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Seeking the big picture of our planet? Check out satellite images on NOAA’s website

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has some of the world’s most advanced satellites. At any given moment, our planet is circled by NOAA satellites that transmit detailed information back to Earth, informing weather forecasts, climatological research – and you.

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Local

Coastal communities losing ground on climate change planning, study shows

Canada - Small cities are already seeing effects of climate change but lack resources and political mandate to adapt, says urban planning expert.

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Energy

Hundreds of wind turbine blades line banks of Humber as world's largest offshore windfarm generates first power

Electricity has been generated from what is soon to become the world's largest offshore windfarm for the first time - after the first four massive turbines were shipped from Hull last month. The project will power for a million homes when its fully operational next year.

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Science

The real 'Jaws': Great white shark's genetic secrets revealed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world’s oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature — right down to its genes.

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Energy

Great Australian Bight oil drilling report released

The company proposing to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight has released its environment plan, but Greenpeace has accused it of downplaying the risk of a major spill.

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Science

Why the world needs wetlands

We’ve spent hundreds of years trying to protect ourselves from the Earth’s waters. So why, in the 21st century, are wetlands being restored and how can they help us cope with global warming? Since 1700, the world has lost 87 per cent of its wetlands according to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in its 2018 Global Wetland Outlook (GWO).

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Property

Australia: Holiday rental night caps 'do nothing' to improve housing affordability and access

Holiday rental websites fear a proposed 90-night limit on holiday letting in Byron Bay could set a dangerous precedent for high tourist areas like the South Coast.

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Property

Edinburgh considering tourist tax - Attempt to cover damage by overtourism

(CNN) - Edinburgh is set to become the first city in the UK to impose a tourist tax. These taxes, which attempt to charge visitors to popular destinations additional fees, are an attempt to cover the damage done by overtourism.

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Energy

Cassidy, Schatz introduce legislation to boost renewable wind energy, protect coral reefs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-Louisiana) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Offshore Wind for Territories Act, bipartisan legislation authorizing offshore wind energy development in the exclusive economic zone adjacent to U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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Fisheries

The hunt for the fish pirates who exploit the sea

For 10 years, a rogue fishing vessel and its crew plundered the world’s oceans, escaping repeated attempts of capture. Then a dramatic pursuit across the high seas finally netted the one that got away.

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Energy

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Project: This is Worth Your Time (By Peter Ravella, Editor of Coastal News Today)

Nord Stream 2 is a significant energy infrastructure project Russia is pursuing to move Russian natural gas into the EU market without "paying freight" to Ukraine for its pipelines, a significant sum which accounts for a few percent of Ukraine's GDP. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, now one-third complete, crosses the Baltic Sea, avoiding both the Ukraine and the pipeline taxes, and lands directly in northeastern Germany. The pipeline construction is moving ahead quickly and the US is objecting. Four articles on this topic are linked below.

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Property

The coast looks clear

The Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2018, has diluted India’s only protection system for fragile coasts, making it vulnerable to realtors and large-scale development projects

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Energy

BP: Renewables To Become Largest Source Of Power By 2040

Renewable energy will be the fastest-growing source of energy in the world through 2040, penetrating the energy system “more quickly than any fuel in history” to become the largest source of power by 2040, oil and gas supermajor BP said in its annual BP Energy Outlook on Thursday.

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Science

Research forms complex picture of mercury pollution in a period of global change

Climate change and the loss of wetlands may contribute to increased levels of mercury concentrations in coastal fish, according to a Dartmouth College study.

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Property

Hell on the water

For nearly 350 years, no venture was as lucrative as the transatlantic slave trade. It was the most profitable — and the most horrific — of enterprises.

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Science

Get a glimpse of the ocean floor with remarkable images of deep sea creatures

The deep sea is a strange and scary place, being one of the last great unexplored habitats on our planet. But technology is developing that lets us glimpse the bottom of the ocean and even listen to its sounds.

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Science

Experience the Life of the Deep Gulf of Mexico in 20 Videos

As we prepare for our 2019, Gulf of Mexico, Deep-Sea, Wood-Fall Collection, Research Cruise Spectacular from February 11th-24th, enjoy these videos from our 2017 expedition. Also follow us on Instagram and Twitter under hashtag #woodfall to keep updated on our upcoming cruise.

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Science

Sea worms and jellyfish treat cancer and kill insects

Scientists point out the expediency of further research of marine invertebrates to isolate the antitumor compounds from them.

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Engineering

Coastal erosion causes old landfill sites to spill waste onto South Island beach

Coastal erosion is causing rubbish from two historic landfills to spill down a cliff face and onto a beach near Oamaru. The two rural landfills are located along a steep coastal cliff between Beach Rd and the Pacific Ocean. They sit on Waitaki District Council land, but were never opened or approved as landfills by the council.(Oamaru is the largest town in North Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand).

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Property

Dubai Airbnb market worth over $101m

Revenues for properties listed on Airbnb in Dubai increased by 69 per cent in 2018, compared to the previous year, reaching $101 million in the emirate, a new report by Chestertons Mena has found.

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Science

Pathogenic Bacteria Found On Microplastics Retrieved From Singapore's Beaches

Bacteria living on microplastic pollution in tropical marine environments include a number of pathogenic species as well as a few that might be helpful

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Science

As ice melts, Greenland could become big sand exporter: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island's vast ice sheet and washing large amounts of sediment into the sea, scientists said on Monday.

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Science

Momentous mission: first successful invasive species removal in Marquesas

Conservationists leaped from boats onto sheer rock faces and braved “10,000 dive-bombing Sooty Terns” to achieve the first successful eradication of invasive rodents on Teuaua Island, French Polynesia. This success paves the way for larger island restorations across the Marquesas Archipelago.

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Waterways

These maps show the world’s rivers in stunning detail

These maps are both data-rich and absolutely gorgeous. You're looking at watershed maps, showing the flow of tributary streams into main rivers, and of those water courses into the sea (or final destinations inland).

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Waterways

Here are the 20 busiest ports on the planet

An estimated 90% of world trade is facilitated by maritime shipping, and as trade volumes continue to increase, the world’s busiest ports continue to grow larger and more efficient to meet demand.

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Waterways

$227M Coast Guard ship making crews too seasick to work

Monday, February 11, 2019, 2:06 PM - Canada's $227-million fleet of mid-shore coast guard vessels are rolling "like crazy" at sea, making crews seasick and keeping some ships in port during weather conditions where they should be able to operate, CBC News has learned.

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Engineering

Climate change is forcing a rethink of how coastal assets are approved and managed

The effects of rising sea levels and climate change on coastal assets are hard to predict. One of create‘s Most Innovative Engineers is working on a development approvals framework that’s agile enough to change with the times.

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Property

Bracing for climate change is a matter of survival for the Maldives

Male, February 11 (blogs.worldbank,org): The Maldives is no stranger to the risks from climate change. It is already witnessing an increase in intense rainfall and resultant flooding, cyclonic winds and storm surges. The irony is that while these states have not contributed much to greenhouse emissions, as they produce very little, they may face some of the worst consequences.

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Energy

Europe’s offshore wind capacity up by almost 20%

EUROPE’s offshore wind capacity rose by 18% last year – 85% of it accounted for by the UK and Germany – according to a new report.

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Fisheries

Gap between fishermen and scientists needs to be addressed: FISH-NL

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says it’s time to bring back a tool that once helped bridge the gap between fishermen and scientists, particularly on issues regarding the state of northern cod.

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Engineering

New Ipswich tidal barrier will protect town from flooding for 100 years

More than 1,600 homes and 400 businesses have better protection from flooding after the successful completion of a new £67.4million tidal flood barrier for Ipswich.

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Advocacy

Capturing carbon to fight climate change is dividing environmentalists

Environmental activists are teaming up with fresh faces in Congress to advocate for a Green New Deal, a bundle of policies that would fight climate change while creating new jobs and reducing inequality. Not all of the activists agree on what those policies ought to be.

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Tourism

This popup waste bar in Goa hands out beer in exchange for beach trash

Modelled on similar bars in the Netherlands, a popup waste bar in Goa attempts to clean up the state's beaches.

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Energy

UK missing opportunity as it swims against tidal energy

Andrew Scott, chief executive at Orbital Marine Power, said it was “a new benchmark for the tidal industry”.

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Science

Major study uncovers ‘sea change’ in world’s understanding of Atlantic conveyor belt

An international research programme has uncovered data that could transform scientists’ understanding of the Atlantic Ocean current – a circulation pattern that plays a central role in determining weather across the world. The warm water that the AMOC carries northwards releases heat into the atmosphere, which means it plays a crucial role in keeping western Europe warm.

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Science

Cities, Accumulated Risk, and GIS

Around 600 cities in the world generate half of the world’s GDP and have a combined population of about 1.7 billion. Most of these 600 cities are either coastal cities or on the bank of the river which make them highly vulnerable for flooding.

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Engineering

Wellington seaside village hatches climate change plan after Cyclone Gita mayhem

A plan has been devised to help safeguard the Wellington seaside village of Makara Beach from future severe weather events after it was left scarred by ex-Cyclone Gita.

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Science

Position of Magnetic North Pole Officially Changed

NOAA has announced that the National Centers for Environmental Information has updated the World Magnetic Model mid-cycle to reflect unexpected changes in the location of the magnetic north pole.

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Property

Bulgarians decry ‘eco vandalism’ on coast

It may not be the holiday season, but Bulgaria's Black Sea coast has been the focus of a lot of media attention in recent weeks.

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Science

Our oceans broke heat records in 2018 and the consequences are catastrophic

Rising temperatures can be charted back to the late 1950s, and the last five years were the five hottest on record

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Science

Dreadful Discovery About Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish Has Silver Lining For Great Barrier Reef

Jonathan Allen has good news and bad news for Australians regarding the crown-of-thorns sea star.

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Energy

Ramsar Convention seeks use of wetlands to tackle climate change

With time running out to reduce global carbon emissions by 45 per cent before 2030 and limit global warming to well below 2 degrees C, The Ramsar Convention said wetlands provide a natural solution to making a daunting task more achievable.

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Waterways

More stringent marine sulfur limits mean changes for U.S. refiners and ocean vessels

The International Marine Organization’s new regulations limit the sulfur content in marine fuels used by ocean-going vessels in international waters to 0.5% by weight starting in January 2020. This change will have wide-scale repercussions for the shipping industry and refineries in the United States and worldwide.

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Science

Climate change will alter the color of the oceans, new research finds

Scientists find the ocean will look different in the future as a warming climate changes populations of marine microorganisms called phytoplankton.

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Science

The pervasiveness of microplastics - plastic particles are showing up in our food and in our bodies. Is that a problem?

About a year ago, Philipp Schwabl, a research scientist and physician specializing in intestinal diseases at the Medical University of Vienna, read an article about plastic pollution and started to connect the dots. "Nanoplastic in seafood could easily be eaten by humans; there is no reason to doubt this is happening." Richard C. Thompson, professor of marine biology, University of Plymouth

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Advocacy

Japan's whalers back treaty withdrawal

MINAMIBOSO, Chiba. Neatly lining up sliced whale meat to make "jerky" in the wintry sea breeze, Tetsuya Masaki says whaling is just part of daily life in his tiny Japanese community of Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture.

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Recreation

National Surf Day Is Proposed by Declaring that Sport of Public Interest

The Project Aims to Generate Contributions to the Economic Activity of Costa Rica's Coastal Areas

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Science

Charcoal trade a threat to Myanmar’s vital mangrove forests

Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar are home to the largest mangrove forests in SE Asia, but economic growth and illegal logging have damaged these forests, although better public awareness does offer hope

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Property

Queensland braced for 'dangerous' flooding as big wet continues

Bureau of Meteorology expecting rainfall totals of up to 400mm per day for multiple days. North Queensland residents have woken to another day of torrential rain as a once in a 100-year big wet rolls on. The massive monsoonal deluge has caused landslips and flash flooding across the region over the past seven days.

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Advocacy

Puerto Aventuras group request intervention in restricted beach access

Puerto Aventuras, Q.R. — A group of Puerto Aventuras locals have reached out to the municipal president for help regarding restricted beach access.

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Tourism

Drones dispense poison to help rid Galapagos Islands of rats

If you’re trying to get rats off an island without damaging the native animals or plants, what’s the best way to go about it? If you’re anything like the brains behind a recent initiative on two islands in Ecuador’s Galapagos archipelago, the answer is simple: Use drones that dispense rat poison.

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Engineering

Alternative design for Marsalforn breakwater being studied, first design would close off the bay

The Gozo Ministry is still considering at least one alternative to the recently-published design for the proposed Marsalforn breakwater, a spokesman has said.

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Advocacy

Insurance problems keeps Whyalla's beach wheelchairs locked away for over a year

A community project to provide beach access for wheelchair users has hit a roadblock that has left a section of the community still feeling excluded.

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Science

Mixing it up in the web of life

Many types of marine plankton are either animal-like or plant-like. But a huge number are both, and they are upending ideas about ocean ecology.

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Recreation

Kitesurfer Olly Bridge successfully jumped over a sand spit in Dawlish Warren, England

The 21-year-old professional kitesurfer performed a 650-foot leap from a tidal pool located in the estuary of River Exe into the ocean.

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Engineering

New Zealand - 'This moment will not come again' - councils' $8b climate change warning

Local councils are facing a $5-8 billion bill to replace vital infrastructure lost to climate change in the next half-century - and they want a national war chest to pay for it.

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Science

At many river deltas, scientists are missing a major source of sea level rise

For coastal communities, the sea level rise propelled by melting ice and warming oceans is bad enough. But people living on the soft, compressible sediments of river deltas have another factor to contend with: sinking land.

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Engineering

Major study could benefit 11 million Thai people living in vulnerable coastal zones

A major study aims to improve understanding of the vulnerability of Thailand's shoreline and coastal communities to storms, floods and coastal erosion under future climate change scenarios.

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Fisheries

Australia: Aquaculture development sites mean jobs for Rockhampton

The Palaszczuk Government has declared two Rockhampton region sites as prime targets to play a part in Queensland’s booming aquaculture industry. Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the announcement included more than 3700 hectares of land in the Rockhampton region.

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Waterways

China’s Busy Year in the Arctic

Having officially laid out its Arctic policy last year, 2018 was an eventful year for China in the far North.

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Fisheries

Flounders in the Gulf of Finland: Decline caused by the near disappearance of one species

Over the past 40 years, there has been a dramatic decline in fishery landings of an iconic Baltic Sea fish: the flounder. In the 1980s, the landings of the flounder fishery in the Gulf of Finland dropped by 90 per cent, a trend that was later confirmed by fishery-independent surveys. Morphologically very similar species can disappear before we even notice they are there.

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Tourism

India: Goa's golden goose of tourism hurt by overexploitation

Govt says visitor numbers are rising but hotels, tour operators claim official fumbles are killing the industry

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Science

Ocean recoveries for tomorrow’s Earth: Hitting a moving target

As the human population has grown, our demands on the ocean have increased rapidly. These demands have similarly increased the pressure we place on these systems, and we now cause considerable damage globally. If we want to maintain healthy ocean ecosystems into the future, we must learn to use ocean resources in a sustainable way and facilitate recovery in regions that have declined.

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Science

Weddell Sea Expedition Moves On to 'Endurance' Wreck Site

Having successfully completed the pioneering science programme at the Larsen C Ice Shelf, the Expedition enters its exploration phase with the aim of locating the wreck of Ernest Shackleton's lost ship 'Endurance'

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Engineering

No Budget for Dredging Activities in the Philippines

The Philippines Bicameral Conference Committee, working on the disagreeing provisions of the 2019 General Appropriations Bill, has adopted the motion of Senator Panfilo Lacson to scrap the budget for dredging activities.

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Waterways

Global shipping rates slump in latest sign of economic slowdown

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Freight rates for dry-bulk and container ships, carriers of most of the world's raw materials and finished goods, have plunged over the last six months in the latest sign the global economy is slowing significantly.

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Advocacy

An ocean of issues - The India CRZ regulations have to tread a careful path

An environmental policy that advocates sustainability as an important means of managing human activity was introduced to India much later after its independence. With the young independent country focusing on economic development as a means to provide for livelihood, food, water and basic sustenance for its populace, there came a need to focus on the impact of this development on the environment.

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Advocacy

Climate Case Ireland: Failure to tackle emissions risks death, disease and flooding, court told

There is a “real national risk of death, disease and coastal flooding” if the government does not tackle the country’s rising emissions, the High Court has heard. On the second day of the landmark historic case against the state, the court heard claims it is breaching the human rights of its citizens over its inability to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

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Science

New study demonstrates benefits of undervalued saltmarsh

A new tool which helps land managers assess the costs and benefits of re-introducing valuable saltmarsh, has been developed by economists and environmental scientists from the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) at the University of Exeter.

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Science

An improved method for estimating the probability of extreme events

Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a new and more accurate method for estimating the probability of extreme events, such as storms, floods and earthquakes. The new method will be used in updating building codes and land-use regulations, and is applicable also in developing artificial intelligence, as well as in economics and medical data analysis.

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Waterways

Winter season tests the mettle of Yamal and Baltic LNG carriers

LNG carrier operations in the Russian High Arctic and the Baltic Sea have extended the operational envelope of ice class gas shipping

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Science

How Plastic Cleanup Threatens the Ocean’s Living Islands

Home to vibrantly colored, tiny creatures, the ecosystems floating on the ocean’s surface remain all but unknown.

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Property

Council's secret weapon in war on Airbnb cheats

Only around one-in-five liable Airbnb hosts is paying Auckland Council's new bed tax, according to figures revealed by the Herald yesterday.

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Recreation

Five of Surfing’s Most Coveted Highways and Byways

Because the the act of "getting there" is as much a part of surfing’s story as the actual waveriding.

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Science

Symbiosis in the Genes

Marine scientists join an international team to uncover the origins of symbiotic organs

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Engineering

A lost continent rich in cobalt crusts could create a challenging precedent for mineral extraction in the high seas

The Rio Grande Rise is an almost completely unstudied, geologically intriguing, ecologically mysterious, potential lost continent in the deep south Atlantic. And it also hosts dense cobalt-rich crusts.

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Property

COMMENT: Buried in the sands

The new CRZ notification of 2018 now reads as a rejection of science and the anticipated impacts from climate change

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Advocacy

Francis Bacon: the 17th-century philosopher whose scientific ideas could tackle climate change today

If we don’t make a fundamental change to the way we are living, the world faces the destruction of entire eco-systems, flooding of coastal areas, and ever more extreme weather. Such was the stark warning in a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. The task is enormous.

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Tourism

Coastal seas around New Zealand head into another marine heatwave

As New Zealanders are enjoying their days at the beach, unusually warm ocean temperatures look to be a harbinger of another marine heatwave.

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Energy

Russian Ministers Try to Fulfill Putin’s Arctic Shipping Goals

Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin decreed last year that shipping traffic through the Arctic’s Northern Sea Route must increase to a soaring 80 million tons annually within a mere five years, the emperor’s wish has been treated as a reality.

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Waterways

Ceiba: Schooner's Keel has been Laid

The keel has been laid for Ceiba, a 148-foot, three-masted, square-topsail schooner being built by Sailcargo Inc. in Costa Rica.

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Property

India: New notification for coastal areas in force

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest released the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) 2019 notification on Friday, opening up the coastline of the country for construction and tourism activities.

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Fisheries

Antarctic krill population contracts southward as polar oceans warm

The population of Antarctic krill, the favourite food of many whales, penguins, fish and seals, shifted southward during a recent period of warming in their key habitat, new research shows.

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Science

We need to rethink everything we know about global warming

New research shows that the degree to which aerosols cool the earth has been grossly underestimated, necessitating a recalculation of climate change models to more accurately predict the pace of global warming.

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Recreation

Why I refuse to tell you where my favourite beach is

One day it will be overrun with holidaymakers, but at this point in history it’s still unspoiled

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Advocacy

Bangladesh starts its journey towards climate resilience

Jan 16 2019 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) - At the beginning of January 2019 Bangladesh started to take the required steps to become a climate resilient country by 2030 by achieving transformational adaptation to climate change impacts.

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Fisheries

Researchers call for improved conservation to save bony fish from extinction

Almost 40 species of bony fish in the Arabian Gulf are at risk of extinction due to ­overfishing and coastal destruction, a study has revealed. Over-fishing is affecting almost half of all bony fish species in the Arabian Gulf

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Fisheries

Development Moratorium Issued By Prince Rupert Port Authority

PRINCE RUPERT - The Prince Rupert Port Authority issued a development moratorium on Flora, Agnew and Horsey Banks Thursday. It will prohibit any industrial work in the marine area that could pose a health and ecology risk to salmon populations in the mouth of the Skeena River.

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Science

Scientists find new evidence of life beneath Antarctic ice

A research team drilling thousands of feet under the Antarctic Ice Sheet has found new evidence of microbial life there — life forms not known to exist elsewhere.

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Advocacy

2018's Award-Winning Ocean Photos Will Transport You to Another Planet

In the sapphire-to-stygian waters that cover 70 percent of Earth’s surface, fish school in iridescent sheets, whales sing mournful tunes, and jellyfish bloom like wildflowers. The ocean is a teeming mystery that most of us rarely dip our toes in. Thankfully, underwater photographers are working to bring portraits of its inhabitants back to shore.

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Science

Oceans had their hottest year on record in 2018 as global warming accelerates

Earth’s oceans had their warmest year on record in 2018, a stark indication of the enormous amount of heat being absorbed by the sea as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, scientists reported Wednesday.

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Property

Holding back the tides: Sydney's battle against coastal erosion

As Australian beaches succumb to destructive coastal surges due to climate change, Wendy Harmer considers the price of inaction at storm-battered Collaroy-Narrabeen

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Engineering

The world’s coastal cities are going under. Here’s how some are fighting back

The warning signs are increasingly hard to ignore. Sea-level rise is real, displacing thousands of people, destroying millions of acres of land and generating billions of dollars in losses. Due to competing predictions of future global temperatures, scientists are unsure exactly how fast or high sea levels will rise.

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Engineering

The slow death of Durban’s Vetch’s Pier

City of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Vetch’s Pier has been destroyed by mountains of sand being dumped on the beachfront by the municipality, says an activist.

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Waterways

The Regulations for 2020 – The next decade of Shipping Regulations

As we quickly approach the turning point of a new decade, there is much speculation on what would be decided in terms of regulations imposed on the shipping activity.

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Fisheries

Go Inside the Seafood Industry with the Global Seafood Market Conference Blog: US market awash with protein

IntraFish is reporting live from the US National Fisheries Institute Global Seafood Market Conference in San Diego. Keep checking back for all the latest.

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Advocacy

Of whales and men

Is Japan’s decision to leave the International Whaling Commission really that big a deal?

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Science

SharkoFiles: Dwarf Lantern Shark

The dwarf lantern shark is among the smallest species of fish in the world. The name of the shark comes from the fact that they are a small (dwarf) shark and are bioluminescent (lantern) in the dark environment of the deep sea level (Benthic zone) where they dwell. The Dwarf lantern shark was recently discovered in 1964.

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Waterways

Nuclear Power Becomes Critical To Arctic Dominance

For many, the Northeast Passage through the Arctic could one day be a ‘Northern Suez Canal’. While icy waters have frozen such dreams, recent advances in nuclear technology might finally unlock the full economic potential of the once-daunting Arctic waters.

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