Oceans

Earth Day Inspires Environmental Actions Around the World

Earth Day Inspires Environmental Actions Around the World

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2014 (ENS) – Thousands of Earth Day actions today brought people together to plant trees and preserve forests, create cleaner, greener cities and safeguard wildlife. A life-sized 90-foot-long inflatable...

 

Voluntary Stewardship Pact Protects Threatened Sargasso Sea

Voluntary Stewardship Pact Protects Threatened Sargasso Sea

  HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 21, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time, the world’s only sea without coasts will be protected from the harmful effects of pollution, ship traffic, overfishing, and illegal activities under a new agreement...

 

Obama Expands California Coastal National Monument

Obama Expands California Coastal National Monument

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2014 (ENS) – President Obama Barack Tuesday established the first shoreline addition to the California Coastal National Monument. Using his authorities under the Antiquities Act, he designated the Point...

 

Chile Safeguards Blue Whales With New Marine Park

Chile Safeguards Blue Whales With New Marine Park

  VALDIVIA, Chile, February 28, 2014 (ENS) – Endangered blue whales and 12 species of dolphins will flourish in the waters of south-central Chile after the government this week inaugurated the largest Marine Protected Area in continental...

 

Indonesia Creates World’s Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary

Indonesia Creates World’s Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary

  JAKARTA, Indonesia, February 24, 2014 (ENS) – Indonesia has announced legislation that will protect all manta rays within its nearly six million square kilometer exclusive economic zone, creating the world’s largest sanctuary...

 

Deep Oceans Need ‘Stewardship’ to Prevent Industrial Damage

Deep Oceans Need ‘Stewardship’ to Prevent Industrial Damage

  CHICAGO, Illinois, February 18, 2014 (ENS) – The deep ocean is Earth’s least explored environment, but that is rapidly changing. Scientists are calling for a new stewardship ethic as technological advances open the ocean deeps...

 

The Vortex Project Transforms Ocean Plastic Into Fashion

The Vortex Project Transforms Ocean Plastic Into Fashion

  NEW YORK, New York, February 9, 2014 (ENS) – People who love the oceans and people who love fashion have joined forces in The Vortex Project, a new initiative to clear the oceans of plastic debris and transform it into fashionable...

 

‘Massive’ Coastal Floods Predicted as Storms Flood Britain

‘Massive’ Coastal Floods Predicted as Storms Flood Britain

  LONDON, UK, February 7, 2014 (ENS) – Met Office forecasters warn that strong winds and big waves will bring risk of flooding and damaging winds along Britain’s southern and southwestern coasts into the weekend, intensifying...

 

EU Bans Fish Discards Under New Common Fisheries Policy

EU Bans Fish Discards Under New Common Fisheries Policy

  STRASBOURG, France, December 10, 2013 (ENS) – A ban on the wasteful practice of discarding perfectly edible fish is part of an historic deal to reform the Common Fisheries Policy agreed today by the EU Parliament. The new Common...

 

Vast New Freshwater Sources Found Beneath the Sea

Vast New Freshwater Sources Found Beneath the Sea

  ADELAIDE, Australia, December 5, 2013 (ENS) – Huge reservoirs of low-salinity water have been discovered where they are least expected – buried under the seabed on continental shelves around the world. A study published today...

 

Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

Acidifying Oceans Alarm Hundreds of Scientists

  PARIS, France, November 27, 2013 (ENS) – Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon...

 

New Zealand’s Endangered Dolphins Slide Toward Extinction

New Zealand’s Endangered Dolphins Slide Toward Extinction

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand, November 26, 2013 (ENS) – The New Zealand government Monday announced protections for Maui’s dolphins but the Green Party warned that these measures will not stop their slide into extinction. Just...

 

Antarctic Marine Reserves Again Blocked by Russia

Antarctic Marine Reserves Again Blocked by Russia

  HOBART, Australia, November 4, 2013 (ENS) – A meeting of 24 countries and the European Union has failed again to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the vulnerable environment of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. The...

 

Netherlands Requests Law of the Sea Arbitration Re: Greenpeace

Netherlands Requests Law of the Sea Arbitration Re: Greenpeace

  AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, October 22, 2013 (ENS) – The Netherlands has requested arbitration by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a dispute with Russia over the arrest and detention of the Greenpeace vessel...

 

Climate Change to Cause ‘Massive’ Ocean Damage by 2100

Climate Change to Cause ‘Massive’ Ocean Damage by 2100

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, October 18, 2013 (ENS) – By the year 2100, about 98 percent of the oceans will be affected by acidification, warming temperatures, low oxygen, or lack of biological productivity, and most areas will be hit by a...

 

Matson Spills Molasses Into Honolulu Harbor

Matson Spills Molasses Into Honolulu Harbor

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, September 17, 2013 (ENS) – Hawaii state and federal officials say they are still assessing the scope of the “severe” environmental damage from a molasses spill that dumped an estimated 233,000 gallons of the...

 

Cebu Oil Spill Spreads as Ferry Sinking Inquiry Opens

Cebu Oil Spill Spreads as Ferry Sinking Inquiry Opens

  CEBU CITY, Philippines, August 23, 2013 (ENS) – Oil from the collision of two vessels off the coast of Cebu Province that killed dozens of people last Friday is still spreading to nearby shorelines as government workers and local...

 

Russia Denies Greenpeace Ship Entry to Arctic Sea Route

Russia Denies Greenpeace Ship Entry to Arctic Sea Route

  AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, August 22, 2013 (ENS) – The Russian government has denied permission for the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise to access the busy Northern Sea Route, although Greenpeace International says its icebreaker...

 

Alaska Judge Validates Shell’s Arctic Oil Spill Plan

Alaska Judge Validates Shell’s Arctic Oil Spill Plan

  JUNEAU, Alaska, August 7, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. government complied with the law when it approved Shell Oil’s plans for preventing and cleaning up an oil spill in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas, the U.S. District...

 

Indian Ship Accused of Oil Dumping, Gulf Countries on Alert

Indian Ship Accused of Oil Dumping, Gulf Countries on Alert

  MANAMA, Bahrain, August 6, 2013 (ENS) – Bahrain is on “high alert” following an oil spill in the Arabian Gulf, also called the Persian Gulf, which authorities say was deliberately caused by an Indian ship. The Indian-flagged...