Wednesday 09 May 2012
70 percent of beaches eroding on Hawaiian islands Kauai, Oahu, and MauiEurekAlert | 09 May 2012
(University of Hawaii ? SOEST) An assessment of coastal change over the past century has found 70 percent of beaches on the islands of Kaua?i, O?ahu, and Maui are undergoing long-term erosion, according to a US Geological Survey and University of Hawai'i report released today.
GPS on commercial ships could improve tsunami warningsEurekAlert | 09 May 2012
(University of Hawaii ? SOEST) Commercial ships travel across most of the globe and could provide better warnings for potentially deadly tsunamis. Scientists were able to detect and measure the properties of the tsunami generated by the magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Maule, Chile (February 2010), even though, out in the open ocean, the wave was only about 4 inches high.
Plastic trash altering ocean habitats, Scripps study showsEurekAlert | 09 May 2012
A 100-fold upsurge in human-produced plastic garbage in the ocean is altering habitats in the marine environment, according to a new study led by a graduate student researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Big rise in Pacific plastic wasteBBC | 09 May 2012
The quantity of small plastic fragments floating in the North Pacific Ocean has increased a hundred fold over the past 40 years.
Supporting Canada's Coasts Can Benefit Climate and EconomyUNEP | 09 May 2012
Montreal / Nairobi, 03 May 2012 - Reversing the degradation of coastal ecosystems in Canada and elsewhere can play an important role in tackling climate change, while bringing additional benefits to biodiversity and the economies of coastal communities.
NEPAD Agency, FAO start joint fisheries projectnepad.org | 09 May 2012
The NEPAD Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organisation have begun implementation of a joint project aimed at boosting fisheries development in Africa and improving the standard of living of fishers on the continent.
MEPs overwhelmingly back Commission on fisheries reformfishupdate.com | 09 May 2012
The European Parliament's Environment Committee has unanimously endorsed the Commission's key proposals for Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform. MEPs adopted 550 amendments drafted by UK Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies calling for measures to stop overfishing and rebuild fish stocks.
New Antarctic ice shelf threatened by warmingReuters | 09 May 2012
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists are predicting the disappearance of another vast ice shelf in Antarctica by the end of the century that will accelerate rising sea levels.
Humpbacks intervene in whale huntBBC | 09 May 2012
The unusual sight of humpback whales intervening in a killer whale hunt has been caught on camera by a BBC/National Geographic film crew.
Bangladesh's war against climate changeGuardian Unlimited | 09 May 2012
Devastating cyclones, floods and ruined crops have made Bangladesh 'the world's most aware society on climate change'Rebecca Sultan's life has been shattered twice in a few years. First, the 140mph winds of Cyclone Sidr ripped through her village, Gazipara, flattening houses, killing 6,000 people...
Garbage patch changing insect mating habitsGuardian Unlimited | 09 May 2012
Marine insects in the Pacific Ocean are changing their reproduction habitats in response to environmental changes from the accumulating amount of rubbish in the north Pacific subtropical gyre, also known as the great Pacific garbage patch, according to researchers.
Mass pelican deaths caused by starvationGuardian Unlimited | 09 May 2012
An initial study into the deaths of hundreds of Peruvian seabirds, mostly pelicans and boobies, on the country's northern beaches indicates they died of starvation due to a lack of their main food, anchovies.
Peru's mysterious dolphin and pelican deaths - in picturesGuardian Unlimited | 09 May 2012
More than 1,200 birds, mostly pelicans, washed up dead along a stretch of Peru's northern Pacific coastline in recent weeks, health officials said, after an estimated 800 dolphins died in the same area in recent months