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Engineering

WORLD - Deep-sea misconceptions cause underestimation of seabed-mining impacts

A new publication on the impacts of deep-seabed mining by 13 prominent deep-sea biologists seeks to dispel scientific misconceptions that have led to miscalculations of the likely effects of commercial operations to extract minerals from the seabed.

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Fisheries

World - Chinese fishing fleet raises fears on protected Galapagos Islands

Since mid-July, a fleet of more than 280 fishing vessels has been working near the border of the Galapagos marine reserve, which is home to dozens of protected species, including several types of sharks. Environmental activists say they are afraid that this massive fleet could turn the fragile ecosystem upside down. Local fishermen have already noticed a reduction in their catches.

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Engineering

AUS - Sydney seawall edges closer but legal issues remain unresolved

Work to build a seawall to protect exposed coastal residences along part of Sydney's northern beaches could start within months even before key legal and financial issues are resolved.

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Energy

UK - OGA: Offshore Energy Industry Can Aid UK in Reaching Net-Zero

The integration of offshore energy systems, including oil and gas, renewables, hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage, could deliver around 30 per cent of the UK’s total carbon reduction requirements needed to meet the 2050 net-zero target, the OGA said.

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Science

Norway - Seal-Eating Killer Whales Accumulate Large Amounts of Harmful Pollutants

Research of killer whales in the southern Atlantic ocean and Mediterranean have shown that their blubber contains high levels of pollutants called PCBs, whilst killer whales found along the Norwegian coast have been assumed to be healthy and at low risk from pollution.

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Science

World - 'Thermal Displacement' Reflects How Far Species Must Go to Follow Preferred Temperatures

Marine heatwaves across the world's oceans can displace habitat for sea turtles, whales, and other marine life by 10s to thousands of kilometers.

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Tourism

World - Sleepy Lions, Empty Bars, Lost Jobs: A World Without Tourism

CANBERRA – With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead.

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Advocacy

NZ - When Rehoming Wildlife, Indigenous Leadership Delivers the Best Results

Experience in Aotearoa and around the world shows Indigenous-led or co-led approaches achieve better environmental and social outcomes.

International
Engineering

World - Could Deep Sea Mining Fuel The Electric Vehicle Boom?

The world is hungry for resources to power the green transition. As we increasingly look to solar, wind, geothermal and move towards decarbonization, consumption of minerals such as cobalt, lithium and copper, which underpin them, is set to grow markedly.

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Property

AUS - Regional Property Revival as City Dwellers Head for Exits

Demand for regional properties is surging as capital city dwellers head for outer suburbs and the country for a better lifestyle while still working in their city jobs from home.

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Local

World - 5 Benefits to Scaling Local Action on Climate Resilience

From locust swarms in Africa threatening food security, to raging wildfires in Australia, to flooding affecting countries worldwide and more, communities are trying to cope with the effects of climate change.

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Science

World - Explainer: Why Adapting to Climate Change Matters

The world today is an estimated 1 degree Celsius hotter than it was during the pre-industrial period from about 1850 to 1900.

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Aquaculture

World - A Framework for the Future

Researchers collaborate on a strategy for sustainable aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector.

International
Engineering

World - Deep-Sea Mining May Have Deep Economic, Environmental Impacts

A new report supports the creation of a compensation fund for nations that rely on terrestrial mining, but it fails to dispel environmental concerns over deep-sea mining.

International
Engineering

World - Nature-Based Solutions Can Help Rebuild Economies After COVID-19

Government investment in coastal wetlands protection and restoration is pathway to green recovery.

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Engineering

CAN - Increase in Shoreline Repair Requests to Grey Sauble Conservation due to High Waters

The conservation authority is hoping to declutter the complicated permit process for shoreline repairs.

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Science

World - Should Plants and Animals That Relocate Because of Climate Change Be Considered Invasive?

Some researchers are calling for a more nuanced approach when it comes to flora and fauna that adjust their range to accommodate a warming world.

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Aquaculture

CAN - Funding to Support Local Aquaculture Initiatives

$725,000 in support has been announced for the aquaculture industry to create jobs and help operators expand their product lines and markets.

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Science

Atlantic - One of Earth's Largest 'Waterfalls' is in the Ocean, and We Just Found its Main Source

Victoria Falls is said to be the largest waterfall on Earth, and Angel Falls the highest, but no matter how impressive they might look to us, both these natural wonders fall far short of the true victors.

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Property

AUS - We Can't Beat the Planet into Submission. We Can Retreat

The floods have gone but the storm images remain, burned onto our collective retina.

International
Fisheries

World - Alarming Array of Contaminants Found in Seafood

The first landmark study using next-generation technology to comprehensively examine contaminants in oysters in Myanmar reveals alarming findings: the widespread presence of human bacterial pathogens and human-derived microdebris materials, including plastics, kerosene, paint, talc and milk supplement powders.

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Fisheries

AUS - 'Senseless': Nets Catch 480 Animals Including Many Protected Species

The number of animals caught in NSW's shark nets jumped more than a fifth in the latest season, trapping more than 180 threatened or protected species.

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Engineering

India - The Human Cost of Restoring Chennai’s Rivers

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is relocating whole slums to help restore polluted rivers. Is it doing more harm than good?

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Engineering

World - Sand: Is the Extraction of the World's Most-Mined Commodity Sustainable?

Fears that some sand deposits are being overused, combined with increasing evidence that the dredging of rivers and seafloors causes vast damage to ecosystems and coastal communities, bring the sustainability of this vital material into question.

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Engineering

UK - New Green Fund to Boost Scotland’s Coastal Communities

Projects that could benefit include local activities to reduce flood risk, pollution or carbon emissions.

International
Property

World - Flooding From Sea Level Rise Could Cost Our Planet $14.2 Trillion, Study Says

If the world does nothing to mitigate sea level rise, coastal flooding will become so extreme and destructive that it could cause damage worth up to 20% of global gross domestic product by 2100, according to new research.

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Aquaculture

UK - Sowing the Seeds of Hope for Seagrass Aquaculture

The Ocean Conservation Trust has now planted the first seeds in its seagrass cultivation laboratory at the National Marine Aquarium, as part of a major £2.5 million habitat restoration project funded by EU LIFE and led by Natural England.

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Science

World - Mangroves: A Unique Ally in the Climate Emergency

Several countries recognized the value of mangroves-based mitigation actions in their REDD+ strategies, while at least 45 countries specifically mentioned mangroves in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

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Science

World - Plastics, Pathogens and Baby Formula: What's in Your Shellfish?

The first landmark study using next-generation technology to comprehensively examine contaminants in oysters in Myanmar reveals alarming findings: the widespread presence of human bacterial pathogens and human-derived microdebris materials, including plastics, kerosene, paint, talc and milk supplement powders.

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Waterways

AUS - Fury at Australian Ports as Terminal Operators Impose Sudden Access Fee Hikes

Stevedores in Australia have implemented “staggering” increases to terminal access charges and road and rail operators are lobbying for their cancellation.

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Science

World - The Many Lifetimes of Plastics

Many of us have seen informational posters at parks or aquariums specifying how long plastics bags, bottles, and other products last in the environment. They're a good reminder to not litter, but where does the information on the lifetime expectancy of plastic goods come from, and how reliable is it?

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Fisheries

EU - Europe's Leisure Fishermen Risk Damaging Marine Environment

Many of Europe’s coastal regions have suffered severe economic losses as a result of the pandemic.

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Fisheries

China - The Environmental Costs of China's Maritime Ambition

Too many Chinese vessels, whether fishing boats or dredgers, destroy marine protected areas.

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Science

World - Reef Sharks Around the World Are in Trouble

Sharks were absent from nearly 20 percent of coral reefs in a global survey.

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Energy

PRT - Towering Achievement: Ribbon Cut on 25MW Floating Wind Farm in Atlantic

WindFloat Atlantic project off the coast of Portugal is the world's first semi-submersible floating wind farm, according to its developers.

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Fisheries

PHL - World Bank Board Expects Act on Fisheries Loan by July 2021

The World Bank estimated that its board will decide by July 2021 on a $200-million loan sought by the Philippine government to develop the fisheries sector.

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Property

AUS - How Coastal Communities on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula are Dealing with the Reality of Sea Level Rises

The Victorian Government has instructed all councils to plan for a 0.8m sea-level rise by the year 2100.

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Engineering

China - Hong Kong's Vast $3.8 Billion Rain-Tunnel Network

The city's complex drainage system protects Hong Kong from once-disastrous flooding caused by seasonal typhoons. But will it be strong enough to withstand the effects of climate crisis?

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Science

World - Latest Climate Study Predicts Disaster for Oceans, Coastlines and Life as We Know it

A disturbing new climate change study predicts global temperature increases of up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit as atmospheric carbon concentrations double.

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Fisheries

UK - Illegal Shellfish Harvesting Threatens Conservation and Consumers' Health, Say Officers

Illegal shellfish poaching is believed to be happening in Cornwall, say Port Health Authorities.

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Science

World - Plastic Pollution Could Skyrocket to 1.3 Billion Tons by 2040

There's still time for change, but it has to happen now or we'll be drowning in plastic.

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Science

UK - Why Britain’s incomparable sand dunes are ‘simultaneously the sands of time past, present and future’

Mark Griffiths takes a look at Britain's sand dunes, our most dynamic landscape, and one to be treasured and protected.

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Science

UK - HMS Challenger: The Voyage that Birthed Oceanography

The 3.5-year voyage to the furthest corners of the globe reshaped marine science and permanently changed our relationship with the planet’s oceans.

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Engineering

CAN - Life Returns to Rehabilitated Ice Pond in Summerside

Major reconstruction work was completed in 2019 and wildlife is returning to the area.

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Science

AUS - As Reef Bleaching Intensifies, Lab-Grown Corals Could Help Beat the Heat

CAPE FERGUSON, Australia — In a lab on Australia’s east coast, scientists are concocting what they hope will be the solution to the steadily worsening problem of coral bleaching.

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Fisheries

AUS - 'There's Often Blood on the Wharf': Shark Fishing Ban Ignored During COVID-19

While shark fishing from the Tathra Wharf on NSW's South Coast was outlawed over 20 years ago, residents are concerned the prohibited practice is continuing unchecked.

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Energy

Norway - Watch Neptune Install Subsea Equipment for Two North Sea Projects

Neptune Energy has successfully installed subsea oil and gas production flowlines and gas lift flowlines for its Duva & Gjøa P1 developments in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

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Science

World - The Climate Story Won't Wait til the Pandemic is Done With Us

The climate crisis has no sympathy for the crowded news cycle, or our fried minds.

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Fisheries

UK - Shellfish Poisoning Fears over Cornwall Black Market Thefts

Suspected black market activity in stolen shellfish is raising fears that people may be poisoned.

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Energy

UK - Oil and Renewables Team Up in New Project

The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) have teamed up to create the Energy Transition Alliance (ETA).

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Energy

World - Impact of Outbreak of COVID-19 on Offshore Wind Turbines Market - Global Industry Report, 2030

In terms of value, the global offshore wind turbines market is expected to reach US$ 120 Bn by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of ~8% during the forecast period.

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Science

World - Three Ways to Secure the Ocean's Survival

Humanity must change its relationship with the ocean, a shared global commons, to stave off a collapse of the world’s marine environment and resources, says a new paper, “A transition to sustainable ocean governance”, published in Nature Communications.

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Fisheries

World - Sharp Decline of Popular Seafood Species Around the World

Fish market favorites such as orange roughy, common octopus, and pink conch are among the species of fish and invertebrates in rapid decline around the world, according to new research.

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Science

World - Genetics Could Help Protect Coral Reefs from Global Warming

Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate as water temperatures rise worldwide as a result of global warming, pollution and human activities. In the last three decades, half of Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost its coral cover.

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Fisheries

THA - CPF Builds “Aquaculture 5.0” Shrimp Farm in the USA

Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) is developing a new “Aquaculture 5.0” shrimp farm in the USA.

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Science

World - Global Warming and Ocean Acidification Accelerate

The global warming of the biosphere and its consequent acidification of the oceans is a complex of geophysical, biological and ecological, and sociological phenomena that are all accelerating.

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Fisheries

World - Rules and Consequences: How to Improve International Fisheries

Pew is working to strengthen the governance of global fisheries and bolster the health and resiliency of the world’s ocean

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Tourism

NZ - Zoologists Call for Beach Closures to Save Penguins After 'Disappointing' Research Result

Zoologists say beaches should be closed to protect penguins which could be extinct within decades.

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Science

China - Tidal Variation of Total Suspended Solids over the Yangtze Bank

The Yangtze Bank is a flat and broad shallow water, located at the junction of the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea.

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Science

World - Marine Microorganisms: How to Survive Below the Seafloor

Foraminifera, an ancient and ecologically highly successful group of marine organisms, are found on and below the seafloor.

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Energy

World - Why Blue Economy Is So Important

The concept of ‘Blue Economy’ is one spreading fast throughout the globe and aims at transforming our economy, our habits and our planet during the 21st century.

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Science

World - Mapping marine megafauna on the high seas

A Western Australian scientist has compiled the largest global dataset ever on the travel habits of large marine animals. The collaboration involves hundreds of researchers from around the world and catalogs the migrations of some of the ocean's most charismatic animals.

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Property

AUS - 'Those Homes Should Never Have Been Built': The 40-Year Saga Behind Wamberal Beach Erosion

The first Wamberal resident to lose his home to the sea in 1978 says he has been waiting more than 40 years for the ocean to claim further victims, as residents consider a class action over the partial collapse of waterfront properties on Friday.

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Waterways

UK - Ports Free-For-All Could Spell Doom for Grey Seals

Fears grow for coastal wildlife as ministerial supporters of ‘free ports’ seek to scrap vital safeguards.

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Recreation

South Africa - Watch: Unseen Incredible Surf Movie, 'The Africa Project Documentary'

Retrieved from deep within the catacombs of the How On Earth Did We Miss This? department, we have this full-length 2012 documentary film, The Africa Project.

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Fisheries

Central America - Fisheries and Aquaculture Represent More than 20% of GDP for the Central American Integration System Member Countries

The 'blue' economy is based on the generation of value in coastal areas from the use of marine resources, through criteria of social, economic and environmental sustainability.

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Science

Opinion: Midwater ecosystems must be considered when evaluating environmental risks of deep-sea mining

Despite rapidly growing interest in deep-sea mineral exploitation, environmental research and management have focused on impacts to seafloor environments, paying little attention to pelagic ecosystems. Nonetheless, research indicates that seafloor mining will generate sediment plumes and noise at the seabed and in the water column . . .

International
Property

UK - New Blueprint to Protect and Prepare Millions More Families from Flooding

A new plan to better protect and prepare millions of homes and businesses from the risk of flooding that the climate emergency will bring in the future has been launched this week by the Environment Agency (EA).

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Science

AUS - Report: Fish Reef Domes a Boon for Environment, Recreational Fishing

In a boost for both recreational fishing and the environment, new UNSW research shows that artificial reefs can increase fish abundance in estuaries with little natural reef.

International
Property

China - Greater Flood Risks in the Coastal Region of China due to Slower Tropical Cyclone Movement

A study led by the Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has revealed that the observed average moving speed (or translation speed) of tropical cyclones making landfall over the coast of China dropped by 11% between 1961 and 2017.

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Advocacy

World - Ocean Justice: Where Social Equity and the Climate Fight Intersect

Marine biologist Ayana Elizabeth Johnson sees her work on ocean conservation as linked to issues of social justice and climate. In an e360 interview, she talks about the need to diversify climate science and activism and bring in the perspectives and energy of people of color and women.

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Science

AUS - Sydney's Endangered Seahorses Find Protection in Underwater Hotels

It can grow to a maximum of six inches (16 centimeters), change color depending on mood and habitat, and, like all seahorses, the White's seahorse male gestates its young. But this tiny snouted fish is under threat.

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Science

World - Study on Shorebirds Suggests that When Conserving Species, Not All Land is Equal

Princeton University researchers may have solved a long-standing mystery in conservation that could influence how natural lands are designated for the preservation of endangered species.

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Energy

World - Huge £27bn Offshore Wind Spending Surge in 2020 Despite Covid-19 Pandemic

The global offshore wind sector saw a huge financing surge of around £27 billion in the first half of 2020, despite the threat posed to the energy sector by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Energy

PHL - Philippine Oil Spill Threatens Recovering Mangrove Forests

An oil spill on July 3 threatens a mangrove forest on the Philippine island of Guimaras, an area only just recovering from the country's largest spill in 2006.

International
Property

South Africa - WATCH: Cape Storm Brings Waves of Foam Along Sea Point Shoreline

Cape Town - Many Capetonians couldn't get enough of the sea foam along the Sea Point shoreline on Monday as a result of the cold front and gale-force winds which hit the region on Sunday and continued throughout Monday.

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Fisheries

World - Social Media Inspired Models Show Winter Warming Hits Fish Stocks

Mathematical modelling inspired by social media is identifying the significant impacts of warming seas on the world's fisheries.

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Fisheries

UK - Ascending UK Prawn Farms Now Riding Out the Coronavirus Storm

Despite the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19, the UK’s two commercial shrimp farming ventures continue to capitalize on the market’s growing demand for trustworthy, locally produced food

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Fisheries

IND - Shrimp exports to US decline by 58% in May

During initial days of the lockdown, the Indian seafood sector was working at 20-25% capacity, with most of the laboratories remaining closed.

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Property

World - La Nina forecast: La Nina could trigger explosive hurricane season - latest NOAA forecast

LA NINA could add to a very active hurricane season according to the latest NOAA forecast, triggering frequent and more explosive hurricanes. Here's all you need to know about La Nina.

International
Engineering

UK - Nuclear Plant And Scientists Fight Over Acoustic Fish Deterrent In The Severn Estuary

As Hinkley Point C power plant is being built in South West England, hundreds of thousands of fish living in the Severn estuary, including protected Atlantic salmon, may be under threat from the plant’s cooling turbines.

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Engineering

IT - Venice keeps feet dry thanks to the Moses Dam

The timing could not have been better. As a priest sprinkled holy water into the Venice lagoon and exclaimed: “I invoke the blessing of God,” an enormous yellow metal barrier erupted from the water, followed by another, then another.

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Fisheries

CAN - Northern Cod Failure Continues as Fisheries and Oceans Canada Rolls Over Last Year's Harmful Decision to Hike Up Quota

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) just released its annual quota for critically depleted northern cod, maintaining the harmfully high catch level of 12,350 tonnes set in 2019.

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Science

World - How is a beach formed?

Have you ever wondered how a beach is formed? The formation of sand strips is a long process that involves minerals, water, wind, waves, and tides.

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Science

World - Ocean acidification and human health

While ocean acidification was initially perceived as a threat only to the marine realm, the authors of a new publication argue that it is also an emerging human health issue.

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Science

China - USJ to receive funding to investigate wetland plants use in reducing local water pollution

The University of St. Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and Environment, will receive funding from gaming group Las Vegas Sands to investigate ways to enhance local water quality through the use of native wetland plants, especially mangroves, as natural purifiers for water pollution.

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Science

World - NSU Researcher Part of Team Addressing Potential Risks to Marine Life from Deep-Sea Mining

FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – As the planet’s land-based natural resources become exhausted, the need for new sources is bringing the search to the deepest parts of the world’s oceans. And that has researchers across the globe very concerned.

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Federal

CAN - Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces 26 recipients of $8.3 million fund to clean up oceans of "ghost" fishing gear

OTTAWA, ON, July 8, 2020 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is working hard to protect our oceans and the marine life they sustain.

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Science

World - Protecting 30% of planet could bolster economy, study says

Scientists claim widespread conservation can bring rewards if right policies are followed

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Science

World - Turtles and tortoises in trouble: More than half of all species face extinction

More than half of the world’s turtle and tortoise species are now threatened with extinction, according to a new study published by a group of 51 global turtle and tortoise experts.

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Fisheries

PHL - Magat Dam cleanup campaign protects fisherfolk livelihood

ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao: Some 200 fisherfolk and community leaders have expressed concern over the proliferation of water lilies and driftwood that flowed into the Magat Dam, causing damage to fish cages that affected their livelihood.

International
Science

AUS - New study sparks fresh call for seagrass preservation

An increase in carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 5 million cars a year has been caused by the loss of seagrass meadows around the Australian coastline since the 1950s.

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Aquaculture

GER - Researchers probe microalgae as viable alternative to fish

The study was recently published by MLU scientists and offers an initial indication of the environmental effects of producing microalgae for consumption in Germany.

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