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Whales and dolphins “at risk” from sonic oil prospecting off eastern USA seaboard

The Guardian reports, 19th July 2014: “The Obama administration is reopening the eastern seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The announcement was the first real step towards what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of […]

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Scotland’s puffins enjoy a successful breeding season

The Guardian reports: 13th July 2014: “After several poor summers for Scotland’s puffins, the “clowns of the sea” are gearing up to leave the country after a good breeding season, experts have said. Changes to habitat and food brought on by climate change have created difficult conditions for breeding puffins in recent years, but early […]

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Coral reefs in the Caribbean could disappear within 20 years without protection

The Guardian reports, 2nd July 2014: “A comprehensive analysis by 90 experts of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at nearly 100 Caribbean locations since 1970 shows that the region’s corals have declined by more than 50%. But restoring key fish populations and improving protection from overfishing and pollution could help the reefs recover and make […]

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Change in Arctic bird breeding patterns confirms that the Arctic is warming

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “Arctic migrants are nesting up to seven days earlier as the world warms. The sandpiper makes a beeline for the Alaskan shores, to join the phalarope on the beach and the songbirds in the woods — and all because the winter snows are melting earlier. Conservation scientists Joe Liebezeit […]

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First power plant with “carbon capture” in the North Sea secures funding

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “Drax, the operator of Britain’s biggest power station, has secured up to €300m (£238m) of European Union funding to build a power plant whose carbon dioxide emissions will be trapped and buried deep beneath the North Sea. The new plant will be built on land next to Drax’s existing […]

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Concern over the protection of the Great Barrier Reef from “port dredging”

The Guardian reports, 11th July 2014: “The amount of money needed to “offset” the impact of a dredging project on the Great Barrier Reef could be as much as $1bn — which is $998m more than the project developer has suggested. Documents obtained under freedom of information reveal huge uncertainty over the investment needed to […]

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Larger whale populations could “reverse climate change and increase fisheries”

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “The first success of the environmental movements of the 1960s was to save the whale. Now, with deep irony, whales may be about to save us with their poo. A new scientific report from the University of Vermont, which gathers together several decades of research, shows that the great […]

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Sea Shepherd’s Capt. Watson provides a statement on why all whaling should end now

In a Sea Shepherd statement, 7th July 2014, Captain Paul Watson states: “Sea Shepherd is dedicated to eradicating the obscenity of whaling worldwide. We equate the killing of whales with murder. Taking the life of an intelligent, self aware, wild, sentient being is murder and every fabricated justification the murderers or those who sympathize with […]

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Designated Wildlife Sites damage

The Wildlife Trusts provides the Natural England (NE) report on the surge and flood impacts bringing about overtopping and undermining of numerous designated sites over 2013/2014 at www.wildlifetrusts.org/coastalflooding  Here is an excerpt: The coastal flooding of December, 2013 and early January, 2014 has affected at least 48 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), including 22 […]

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Shipping companies form “Trident Alliance” to ensure compliance with new sulphur-in-fuel regulations

The Trident Alliance press release, 7th July 2014 states: “The Trident Alliance is a coalition of ship owners and operators who share a common interest in robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulation and are willing to collaborate to help bring it about. The Alliance will partner with other groups who share its interest in robust […]

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More Dredging – more erosion!

Hanson Aggregates have been granted approval by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and their Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA’s) to dredge and remove a further total of 73,050,000 tonnes (ca. forty-five and a half Million cubic metres) of aggregate from the offshore seabed in Areas 401/2, 242, 361A-C, 328A, 212, 240 and 328B and C laying […]

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‘Is the Green Movement its own worst enemy?’

With the effective standing of FoE and MARINET in mind, our readers and members may well wish to attend a lecture by Jonathon Porritt, one time director of Friends of the Earth, currently Founder Director of the Forum for the Future. The green economy, resource efficiency, low-carbon growth, natural capital; the decaying sea and it’s […]

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Nuclear power companies agree deal to build a new nuclear power plant in West Cumbria

BBC News reports, 30th June 2014: “Plans to build Europe’s largest new nuclear project in Cumbria have taken a step forward after Toshiba and GDF Suez signed a deal to develop the site. The Japanese engineering giant will take a 60% stake in Nugen, the joint venture set up to develop the plant, with the […]

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Bathing Water Results for 2013/2014

DEFRA’s Bathing Water Newsletter of June 2014 contains the Bathing water results of 2013, the findings for 2014, the European Commission Bathing Water Report of 2013 plus information about the implementation of the revised Bathing Water Directive. These can be seen on-line by going to: www.gov.uk/government/publications/bathing-waters-in-england-2013-compliance-report www.gov.uk/government/publications/bathing-waters-2013-projected-classifications-in-england http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/water/status-and-monitoring/state-of-bathing-water/state/state-of-bathing-water and www.gov.uk/government/collections/bathing-waters

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“Dark snow” is accelerating ice melt in the Arctic and Greenland

The Guardian reports, 5th July 2014: “The phenomenon of “dark snow” is being recorded from the Himalayas to the Arctic as increasing amounts of dust from bare soil, soot from fires and ultra-fine particles of “black carbon” from industry and diesel engines are being whipped up and deposited sometimes thousands of miles away. The result, […]

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Global Oceans Commission launches petition in support of its Report

A Global Ocean Commission press release, 3rd July 2014, states: “A week ago the Global Ocean Commission released its report and proposals for restoring ocean health. If you have not seen the report you can see it here. “As part of the Global Ocean Commission’s commitment to breathe life into its proposals it has started […]

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Asda supermarket informs customers about the source of wild fish

The Guardian reports, 4th July 2014: “The supermarket Asda has for the first time disclosed a full list of where and how all the wild fish it sells are caught in response to concerns over the sustainability of fish stocks around the world. The Asda list, which will be on its website and annually updated, […]

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UK government says it will argue for “restraint on Atlantic shark fishing”

The Guardian reports, 2nd July 2014: “The UK government has pledged to fight the unlimited fishing that leads to millions of sharks being killed by EU boats in the Atlantic every year. Numerous species once widely fished by the EU, such as the porbeagle shark, have already been driven to near extinction in the Atlantic. […]

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Government lethargy in protecting the sea off Cromer

The plan to create 127 Marine Conservation Zones around the UK was launched four years ago, yet the green light has not yet been given to designate a single zone in either Norfolk or Suffolk, although it is claimed that the Cromer shoalA sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow chalk beds are currently […]

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Antarctic Emperor penguins need protection in order to avoid risk of extinction

The Guardian reports, 29th June 2014: “The entire population of Antarctica’s famous emperor penguins could fall by a third by the end of the century because of disappearing sea ice, putting them at risk of extinction, say researchers writing in the journal Nature Climate Change. They also called for marine reserves to buffer the fish […]

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