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Debate on Arctic sea ice “hots up”

Dana Nuccitelli reports in The Guardian, 27th July 2015: Cherry-picking is one of the five telltale techniques of climate change denial. By focusing on short-term blips in noisy data, those who want to maintain the status quo can distract from the long-term threats posed by climate change. Climate contrarians most frequently deploy this strategy using […]

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Pew Trust explains the Global Ocean Legacy Project

Matt Rand, Director, Pew Foundation, reports 16th June 2015: The ocean plays an essential role in sustaining life on our planet. It covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly half of the world’s known species—and many more yet to be discovered. The ocean provides sustenance for billions of people and myriad […]

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Could the World agree to no fishing in the Arctic Ocean?

The Globe and Mail.com (Canada) reports, 19th July 2015: After 100,000 years of frozen peace, the central Arctic Ocean around the North Pole is becoming a hotbed of activity. Scientists see the ice melting quickly — at least 40 per cent of the central Arctic Ocean is now open water in the summer — and […]

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The impact of “market forces” on fish stocks

The New Statesman reports, July 2015: “We are, quite seriously, on the brink.” Jerry Percy, Executive Director of Low Impact Fishers of Europe, a group representing fishers around the continent, is worried about the future for the UK’s small-scale fleet. “If things don’t change, in some areas we’ll lose the last remnants of what was […]

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Serious fall in the population of Puffins in Shetland

BBC News reports, 16th July 2015: Researchers believe young puffins have not been returning to Fair Isle to breed. A long-term study of a large puffin colony on Shetland suggests that numbers breeding there have halved from about 20,000 to 10,000 individuals. The study, published by the scientific journal PLOS ONE, covers a period of […]

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Scientists surprised by Arctic sea ice recovery in 2013

The Guardian reports, 20th July 2015: Ice in the Arctic staged a surprise revival in 2013, bucking the long-term trend of decline, according to the first analysis of the entire ice cap’s volume. The revival was the result of cooler temperatures that year and suggests that, if global warming was curbed, the Arctic might recover […]

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Scientists debate whether Antarctic krill need greater protection

Elizabeth Grossman and Ensia.com report, 7th July 2015: Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as […]

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Tropical weather systems are accelerating Arctic ice melting

The Washington Post, 13th July, reports: Relatively few tropical storms ever make it as far north as Greenland, the ice-covered island that straddles the Arctic Circle east of Canada. But the ones that do appear to be inflicting serious damage — and not just to Greenland. A recently published study shows that warm, tropical air […]

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Norway and the food retailer Spar are selling whale meat

The Guardian, 15th July 2015, reports: Last year, Norway killed more protected whales than any other country — all for the sake of a marginal and dying industry characterised by cruelty and exploitation of an internationally protected species. Its 2014 catch of 736 minke whales was more than the combined catch of Japan and Iceland […]

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New call for stricter fishing limits on Sea Bass

The Guardian reports, 10th July 2015: Urgent action is needed to prevent rapidly declining sea bass stocks from collapsing, conservationists have warned. A temporary ban on all fishing of wild sea bass may be needed if agreement to manage stocks cannot be reached, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) said after new scientific advice warned the situation […]

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Is anyone doing anything about the alarming state of the EU’s fish stocks?

Blogactive.eu reports 13th July 2015: This is a guest blog post by Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director of Oceana in Europe. Oceana is the world’s largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. . . . . Which animal protein requires no fresh water, produces little carbon dioxide, doesn’t require arable land and provides healthy protein […]

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GM research produces plant containing omega-3 fish oils

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2015: Fish oil grown on the farm has come a step closer following promising results from a genetically modified crop trial. British scientists have developed a GM oilseed plant, Camelina sativa or “false flax”, whose seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids normally only present in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel […]

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BP pay record fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill

The Guardian reports, 2nd July 2015: “BP has agreed to pay a record environmental fine of $18.7bn to settle legal actions brought by the US and several states over the fatal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The US justice department, along with the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida, all sued BP […]

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Microplastics are moving up the ocean food chain

The Vancouver Sun reports, 30th June 2015: “A new study from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre suggests microplastic particles could pose a serious risk of physical harm to the fish and marine animals that consume them. Plastic fibres and particles in West Coast waters are being consumed and passed up the food chain by […]

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US bid to remove microbead plastics from the oceans

PlanetExperts.com reports, 28th June 2015: “Last week the California State Assembly passed California’s microbead ban, AB 888, with bipartisan support. Co-sponsored by the 5 GyresA circular pattern of currents in an oceanA circular pattern of currents in an ocean Institute, AB 888 would phase out plastic microbeads from consumer care products, stopping a major contributor […]

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Call for more protection of seagrass meadows

BBC News reports, 27th June 2015: “Seagrasses — the underwater plants that act as nursery grounds for young fish — need more protection, say scientists. Monitoring of seagrass meadows off the North Wales coast found areas damaged by the likes of boat moorings, anchors and vehicles crossing at low tide had reduced value to the […]

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Dredging ban for South Arran MPA

C.O.A.S.T. (Community of Arran Seabed Trust) reports June 2015: In a broadly welcome statement Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, announced yesterday that a Marine Conservation Order (MCO) will be put before parliament this week setting out conservation measures including banning the highly destructive practice of scallop dredging within the South […]

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Blue Ventures advocate the “temporary fisheries closure” approach

The Ecologist reports, 12th May 2015, on the Blue Ventures proposal: “Marine conservation is usually expressed in austere and negative terms, writes Alasdair Harris [CEO Blue Ventures], with strict quotas and exclusion zones. But the truth is the exact opposite: it’s about working with natural ecosystems to unlock their productive potential, creating sustainable wealth and […]

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Over-fishing could push European fish species to extinction

Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), reports 3rd June 2015: More than 90 species of marine fishes in Europe’s waters are threatened with extinction, according to a report (large 4MB pdf file) published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Sharks, rays, and other cartilaginous […]

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Marine Conservation Society launches new Beach Guide

The Marine Conservation Society reports, May 2015: “A new era in beach information — as beaches get set to meet a stricter bathing guidelines the MCS popular website goes beyond the beach. We’ve published our Good Beach Guide to campaign for better water quality since 1988. We can now reveal that it has achieved many […]

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