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Collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet is “now irreversible”

Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports in The Observer, 17th May 2014: “Last Monday, we hosted a Nasa conference on the state of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which, it could be said, provoked something of a reaction. “This Is What a Holy Shit Moment for Global Warming Looks Like,” ran […]

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The Global Oceans Commission has a Petition addressed to the UN

The Global Ocean Commission is seeking protection under law via the United Nations Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) for greater protection of the planet’s high seas (the area of the oceans’ beyond supervision by individual countries). The United Nations is due to commence at the end of the September a review of the law (UNCLOS) […]

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Australian Great Barrier Reef may not be subjected to new port’s spoil dumping

The Guardian reports, 6th September 2014: “The deputy premier of Queensland, Jeff Seeney, will put a plan to state cabinet that would reverse the decision to dump sediment from the Abbot Point coal port development on the Great Barrier Reef, disposing of it on land instead, according to a report. Seeney told the Weekend Australian […]

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National Trust concern for Norfolk and Suffolk bird habitat erosion

The heavy rainfall, the loss of foreshore due to the 5th December 2013 tidal surges that resulted in flooding was followed by the exceptionally high tides in mid June 2014, when the further loss produced an increasing further grave threat to Norfolk and Suffolk’s coastal wildlife sights. At the Blakeney Point, Great Yarmouth and Minsmere Reserves, Britain’s greatest Little Tern colonies, the surge altered […]

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Two wholly new and unclassifiable marine species found in Australian seas

The Guardian reports, 4th September 2014: “Two unclassifiable mushroom-shaped creatures have been discovered in the ocean depths off Australia. The strange organisms found could not be placed in any existing phyla, the large families of living things that include vertebrates and flowering plants. The animals, known as Dendrogramma, consist mainly of an outer skin and […]

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New Dredging Beach Hazard

A new and rather novel hazard has arisen on our beaches, discovered when an off duty explosives expert walked by a man exercising his dog by Lower Marine Parade on the beach at Dovercourt (near Harwich) throwing for his retrieval what at first appeared to be a miniature Rugby football. On closer inspection, it was […]

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Pioneer of the study of waste plastic in the oceans says the situation is growing worse

The Independent reports, 27th August, 2014: ” The world’s leading expert on the poisoning of the oceans said he was “utterly shocked” at the increase in plastic floating on the sea in the past five years and warned that it potentially posed a bigger threat to the planet than climate change. Charles J Moore, a […]

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Further evidence of polar ice melting

The Guardian reports, 1st September 2014: “German researchers have established the height of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with greater precision than ever before. The new maps they have produced show that the ice is melting at an unprecedented rate. The maps, produced with a satellite-mounted instrument, have elevation accuracies to within a few […]

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Warming of the seas is changing the marine ecology of the Gulf of Maine, USA

The Guardian reports, 3rd September 2014: “Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99% of the world’s […]

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Australian study reveals scale of micro-plastic marine pollution

The Guardian reports, 25th August 2014: “Researchers have found “alarming” level of plastic pollution in Sydney harbour, with fibres from clothing and toiletries causing a widespread impact upon the marine ecosystem. The first information from the ongoing Sydney Harbour Research Program shows that small pieces of plastic measuring under 5mm have been found in each […]

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Marine plankton found in Space

The Guardian reports, 21st August 2014: “Sea 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, starfish, sea urchins, etc. and can be algae, bacterial […]

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Evidence that sharks attack undersea fibre-optic cables, mistaking them for fish

The Guardian reports, 14th August 2014: “Google is going to great lengths to reinforce some of the world’s undersea data cables after a series of shark bites, a product manager has revealed. The fibre optic cables, which carry internet traffic around the world, are protected by a series of layers to protect against impact and […]

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A further £7 million for protecting Hopton

Hopton, a favourite seaside resort and home of Bourne Leisure’s Hopton Holiday Village, between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, has already cost £3 million last Winter on emergency work to shore up the crumbling cliffs with 20,000 tonnes of earth and 12,000 tonnes of rock. The 50 year old wooden groynes had been allowed to decay […]

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North Norfolk fishermen angered by fishing ban

The fishermen of North Norfolk are seething over a high court injunction taken out against them by Dong Energy to stop them fishing in their best area of The Wash until 22nd October whilst offshore geophysical surveys are undertaken prior to establishing a major wind farm project. The area in question has thousands of crab […]

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Even more East Coast Dredging threatened!

Hot on the heels of issuing a licence for further dredging off the East Coast, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have just advised MARINET of a further application, this time for Lafarge Tarmac Marine to take 7,500,000 of sand and shingle from Area 296 and a further 7,500,000 from Area 494 over the next 15 […]

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Dredging off the East Coast continues

Despite the many of us who objected to issuing a licence to dredge Area 228, a 2.5 x 2 mile block of sea bed situated between five and seven miles offshore to Hopton in Suffolk, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have given their consent to further plunder our offshore sea for sand and gravel. This […]

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East Coast beaches ‘fast disappearing’

  The BBC has placed a video on the rapid disappearance of many beaches along the East Coast of the UK, where an average of half a mile being lost every fifty years due to the increased erosion. See it at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28551480 The Winter storms due to Climatic change coupled with the draw downThe process […]

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UK government approves large windfarm off Sussex coast

BBC News reports, 16th July 2014: “A wind farm off the Sussex coast which could generate enough electricity to power 450,000 homes has been approved by the government. The 700 megawatt Rampion wind farm would consist of up to 175 turbines built eight miles (13km) off the coast between Peacehaven and Worthing. The government said […]

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EU Commission running public consultation on “fishing opportunities for 2015”

The EU Commission states, 26th June 2014: “Fishing opportunities for 2015 will be fixed for the first time under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Setting fishing opportunities must contribute to achieving the objectives of the new CFP [Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on […]

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Pew Trust urges EU Commission to end over-fishing and to set quotas according to scientific advice

Following the EU Commission’s announcement of a public consultation on “fishing opportunities for 2015”, the Pew Trust has given clear advice to the Commission on the principles which the CFP must observe during 2015. Pew states, 25th June 2014: “The European Commission today published its Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2015, which serves as a […]

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