As the third session of BBNJ negotiations starts in New York, Essam Yassin Mohammed makes the case for a global ocean treaty that is fair and equitable for everyone. This week, UN member states begin the third round of talks on an international law for governing life in the high seas. Surprisingly, there is no global mechanism that governs this area of water, which lies more than 200 nautical miles from all coasts—commonly known as the high seas or international waters.
During World War II, Secretary of War Henry Stimson dammed the U.S. Navy’s approach to wartime strategy and famously wondered about “the peculiar psychology of the Navy Department, which frequently seemed to retire from the realm of logic into a dim religious world in which Neptune was god, Mahan his prophet, and the U.S. Navy the only true church.”
They are making sandcastles with excavators at Ramsgate Beach. Summer is coming, but Botany Bay has swallowed the beach whole and waves are lapping at the sea wall.
The Interreg France (Channel) England Programme has approved the biggest ever Interreg project that will prove to be game-changing for the European tidal stream energy sector.
Authorities in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have suspended the construction of a sea-encroaching aquarium complex on Vung Tau beach.
Germany-based AIDA Cruises, a Carnival Corporation brand, has held a keel-laying ceremony for an LNG-powered cruise ship at the Neptun Werft shipyard in Rostock.
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Negotiations are moving forward for the opening of additional beach access points for the municipality of Tulum.
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Researchers use long-term survey data sets and climate models to help fishing communities plan for a warmer ocean. Researchers have developed a tool that incorporates projected changes in ocean climate onto a geographic fishery management area. Now fishermen, resource managers, and policy-makers can use it to plan for the future sustainability of the lobster fishery in Nova Scotia and Canadian waters of the Gulf of Maine.
By now it's well established that microplastics are a problem in the environment, even in the remotest parts of the planet. But where do different microplastics come from and how they get there, especially in the Arctic?
Two new porcelain crab species have been described in the ZooKeys journal by scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and the Institut fur Tierokologie und Spezielle Zoologie der Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen
Spring has sprung Downunder, which means, at least on the once bucolic but now rapidly gentrifying North Coast, the very worst time of year for surf. Also, statistically the highest chance of getting bit by a White shark.
Greenpeace activists from the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark boarded two oil platforms in Shell’s Brent field on Monday in what they say is a protest against plans by the company to leave parts of old oil structures with 11,000 tonnes of oil in the North Sea.
Japan has faced a great deal of criticism for its decision to leave the International Whaling Commission and once again engage in commercial whale hunts. But what does the country’s attempt to revive a dying industry really mean for conservation efforts?
Langebaan, up the West Coast, is a well-known spot for tourists and kite surfers, but it is primarily a fishing village with small-scale fishers making a living off snoek and mullet. Now, under Operation Phakisa, it’s on the verge of becoming a hub for fish farms.
The British Isles are made up of more than 6,000 islands, but that wasn't enough for some of their Neolithic residents. In northern Scotland, ancient peoples used to pile hundreds of boulders on lake bottoms, riverbeds and estuary floors. Using this technique, they painstakingly built scores of tiny islands, some of which are around 5,500 years old.
Kochi (Kerala) [India], Oct 13 (ANI): The Maradu flat demolition will be carried out by two shortlisted companies, said Sub-Collector Snehil Kumar Singh.
The Stockton beach I remember was a beautiful beach despite the debris of a busy trading port. The "world class" Coastal Management Act, now fully operational, is flawed and hopeless when it comes to dealing with the erosion and destruction of Stockton beach.
The images of pink liquid flowing from boats are startling, but don't paint the whole picture of the effort to clean up a massive salmon die-off at a farming operation on Newfoundland's south coast, says the province's fisheries minister.
Renovation of the fishing fleet has been discussed at the meeting of the Council of Federation Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management held on 7 October 2019. According to Rosrybolovstvo (Russian Federal Fisheries Agency), the discussion was lead by Aleksey Mayorov, Chairman of the Committee.
The Stockton beach I remember was a beautiful beach despite the debris of a busy trading port.
Late one rainy night in August 2013, a college student named Collin Leppuy arrived at the doorstep of Father Jacky Manuputty, a church minister in the coastal city of Ambon, Indonesia. He had come to ask for help; his homeland was under threat.
This summer, the UK’s Norfolk coast underwent a transformation that has only been seen once in the world before.
Belgian contractor Besix has been picked to make a small but important change to the coastal geography of Poland by punching a hole through the Vistula Spit in Gdańsk Bay so ships will no longer have to sail through Russian waters to reach the Polish port of Elbląg.
Vehicles will be banned from Northland's most expensive beach to protect pedestrians and sand dunes from joyriders taking tractors and SUVs out for a spin.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said the city is missing out on an estimated $300,000 annually because it can’t collect a four per cent tourism marketing levy from Airbnbs.
A £19m sandscaping project successfully protected homes and businesses on the north Norfolk coast from a "very real flood risk" during the recent tidal surge, it has been claimed.
Public Works and Housing Ministry has officially opened a design contest for the country’s new capital city in the eastern part of Borneo, offering a total prize worth Rp 5 billion (US$353,490) for five winners who can outline the best concept for a “smart, forest city”.
The 2019 Lofoten Masters surfing competition was held last week at the Bay of Unstad in the northwestern reaches of Norway.
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The Regional Council has voted to act on climate change-driven coastal erosion in Kapiti’s Queen Elizabeth Park through the establishment of a 40-metre erosion buffer zone along the park’s southern coast.
Coastal erosion has seen Stockton Beach gradually lose its coveted patch of sand over the last decade — but a recent storm has closed the beach almost entirely.
The largest ever wind turbines will be used at the Dogger Bank offshore windfarm in the North Sea over the next few years, the Guardian reports.
First deliveries for giant 3.6GW Dogger Bank complex being built by Equinor/SSE off UK slated for 2022
Nearly 600,000 Chinese tourists visited Sabah in eastern Malaysia – one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots – last year, sparking fears of overtourism. An influx of illegal Chinese tour operators has also become a major problem for many local travel agents and guides
Rising ocean temperatures have long been linked to negative impacts for marine life, but a team has recently found that the long-term outlook for many marine species is much more complex -- and possibly bleaker -- than scientists previously believed.
A proposal has been announced for a $100 million surf ranch on the Sunshine Coast with 11-time world champion Kelly Slater’s name attached and a Brisbane-based heavyweight to develop the project.
Japanese shipping giant NYK has taken a big step into the future as it has revealed the successful trial of a “Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship”, which it claims as a world-first.
Renowned marine biologist Thon Thamrongnawasawat says Koh Phi Phi’s Maya Bay is showing good signs of recovery, having been closed to visitors for over a year now.
Capetonians don’t know who to blame for the disappearance of their great white sharks: The orcas that eat them, the fishermen who sell their prey to Australia for use in fish-and-chips shops or gradual ecological change.
Asia’s largest LNG bunkering vessel has reached its first milestone with the strike steel ceremony held at the Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard
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Portlanders last Saturday turned out in impressive numbers and participated in International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, even as one group's effort to rid the beach at Folly of plastics was hampered by mangroves.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has released his Liberal Party's full campaign platform, seeming to declare that it would move all aquaculture in the province of British Columbia to closed containment by 2025.
The High Court has granted an injunction on dredging for razor clams in the Waterford estuary pending a full hearing over the matter early next year.
North Norfolk District Council closed the gates at Mundesley, Bacton and Walcott on Monday morning after a weekend of torrential rain.
An ambitious online campaign to get more than 40,000 Islanders – almost half of the population – to join forces to protect Jersey’s coastline for future generations to enjoy is being launched at the weekend.
The one-of-a-kind Port Moody research facility is in jeopardy, just as researchers say we need it most
Millions of people are suffering from malnutrition despite some of the most nutritious fish species in the world being caught near their homes, according to new research published in Nature
The Bourbon Rhode offshore tug supply vessel that found itself near the eye of the hurricane Lorenzo on Thursday has sunk in the Atlantic, Bourbon Offshore, the owner of the vessel has confirmed. Three crew members have been rescued, while the search for the remaining eleven crew members is underway.
Late submissions prompt six-month deferral of decision on Orsted's 2.4GW Hornsea 3
Human-driven climate change has made the oceans hotter and more acidic, depleting them of oxygen and kneecapping their ability to produce life – a trend that will only continue if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.
Floating mats of Sargassum seaweed in the center of the North Atlantic were first reported by Christopher Columbus in the 15th century. These mats, although abundant, have until recently been limited and discontinuous. However, Wang et al. report that, since 2011, the mats have increased in density and aerial extent to generate a 8850-kilometer-long belt that extends from West Africa to the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico (see the Perspective by Gower and King). This represents the world's largest macroalgal bloom. Such recurrent blooms may become the new normal.
Oysters bred for fast growth and disease resistance are able to adapt their shell growth to protect themselves from environmental acidification, according to new research.
Here's a look at the CRZ norms and a check-list for homebuyers wanting to purchase a beachfront house or an apartment should keep in mind before investing their money
Growing coastal flooding is inevitable, and damage to corals and other marine life has already been unleashed. But scientists say the world still has time to avert even more severe consequences.
The sea swell combined with a king tide has eaten the sea wall, protecting the Plimmerton fire station, for the third time in 5 years.
Fears have been raised that a planned seawall could ruin the waves at a much-loved surfing spot.
Typhoon Jebi is firmly established as Japan’s biggest typhoon-related insurance and reinsurance loss on record.
An expected multi-billion capital investment by Equinor at its new Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm will see it rival its major oil and gas projects, according to Rystad Energy.
Fish populations are declining around the world, and many countries are trying to conserve them by regulating their fishing industries. However, controlling fishing locally may not do enough to strengthen fish populations. Often one nation’s fish stocks depend on the spawning grounds of a neighboring country, where fish release eggs and sperm into the water and larvae hatch from fertilized eggs.
In an important decision to protect the mangroves in Gujarat’s Kachchh district, which is also the habitat of the indigenous Kharai camels, the National Green Tribunal has asked the authorities to ensure a free and continuous flow of estuarine water in the creeks. In India, Kharai camels, also known as swimming camels, are only found in Gujarat. Of the estimated 4,500 Kharai camels, about 40 percent are found in Kachchh.
The Supreme Court order to raze down five residential complexes in Maradu Grama Panchayat near Kochi had kick-started a political storm in Kerala. Here's everything you need to know about it.
SINGAPORE - The world is warming and it is not just humans feeling the heat.
Real estate investors and analysts who rate local government bonds already are grappling with how to evaluate the future risks from rapid climate change, panelists said at ULI’s 2019 Resilience Summit, part of the Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.
What in the name of Neptune's beard is that thing? A ghost? An alien? The ghost of an alien?
Agnes Anderson, doctoral student of the School of Natural Sciences and Health of Tallinn University, recently defended her doctoral dissertation, in which she explores how the changing climate and human influence change the aeolian coastal dune landscapes. The dissertation concluded that the coastal dune landscapes are losing their distinctive features and diversity due to those influences.
National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has revealed the eagerly awaited results of its seventh annual photography competition, showcasing images relating to all aspects of the UK’s historic relationship with the sea.
Tetra Tech, Inc. (TTEK) announced today that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Company a $48 million contract to reduce and prevent the global pollution of marine debris in our oceans. Clean Cities Blue Ocean (CCBO) will serve as USAID's flagship program to target ocean plastics directly at their source in cities and towns.
Hurricane Kiko continued to track west through the Eastern Pacific Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and provided a view of the storm. Satellite imagery revealed an elongated shape, which indicated wind shear was still affecting Kiko.
Suffolk's coastline is facing an uncertain future - and has some of the "fastest eroding beaches in Europe", according to an expert.
RESIDENTS may have to pay more council tax to get coastal defences built near their homes, under a new strategy.
Maradu, where the four apartments which the Supreme Court ordered to be demolished are located, has been under CRZ III category as per the coastal zone management plan of 1996.
Construction of harbours have caused coastal erosion and rough sea in various areas of Kerala, and the state is grappling to deal with it. Some say seawalls and geotubes aren’t the answer.
SINGAPORE — When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong devoted a big part of his National Day Rally speech on Aug 18 to climate change, many listening may have encountered an unfamiliar word — “polders”.
Studying ecosystems affected by climate change takes an emotional toll on researchers.
In late 2016, scientists aboard the U.K. research ship James Cook arrived 500 kilometers off the coast of northwest Africa, seeking two treasures joined by a curse.
Greater understanding and transparency of carrier vessel fleet dynamics would help reform management
Irrespective of the technique used for demolition, it will cause a huge environmental impact, incidentally, on the very element that the SC is trying to protect through its order - the Vembanad Lake.
VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster joint venture, VSBW, has been appointed as the principal contractor for delivering the Southsea Coastal Scheme worth £100m
“A CANVAS IS DEFINED BY ITS EDGES. WE REFER TO IT BY IT’S SHAPE. A BEACH IS EXACTLY THE SAME, BUT THE EDGES ARE ALWAYS MOVING.” Tony Plat
Japan's environment minister says contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant may have to be released into the ocean because storage space will run out in 2022.
Italo Ferreira needed to compete to be eligible for Tokyo 2020
Plastic waste and microplastics have been found in the sea along the entire Northern Sea Route, Russian scientists confirm. The results of a recent expedition may provide crucial information about how some of the world’s most remote ocean areas are affected by the global issue of microplastics.
Engineers pumped more than 1.8 billion cubic metres of sand to protect the North Norfolk coastline near Bacton and Walcott from erosion and storm surges.
The state government seems to be caught between the devil and the deep sea in the Maradu apartments demolition issue.
A DECADE after thousands of Islanders demonstrated their support for stricter controls on development, politicians are still failing in their duty to protect the Jersey’s coastline, National Trust for Jersey chief executive Charles Alluto, an organiser of the protest, said.
This article is about the threat in 1979 of operations for a housing development in the dune country south of the 'Maidens' and about the lucky turns of events that stopped the development plans from becoming reality.
Security agencies are keeping a tab on these trawlers since they suspect that they could be carrying survey and snooping equipment
Coastal erosion is threatening the seaside homes of Port Waikato.
Nine maps show how the change in built up area in these three coastal cities at the cost of its natural ecosystems have made them especially vulnerable to extreme weather events.
Lara bay must be protected but local communities concerns are also valid. Coastal development, a major source of land gains and income growth almost all over Cyprus, continues to be guided by a simple-minded development model of ‘building development you win, environmental protection you lose’.
The Supreme Court ordered the demolition of illegal flats in Kochi's Maradu Panchayat in Kerala by September 20 for violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules.