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Traces of submerged lands are visible today, if you know where to look. Richerman, CC BY-SA.

Melting glaciers have drowned lands before, and will again

Vince Gaffney

12th May 2014

The North Sea's 'Dogger Bank' was once dry land, inhabited by people and herds of Pleistocene megafauna, writes Vince Gaffney. The long-lost world of Doggerland shows how melting glaciers drowned land at the end of the last ice age. And surely not for the last time ... more...
The German researchers say they have found a so far unknown source of sea level rise in East Antarctica. Photo: euphro via Wikimedia Commons.

East Antarctic ice basin 'may be at risk'

Alex Kirby

8th May 2014

The East Antarctic ice sheet is thought by most scientists to be stable, reports Alex Kirby. But a German team says it has found how a large part of it could in time melt unstoppably, causing a long term 4 metre rise in global sea levels. more...
A fragile paradise: the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Sam Harris /  University of Denver via Fotopedia.

Great Barrier Reef coal port challenged

Maxine Newlands

6th May 2014

Australian environmentalists have launched a lawsuit against plans to expand a coal port that threatens the Great Barrier Reef, writes Maxine Newlands. The approval came in spite of warnings from UNESCO and marine scientists that the Reef is already 'in danger'. more...
Deep sea fishing off Rockall is causing trouble down below. Photo: Irish Defence Forces, CC BY-SA.

Our deep sea wonderlands must be valued - and protected

J. Murray Roberts

1st May 2014

For just 8% of the fish landed, extraordinary, beautiful, ancient, diverse deep sea habitats are routinely destroyed by fishing gear. And as J. Murray Roberts writes, it's all for a one-off hit as the fish are so slow to grow and reproduce. If the same damage happened on land, there would be uproar. more...
Coral and the atolls it builds are more dynamic and adaptable than we knew. Photo: Smoothed out Brassy Leather Coral by Neville Wootton by Flickr.com.

Dynamic atolls give hope that Pacific Islands can defy sea rise

Paul Kench

25th April 2014

It is widely predicted that low-lying coral islands will drown as sea levels rise, writes Paul Kench - leaving their people as environmental refugees. But new evidence suggests that these small islands are more resilient to rising seas than we thought. more...
The bloodied deck of the Nisshin Maru, stained from the butchering of a whale. Photo: Tim Watters / Sea Shepherd Australia.

Japan's whaling - the end is nigh

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

24th April 2014

Following the ruling by the International Court of Justice that Japan's whaling in the Antarctic is illegal, Elizabeth Claire Alberts examines the legal, financial and practical challenges of a continued whaling program - with some help from Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson. more...
Fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon. US Coast Guard / handout / EPA.

Four years after Deepwater Horizon: has offshore safety improved?

Jacqueline Lang Weaver

23rd April 2014

In the four years since the Deepwater Horizon blowout there's been a lot of regulatory activity, writes Jacqueline Lang Weaver. Yet the regulatory framework today is weak, complex, under-funded, industry dominated - and it's uncertain that the Gulf of Mexico is really any safer than in 2010. more...
The oceans are filled with garbage. Who’s in charge of the cleanup? Photo: Cesar Harada via Flickr.com, CC BY-NC-SA.

Oceans of rubbish - governments must act

Alistair McIlgorm

27th April 2014

Eighty percent of marine rubbish originates on land - via storm drains, overflowing landfills, and uncontrolled dumping in rivers. And once it's in the sea, no one is responsible for it, writes Alistair McIlgorm. It's high time for governments to clean up their act. more...
North Atlantic Right whale three miles off Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on February 21, 2013. Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via Flickr.com.

Lawsuit demands 50,000 square mile Atlantic whale sanctuary

The Ecologist

11th April 2014

The US Fisheries Service has repeatedly failed to give highly endangered Right whales adequate protection. Now wildlife groups are suing the Agency to demand a more than tenfold expansion of 'critical habitat' to protect the species along the US's Atlantic coast. more...
Trash on the beach, Hadiboh, Yemen. Photo: Gerry & Bonni via Flickr.com.

What MH370 told us - the oceans are awash with trash

Paul Mobbs

5th April 2014

In the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 we have found oil slicks and debris everywhere - none of it connected to the missing plane, writes Paul Mobbs. The seas are littered with human trash, and it's killing the oceanic ecosystem. more...
Minke whale meat for sale on Rakuten - rakuten.co.jp.

Rakuten pulls whale products - but ivory sales continue

The Ecologist

3rd April 2014

Internet retail giant Rakuten has announced it is terminating sales of whale products through its Japanese marketplace Rakuten Ichiba and has given merchants 30 days to remove them. But thousands of ivory products are still for sale. more...
A humpback whale fresh from Antarctica in the Rurutu warm water mating grounds. Photo: Pierre Lesage via Fliuckr.com.

Japan must end 'scientific whaling' in the Antarctic

The Ecologist

31st March 2014

The International Court of Justice has ordered Japan to revoke its 'scientific whaling' permits in the Antarctic and cease to issue new ones as they are not for scientific purposes. Next, the North Pacific ... more...

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Mangrove. Photo: Vincent Chaigneau via Flickr.com.

The world must invest in mangroves

Mark Spalding

30th March 2014

As the IPCC prepares to launch its latest climate report, Mark Spalding reports that mangrove swaps don't just protect coastlines from storms, flooding and erosion - they also sequester huge tonnages of carbon. And that makes them a super-smart investment ... more...
The ice-covered, cloud-shrouded mountains of NE Greenland, where the ice is melting far faster than previously known. Photo: Visit Greenland via Flickr.com.

'Stable' NE Greenland ice sheet is melting away

Shfaqat Abbas Khan

18th March 2014

A new study has found that the NE section of the Greenland ice sheet - thought to be stable due to the extreme cold - has been losing ice since 2006 with increasing speed. And as Shfaqat Abbas Khan reports, that has huge implications for global sea level rise. more...
Atlantis deploys a 1 MW tidal turbine at European Marine Energy Centre at Orkney, UK. Photo: Green Energy Futures via Flickr.com.

All at sea - the UK's policies for wave and tidal power

Godfrey Boyle

7th March 2014

First the UK made a mess of wind and let Denmark take the prize. And now, writes Godfrey Boyle, the government's prevarication is risking our lead in another key renewable energy sector - marine power. more...
An under-size tiger shark is released, bleeding. Photo: Andy Corbe.

Australia's shark baiting - cruel, dangerous, ineffective

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

20th February 2014

New figures show that three quarters of the sharks caught by Western Australia's shark baiting were undersize. All the more reason to halt the program, writes Elizabeth Claire Alberts - and to end similar programs elsewhere in Australia more...
How long before Fukushima's radiation reaches America's west coast? Big Sur Pool, California. Photo: kptkarl via Flickr.com.

Citizens to fill the Fukushima information void

David Suzuki

10th February 2014

A citizen scientist project on North America's West Coast hopes to fill the void in credible scientific information about Fukushima's radiation and its effects on food and the environment, writes David Suzuki. more...
Giant waves on the seafront at Seaham, County Durham. Photo: Ian Britton via Flickr.com.

Storm surges to cost $100 trillion a year as sea levels rise

The Ecologist

5th February 2014

New research predicts that coastal regions face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding over the 21st century - to $100 trillion annually, more than the world's entire economic product today. more...
The prop fouler is launched by bosun Daniel. Photo: © Adam Lau.

Hunting the hunters

Laurens de Groot

10th February 2014

In his new book 'Hunting the Hunters - at war with the whalers', Laurens de Groot recounts his adventures with Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean, saving whales from Japan's 'scientific research'. more...
Whale shark butcher at work. Photo: Wildlife Risk.

World's largest whale shark slaughterhouse uncovered in China

Sophie Morlin-Yron

3rd February 2014

The world's biggest slaughterhouse for endangered whale sharks has been uncovered in southeast China, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. It's products are being traded across the world in health and cosmetic products. more...
Selecting dolphins for capture at the 'drive hunt' at Taiji. Photo: Sea Shepherd.

Taiji - Japan's dolphin slaughter continues

Joshua Frank

30th January 2014

The Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji is an exercise in wilful sadism, writes Joshua Frank. But responsibility for the killing spreads much wider than Japan, with captive cetaceans from Taiji reaching aquaria around the globe - including SeaWorld. more...
Densely-packed turtles in the Cayman turtle farm. Photo: © Catherine Mason.

Farming sea turtles is no solution

Rachel Alcock

25th January 2014

Green sea turtles are endangered worldwide. So does the Cayman Islands' sea turtle farm, which raises the sea reptiles as a luxury food, assist their conservation? Quite the reverse, argues Rachel Alcock. more...
Along the tide-swept crest of a low limestone ledge larger filter-feeding organisms flourish. Lyme Bay Reefs, Southwest England. Colin Munro Photography.

Taking the 'conservation' out of Marine Conservation Zones

Horatio Morpurgo

10th December 2013

The UK Government has recently expanded its network of marine protected areas. But as Horatio Morpurgo discovers, the focus on protecting only specific 'features' from intensive fishing is leaving entire ecosystems at risk. more...
Offshore wind on the rocks? Photo: Chris Lishman / Shutterstock.com.

Offshore wind is too expensive!

Jim Platts

7th December 2013

Prices paid in the UK to solar and wind generators will change to favour offshore wind at the expense of the others. Jim Platt warns that the policy is doomed to failure - offshore wind is just too expensive, and likely to remain so. more...
Turtle in 'ghost net'. Photo: NOAA News.

Killer 'ghost nets' to carpet tiles

Roisin Woolnough

24th November 2013

Ghost nets - nylon fishing nets abandoned in the ocean - are the sea life killers that keep on killing. Roisin Woolnough reports on the Healthy Seas initiative to transform the ghost nets into useful products from socks and swimwear to carpet tiles. more...

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