Oceans

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...

 

Global Scientists Shocked by True Scale of Ocean Warming

Global Scientists Shocked by True Scale of Ocean Warming

  SANTA BARBARA, California, August 5, 2013 (ENS) – Warming oceans are causing marine species to change their breeding times and shift their habitats toward the poles much faster than land-based species, finds new research by scientists...

 

Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico Smaller Than Predicted

Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico Smaller Than Predicted

  CHAUVIN, Louisiana, August 3, 2013 (ENS) – The 2013 area of low oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico, often called the dead zone, covers an area the size of the state of Connecticut but is still not as large as predicted. The dead zone...

 

Tropical Storm Nears Hawaii, New Ocean Plan Predicts Worse

Tropical Storm Nears Hawaii, New Ocean Plan Predicts Worse

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, July 29, 2013 (ENS) – Tropical Storm Flossie is bringing heavy rains, strong winds and big waves to the main Hawaiian Islands today through Tuesday. But the worst is yet to come. The state’s newly updated...

 

Russia Builds Floating Nuclear Power Plants

Russia Builds Floating Nuclear Power Plants

  By John C.K. Daly ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, July 17, 2013 (ENS) – So much for the lessons of Fukushima. Never mind oil spills, the Russian Federation is preparing an energy initiative that, if it has problems, will inject nuclear...

 

Antarctic Talks Fail to Create Marine Reserves

Antarctic Talks Fail to Create Marine Reserves

  BREMERHAVEN, Germany, July 16, 2013 (ENS) – Bowing to Russian objections, the countries that conserve Antarctica’s marine resources failed Tuesday to agree on two proposals to create far-flung marine sanctuaries in the seas...

 

Each Degree of Warming Will Raise Sea Levels 7.5 Feet

Each Degree of Warming Will Raise Sea Levels 7.5 Feet

  CORVALLIS, Oregon, July 15, 2013 (ENS) – Global sea levels will rise about 2.3 meters, or 7.5 feet, for every degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) that the planet warms over the next several thousand years, finds new research...

 

Ministers Ignore Industrial Threats to Great Barrier Reef

Ministers Ignore Industrial Threats to Great Barrier Reef

  BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia, July 10, 2013 (ENS) – The Australian and Queensland governments today pledged to protect the world’s longest coral reef under a new plan endorsed at the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum...

 

Baby Reef Fish ‘Steer by the Sun’

Baby Reef Fish ‘Steer by the Sun’

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, July 8, 2013 (ENS) – Young coral reef fishes find their way back to the reef of their birth using the Sun and an internal body clock to steer by, an international team of marine scientists has...

 

Marine Debris Gyre Expedition Sets Sail

Marine Debris Gyre Expedition Sets Sail

  SEWARD, Alaska, June 10, 2013 (ENS) – “How sad it is that garbage and debris are what is calling us to wild shores,” Carl Safina said as he joined an international team of scientists, artists and educators in Seward...

 

UN Warns of Global Shift ‘From a Fish to a Jellyfish Ocean’

UN Warns of Global Shift ‘From a Fish to a Jellyfish Ocean’

  ROME, Italy, May 30, 2013 (ENS) – Jumps in jellyfish populations following overfishing is one reason why fish in the Mediterranean and Black seas are declining, finds a new United Nations report that advocates factoring jellyfish...

 

Loud Seismic Tests Probed for Harm to Whales, Dolphins

Loud Seismic Tests Probed for Harm to Whales, Dolphins

  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, May 15, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. federal agency that oversees offshore oil exploration will analyze the effects of noisy underwater seismic blasts on whales and dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. The Bureau of...

 

Australia Trims Environmental Protection in Deficit Budget

Australia Trims Environmental Protection in Deficit Budget

  CANBERRA, Australia, May 14, 2013 (ENS) – Environmentalists criticized tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry and cuts to renewable energy funding in the Australian government’s new budget, but are pleased with funding for...

 

Belize Court Protects Barrier Reef from Unsafe Oil Drilling

Belize Court Protects Barrier Reef from Unsafe Oil Drilling

  BELIZE CITY, Belize, April 18, 2013 (ENS) – In a case brought by environment groups, Belize’s Supreme Court has declared offshore oil drilling contracts issued by the Government of Belize in 2004 and 2007 null and void. The...

 
 
 
 

Categories