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Australia: Challenger Beach renourishment works to start

The City of Rockingham will carry out sand renourishment works at Challenger Beach this month to combat ongoing erosion issues that are occurring on site.

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Engineering

Australia: Jimmys Beach sand transfer system will deposit 10,000 cubic metres of sand twice a year

Thirty years of research and community debate about the most effective way of controlling severe erosion at Jimmys Beach, Hawks Nest will culminate next month when the first load of sand from a newly installed sand transfer system is pumped onto the beach.

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Property

Threat factors drive up cities' resilience spending

City governments around the world are becoming more aware of making sure their cities can withstand or recover quickly from unpredictable events and disasters.

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Science

India: Scientific management of mangroves is need of the hour

40 per cent of mangrove forests in West Coast of India have been converted into farmlands and housing colonies over the last three decades

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Energy

Bipartisan senators want 'highest possible' funding for carbon capture technology

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing for funding at the "highest possible levels" for carbon capture technology development.

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Property

Global disasters cost insurers $85 billion in 2018: Swiss Re

Global insured losses from disaster events last year totaled $85 billion, Swiss Re Ltd. said Wednesday, the fourth-highest recorded in a single year. But for 2017 and 2018 combined, the impact of global insured losses from natural catastrophes reached $219 billion, a record high over a two-year period, according to the Swiss Re Institute’s sigma report.

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Advocacy

The Nature Conservancy launches $40M Blue Bonds scheme for marine protection

International environmental non-profit, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has set a new ambition to unlock up to $1.6bn in the restoration and conservation of marine environments, through a $40m (£30m) "Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation".

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Science

A unique oil eating bacteria in the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans — the Mariana Trench

Scientists from the University of East Anglia have discovered a unique oil eating bacteria in the deepest part of the Earth’s oceans — the Mariana Trench. Together with researchers from the China and Russia, they undertook the most comprehensive analysis of microbial populations in the trench.

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Advocacy

South Pacific: Big Win For Surfers In Fiji

Chinese developers have mega-resort permit pulled after lengthy court battle

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Advocacy

Seychelles: President issues underwater plea to protect oceans

Danny Faure gives speech from submersible 120 metres below surface of Indian Ocean

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Energy

Ensco and Rowan complete merger to create world’s largest offshore drilling company

UK-based Ensco has completed its merger with smaller rival Rowan to create the world’s largest offshore drilling firm by fleet size.

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Science

Philippines : Shoring up a fishing town’s marine ecosystem

The environmental situation in Medina, a fishing town in Misamis Oriental province, has been experiencing a 180-degree turn since the municipal government embarked on a comprehensive marine protection and conservation program last year.

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Science

New Zealand: Climate change erosion feeding deep ocean trash dump

Coastal erosion carries millions of tonnes of long-buried trash into deep ocean canyons, where it remains for decades.

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Science

Australia: Climate Change Disrupts Recovery of Great Barrier Reef

TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, April 13, 2019 (ENS) – The damage caused to the Great Barrier Reef by the warming climate has compromised the capacity of its corals to recover, finds new research published earlier this month in the journal “Nature.”

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Engineering

South Africa: Unique sand bypass system at Port of Ngqura mimics nature successfully

The Port of Ngqura is the first port in the world to have a fixed embedded jet pump sand bypass. The sand bypass is designed to mimic the natural long shore drift of sand along the coast of South Africa. This is achieved by pumping the sand from the updrift (west) section of the coast to the downdrift (east) section of the coast.

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Amid changing climate, strategies needed to protect Indonesian islands from sea level rise

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, supported by USAID, have launched 226,280-hectare conservation areas to protect small islands in North Maluku.

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Engineering

England: Southsea Seafront Flood Defense Plans Continue to Progress

Plans to provide new flood defenses for the Southsea Seafront continue to progress with a tender for detailed engineering designs now underway, Southsea Coastal Scheme said in its latest release.

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Engineering

Jimmys Beach New South Wales sand transfer system is operational

New South Wales, Australia - Construction work on the $4.1 million sand transfer system at Jimmys Beach, Hawks Next has been completed.

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Science

Scientists Say World’s Protected Areas Need a Re-Boot

Publishing in the journal Science, scientists propose a bold new target that would stave off biodiversity loss

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Science

Roundness of mineral particles in subsea tailings from copper mining

Copper mines obviously yield copper, but they also produce waste material – tailings – which must be disposed of somehow. In Norway, tailings have often been dumped in fjords as an alternative to disposal on land. The environmental impact of this practice over time is not known.

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Energy

U.S. Signs Offshore Wind MOU With The Netherlands

On Monday, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Netherlands in support of offshore wind.

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Advocacy

Nordic Countries Call for Ocean Plastic Treaty

Nordic governments have become the first in the world to formally call for a global treaty to tackle ocean plastic.

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Tourism

An English City Considers Creating a National Marine Park

Plymouth, England, is rich in maritime history. Will a marine park change how its residents see the sea?

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Fisheries

New Phone App to Tell the Story Behind Your Fishy Meal

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has encouraged South Africans to support the ABALOBI app that tells the story behind the fish on their plates.

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Science

Opinion: Don’t let rising seas drown the Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands and other atoll countries in the Pacific will be the first nations to face extinction as a result of global warming. Rising sea levels could wipe them off the map in a matter of decades. Endless floods will make them uninhabitable even sooner.

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Buildings, parks and roads may retreat inland as part of 'buffer-zone' proposed for Kāpiti Coast

New Zealand - A surf club, several buildings, picnic areas and roads along a 40-metre section of the Kāpiti Coast may have to be either relocated or closed due to the rising threat of storms and coastal erosion.

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Science

Clues emerge in 'missing' ocean plastics conundrum

Of the 4-12 million tons of plastic that enter the oceans each year, just 250,00 tons —less than one percent—stays on the surface

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Tourism

Why Are We Turning to Underwater Design?

With such revolutionary designs as Snøhetta’s underwater restaurant in Norway to the Conrad Maldives hotel, architects are pushing the boundaries by building in new and exciting environments

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Fisheries

Shrimp Aquaculture: Study questions sustainability of plant-based aquafeed

The global farmed shrimp industry has an estimated production volume around four million metric tons (MT), and has become one of the biggest consumers of fishmeal in the aquaculture sector. This has put pressure on aquafeed manufacturers to find suitable alternative ingredients that do not affect the health or growth rates of the shrimp.

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Engineering

Against the tide: Thai 'floating temple' defies coastal erosion

As sea waters slowly rose around his temple and his neighbours fled inland, Thai abbot Somnuek Atipanyo refused to budge and is today a symbol of the fight to restore the country's fast-eroding coastlines.

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Federal

Manganese nodules: Desired mineral resource and important habitat

The JPIO project MiningImpact investigates deep-sea ecosystems in the central Pacific Ocean

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Science

Sea turtles struggle years after unexplained die-off

First-of-its kind study documents heavy metals, other evidence of poor health

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Engineering

'This is a wake-up call:' swift action needed on rising seas, experts say

Changing Climate Report says East Coast sea levels could rise 75 cm to 1 metre in next century

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Science

Great Barrier Reef's ability to recover from bleaching ' severely reduced'

The study measured the number of surviving adult corals in the Great Barrier Reef - the world's largest reef system - following extreme heat stress, as well as how many new corals it was able to replenish in 2018.

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Recreation

Devon, England: Surfing Legend Drops into Torquay

Surfing legend Ian “Kanga” Cairns is arriving to the Torquay Books on April 16 to launch his new book Kanga: a sports biography, adventure and surf history in two volumes.

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Recreation

The ‘Poorest’ Suburb of Paris Places Bid to Host Olympic Surfing in 2024 (175 km from the Ocean)

According to Agence France-Presse, a suburb of Paris with a population of about 50,000 people, has placed an official bid to host surfing when the 2024 games come to France. It joins Biarritz and Lacanau, two known surf destinations in Europe for the honor to host Olympic surf competition but there’s one unique characteristic about Sevran for surf fans worth noting: it’s 175 km from the ocean.

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Waterways

China's construction binge spreads to Americas, rattles US

PANAMA CITY (AP) — China's expansion in Latin America of its Belt and Road initiative to build ports and other trade-related facilities is stirring alarm in Washington over Beijing's ambitions in a region that American leaders since the 19th century have seen as off-limits to other powers.

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Waterways

Shipping data signals weakness in global economy

The volume of U.S. ocean cargo imports arranged by Deutsche Post’s DHL Group, United Parcel Service Inc, FedEx Corp and other freight forwarders fell sharply in February, sending a warning on global trade, a key barometer for the world economy.

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Advocacy

Cool Post of the Day: Aerial photographs of Barcelona reveal the geometric patterns of the coastal city

This gorgeous series by Márton Mogyorósy explores the coastal city of Barcelona from above, exploring the geometric patterns found in the Spanish city’s buildings, shore, and sea.

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Property

BIG and MIT unveil a floating city of the future at the United Nations

The UN has just unveiled a floating city. Or, at least a framework for how floating cities will be built.

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Fisheries

Shark control program to be shut down in the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef shark control program has been suspended after a tribunal ruled sharks found alive on drumlines must be released, ending a 60-year program designed to protect swimmers.

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Energy

Australia budgets $3.8 billion for climate and environment program

The Morrison Government is delivering more than $3.8 billion for a better environment in the 2019-20 Budget, including Australia’s biggest ever direct investment in emissions reduction.

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Science

Marine protected reserves do more than restore fish

In a new analysis of the effectiveness of marine protected areas worldwide, University of Massachusetts Amherst marine ecologist Brian Cheng and colleagues report that reserves not only replenish target fish populations, they also restore ecological functioning. However, not all reserves performed equally well.

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Science

Sea snakes make record-setting deep dives

Sea snakes, best known from shallow tropical waters, have been recorded swimming at 250 meters in the deep-sea 'twilight zone,' smashing the previous diving record of 133 meters held by sea snakes.

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Science

New Climate Change Report Should Be a Wakeup Call

Canada is warming at twice the global rate, while right-wing politicians attack the carbon tax.

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Science

Climate change is a threat to dolphins' survival

An unprecedented marine heatwave had long-lasting negative impacts on both survival and birth rates on the iconic dolphin population in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Researchers have now documented that climate change may have more far-reaching consequences for the conservation of marine mammals than previously thought.

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Regenerate Christchurch's two-year sea-level rise project still has no options

Regenerate Christchurch has spent two years and nearly $500,000 working out how the city's eastern suburbs will adapt to sea-level rise, but is yet to come up with any options.

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Engineering

Nova Scotia is one 'perfect storm' away from being cut off from Canada

The event could occur at any time through a combination of stormy weather conditions, say emergency officials

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Recreation

Meet 'Spike' the surfing echidna (Come on, it's Friday and yes, there is video)

SEEING an Australian marsupial is special at any time, but when it's an echidna on a beach, it's iconic.

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Science

Legume Gone: The Shocking Reasons for a Tree’s Extinction in India

It appears to have been wiped out by pollution, development and illegal mining by “sand mafias.” Will other plants soon follow?

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Science

Grim global climate report: Drought, rising seas, millions displaced

A global review has painted a dramatic and dismal picture of our planet under climate change, as record carbon dioxide levels soar toward increasingly dangerous levels.

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Property

With oceans in peril, investors find new ways to invest in the ‘blue economy’

ImpactAlpha, March 28 – The bad news about the oceans has finally started to generate some good news for investors looking for investments in the blue economy.

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Property

When the coast is not clear (India)

The coast supports a wide variety of marine flora and fauna that coastal communities rely on for their livelihood. The degradation of these ecosystems leaves these areas susceptible to natural disasters that can have long term effects on the sustainability and growth of coastal communities.

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Property

Historic whale and dolphin stranding data made public for the first time

Between 1913 and 1989, the coastguard, fishermen and members of the public sent the Museum their sightings of whale and dolphin strandings from around the UK coast.

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Federal

Will Large Protected Areas Save the Oceans or Politicize Them?

In the last decade, governments have been pushing to create vast Marine Protected Areas large enough to protect species from overfishing and other threats. But critics are questioning whether the creation of these large protected areas is driven more by geopolitics than conservation.

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Engineering

Alarming speed at which East Anglia's coastline is eroding is laid bare in incredible aerial photos

Mike Page, 79, created a unique aerial archive showing the alarming erosion of land in Norfolk and Suffolk. Images show how shoreline has shrunk between 1999 and the present day as large chunks fall into the sea . Mr Page flies above the coastline in a two seater Cessna 150 and takes photos with a handheld Cannon 1D3

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Energy

To the future and back: Future governance of environmental risk

How can we manage environmental risk across 1 979 179 km² of the ocean and 100 915 km of coastline? How can we make a contingency plan to protect this vast area? And how can we make a new plan every fourth year with comparable results? That’s what the Norwegian Coastal Administration had to figure out.

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Engineering

Balluta Bay sand disappears seven months after replenishment

Balluta Bay, Malta - Marine experts had warned project was doomed to fail. The little sand that remained at Balluta Bay, St Julian’s, has disappeared after the latest storm, just seven months after the completion of €110,000-replenishment project by the Tourism Ministry.

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Science

Blue Planet is back – here's how to visit the incredible locations

Tossing £5,000 worth of electrical equipment over the side of a Zodiac inflatable boat might seem foolish, but the sophisticated piece of gadgetry I’m lowering into the icy Southern Ocean could reward me with far greater intelligence on the state of Antarcticathan any expedition cruise ship lecture or illustrated field guide.

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'It's just a constant howl': Pilbara braces as cyclone Veronica inches over coast

The Pilbara coast has been smashed by torrential rain and dangerous winds as severe tropical cyclone Veronica inched through the region on Sunday. Flooding had been reported during the afternoon, with sustained destructive winds near the storm's centre recorded at 150km/h with gusts to 205km/h.

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Explainer: Why sand is so highly valued and consequences of overmining

Data from the Singapore Land Authority showed that Singapore had grown to 724.2 square kilometres in 2018 as compared to its land size of 581.5 square kilometres in 1959 — a 24 per cent increase.

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Half-a-billion-year-old fossil reveals the origins of comb jellies

One of the ocean's little known carnivores has been allocated a new place in the evolutionary tree of life after scientists discovered its unmistakable resemblance with other sea-floor dwelling creatures.

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Tourism

American builds wall on a beach in Yucatan

While the US president, Donald Trump, is looking for funds to finance the construction of the controversial wall on the border with Mexico, a US citizen, in just a matter of days, raised a fence in the Mexican state of Yucatan with which he closed the access of a public beach near his home.

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The Latest: Cyclone Idai death toll rises to over 550

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe - The Latest on the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in southern Africa (all times local):

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Africa Cyclone Idai wreaks havoc across southeastern Africa

Thousands of people remain without food or shelter days after the storm made landfall on the coast of Mozambique. As communities struggle with the scale of loss, neighboring countries have pledged humanitarian support.

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Atlantification of the marine ecosystem in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard

Climate warming is rapidly altering the physical marine environment in fjords on the west coast of Svalbard towards a more temperate state. Reductions in sea ice cover and increased ocean temperatures are evident, resulting in changes of ice-associated and pelagic ecosystems.

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Tourism

Tourists are flocking to locations threatened by climate change. That only makes things worse.

“Last-chance tourism” is hastening the decline of destinations like the Florida Reef and the Galapagos Islands.

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Science

Mutually-assured destruction in heated coral-algae war

Global warming and acidifying oceans are creating an intense competition between coral and algae that both are set to lose.

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Engineering

Engineering first as Dutch flood defence scheme is unveiled in Somerset

The tiny coastal community of Stolford has become the first location in the UK to benefit from innovative flood defence technology pioneered in Holland.

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‘Water is both an index and a driver of inequality’

Harvard professor and author Sunil Amrith speaks to Rishita Roy Chowdhury about his latest book, Unruly Waters, which looks at the role water has played in South Asian history.

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Property

France Is Taking a Drastic Approach to Sea Level Rise

When I was in elementary school in the early ’90s, there was already a clear understanding of climate change and its causes amongst educators — but these individuals weren’t necessarily part of serious political or industry discussions. In any case, there wasn’t serious action taken to address the problem.

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Deep Ocean Live: Rare access to one of the world's most heavily protected coral atolls

Sky News will broadcast live from 300m down in the Indian Ocean at 8am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The series will examine the impact of climate change and plastic pollution. It includes the deepest-ever live news programme from submersibles.

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Engineering

Scheme to mine the abyss gets sea trial

A Belgian company, Global Sea Mineral Resources, is set to test a bus-size machine designed to vacuum up metallic nodules that sit on the dark abyssal sea floor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, a nodule-rich area between Mexico and Hawaii. During the short trial, a team of independent scientists will deploy more than 60 sensors to monitor the collector's environmental impact.

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Recreation

SURF GUITAR LEGEND DICK DALE DEAD AT 81

Misirlou star and surf pioneer passes away following health issues.

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Advocacy

Saving marine life, and those who depend on it

The Gulf of Mannar is along the coastline of southern India bordering Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts in Tamil Nadu. It has rich biological and ecological assemblages with very high levels of productivity. The gulf falls within the Indo-Malayan realm which has rich marine biodiversity on earth.

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Science

IMO Issues Guidelines on How to Monitor Ocean Plastic

A new set of publicly-available guidelines for monitoring plastic in the oceans is expected to help harmonize how the scale of the issue is assessed.

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Waterways

Photos: R/V Petrel Finds the Wreck of the USS Wasp, A Famed WWII Carrier

The crew of the late entrepreneur Paul Allen’s research vessel, the R/V Petrel, have discovered the wreck of the American aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV 7), which went down in 1942 after she was fatally damaged by Japanese torpedoes.

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Nova Scotia set to regulate coastal construction as sea levels rise

Nova Scotia is proposing legislation that would set rules for coastal construction and protect features such as salt marshes and dunes as sea levels rise in the future.

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Engineering

Three challenges that may affect green bond issuance

More than a decade ago, the World Bank’s offered the first green bond and a blueprint for what is currently a $500+ billion market (watch a video on the history here).

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Engineering

Asia's largest dredging vessel sets sail in operation

Tian Kun Hao, a Chinese-built dredging vessel, the largest of its kind in Asia, sails under a sea trial after departing a port in east China's Jiangsu Province, Constructed by Tianjin Dredging Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China Communication Construction Co., Ltd. (CCCC), the 140-meter-long vessel, with the designed capacity to dredge 6,000 cubic meters per hour, can dig as deep as 35 meters under the sea floor.

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Fisheries

Fast-growing genetically engineered salmon approved

Developers of the fast-growing genetically engineered salmon first started the approval process with the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995. In 2019, we are a bit closer to having the option of buying this fish for ourselves, as the FDA clears the final regulatory hurdle to allow sale of AquAdvantage salmon.

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Recreation

The Mounties on a mission in the surf

As Julia Conway hits a wave in her inflatable rescue boat, her right hand clenched and thrumming on the tiller arm and salt spray stinging her face, she’s reminded of the many reasons she’s there.

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Waterways

Cleaning up ports: from Oslo to California

From underwater drones in Norway to an Australian-designed floating rubbish bin, tech companies and port authorities are increasingly linking up to clean up waterways and tackle air pollution. What are the most pioneering projects and what role can local communities play in creating change?

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Fisheries

Grant to establish farmed Pacific bluefin tuna hatchery

Project builds on research that developed soy-based feeds for tuna aquaculture.

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Science

Scientists completed one of the most detailed explorations inside the Great Blue Hole.

There's a massive underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize that extends 125 meters into the Earth's crust. It's called the Great Blue Hole. Scuba divers and snorkelers have been cruising the surface waters for decades, but few have dared to venture deeper and explore what lies beyond the blackness.

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Mysterious new orca species likely identified

For the first time, scientists have filmed and studied the elusive “type D” killer whales in the wild.

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Waterways

Second time unlucky for Solomon Islands oil spill bulk carrier

The Hong Kong-flagged “MV Solomon Trader” ran aground a month ago, spilling oil into the pristine waters of the remote island.

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Science

Climate research centre to study how sea level rise could impact Singapore

SINGAPORE: The Centre for Climate Research will start a National Sea Level Programme this year to better study how a rise in sea levels could impact Singapore, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said on Thursday (Mar 7).

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Recreation

Surfing Australia chief executive Chris Mater excited about Tasmania's potential

New Surfing Australia chief executive Chris Mater has described the sport in Tasmania as an "exciting proposition", but saying at present it still is very much in the "development stage" when it comes to matching up with other states.

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Energy

North Sea Wind Power Hub Gets Royal Treatment

The King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have reviewed the concept and plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) as part of the German-Dutch trade delegation meeting.

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Recreation

New Look World Surf League Longboard Tour Hits Noosa Queensland

World Surf League: Nossa, Queensland /AUS (Wednesday, March 6, 2019) - The new look World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Tour (LT) will commence this week at one of the world’s most iconic surfing locations, Noosa, Queensland. I

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Engineering

Working to mitigate beach erosion at Flaxmill Bay

New Zealand - Work is progressing on options to mitigate beach erosion at Flaxmill Bay as part of a wider programme of work to protect our Coromandel coastline. The 2018-2028 Long Term Plan includes $2.6 million over three years to help us implement this through the development of Shoreline Management Plans.

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Energy

Costal territories, sustainable development top Arctic Forum’s agenda

MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. Key topics of the upcoming Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum, due in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, will be Costal Territories, Open Ocean and Sustainable Development, the event’s organizer, Roscongress, said in a press release on Tuesday.

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Science

Heatwaves sweeping oceans ‘like wildfires’, scientists reveal

Extreme temperatures destroy kelp, seagrass and corals – with alarming impacts for humanity

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Waterways

Environmental Disaster Unfolds in Pacific, Near Solomon Islands, as Ship Leaks Oil

An environmental disaster is unfolding in the Pacific after a large ship ran aground and began leaking oil next to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Solomon Islands, Australian officials said Friday [March 1].

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Science

Human 'footprint' on Antarctica measured for first time

The full extent of the human 'footprint' on Antarctica has been revealed for the first time by new research which used satellite images to measure stations, huts, runways, waste sites and tourist camps at 158 locations. The study found that more than half of all large ice-free coastal areas of Antarctica have now been disturbed by human activity.

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Species threatened by deep-sea mining: Images of some of the planet's most mysterious lifeforms.

The UN has described the deep sea as “the largest source of species and ecosystem diversity on Earth.” Life thrives particularly on the vast expanses of sea floor known as abyssal plains, amid the submarine mountains that rise from them and around superheated springs.

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