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11 08 2022 | 14:46

‘Incredibly promising’: the bubble barrier extracting plastic from a Dutch river

Five years ago, Claar-els van Delft began to suspect that plastic waste on the beach at Katwijk in the Netherlands did not come from visitors, or the sea, but from the mouth of a nearby river. “We…

02 08 2022 | 11:45

Offshore fish farms: a new wave of food production … or the ‘wild west’ of ocean pollution?

The enclosures stretch the length of an Olympic-size swimming pool, but from above they appear as floating dots scattered across the ocean. Inside, fish mill about as the submerged pens sway to the…

19 07 2022 | 12:13

One deep sea mine could send noise 500km across the ocean – report

Noise pollution from proposed deep-sea mining could radiate through the ocean for hundreds of kilometres, scientists predict, creating a “cylinder of sound” from the surface to the sea bed.

19 07 2022 | 09:07

Shipping’s dirty secret: how ‘scrubbers’ clean the air – while contaminating the sea

In 2019, Alan Ladd, a marine engineer, was on a cruise ship that was slowing down to give passengers a better view of the Hubbard Glacier – the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Briefly…

03 07 2022 | 21:26

Lisbon Declaration launches new chapter for ocean action - Day 5 Roundup of UN Ocean Conference

The week-long UN Ocean Conference concluded on 1 July, with the unanimous adoption of the Lisbon Declaration "Our ocean, our future, our responsibilit

29 06 2022 | 10:25

Marseille, Alexandria and Istanbul prepare for Mediterranean tsunami

A tsunami could soon hit major cities on or near the Mediterranean Sea including Marseille, Alexandria and Istanbul, with a nearly 100% chance of a wave reaching more than a metre high in the next 30…

30 11 2021 | 09:27

Australia declares La Niña phenomenon has begun

Australia has said a La Niña event has developed for a second consecutive year, meaning there is a greater risk locally of floods and cyclones. Last time the weather phenomenon contributed to "once…

30 11 2021 | 09:00

'Magical’ Coral Spawning Is Sign of Hope for Great Barrier Reef

The news is full of dire warnings about the future and current health of the Great Barrier Reef, but the World Heritage Site is not dead yet. Scientists on Tuesday night recorded videos of corals …

23 11 2021 | 15:28

Ocean scientists call for global tracking of oxygen loss that causes dead zones

Scientists from six continents say a monitoring system could help protect coral reefs and fisheries around the world A team of ocean scientists from six continents have made an urgent call for a…

16 10 2021 | 12:53

‘Toilet of Europe’: Spain’s pig farms blamed for mass fish die-offs

Exclusive: pork industry’s role in pollution of one of Europe’s largest saltwater lagoons may be greater than publicly acknowledged, investigation reveals.

26 08 2021 | 07:27

Invasive fish push westward as the Mediterranean Sea slowly becomes tropical

A host of fish species arriving via the Suez canal look set to stay – with perilous consequences for ecosystems

25 08 2021 | 12:48

Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse

A shutdown would have devastating global impacts and must not be allowed to happen, researchers say Climate scientists have detected warning signs of the collapse of the Gulf Stream, one of the…

18 08 2021 | 11:39

Dead zones spread along Oregon coast and Gulf of Mexico, study shows

Agricultural runoff from farms and livestock operations creates oxygen-depleted areas inhospitable to animal and plant life Scientists recently surveyed the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico around…

18 08 2021 | 10:58

Zanzibar’s women sponge off the sea — in a good way

Jambiani — Nasir Hassan Haji never thought of herself as a farmer or a swimmer, but as she waded into Zanzibar’s blue waters with goggles pulled over her headscarf to examine her floating sponge farm…

18 08 2021 | 10:50

From rubber snakes to crawdad traps: Lake Tahoe dive cleanup pulls out more than 8,000 pounds of trash

Clean Up The Lake is a nonprofit which began removing trash from lake in 2019 Colin West is standing on the shores of Lake Tahoe and surveying mounds and mounds of trash, mulling over the weirdest…

07 08 2021 | 10:51

Evolutionary ‘trap’ leading young sea turtles to ingest plastic, study says

Researchers find fragments in innards of species that have adapted to develop in open ocean, which has highly polluted areas Young marine turtles are swallowing large quantities of plastic, with…

17 07 2021 | 13:26

Seahorses Extinction Assessment Reveals Threatened Species and Knowledge Gaps

Last month conservationists working with SeaLife Aquarium in Australia dropped 18 biodegradable "hotels" into Sydney Harbor and Port Stephens to help one of the region's most endangered species: tiny…

05 07 2021 | 10:21

Damaging ‘fly-shooting’ fishing in Channel sparks concerns

Small-scale fishers say mostly EU fleet is devastating catches with method that nets entire shoals of fish. The UK has been accused of allowing a fleet of mainly EU “fly-shooting” fishing boats “…

05 07 2021 | 09:55

Great Barrier Reef: leading scientists praise Unesco’s ‘in danger’ warning

Group of reef and climate scientists say world heritage warning merited and Australia has not ‘pulled its weight on emissions’. Five of the world’s leading reef and climate scientists have thanked…

05 07 2021 | 09:08

We can now track ocean microplastics from space, by looking at how winds and water interact

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) have developed a new approach to tracking microplastics in ocean waters, anywhere in the world, on a daily basis. This relies on satellites from the…

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