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Saturday 07 December
Simon Bridges victim of hoax website hackNew Zealand Herald | 06 Dec 2013
Energy Minister Simon Bridges has become the victim of a hoax website hack by Greenpeace activists opposed to oil drilling. A replica of his website was created which appeared to have been hacked, with a black cloud swirling across the screen that left it completely black except for a message against oil drilling.
Construction of World's Most Advanced Deep-diving Robotic VehicleWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 06 Dec 2013
Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) has begun working with the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to design and build the worlds most advanced robotic undersea research vehicle for use on SOIs ship Falkor. The new vehicle will be capable of operating in the deepest known trenches on the planet, including the nearly 11,000-meter-deep Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
249: Ocean Acidification (radio)worldoceanobservatory.org | 06 Dec 2013
The most serious, debilitating circumstance affecting the ocean today may be acidification, the changing pH or acid balance in the water column with devastating impacts on the marine food chain, species migration and reproduction. In this episode of World Ocean Radio, host Peter Neill will report on the recently-released 20 Facts About Ocean Acidification.
Call of the WhalesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 05 Dec 2013
Last fall a team of researchers put two torpedo-shaped underwater robots in the Gulf of Maine to find whales for us, said Mark Baumgartner, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The gliders were equipped with digital acoustic monitoring (DMON) instruments to listen for whale calls and specialized software to identify the calls.
Mapping Pacific maritime boundariessydney.edu.au | 05 Dec 2013
This year Kiribati, one of the least developed countries in the world, finalised maritime boundaries with the United States of America. The successful outcome, in September, was the result of the work that the Pacific Island country, along with 12 others, undertook at the Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Governance working sessions at the University of Sydney.
How Scientists are Using Drones to Fight the Next Big Oil Spilltheatlantic.com | 05 Dec 2013
More than three-and-half years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are launching drones and ocean-going sensor arrays off the Florida coast in an effort to map the path of future oil spills before they devastate beaches and coastal ecosystems.
New Jersey Shore likely faces unprecedented flooding by mid-centuryEurekAlert | 05 Dec 2013
(Rutgers University) Geoscientists at Rutgers and Tufts universities estimate that the New Jersey shore will likely experience a sea-level rise of about 1.5 feet by 2050 and of about 3.5 feet by 2100 -- 11 to 15 inches higher than the average for sea-level rise globally over the century.
Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunamiEurekAlert | 05 Dec 2013
(McGill University) The devastating tsunami that struck Japan's Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. Now, an international scientific team has published a set of studies in the journal Science that shed light on what caused the dramatic displacement of the seafloor off Japan's coast.
Inside a mermaid's purseGuardian Unlimited | 05 Dec 2013
A poetic intersection between life and science, art and photography.
UK storms and tidal surges - Q&AGuardian Unlimited | 05 Dec 2013
Key facts around the stormy weather currently battering Scotland, northern England and set to threaten the east coast
Rising ocean acidification leads to anxious fishWorld Fishing | 05 Dec 2013
New research combining marine physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and behavioural psychology has revealed a surprising outcome from increased levels of carbon dioxide in the oceans - anxious fish.
Ireland consults on seafood "roadmap"World Fishing | 05 Dec 2013
A public consultation process is being launched in Ireland on the preparation of a Marine Research and Seafood Sector Low Carbon Roadmap to boost Ireland's marine economy.
Asda pledges to ban bycatchWorld Fishing | 05 Dec 2013
UK retailer Asda has pledged to eradicate bycatch from the fisheries that supply its seafood.
'Funeral procession' for Maui's dolphin in WellingtonNew Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
Campaigners convinced New Zealand's set-net fishing restrictions are a death sentence for the Maui's dolphins have laid cardboard coffins and fishing nets full of plastic junk outside Parliament.
Editorial: Rena response should leave us more secure (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
One of the immediate impulses following the grounding of the Rena on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga was to wonder if this country should have marine disaster equipment and expertise of its own. Then there would be no need to wait, for example, for a sea crane to arrive from Singapore.
Rena probe report seen to fall shortNew Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
A newly released independent review into Maritime New Zealand's handling of the Rena disaster has been described by the agency's first director as "housekeeping" which fails to tackle the root causes of the grounding.