Coasts and Oceans : Newsfile

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  • Human activities threaten Caribbean coral reefs

    21 October 2004

    Two-thirds of coral reefs in the Caribbean are threatened by human activities, warn conservation scientists.

  • High carbon dioxide levels turning oceans more acidic

    23 July 2004

    By the middle of this century, the amount of carbon dioxide entering the world's oceans will lead to increasing acidity of the upper layers that may harm marine life and disrupt the food chains, scientists at a UN sponsored intergovernmental symposium have concluded.

  • Whales still in troubled waters

    23 July 2004

    This year's annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, the body charged with conservation of the worlds whales and whaling, resulted in mixed fortunes for both anti-whalers and whalers alike. The 18-year-long moratorium on commercial whaling still remains, while proposals to adopt whale sanctuaries in the South Pacific or the South Atlantic were shelved at least for another year.

  • Ocean 'dead zones' suffocating marine life

    17 June 2004

    The number of oxygen-starved or "dead zones" in the world's oceans and seas is threatening already fragile fish stocks and millions of people who depend upon fisheries for food and livelihoods, the United Nations has warned.

  • Marine parks can solve global fish crisis, experts say

    15 June 2004

    For less than £8bn a year - about as much as humans spend on ocean cruises - governments could protect declining world stocks of fish in a series of marine nature reserves around the globe, British scientists report today.

  • Urgent call to save treasures of the deep

    8 June 2004

    Conservationists from around the world are calling for urgent measures to protect the vast hidden treasures of the deep seas. They say that while only a fraction of the seas below 200 metres has been studied, research has revealed a huge diversity of unique species, possibly numbering as many as 100 million.

  • Australia reef's days 'numbered'

    5 March 2004

    The Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia will be largely destroyed by 2050 because of rising sea temperatures, according to a new report.

  • Ocean 'road' safety key to survival

    14 February 2004

    Tim Radford in Seattle learns how fishing endangers marine life.

  • Coral nears the crisis point

    12 November 2003

    The world's coral reefs, weakened by centuries of human exploitation and abuse, may disappear this century, researchers say.

  • Seagrass destruction revealed

    14 October 2003

    Manatees, dugongs and green sea turtles are just some of the growing list of already threatened species at risk from the destruction of ocean seagrass, a new report has revealed.