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Shell halts Arctic drilling, but still defiantly optimistic about the safety of its operations

The man at the centre of Shell’s controversial drilling programme in the Arctic has said he is aware of the responsibility on his head but is convinced the Anglo-Dutch oil group is acting in a fully responsible and accountable way. Speaking after a huge ice floe forced drilling 70 miles off the north-west coast of […]

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Dire forecasts by Cambridge University professor over Arctic sea ice melting

One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. In what he calls a “global disaster” now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, Prof Peter Wadhams of […]

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New London railway will result in new coastal wetland in Essex

The first giant scoops of almost 5m tonnes of earth from deep beneath London have begun to be delivered to the Essex coast, the first step in creating the biggest man-made nature reserve in Europe. The soil, excavated from two new 21km rail tunnels under the capital, will transform the pancake-flat intensive farmland of Wallasea Island into […]

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Russia’s Gazprom halts Arctic oil drilling

Gazprom Neft has delayed the start of drilling operations at its offshore Prirazlomnoye oil field due to safety concerns, Reuters reported  The field is now expected to start producing oil in September or October of next year, a source at the company said. Earlier the company had said production would start this year.  “Work won’t start until the company can ensure complete safety,” a source close to the project […]

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Man-made salt marshes not as biodiverse as their natural counterparts.

Man-made English salt marshes are failing to meet European conservation regulations that stipulate they should be as rich in plant life as natural wetlands, a new study has warned. Salt marshes are coastal wetlands that are flooded and drained by salt water brought in by the tides, and are found all around the coastline of […]

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More on sonic percussion impacts

Since our Latest News websites items on sonic damage appeared ‘The Marine Wildlife Impact from Seismic Testing’ NOYO News has published more on seismic testing offshore to California. It tells that at the California Coastal Commission meeting in Caspar California, Deputy Director Alison Dettmer delivered a bombshell when she announced that seismic surveys for the controversial Diablo Canyon nuclear […]

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Sea Shepherd launch ‘Operation Miinimbi’

In their quest to save the whales Sea Shepherd have launched ‘Operation Miinimbi’ together with a campaign film.  The article may be read and the film seen by going to: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/09/12/operation-kimberley-miinimbi-summary-and-launch-of-campaign-film-1437

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Blue Flag washed away

The story of the loss of both Seaburn and Rokers Beach’s Blue Flags can be read from the Sunderland Echo’s website under the title ‘Water shame! Seaburn Beach loses coveted Blue Flag status’ at: www.sunderlandecho.com/news/local/all-news/water-shame-seaburn-beach-loses-coveted-blue-flag-status-1-4920390 Keep Britain Tidy has also withdrawn the Blue Flag from 14 other beaches for the same reason, i.e. excessive levels […]

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Increased use of pesticides in Scottish fish farming is being challenged by a petition

The Care2petition website is carrying the following advice: “Fish farming is not always environmentally friendly, especially when it involves the use of large quantities of agricultural pesticides. In Scotland, intensive salmon farms use large quantities of pesticides to keep fish pests, notably sea lice under control. The sea lice are now developing resistance, and the […]

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Smallest recorded extent of summer Arctic sea ice confirmed

Sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its smallest extent ever recorded, smashing the previous record minimum and prompting warnings of accelerated climate change. An iceberg melts, drips water in Kulusuk Bay, eastern Greenland Arctic sea ice cover has been shrinking since the 1970s when it averaged around 8m sq km a year, but […]

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Capt Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd’s leader, plans to evade arrest by staying at sea

Paul Watson, the fugitive head of international marine activism group Sea Shepherd who is wanted by the police on three continents, plans to avoid arrest by staying at sea as long as possible. In an exclusive comment piece for the Guardian, the Canadian-born environmentalist who skipped bail in Germany in July, has given no clue […]

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Over-fished stocks, if closed, can be rebuilt and so deliver large future profits

A temporary halt to fishing to allow some European stocks to recover could generate billions of pounds of profit within a decade, a report argues.  All fish stocks, including North Sea cod which would take a little over nine years to get back into shape, could be restored within a decade, the report from the New […]

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NEF explains new CFP report: Every £1 invested in fish stock restoration will yield £14 profit by 2052

Research published by the New Economics Foundation (nef) finds that restoring European fish stocks could generate huge returns on investment. Key Findings:  Most overfished stocks could be fully restored within five years, with a few needing four more years  Investing £9.16 billion in restoring fish stocks would generate £4.43 billion profit by 2023  After stocks […]

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Thames Tunnel opponents press for green alternative

From the newsletter of WaterBriefing dated Wednesday, 12th September 2012, we discover that opponents to Thames Water’s plans for a proposed super-sewer are continuing with their efforts to push for a green alternative to the Thames Tunnel and are urging that consideration to be given to the green solution as adopted by Philadelphia in the […]

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Super Trawler stopped – for now

Readers who sent an e-mail to the Australian Minister Tony Burke asking him to stop the huge super-trawler will be delighted to learn that they have been successful in averting the marine environmental impact of such this activity, in that just as the trawler Abel Tasman, a.k.a the FV Margiris, was about to leave port […]

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Video of Norfolk & Suffolk Erosion

Video of Norfolk & Suffolk Erosion The government hype and bribery in giving money to induce those abandoning their erosion threatened homes instead of providing protection and opposing the offshore aggregate dredging that brings it about it can clearly be seen on the first four minutes of the Anglia TV News video. The film also […]

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New ‘Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership’ document

Paul Buckley of the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) and Secretariat of CEFAS, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT, UK, has sent us news of a new document for the Climate Smart Working programme that draws together examples of adaptation to Climate Change, ranging from the global to local scale, intended to help share […]

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Indian Ocean island and its artisanal fishery leads the way on marine reserves

In the Indian Ocean a landmark fishery closure is being held to boost the artisanal fisheries of island communities Small-scale fisheries face growing challenges in the face of continued over exploitation. Rodrigues, a tiny Mauritian island, has been battling declining fisheries productivity for the last 15 years. Lying nearly 1,000 kilometres east of Madagascar, Rodrigues […]

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Competing wave and tidal energy technologies confront key test off Orkney

When the wind on Orkney is strong enough to blow the rain parallel to the pavement, the cluster of gently sloping islands becomes a green energy powerhouse. There are hundreds of small wind turbines dotted across the islands, tall punctuation marks outside farmhouses, cottages and engineering yards, and more than a dozen large commercial machines. […]

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Review of marine renewable energy in the UK shows its potential is considerable

In an article published 30th August 2012, Renewable Energy World International state: “Growing global interest in harvesting the sea’s vast generation potential is now focused on the UK, where a series of initiatives such as the new Marine Energy Parks are aimed at maintaining the country’s technological lead. “Revealing a second marine energy park, this […]

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