14 point Call for Action that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health at the conclusion...

 

UN Oceans Conference Opens on World Environment Day

UN Oceans Conference Opens on World Environment Day

  NEW YORK, New York, June 5, 2017 (ENS) – “This is our environment. It is the keystone of a sustainable future. Without a healthy environment we cannot end poverty or build prosperity,” said Secretary-General António...

 

Fiji’s Eco-Resorts Lead the Way to a Green Economy

Fiji’s Eco-Resorts Lead the Way to a Green Economy

  By Suzanne Maxx SUVA, Fiji, May 31, 2017 (ENS) – The eco-resorts of Fiji blend the pristine ecology of the blue Pacific with the economical beauty of a simple life. They lead the world’s eco-tourism industry with a formula...

 

Ghost Net Art Can Save Marine Life

Ghost Net Art Can Save Marine Life

  THURSDAY ISLAND, Australia, April 30, 2017 (ENS) – To raise awareness of the harmful impact that ghost nets can have on the marine environment, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, AFMA, is working with Torres Strait artists...

 

Trump Opens Offshore Continental Shelf to Oil Drilling

Trump Opens Offshore Continental Shelf to Oil Drilling

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 28, 2017 (ENS) – President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that directs the U.S. Department of the Interior to study new oil and natural gas drilling off the coast of California, the Atlantic states,...

 

Fiji Spearheads Development Beyond the Sustainable

Fiji Spearheads Development Beyond the Sustainable

  By Suzanne Maxx SUVA, Fiji, April 21, 2017 (ENS) – Fiji and other island nations may leapfrog the developed countries, becoming models for a greater than sustainable future – a transformational future – one that cherishes...

 

50 Reefs: A Global Plan to Save Corals from Extinction

50 Reefs: A Global Plan to Save Corals from Extinction

  SYDNEY, Australia, March 12, 2017 (ENS) – Ninety percent of the world’s coral reefs are expected to disappear by 2050 due to climate change, pollution and poor fishing practices. Now, a unique philanthropic coalition has launched...

 

UN Campaigns to ‘Turn the Tide’ on Ocean Plastics

UN Campaigns to ‘Turn the Tide’ on Ocean Plastics

  BALI, Indonesia, February 26, 2017 (ENS) – An unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter within five years was launched this week by UN Environment, the United Nations agency formerly known as UNEP....

 

Japan Caught with Dead Whale in Australian Sanctuary

Japan Caught with Dead Whale in Australian Sanctuary

  SYDNEY, Australia, January 15, 2017 (ENS) – Hours after Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull smiled for a photo with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sydney on Saturday, Japanese whalers were caught killing...

 

Obama’s Rush to Save Oceans from Oil Development

Obama’s Rush to Save Oceans from Oil Development

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2016 (ENS) – President Barack Obama is about to invoke a seldom-used provision of a 1953 law that gives presidents the power to withdraw U.S. waters from future oil and gas leasing, said two people who...

 

U.S. Creates Atlantic Deep-Sea Coral Protection Zone

U.S. Creates Atlantic Deep-Sea Coral Protection Zone

  GLOUCESTER, Massachusetts, December 19, 2016 (ENS) – Working together, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have designated a large offshore area in the Mid-Atlantic...

 

Sea Ice at Both Poles Hits Record Lows

Sea Ice at Both Poles Hits Record Lows

  BOULDER, Colorado, December 10, 2016 (ENS) – Unusually high air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean, persistent winds from the south, and a warm ocean have resulted in a record low Arctic sea ice extent for November, say scientists...

 

Mexico Safeguards Vast Stretches of Coast, Deep Ocean

Mexico Safeguards Vast Stretches of Coast, Deep Ocean

  CANCUN, Mexico, December 5, 2016 (ENS) – Much of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Baja coast and deep ocean are to become protected areas, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Monday at the opening of the 13th Conference of the...

 

Coral Die-Off Devastates Great Barrier Reef

Coral Die-Off Devastates Great Barrier Reef

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, December 1, 2016 (ENS) – Scientists have confirmed the largest die-off of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The worst affected area, a 700 km (435 mile) stretch in the northern...

 

Atlantic Whale Sanctuary Rejected, Japan Continues Whaling

Atlantic Whale Sanctuary Rejected, Japan Continues Whaling

  PORTOROZ, Slovenia, October 31, 2016 (ENS) – Member governments of the International Whaling Commission have again rejected a proposal for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary and failed to stop the killing of hundreds of whales by...

 

New Ross Sea Protected Area Now World’s Largest

New Ross Sea Protected Area Now World’s Largest

  HOBART, Tasmania, Australia, October 30, 2016 (ENS) – The world’s experts on Antarctic marine conservation have agreed to establish an expansive marine protected area, MPA, in the Ross Sea region of the Southern Ocean. This...

 

Japan’s Whaling in Defiance of World Court Stirs Anger

Japan’s Whaling in Defiance of World Court Stirs Anger

  PORTOROZ, Slovenia, October 24, 2016 (ENS) – As delegates from around the world gather in Portoroz for the 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission, IWC, on Monday, pro-whaling and anti-whaling nations are set to clash...

 
 
 
 

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