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An endangered Fin whale landed at Miòsandur whaling station, Hvalfjördur, Iceland, in September 2010 © EIA.

First blood: Iceland resumes whale hunt, kills fin whale

The Ecologist

17th June 2014

Icelandic whalers made their first kill of the 2014 hunting season - an endangered fin whale, landed today. Campaigners have condemned the hunt, and are calling for a boycott of whaling companies' seafood exports. more...
Image: 'New Fish' by Elena Caldera.

Stop fishing the high seas, say scientists, for climate and ecology

Climate News Network

21st June 2014

Fish from the high seas are too valuable to be eaten, as they lessen climate change through the carbon they carry down to the ocean depths. The carbon benefits are worth $150 billion every year - almost ten times the value of high seas fish landings. more...
More of this to come ... the western rear end of Jetty East parking lot collapses under the storm surge from Hurricane Ike, 2008. Photo: Ed Hart via Flickr.

Florida's collapse will set in within a 30-year mortgage cycle

Harold R. Wanless

3rd June 2014

We are most certainly witnessing the onset of a rapid pulse of sea level rise, writes Harold R Wanless. And low lying areas - like southeast Florida - will be the first to know about it. So how come they're building there like there's no tomorrow? more...
Greenpeace International activists occupy Statoil contracted oil rig Transocean Spitsbergen to protest the company's plans to drill the northernmost well in the Norwegian Arctic at the Apollo Prospect of the Barents Sea, close to the Bear Island nature re

Greenpeace Arctic oil rig occupation 'may delay drilling'

The Ecologist

28th May 2014

Greenpeace activists are well into the second day of their occupation of an Arctic oil rig in the Barents Sea, which they say endangers the nearby Bear Island nature reserve. Statoil has conceded that drilling may have to be delayed. more...
Cabo Pulmo, in its current, concrete-free incarnation. Alan Harper, CC BY-NC.

Mexico: 22,000 room mega-hotel threatens 'biodiversity hotspot'

Sula Vanderplank & Benjamin Wilder

28th May 2014

The Baja California peninsula is rich in history and natural beauty, with thousands of unique plants and animals making up its globally unique ecosystems, write Sula Vanderplank & Benjamin Wilder. Just the place for a new giant hotel resort? more...
Melting away: an aerial view of the margin of Greenland's threatened ice sheet. Photo: Hannes Grobe / Alfred Wegener Institute via Wikimedia Commons.

Greenland's glaciers 'more vulnerable' to rapid melting

Tim Radford

27th May 2014

Greenland's glaciers are more vulnerable to global warming than had previously been feared, reports Tim Radford, as ice bodies are undercut by seawater. The threat of rapidly rising sea levels just went up yet another notch. more...
One prediction of where rising sea levels will end up at Cottesloe Beach, Perth Western Australia. Photo: Julie G via Flickr.

Fracking: to save the climate, the gas must remain buried

Biff Vernon

26th May 2014

The fracking industry has a blind spot the size of an elephant, Biff Vernon wrote in this Open Letter to Mark Abbott, the MD of Egdon Resources - climate change, and the huge rises in sea level it will cause. 'Only carrying out orders' is no excuse. more...
Birth of an iceberg: a massive crack in West Antarctica’s Pine Island glacier. Photo: NASA Earth Observatory / Wikimedia Commons.

West Antarctic glaciers 'past the point of no return'

Tim Radford

23rd May 2014

The total collapse of glaciers in West Antarctica is 'inevitable', writes Tim Radford, as the southern hemisphere gets warmer and glaciers are undermined by seawater. The news has emerged from a new analysis of satellite data. more...
This iceberg in the Amundsen Sea was once part of a glacier. Photo: NASA HQ PHOTO via Flickr.

Antarctica's ice collapse threatens metres of sea level rise within decades

Dady Cherry

26th May 2014

Scientists know that if Antarctica's ice sheets and glaciers collapse, sea levels could rise 5 metres. But the idea that it will take 200 years to happen is based on a linear model, writes Dady Cherry. In fact, the process is exponential - and could take place 'within decades'. more...
In Scotland's Hebridean Isles most 'fishing communities' have long since lost all their rights to fish, and are reduced to trapping shellfish for a living. Photo: Florian Seiffert via Flickr.

Selling the silver: the enclosure of the UK's fisheries

Emma Cardwell.

7th July 2014

Fishing quotas were meant to conserve stocks and support fishing communities, writes Emma Cardwell. But they have achieved the reverse - rewarding the most rapacious fishing enterprises and leaving small scale fisherfolk with nothing. more...
Sea Lion entangled in fishing gear. Photo: Kanna Jones / Marine Photo Bank via Lauren Packard / Flickr.com.

The decline and fall of America's last great fishery

Jeffrey St. Clair

13th May 2014

The Bering Sea is America's biggest fishery - but factory trawlers are ripping the guts out of the ecosystem, writes Jeffrey St.Clair, as they have already devastated fishing communities. Mix in nuclear bomb test fallout - an unlikely savior? more...
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...

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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...
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...

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