The data available to produce the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor has more than doubled, just two years after the launch of an international effort to produce a complete map by the year 2030. Following the efforts of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has now increased from 6% to 15%.
Queensland, Australia - While meeting in a boardroom may be considered more official, it made sense for several North Shore Boardriders Club members and Sunshine Coast Council staff to connect on the sands of Maroochydore Beach.
Puerto Galera*, one of the country’s top diving spots, can expect to have cleaner seas and a more balanced marine ecosystem with the recent partnership sealed by the municipal government and the Metro Pacific Investments Foundation Inc.
'The bottleneck is labour, has been for years. But it's much worse now than it's ever been'
In addition to the well studied threats to coral reefs like warming oceans, storm frequency, and ocean acidification, scientists have described an additional threat to reef survival: Dredging.
The face of a steep wall at the base of Norfolk Canyon (1400 m) with dense clusters of the cup coral Desmophyllum dianthus, a Brissingid seastar, a group of Acesta sp. fileshells and the octopus Graneldone sp Image: © Deepwater Canyons 2013 – Pathways to the Abyss. NOAA OER/BOEM/USGS.
Australians love our iconic coastal lifestyle. So many of our settlements are spread along our huge coastline. Real estate prices soar where we can catch a view of the water.
We spoke to Dr Ciaran Byrne from Inland Fisheries Ireland about the worrying decline in wild salmon numbers.
Scientists at London Zoo are investigating after a rare pygmy sperm whale was found washed up on a Welsh beach on Wednesday.
PLANS for the next phase of a multi-million pound coastal defences project have been outlined in an environmental impact assessment.
Bulgaria’s National Assembly approved on June 13 the second reading of amendments to the Black Sea Act that ban tents, as well as vehicles including campers and caravans, from the country’s Black Sea dunes.
RECENT STUDIES on the health of our oceans offer irrefutable evidence that something very disturbing is taking place and that the threat to marine life has never been graver.
A new report examines novel approaches for saving coral reefs imperiled by climate change, and how local decision-makers can assess the risks and benefits of intervention.
SCOTTISH environmental groups are today urging the Scottish Government to bring forward tougher new laws including a polycarbonate ban to tackle waste and pollution from plastics.
Hydrothermal vents in the seafloor may affect life near the surface and the global carbon cycle more than previously thought, according to a new study.
NEW YORK (AP) — A deep-sea fish can hide its enormous, jutting teeth from prey because its chompers are virtually invisible — until it's too late.
BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: With the climate changing alarmingly across the world, environmentalists here have expressed concern about the state’s coastline that is getting eroded due to the global rise in sea levels.
The tube anemone Isarachnanthus nocturnusis only 15 cm long but has the largest mitochondrial genome of any animal sequenced to date, with 80,923?base pairs. The human mitochondrial genome (mitogenome), for example, comprises 16,569 base pairs.
It’s taken almost 10-years to plan and install but the world’s biggest floating vessel, the 535-yard long liquefied natural gas (LNG) production barge Prelude has just shipped its first gas from Australia to customers in Asia.
Still years away from being viable freight carriers, autonomous shipping does pose existential threat to current maritime order.
New Delhi– In a relief for home-owners, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed for six weeks the demolition of 400 flats in five posh coastal apartment complexes in Maradu area of Kochi.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration unveiled an online tool to help users prepare and handle the effects of coastal flooding. The Coastal Inundation Dashboard is designed to deliver 48-hour water level forecasts, storm surge information and historic flooding data through the use of real-time information gathered from 200 coastal water level stations, NOAA said Friday.
Narratives help frame our thinking and action. On the eve of World Oceans Day and in anticipation of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030), a new narrative for the ocean is warranted—one that reflects current scientific knowledge and inspires new science and effective action.
Project partners hope to provide clean power supply for oil & gas platforms off Norway
Last month Indonesia made a stunning announcement that it will relocate its capital from low-lying Jakarta, a city vulnerable to flooding due to sinking land and rising seas. This could be a wake-up call for the world's major coastal cities.
ByHu Yiwei / CGTN
"We have decided to install the automated kite system “Seawing” developed by AIRSEAS which was spin off from AIRBUS SE, the major aircraft manufacturer, to a large bulk carrier owned by our company."
Half of NSW's coastal community thinks rising sea levels will not impact them directly, new data released today by UNSW scientists has shown—and 25 percent of surveyed accommodation businesses situated close to the coast are unsure if sea level rise is even occurring.
The UK has announced 41 new protected ocean zones that collectively span twice the length of England, creating a massive “blue belt” that activists say could be crucial to Britain’s marine life.
Lloyd's Register (LR) has presented Hyundai Heavy Industries Co (HHI) with approval in principle (AiP) for a very large crude carrier (VLCC) ‘eco-tanker’ design, capable of using a combination of volatile organic compounds (VOC) mixed with LNG as fuel and Norsepower’s rotor sail solution for wind-assisted propulsion.
Gardai have been notified about plans to deliver the petition on a USB stick to the US President
FOLLY BEACH — The teardrop-shaped oyster shell didn’t look like the others shells on the beach. The concrete-like limestone encrusting it was at least 3 million years old.
Canadian public shows clear support for recent policy actions to improve standards for marine protected areas
KOCHI: The state government would go ahead with the Supreme Court order of demolishing four flats constructed violating the CRZ rules in Maradu municipality limits.
ByTimes of India
Humans have a long history of living on water. Our water homes span the fishing villages in Southeast Asia, Peru and Bolivia to modern floating homes in Vancouver and Amsterdam. As our cities grapple with overcrowding and undesirable living situations, the ocean remains a potential frontier for sophisticated water-based communities.
Deep beneath the North Sea, scientists have discovered a fossilized forest that could hold traces of prehistoric early humans who lived there around 10,000 years ago, before the land slipped beneath the waves a few thousand years later.
While the Norwegian directorate of fisheries has just published an update stating a little over 10,000 metric tons of farmed salmon have so far been lost to an algal bloom, Nordea Bank's lead analyst has warned this is only part of the picture.
An estimated 90 percent of seabirds in the North island are at risk of extinction according to the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust report.
Up to 50 billion tonnes are excavated annually for use in road-building to water purification
Researchers from the University of the Philippines Diliman have created an online community-based assessment tool to assess the presence of blue carbon in coastal areas, by utilizing the power of satellite imagery.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The warming waters associated with climate change are creating big ripple effects across fishing communities, including in this picturesque seaside town with a long fishing history.
Pembrokeshire, Wales - One of Britain's most popular beaches is losing its sand as it's steadily being washed away by the sea. As a result, power cables and other hazards are now exposed, leaving families who visit in danger.
The Philippines recently closed off Boracay Island for six months and imposed strict new limits on how many people could visit and what they could and could not do.
The number of boats harvesting seafood has increased significantly since the middle of the previous century, a new global analysis finds, and is much higher than some scientists assumed.
A consortium of 11 European stakeholders including ArcelorMittal, Axens, IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), and Total SA, has launched a project to demonstrate an innovative process for capturing carbon dioxide from industrial activities.
Sea levels could rise by over 1 metre by 2100 even if Paris climate deal objectives are met, threatening coastal cities, says US-based PNAS study (PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academies of Science).
The Indian Ocean is warming rapidly, raising alarm bells for high-intensity storms.
For decades, floating cities have been part of a utopian vision to build societies that operate independently of government. Organizations like the Seasteading Institute aim to create peaceful, self-sufficient communities at sea — but they've faced multiple obstacles. In April, a United Nations roundtable entertained an idea for a new kind of floating city that could address issues such as rising sea levels and overcrowding in urban areas.
NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center today announced there is a 70% chance of above-normal tropical cyclone activity during the central Pacific hurricane season this year.
This blog post compares the uses of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel with other options for complying with the more stringent sulfur emission requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) beginning in 2020 and then discusses the development of LNG as a marine fuel.
Northern cod’s of huge importance to coastal communities in Newfoundland and Labrador
The sperm whale that just washed ashore in Italy is just the tip of the iceberg.
ByUmair Irfan / Vox
A single cruise liner berthed at a passenger terminal emits as much sulphur dioxide as 25,000 diesel buses. As the waters of the Greater Bay Area get ever busier, is enough being done to clean the emissions of ocean-going vessels?
Deaths come weeks after similar incident in Scotland: ‘We’re all pretty worried’
Every person reading this has used a plastic bottle, many of whom likely used one in the past day or week. Plastic, in the recent decades, has become a staple of convenience and a modern lifestyle. The surge in plastic bottle use has accompanied a desire for bottled water as Asia has modernized its lifestyle.
Wind has shaped the face of Mars for millennia, but its exact role in piling up sand dunes, carving out rocky escarpments or filling impact craters has eluded scientists until now.
The court evaluated that it is high time the tendency of courts and other legal systems stopped forgiving those who violate the environment laws.
Ghost nets are a substantial threat to fish and wildlife the world over. Addressing the problem will take effort on a large scale.
VANCOUVER — Canada has announced sweeping new rules to protect Southern Resident orcas off British Columbia’s coast, including requiring ships to stay 438 yards away from the whales and closing some salmon fisheries.
Over half of people in Britain would like to buy a home near the coast and many plan to move closer to the seaside or a water front in the future, a new survey has found.
At 6.45am on March 1, 1954, the blue sky stretching over the south Pacific Ocean was split open by an enormous red flash.
Fish fences so large they can be seen from space are causing habitat destruction
Future sea level rise (SLR) poses serious threats to the viability of coastal communities, but continues to be challenging to project using deterministic modeling approaches. Nonetheless, adaptation strategies urgently require quantification of future SLR uncertainties, particularly upper-end estimates.
SHIPPAGAN, N.B. — Testing aimed at preventing North Atlantic right whales from becoming entangled in fishing gear got a boost Tuesday as Ottawa formally announced more than $2 million for snow crab fishermen in northern New Brunswick.
ByTHE CANADIAN PRESS
This report by the NGFS sets out climate change-related risks as a source of financial risk and outlines six recommendations, particularly for central banks and financial supervisors to take initial steps to ensure the stability of the financial system. The report aims to build knowledge in the main gaps of identifying, measuring and managing climate risks in the financial system.
Lighter freight now preferred through Canal; J.B. Hunt enters ocean shipping market.
The centuries-long Age of Sail met an abrupt end with the advent of the engine, the fuel for which has long been cheap, abundant, and, until recently, perceived as consequence free. Diesel has since ruled the ocean and global shipping.
ByJarndt / SFGate
Energy systems are changing around the world, as both public and private sectors seek sustainable energy sources that also reduce CO2 emissions. Shell, perhaps most known for its wide-ranging international oil and gas projects and developments, say that it is working to understand these shifting energy landscapes and offshore wind energy is a key component of this mix.
The fleet currently lacks regulation, with no quotas or limits on catch and no statutory tracking of smaller boats. But these statistics suggest stocks are struggling and could be approaching a cliff edge.
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Paul Lansbergen says that beyond protecting fish stocks, law should protect ‘sustainable’ fishing rights
New study conducted across three coastal cities of Mumbai, Thoothukudi and Dhanushkodi
Despite its swift rise, the sustainable seafood movement’s work is far from done. To safeguard the future of fish, more seafood businesses must commit to sustainability, and consumers must be even more resolute in demanding a transparent seafood supply chain and supporting sustainability with every purchase.
Abstract - Despite their importance to ocean productivity, global patterns of marine phytoplankton diversity remain poorly characterized. Although temperature is considered a key driver of general marine biodiversity, its specific role in phytoplankton diversity has remained unclear.
Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations.
BANGKOK - There has never been a time of greater promise or greater challenge for the future of our oceans. This is the topic on everyone’s minds as the international community gathers in Copenhagen this week for the first Global Planning Meeting for the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
For the fourth time, the Five Deeps Expedition has successfully dived to the bottom of one of the world’s five oceans. In the world’s deepest diving operational submersible, the 'Limiting Factor', Victor Vescovo and his team completed the fourth mission of the expedition to reach what is commonly known as the deepest point on planet Earth: Challenger Deep within the Mariana Trench. Victor Vescovo set a new deep-diving record with this achievement.
Eight residents of four Torres Strait Islands are making a world-first case against their own government at the United Nations (UN) for breaching their human rights. A win will not be legally enforceable, but it could draw further attention to the government's failure to act.
Launching a major, long-term strategy to tackle flooding and coastal change, Environment Agency Chair, Emma Howard Boyd has said ‘we cannot win a war against water’ by building higher flood defences and called for a new approach to ensure communities are resilient to the threat of flooding posed by climate change.
In Seattle, Singapore, and other waterfront cities around the world, engineers are creating life-enhancing designs to encourage marine biodiversity.
The bulker Solomon Trader has been refloated from the reef where she went aground February 5 on Rennell Island, according to the Solomon Islands' National Disaster Office.
The Blake Ridge Shipwreck is about 130 miles off the North Carolina coast and 7,000 feet underwater, out of reach to all but the most technically inclined and well-funded marine archaeology expeditions.
The UK will need to spend £1 billion a year on flood management to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, according to the national Environment Agency. The organisation’s chair, Emma Boyd, said “we can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high flood defences”, and warned that entire communities may need to change location due to flood risk.
"We take judicial notice of recent devastation in Kerala which had taken place due to such unbridled construction activities resulting into colossal loss of human life and property."
Angling Notes: Stocks have declined in Irish waters, says Inland Fisheries Ireland
Up 2.5% of the sand on beaches near Hiroshima may in fact be fallout debris from the World War II atomic bomb that devastated the Japanese city. Unusual tiny spheres were forged when the Japanese city bore the brunt of nuclear explosion.
Data from a Hawaii observatory has recorded atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over 415 ppm, marking a historic precedent
Seafood loss and waste adds up to 7 billion dollars in Indonesia. How can better monitoring ensure better standards for sustainable fishing? The Food and Agriculture Organization notes that lower-income nations’ exports of fish and fishery products reached $78 billion in 2014, more than triple the value of global rice exports.
Montreal, Canada - Residents of Île-Bizard are stunned after an island washed up just metres away from some waterfront homes on Saturday.
Experts say that farming octopuses would require the catching of vast amounts of fish and shellfish to feed them, putting further pressure on the planet's already threatened marine livestock.