International
International
Waterways

Shipping magnate goes ‘all in’ with IMO 2020 wager

When John Fredriksen — the world’s most famous living shipping magnate — makes a big move, a common response is to ask: What does he know that we don’t?

International
Science

As Oceans Warm, Tropical Corals Seek Refuge in Cooler Waters Yale Environment 360

Due to soaring temperatures, tropical coral reefs are facing a bleak future. But recent research shows that some of these corals are migrating to cooler subtropical seas, offering a measure of hope that these ecosystems can survive the existential threat of climate change.

Coastwide
Science

John Steinbeck's Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rule of Ecology

A legendary writer, a quirky biologist and their jolly adventure in the Sea of Cortez

International
Science

Sunscreen is Damaging Coral Reefs - Everything You Should Know About It

With up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen being washed off people into oceans each year, it’s time for all of us to understand how sunscreen damages coral reefs. Our simple and allegedly healthy habit of putting on lotion before exposing ourselves to UV radiations is indeed taking its toll on marine life and biodiversity.

International
Tourism

Top tourism spots crack down as they become victim of own success

It is not the sheer number of tourists descending on Venice that bothers Italian food blogger Monica Cesarato so much as the type of visitor.

International
Recreation

South Africa - Bylaw regulating access to beach and foul language has Capetonians swearing to resist

Owners of highly valued beachfront properties have significantly encroached on the public’s right to access beaches by extending the edge of their properties on to public coastal land, or blocking access paths, city officials said at a public participation meeting in Fish Hoek on Thursday evening.

International
Recreation

South Australia - Beach access wheelchairs finally roll out after gathering dust for two years over insurance hurdle

A day at the beach is taken for granted by most Australians, and until now it's only been a dream for a group of people living at Whyalla, on Spencer Gulf, in South Australia.

International
Science

United Kingdom - Archaeologists race to uncover secrets of mysterious ancient fort before it collapses into sea

Iron age site has been occupied by Romans, used as Second World War defences and formed part of a golf course

International
Property

Australia - Mornington beach and its beach boxes cannot be saved, government concedes

The state government has given up hope of trying to save a popular Mornington Peninsula beach and along with it, dozens of bathing boxes.

International
Tourism

Italy: Tourist Couple Faces Six Years In Prison For Stealing Sand From Beach In Sardinia

A pair of French tourists have been found guilty of attempting to take home nearly a hundred pounds of sand from a beach on the Italian resort island of Sardinia

International
Waterways

World’s Biggest Oil Tanker -- Ultra Large Crude Carrier -- Sails for Fuel-Storage Zone

> Ultra-large oil carrier stores fuel ahead of IMO 2020 rules > Vessel, slowly accumulating supplies for months, heads to Asia

International
Advocacy

South Africa: Coastal by-law intends to push back beachfront property spread

But draft criticized for draconian measures such as outlawing foul language.

International
Engineering

United Kingdom - Giant 'Sandscaping' Plan to Save Beaches Will Only Put Off the Inevitable

The benefits of the scheme are immense. Although principally protecting the gas terminal, the dune will extend up and down the coastline around it, protecting 100 homes and the coastal road to the south. Tourism may also increase, with benefits and business opportunities for those nearby.

International
Engineering

Singapore needs at least $72 billion to bolster coastal defenses against rising sea levels: Lee

SINGAPORE – Singapore needs at least $72 billion to build defenses against rising sea levels, its leader said Sunday as the low-lying city-state gears up against the impact of climate change.

International
Energy

World’s longest wind turbine blade arrives in the UK!

EARLIER THIS WEEK OUR TEAM IN CHERBOURG, FRANCE SAID GOODBYE TO THE FIRST 107-METER BLADE PRODUCED AT THE FACTORY. TODAY, WE’RE PROUD TO CONFIRM THAT THE BLADE HAS COMPLETED ITS VOYAGE TO THE UK!

International
Waterways

Government of Canada supports important coastal environmental research on Canada's Arctic coasts

IQALUIT, Aug. 14, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's Arctic waters are essential to the livelihoods, identity and natural heritage of countless Inuit communities.

International
Science

What a million corals in 2500 reefs tell us about saving them

Researchers examined more than a million individual corals across 44 countries for a new study on how to save coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

International
Science

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

A worm that feeds on bacteria and has no eyes is one of the standout stars of almost 600 unfamiliar and potentially new ocean species identified at NIWA in the past year.

International
Fisheries

British Tesco encourages salmon producers to use less fishmeal and fish oil in their feeds

British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer, Tesco, is updating its salmon standards with the intention of reducing the amount of wild-caught fish that is fed to salmon in aquaculture.

International
Waterways

Canadian Feds plan six new icebreakers for aging Canadian Coast Guard fleet

“New assets will support our coastal communities, grow the economy and will help to renew the fleet”

International
Federal

Irish see climate as key problem to tackle at EU level

One-third of Irish people now view climate change as a top issue for the European Union to tackle, a new poll has revealed.

International
Science

Tahiti: 'The saddest dive of my life': A diver's before-and-after photos reveal the death of a coral reef

As greenhouse-gas emissions continue to concentrate in the atmosphere and heat up the planet, the oceans are warming faster than ever. That's devastating for coral reefs, since warmer temperatures prompt coral bleaching — when coral expels its algal food sources and turns ghostly white, increasing its risk of death. A diver photographed a coral-bleaching event over two months in Tahiti to show the stark contrast between before and after.

International
Fisheries

Japanese Whaling Is Not the Greatest Threat to Whale Conservation

Global outrage should focus on North American fishing and shipping industries as well

International
Advocacy

UK Youngsters to Investigate Climate Change in Coastal Areas

YouthLink Scotland is spearheading a project to examine the impact of global warming on Scotland's coastline.

International
Tourism

The secret ingredient of successful seaside towns

United Kingdom - The real secret behind Margate’s revival isn’t so much the restored Dreamland amusement park, but the trains. A decade ago, it gained high-speed, InterCity-like trains to St Pancras, putting it within 90 minutes of London.

International
Recreation

How the Chase for Huge Surf Led to Robinson Crusoe’s Lonely Islands

Here’s the thing about chasing the world’s biggest waves: you don’t really know where they are. You do, however, know where they’re not.

International
Science

Greenland’s Rapid Melting Is a Hugely Underplayed Story

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- The announcement that 11 billion tons dropped off the Greenland Ice Sheet in one day turned out to be a made-for-television example of the effects of climate change. Dramatic videos of water pouring off the glaciers went viral. But apart from the occasional spectacular image, it’s hard to focus the attention of the news media on the Greenland Ice Sheet. And that’s too bad.

International
Property

To Save Tiny Penguins, This Coastal Suburb Was Wiped Off the Map

It’s a magical sight: Just as the light begins to vanish, thousands of tiny penguins waddle out of the surf on an island in southeastern Australia, then head up the beach and along well-worn paths toward their burrows.

International
Engineering

What U.S. Cities Are Learning from Copenhagen’s Evolution

Spanning a busy arterial road that separates the historic center from the harborfront, BLOX (center), designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, the Dutch architecture firm founded by Rem Koolhaas, opened in 2018 as the new home of the Danish Architecture Center. The 89,000-square foot (27,000 sq m) BLOX also features 22 rental apartments, coworking and conference space, a fitness studio, a public playground, and two cafés.

International
Engineering

Holding back the tide

After one of the hottest summers on record, the deluge came down hard. It is this type of switching between extremes that climate change specialises in, and it causes engineers nightmares by bringing unprecedented challenges.

International
Property

Feilden, Clegg, Bradley Studios to regenerate a historic harbour in Cornwall, UK

Feilden, Clegg, Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) has been granted detailed planning permission for ‘hayle north quay’ – a mixed-use project to revitalize a cornish harbour in the UK. the intervention, which will provide a variety of uses over a total area of 20 acres, will be positioned within a UNESCO world heritage site. considering the sensitive location, the design responds to and embraces the history of the harbour while still creating a contemporary insertion on the coast of cornwall.

International
Science

NOAA seeks to “kick the tires” on new instruments, mission concepts

Karen St. Germain, systems architecture and advanced planning director for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service, presented this potential future architecture for NOAA's Earth observation constellation in April 2019 at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs.

International
Advocacy

Canada creates two huge ocean sanctuaries in the Arctic

These are turbulent times for the Arctic. Not only is it heating up about twice as quickly as the rest of the planet, causing a disastrous decline of Arctic sea ice, but it's also increasingly vulnerable to environmental harm from activities like mining, drilling and fishing.

International
Science

A transparent squid with glowing internal organs recorded by deep-sea explorers

ALASKA (Mark Price/The Charlotte Observer) - A team of ocean explorers captured images last week of a surreal transparent squid with glowing internal organs in the Gulf of Alaska, as part of a study backed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

International
Science

‘NASA’s Geosynchronous Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR) instrument to observe Coastal Ecosystems

NASA is elevating environmental conservation efforts with its new Geosynchronous Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR) instrument, which will make observations of coastal waters to help improve resource management, boost economic activity, and protect ecosystem sustainability.

International
Engineering

Desert sand may hold key to the next Gulf economic miracle

As the single most important vital component in every building and road, to say nothing of its starring role in every pane of window glass and the silicon chips of our phones and computers, the world is using more than 50 billion tonnes of sand every year – and rising.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Port Renfrew, British Columbia looks to reinvent itself in the wake of tough fishing restrictions

Clouds hang low over the hills and a sporadic, warm rain slicks the docks at the Pacific Gateway Marina in Port Renfrew. It should be a good day for anglers around the community, which advertises sports fishing as its specialty, attracting British Columbians and tourists from around the world who want to catch salmon and halibut.

International
Fisheries

Japan resumes commercial whaling after three decades; at least two taken on first day

Japanese whaling fleets set sail Monday to hunt whales commercially for the first time in 31 years, a day after Tokyo formally left the International Whaling Commission.

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International
Fisheries

Scaling up, moving out. Salmon farming in Scotland - and worldwide - is going through unprecedented change.

Salmon farming is going through unprecedented change. Industry giant Mowi has offered to move away from "contentious" sea loch sites in north-west Scotland, in exchange for permission to replace the capacity in wilder waters.

International
Engineering

Press release: UK Government calls for evidence on floods and coastal erosion

The public, scientists, local authorities and industry are invited to give their views on urgent questions and inform future policies

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International
Science

Subsea microbes outperform bacteria

Deep sea sediments are notoriously nutrient poor, however, microbes belonging to the Archaea group of unicellular microorganisms have been efficiently scavenging dead cells, and play an important role in the geochemical carbon and nitrogen cycles of the ecosystem, researchers have found.

International
Engineering

Colombia wants US engineering executive extradited in ‘biggest corruption scandal in history’

A Colombian judge on Friday requested the arrest and extradition of a US engineering executive from Chicago Bridge & Iron for his alleged role in what the prosecution calls the “biggest corruption scandal in history.”

International
Property

350 Maradu flats to be demolished as India Supreme Court rejects appeal by builders

New Delhi/ Kochi: The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected all four review peititions filed by the flat builders in Maradu in Kerala's Ernakulam district. This means around 350 flats, which violated the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules, have to be razed immediately.

International
Tourism

Is the Blue Economy sustainable?

Australian researchers are exploring ways to create sustainable maritime industries, while also keeping our oceans healthy. Natalie Parletta reports.

International
Engineering

Ancient Roman port history unveiled

A team of international researchers led by La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne have, for the first time worldwide, applied marine geology techniques at an ancient harbour archaeological site to uncover ancient harbour technologies of the first centuries AD.

International
Science

Sediment libraries show marine ecosystems are accumulating oil pollution faster than ever

Marine sediments tell the history of an environment, including oil spills. By "reading" sediments from the past century, a research team has now determined how much oil hydrocarbon is accumulated in different vegetated coastal habitats of the Arabian Gulf and the significance of this for environmental management.

International
Science

Deep-Sea Foodwebs: It’s Complicated

Due to its vast size and depth, the deep-pelagic ocean (200 meters and below) helps maintain the health of the planet by playing a role in carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and waste absorption, and even supports the production of economically valuable fisheries.

International
Engineering

Vast sand scheme to protect Norfolk coast

United Kingdom - Nearly two million cubic metres of sand are being shifted to a stretch of eroding Norfolk coastline in a radical plan to save it from the sea.

International
Property

Coastal resilience in Seychelles: Charting a path forward

It is an ordinary Monday morning at Beau Vallon beach, Seychelles. A group of men and women prepare the beach for the soon-to-arrive tourists, cleaning up the plastics and algae washed ashore by the Indian Ocean that do not fit the image of the tropical paradise that the Seychelles projects to the world.

International
Fisheries

Global Perspective: China playing public relations game focused on cooperative conservation

The vigor with which the government has prosecuted its crackdown in domestic waters has certainly been unprecedented this year in China – it seems that every village government in the country has had a publicity event that involves pouring bags of fish seedlings into local waters.

International
Fisheries

Global Perspectives: After crash in sardine catch, India takes measures to make fishing sustainable

Until recently, the growth of fishing was largely unregulated, leading to over-capacity of fishing boats, inter-state conflict and overfishing of some species.

International
Property

Rising tide, erosion a threat to Port Phillip Bay's beachside suburbs (Victoria, Australia)

With the glittering Port Phillip Bay at its doorstep, Brighton is among Melbourne’s poshest and most expensive suburbs.

International
Engineering

Clarkes Beach in New South Wales stripped by erosion, lack of replenishing sand normally swept around Cape Byron

Australia - A popular beach in Byron Bay on the New South Wales north coast has been washed away by what locals are describing as the worst erosion in at least 30 years.

International
Property

These 350 apartment owners in Kerala are caught between the Supreme Court and the sea

The case of five seaside properties in Maradu in Kerala represents one of the latest clashes between development and environment.

International
Fisheries

Canada Passes Most Progressive Fishery Act Yet, Requiring the Rebuilding of Fish Populations

“Rebuilding fish populations can increase revenue and jobs in coastal communities. The United States has some of the most stringent and effective legislation in the world mandating fisheries rebuilding. It has successfully rebuilt a total of 45 fish stocks resulting in more resilient ecosystems and greater economic opportunities for the fishing industry,” says Laughren.

International
Advocacy

Australia Beach Patrol looking for bright ideas to keep litter from ocean

Warrnambool, Victoria -- A dedicated group of south-west volunteers have been rewarded with a state government grant to continue their environmental work cleaning up the region's beaches.

International
Fisheries

B.C. to use helicopters to transfer salmon past Fraser River rock slide

The B.C. government says helicopters will be used to fly thousands of salmon to their spawning grounds upstream on the Fraser River to avoid a rock slide.

International
Federal

Australian seaside town welcomes US Marines with open arms during massive exercise

BOWEN, Australia — Locals and vacationers in this small Australian town were eager to get to know U.S. Marines patrolling their streets this week as part of the biennial Talisman Sabre exercise.

International
Engineering

Pressed for Space, Hong Kong Will Create New Land

The ‘Lantau Tomorrow’ plan would expand small islands for much-needed new housing, but not without risks to the environment.

International
Engineering

Sea-level rise poses threat to Jakarta, Semarang, Demak coastal areas

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Rising sea levels and decreasing land surface, driven by global climate change, pose an existential crisis to coastal communities in Jakarta, Semarang, and Demak.

International
Waterways

Sediment and run-off putting squeeze on Havelock Estuary

The health of Havelock Estuary is continue to deteriorate, leading a councillor to ask what is being done to improve its condition.

International
Engineering

Monaco Land Extension Project Reaches Milestone, Caissons Belt Completed

The tax haven has a luxury housing crisis – it doesn’t have enough land for the 2,700 multimillionaires forecast to settle there over the next decade

International
Science

How a rain garden is helping Rotterdam beat flooding

A decade ago, Rotterdam's rundown inner-city Zomerhofkwartier district was slated for redevelopment - a project that was shelved when a global economic crisis hit.

International
Local

From Scotland: Beach access 'vital' to flood defense scheme says locals

EASY access to Millport Beach for pedestrians will be protected by experts drawing up plans for state-of-the-art flood defences for the island.

International
Tourism

The Dream of Open Borders Is Real—in the High Arctic

The Norwegian territory of Svalbard has been open to citizens of the world since 1920. But don’t call it a utopia.

International
Energy

Scotland's largest offshore windfarm opens to power 450,000 homes

Scotland's largest offshore windfarm - which will save eight million tonnes of carbon emissions over its lifetime and generates enough energy to power 450,000 homes - has been officially opened by The Duke of Rothesay. The Beatrice windfarm located eight miles off the coast of Wick is the fourth largest in the world and the largest ever single private investment in Scotland at £2.5bn. It has been in planning for a decade.

International
Advocacy

Việt Nam takes action to reduce plastic waste

Recently, there has been intense focus on how to reduce plastic waste globally. Việt Nam News reporter Bồ Xuân Hiệp speaks with Kristin Hughes, director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership, about solutions that are needed in Việt Nam, which is a disproportionately high contributor of plastic pollution into the oceans.

International
Fisheries

Coastal First Nations Sign Fisheries Reconciliation Agreement with Canada

Coastal First Nations is an alliance of Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk Nation, Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation, Nuxalk Nation, Gitga’at Nation, Metlakatla Nation, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation.

International
Property

Opinion: Climate-related financial risk needs to go mainstream

There is far more financial risk in the system resulting from climate change than we fully understand. The sooner we bring it to light, the better for all of us.

International
Fisheries

European Union: "Severe Weakness" in our Fishery Controls

The European Commission has detected “significant weaknesses” in how Ireland controls fish catches within EU waters, highlighting issues around weighing and an “ineffective sanctioning system for offenses”.

International
Engineering

Old English Dunes: Sand Dunes are Under Thread, but New Funding could Restore them to Health

Sand dunes are an much-loved part of our coastline, but they have been in decline for decades. Now a new project aims to protect the dunes and the rare animals who live in them — with over £4m of funding.

International
Engineering

City of Gold Coast Way Ahead on Ocean Beaches Strategy

The Queensland’s City of Gold Coast multi-million dollar commitment to its beaches has paid off, with new figures from the Ocean Beaches Strategy mid-life review revealing favorable progress in protecting the coastline, the city said in its latest release.

International
Fisheries

China’s largest offshore salmon pen back at sea with significant modifications

A newly modified Deep Blue 1 -- China's largest offshore salmon farm -- has been towed back to sea following "regular maintenance", which includes the retrofitting of a large 35-meter tower.

International
Engineering

Indonesia’s leader says sinking Jakarta needs giant sea wall

People walk near a giant sea wall which is used as a barrier to prevent sea water from flowing into land and cause flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, July 27, 2019. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said in an interview that he wants to see the speedy construction of the giant sea wall to save the low-lying capital of Jakarta from sinking under the sea, giving renewed backing to a long-delayed multi-billion-dollar mega project.

International
Tourism

Too many tourists: not everyone is celebrating the tourism boom

Tourism is booming globally but not everyone is celebrating, as residents question the economic benefits and ecologists point to environmental damage from overtourism.

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