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Science

Definitive Global Map of Ocean Floor Doubles Data

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%.

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Engineering

Early communication the key for Maroochydore Beach* Nourishment Project

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.

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Tourism

Shoring up Puerto Galera’s marine ecology

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.

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Engineering

Despite labour shortages, Nova Scotia's ocean tech sector is booming

'The bottleneck is labour, has been for years. But it's much worse now than it's ever been'

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Waterways

How Dredging Adds Stress to Already Struggling Coral Reefs

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.

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Science

As deep-sea science is out-paced by exploitation, can catastrophe be averted?

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.

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Recreation

Australia’s pristine beaches have a poo problem

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.

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Science

Robotics: The Next Gen in Subsea Vehicles

MUMs (and daughters) of invention: Sea nymphs and MUMs are inspiring a new generation of underwater systems and vehicles. Elaine Maslin takes a look.

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Fisheries

For every hundred salmon that go out to sea, 95 don't come back - the state of wild salmon in Ireland

We spoke to Dr Ciaran Byrne from Inland Fisheries Ireland about the worrying decline in wild salmon numbers.

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Science

Scientists investigate rare pygmy sperm whale found washed up on beach

Scientists at London Zoo are investigating after a rare pygmy sperm whale was found washed up on a Welsh beach on Wednesday.

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Property

6,000 properties in Pool Harbor, New Zealand 'could be at risk without coastal defence works'

PLANS for the next phase of a multi-million pound coastal defences project have been outlined in an environmental impact assessment.

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Recreation

Bulgaria’s Parliament bans cars, caravans and tents from dunes

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.

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Fisheries

Opinion: Cutting fisheries subsidies crucial for oceans and for development

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.

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Science

Protecting Coral Reefs in a Deteriorating Environment

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.

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Advocacy

Environment charities urge Scotland ban on polycarbonate in tough new climate change laws

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.

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Science

HYDROTHERMAL VENTS FUEL ‘BLOOMS’ IN SURPRISING PLACES

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.

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Science

Scientists crack secret of fish's deadly, transparent teeth

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.

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Engineering

Rising sea levels threaten BHUBANESWAR, INDIA coastline

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.

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Science

Tube Anemone Has the Largest Animal Mitochondrial Genome Ever Sequenced

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.

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Energy

World’s Biggest Vessel Ships Its First LNG From Australia To Asia

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.

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Energy

U.S. Has World’s Largest Oil Reserves

The U.S. holds more oil reserves than anyone else in the world, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Venezuela.

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Advocacy

Used and Abused: How Much Can the Oceans Take?

Unrelenting pressures and mounting uses in Rhode Island alone highlight stress humans are inflicting upon the marine environment

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Waterways

Port Report: Maritime firms ask where they fit with robotic ships

Still years away from being viable freight carriers, autonomous shipping does pose existential threat to current maritime order.

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Property

India Supreme Court grants relief for residents of Kochi coastal apartments

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.

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Waterways

Autonomous shipping makes waves

Progress continues to be made with smaller vessels and in coastal waters but, as problems with container ships have shown, innovation and technology is not a panacea if the root cause of incidents and losses is not addressed.

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Tourism

Massive resort breaks ground on Cambodia coast

Hotel and entertainment complex Prince Tian Xi Wan broke ground on Thursday in Sihanoukville.

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Federal

NOAA Releases Online Water Level Forecast Tech

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.

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Science

EDITORIAL: A new narrative for the ocean

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.

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Energy

'Deep Purple' seabed hydrogen storage for offshore wind plan

Project partners hope to provide clean power supply for oil & gas platforms off Norway

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Engineering

Why sea level rise is a big deal for China

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.

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Waterways

Installation of “Seawing”, an automated kite system utilizing natural energy

"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."

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Property

1 in 2 people in New South Wales's coastal community don't think sea level rise will impact them directly

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.

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Science

UK Creates Massive New ‘Blue Belt’ of Protected Coastal Zones

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.

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Waterways

Eco-tanker design uses VOC, LNG and rotor sail to reduce emissions

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.

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Science

3 million-year-old oyster shell found on Folly Beach in wake of SC renourishment project

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.

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Advocacy

Overwhelming support for more ambitious Canadian ocean protection targets, new survey finds

Canadian public shows clear support for recent policy actions to improve standards for marine protected areas

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Property

Kerala govt to go ahead with demolition of Maradu flats

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.

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Property

Floating cities: the future or a washed-up idea

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.

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Science

Scientists Find Possible Traces of 'Lost' Stone Age Settlement Beneath the North Sea

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.

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Fisheries

Nordea: Real algal bloom impact thus far is 40,000t salmon lost to market

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.

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Science

New Zealand's North Island sea bird population in 'serious decline'

An estimated 90 percent of seabirds in the North island are at risk of extinction according to the Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust report.

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Engineering

Global sand demand: unprecedented extraction rates could lead to shortage

Up to 50 billion tonnes are excavated annually for use in road-building to water purification

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Science

Researchers create online assessment tool to detect blue carbon

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.

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Fisheries

Warming waters spark marine migration, fish wars

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.

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Engineering

Popular Wales family beach in Tenby is getting washed away leaving dangerous power cables exposed

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.

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Tourism

Thailand Government Says, Shut of Iconic Beach a Lesson on Taming ‘Instagram Tourism’

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.

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Fisheries

Fishing fleets have doubled since 1950—but they’re having a harder time catching fish

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.

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Energy

Consortium launches industrial-scale Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS) project

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.

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Science

Mumbai, Chennai & New York could be lost to sea level rise by 2100, says new US study

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).

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Property

Floating cities are getting far closer to reality than ever before — but they won't be the libertarian utopias billionaires have proposed

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.

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Federal

NOAA predicts above-normal 2019 hurricane season in the central Pacific

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.

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Waterways

Shipping - LNG for 2020: IMO Sulfur Limits and the LNG Alternative

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.

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Science

The alarming trend of beached whales filled with plastic, explained

The sperm whale that just washed ashore in Italy is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Science

Fresh Water Under the Ocean

UD study examines the dangers of depleting freshwater resources beneath the world’s oceans

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Engineering

$70m needed to save Tobago coast

Tobago needs $70 million to repair their coastlines because of coastal erosion.

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Waterways

Hong Kong air pollution and the deadly impact of shipping and cruise industries

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?

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Fisheries

Eight million salmon killed in a week by sudden surge of algae in Norway

Deaths come weeks after similar incident in Scotland: ‘We’re all pretty worried’

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Advocacy

We're Now At A Million Plastic Bottles Per Minute - 91% Of Which Are Not Recycled

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.

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Science

Processes not observed on Earth play major roles in the movement of sand on Mars

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.

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Property

India Supreme Court refuses to extend deadline for demolishing flats in Maradu

The court evaluated that it is high time the tendency of courts and other legal systems stopped forgiving those who violate the environment laws.

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Engineering

Accelerating Climate Initiatives by Van Oord

Van Oord, an international contractor specializing in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects, presented a white paper on Accelerating Climate Initiatives today.

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Fisheries

Marine protection group removes two tons of ghost nets from Greek seabed

Ghost nets are a substantial threat to fish and wildlife the world over. Addressing the problem will take effort on a large scale.

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Fisheries

Canada enacts new rules to protect Southern Resident orcas

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.

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Property

More than half of Brits want to buy a home near the coast or waterfront

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.

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Property

Philippine cities facing sinking prospects

MANILA (AFP-Jiji) — When Mary Ann San Jose moved to Sitio Pariahan more than two decades ago, she could walk to the local chapel. Today, reaching it requires a swim.

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Federal

Pacific nuclear waste site was put under a dome - and the dome is cracking

At 6.45am on March 1, 1954, the blue sky stretching over the south Pacific Ocean was split open by an enormous red flash.

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Science

Ice sheet contributions to future sea-level rise from structured expert judgment

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.

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Fisheries

New Brunswick fishers get $2 million to test gear to prevent whale entanglements

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.

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Property

A Call for Action - Climate Change as a Source of Financial Risk

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.

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Engineering

Windships – Will There be a New Age of Sail?

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.

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Energy

Shell leverages offshore experience to tap growing wind energy market

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.

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Fisheries

Insight: Scottish fishing industry fears radical measures to protect marine life

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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Fisheries

Commentary: Updated fisheries law could stem loss of stocks, biodiversity: supporters

Paul Lansbergen says that beyond protecting fish stocks, law should protect ‘sustainable’ fishing rights

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Fisheries

The Rising Tide of Sustainable Seafood

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.

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Science

Global pattern of phytoplankton diversity driven by temperature and environmental variability

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.

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Property

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change, ocean health facing Pacific nations on the ‘frontline’

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.

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Science

Opinions: Deep sea marine science is key to unlocking potential of our oceans

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).

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Science

Victor Vescovo Makes Deepest Submarine Dive in History

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.

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Property

Islanders Threatened By Rising Seas Take Australian Government To Court In World First

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.

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Engineering

UK Environment Agency calls for new approach to flood and coastal resilience

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.

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Waterways

Fish Below Your Feet and Other Solutions for a Living Harbor

In Seattle, Singapore, and other waterfront cities around the world, engineers are creating life-enhancing designs to encourage marine biodiversity.

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Waterways

Solomon Trader Refloated and Removed from Rennell Island

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.

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Waterways

World's First Floating Farm Now has Cows

32 cows have taken up residence in the world’s first floating farm in Rotterdam.

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Science

3D shipwreck models let you become a marine archaeologist in new ‘virtual museum’

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.

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Tourism

Survey reveals Kiwis are not happy with tourists

The proportion of New Zealanders who believe tourism is good for the country has dipped and more Kiwis surveyed than ever think the number of tourists is too high.

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Engineering

Floods will cost the UK billions, but AI can help make sewers the first defence

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.

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Property

India SC Orders Demolition of Buildings - Construction In Coastal Area Cannot Be Permitted Without Concurrence of CZM Authority

"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."

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Fisheries

Using down-to-earth science to save angel shark from extinction

Angling Notes: Stocks have declined in Irish waters, says Inland Fisheries Ireland

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Science

Hiroshima’s beach sands contain atomic bomb glass

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.

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Science

Level of carbon dioxide on Earth the highest it’s been since the dawn of mankind

Data from a Hawaii observatory has recorded atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over 415 ppm, marking a historic precedent

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Fisheries

The costs of poor fishery management

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.

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Property

Residents worried after island washes up just metres from homes in Île-Bizard

Montreal, Canada - Residents of Île-Bizard are stunned after an island washed up just metres away from some waterfront homes on Saturday.

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Fisheries

Octopus farming 'unethical, threat to food chain’: Scientists warn

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.

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