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British Prime Minister learns he has been swimming in sewage contaminated sea water

The Guardian reports, 28th August 2015: David Cameron, chillaxing with his wife Samantha in Cornwall, presumably thought he was safe from a shower of excrement — at least until PMQs begins again in September. But the unlucky PM chose the wrong moment to bodyboard with his wife Samantha, as the surf was riven with diluted […]

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Ocean Acidification and its impact on Marine Plankton : Is there a planetary emergency?

Is ocean acidification — the reduction in the natural alkalinity of the oceans due to the elevated absorption by the oceans of CO2 released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels – having an adverse impact on marine planktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet most important […]

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Walrus reflect changes in the Arctic’s climate

Associated Press and ctvnews.ca report, 28th August 2015: ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Pacific walrus have come ashore on the north-west coast of Alaska in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change. “There appears to be several thousand animals up there,” said Andrea Medeiros, spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

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Scientific data says deep sea trawling is most unwise, both ecologically and economically

Nature.com reports, 27th August 2015: The first scientific evidence that trawling in waters deeper than 600 metres is ecologically damaging and provides poor economic return is reigniting debate about the controversial fishing practice. For years, European scientists, environmentalists, politicians and commercial fishermen have debated whether or how to limit deep-sea trawling, which critics say causes […]

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New Economics Foundation author explains the CFP, radio interview

We provide here, via audioboom.com, the transcript of a radio interview with Chris Williams, New Economics Foundation, which focuses on his assessment of the current mechanics and future operation of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, click here. Interview length: 23 minutes. Source: Audioboom.com, August 2015

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Sea Shepherd and Wick, Scotland, protest against Faroe Islands whale killings

The Guardian reports, 25th August 2015: Denmark’s autonomous Faroe Islands has announced that they had refused entry to a ship carrying 21 activists from the militant conservation group Sea Shepherd who were trying to disrupt traditional whale hunts. The territory’s government said in a statement that it had barred the ship, the Bob Barker, “with […]

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The Importance of Plankton

Marine scientist, Dr. Richard Kirby, blogs on Blue Planet Society, March 2015: “In the sea, the planktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet most important organisms form that drift in our oceans. They can exist in larger forms of more than 20cm as the larval forms of jellyfish, squid, […]

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Smaller boats are losing their right to fish, say small boat fishermen

Indiefarmer.com reports, 19th August 2015: The future of Britain’s inshore fishing fleet hangs in the balance because of EU quota systems that prioritise larger fishing boats. In the darkness of 3.30am on the Stade beach in Hastings, Sussex, Paul Joy and his crew prepare to set out to sea cuttle-fishing. Engines grumble, wood creaks and […]

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Greenpeace insists it will challenge UK in court over illegal allocation of fishing quotas

Rukayah Sarumi, Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner, writes in the Huffington Post, 14th August 2015: across the political spectrum gripped a fish for the cameras and pledged to fight for local fishing-communities — it seemed that a swell of support for sustainable, small-scale, fishing was finally washing into parliament after years of neglect by successive governments. “Grab […]

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SW MEP and Cornish campaigners meet EU Commissioner to lobby over waste plastics

Clare Moody, Labour MEP for SW England, reports July 2015: Discarded plastic has devastating effects on our marine environment, but changing waste into a resource could help limit the damage. Earlier this month, I joined constituents from Cornwall, in the west of my region, for a meeting with European environment, maritime affairs and fisheries commissioner […]

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UK Government announces new protection measures for Sea Bass – are they enough?

The UK Government (Defra) and its Fisheries Minister, George Eustice MP, has announced 5th August 2015: “ New restrictions on the fishing of sea bass, including the introduction of a minimum catch size, will come into effect from as early as 1st September. This is following action by UK government to protect this iconic and threatened […]

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New research shows that increased CO2 levels in sea water cause corals to give way to algae

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports 10th August: Scientists from NOAA and the Co-operative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies at the University of Miami have documented a dramatic shift from vibrant coral communities to carpets of algae in remote Pacific Ocean waters where an underwater volcano spews carbon dioxide. The new […]

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Are marine phytoplankton under threat – new study investigates

Scubadiving.com reports, 31st July 2015: It’s the “dark matter” of the oceans—almost invisible, yet it rules the fate of all our seas, perhaps even planet Earth itself. PlanktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet most important organisms form that drift in our oceans. They can exist in larger forms […]

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The oceans are the heart of our planet, but we know more about Venus

The Guardian, in an Editorial on 7th August 2015, states: The tentative identification of a scrap of wing washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion as part of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight M370 is a reminder of a paradox of scientific investment and capacity. Humans have identified and pinpointed the fabric of […]

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Ocean acidification is a planetary emergency : University of California video

We provide here the link to the University of California YouTube video which explains why ocean acidification, caused by CO2 released into the atmosphere from fossil fuel burning which in turn is absorbed from the atmosphere into the oceans, is causing a life survival crisis — in short, a planetary emergency. Ocean acidification (a reduction […]

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New design for UK offshore tidal turbines

The Guardian reports, 7th August 2015: A British company has announced plans for an array of unique marine turbines that can operate in shallower and slower-moving water than current designs. Kepler Energy, whose technology is being developed by Oxford University’s department of engineering science, says the turbines will in time produce electricity more cheaply than […]

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Eco-based engineering could protect coastal cities from rising sea levels

The Guardian reports, 6th August 2015: ‘Eco-based’ engineering systems to put sediment-laden water back on to the delta plains could prevent the loss of 500,000 hectares of wetlands in Mississippi and greatly reduce annual flood damage costs to New Orleans and the Louisiana coast. Rich nations spend huge sums to keep the seas at bay […]

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National Geographic redraws its atlas to reflect Arctic sea ice change

The Huffington Post reports, 6th August 2015: In yet another sobering sign that climate change is drastically altering our planet, National Geographic has updated its “Atlas of the World” in what it calls “one of the most striking changes in the publication’s history.” The 10th edition of the atlas now features a much smaller Arctic […]

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Southern Water found guilty of sea pollution at Worthing

The Worthing Herald reports, 4th August 2015: A jury took less than one hour to find Southern Water guilty of breaching environmental rules after the water company expelled 40million litres of raw sewage into the sea from its East Worthing treatment plant. The six men and six women took just 50 minutes to find the […]

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Project to survey UK coastal archaeological remains

The Guardian reports, 3rd August 2015: A small army of volunteers, backed by drone technology, is being recruited to record and monitor the longest archaeological site in Britain: 5,600 miles of English coastline and tidal foreshore containing some 70,000 sites at risk of being destroyed by changing sea levels or coastal erosion. The drones are […]

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