Oceans

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...

 

Biologist Sues Canadian Government Over Salmon Disease

Biologist Sues Canadian Government Over Salmon Disease

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, October 16, 2016 (ENS) – Independent biologist Alexandra Morton has filed a lawsuit against Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans for putting wild salmon at risk by failing to test...

 

Obama Creates Planet’s Largest Marine Protected Area

Obama Creates Planet’s Largest Marine Protected Area

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 27, 2016 (ENS) – President Barack Obama Friday expanded the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument surrounding the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. The...

 

Acid Oceans Killing Antarctic Food Web

Acid Oceans Killing Antarctic Food Web

  CANBERRA, Australia, August 9, 2016 (ENS) – An acidifying ocean absorbing too much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere could have a major impact on phytoplankton – the staple diet of krill – with serious repercussions...

 

New Whale Species Discovered in North Pacific Ocean

New Whale Species Discovered in North Pacific Ocean

  LA JOLLA, California, July 31, 2016 (ENS) – Scientists have identified a beaked whale that lives in the cold and remote North Pacific Ocean as a new species. They have yet to officially name the whale, but have confirmed the species...

 

New Partnerships Shield Vulnerable Small Island States

New Partnerships Shield Vulnerable Small Island States

  By Suzanne Maxx NEW YORK, New York, July 19, 2016 (ENS) – United Nations Headquarters was bustling with activity on Monday, full beyond capacity as island dwellers from around the world gathered for the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership...

 

World Environment Day Targets Wildlife Crime

World Environment Day Targets Wildlife Crime

  NEW YORK, New York, June 5, 2016 (ENS) – The first international accord to end illegal fishing went into effect today in celebration of World Environment Day. The pact is now legally binding for the 29 countries and the European...

 

Northern Great Barrier Reef Loses 35% of Its Corals

Northern Great Barrier Reef Loses 35% of Its Corals

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, May 31, 2016 (ENS) – One-third of the corals in the northern and central parts of the Great Barrier Reef are bleached out and dying due to climate change, according to Australian researchers. The...

 

UK Sushi Fraud Probe Finds 10 Percent Mislabeled

UK Sushi Fraud Probe Finds 10 Percent Mislabeled

  MANCHESTER, England, April 12, 2016 (ENS) – Critically endangered species of fish are being sold in UK sushi restaurants without accurate labeling, finds new research by scientists at three British universities. Overfished species...

 

Satellite Data Helps Detect Harmful Algal Blooms

Satellite Data Helps Detect Harmful Algal Blooms

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 9, 2016 (ENS) – Freshwater polluted by harmful algal blooms costs the United States at least $64 million every year, by government estimates. Now four federal agencies are collaborating on a $3.6 million research...

 

Taiwan’s Endangered Pink Dolphins Attract U.S. Allies

Taiwan’s Endangered Pink Dolphins Attract U.S. Allies

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 7, 2016 (ENS) – U.S. conservation groups are petitioning the federal government to protect pink Taiwanese humpback dolphins under the Endangered Species Act to help prevent the extinction of a population that...

 

Heat Stress Killing Corals on Great Barrier Reef

Heat Stress Killing Corals on Great Barrier Reef

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, April 6, 2016 (ENS) – The most pristine section of the world largest coral reef is experiencing the worst mass bleaching event in history, scientists have determined during aerial and in-water...

 

Obama Halts Atlantic Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing

Obama Halts Atlantic Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing

  WASHINGTON, DC, March 17, 2016 (ENS) – The Obama Administration is withdrawing the middle and southern Atlantic seaboard from its next five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan after objections from the Pentagon and from coastal...

 

Taiwan Warned of Looming Fishery Collapse

Taiwan Warned of Looming Fishery Collapse

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, February 4, 2016 (ENS) – The number of coastal fish species in northern Taiwan has dropped by 75 percent over the past three decades, finds a newly published study by Taiwanese researchers. Along...

 

Canada’s Trudeau Orders Tanker Ban on B.C. North Coast

Canada’s Trudeau Orders Tanker Ban on B.C. North Coast

  OTTAWA, Canada, November 13, 2015 (ENS) – Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today instructed his incoming cabinet members to work together to “formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s...

 

Palau Delights in Vast Pacific Marine Sanctuary

Palau Delights in Vast Pacific Marine Sanctuary

  NGERULMUD, Palau, November 4, 2015 (ENS) – The Pacific island nation of Palau has created a new marine sanctuary the size of California that will be the world’s sixth largest protected ocean area. Palau’s President...

 

Eight Arctic Nations Join Forces for Coastal Security

Eight Arctic Nations Join Forces for Coastal Security

  NEW LONDON, Connecticut, October 31, 2015 (ENS) – Coast guard agencies of the eight Arctic nations Friday officially signed a joint statement establishing a new intergovernmental security body – the Arctic Coast Guard Forum. Membership...

 
 
 
 

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