Coasts and Oceans : Newsfile

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  • Global warming threatens ocean ecosystems

    24 August 2002

    Climate change will create increasing challenges to US coastal and marine ecosystems over the next century, warns a new report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Temperature changes, altered patterns of rain and snowfall, and rising sea level are expected to upset the delicate balance of fragile coastal ecosystems.

  • East Africa reef initiative launched

    30 July 2002

    A pioneering initiative, aimed at boosting the fortunes of East Africa's coral reefs and their globally important wildlife, has been announced by researchers at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

  • New Project Will Tackle Whale Entanglement

    25 July 2002

    Almost 60,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are killed each year worldwide by entanglement with fishing nets, a coalition of the world's leading cetacean scientists reports.

  • New blow to Galapagos iguanas

    6 June 2002

    Eighteen months after the tanker Jessica ran aground in the Galapagos islands, spilling some 3m tons of deisel and bunker oil, scientists are reporting a devastating loss of marine iguanas.

  • North Atlantic right whales face extinction

    18 April 2002

    The North Atlantic right whale is predicted to become extinct within 200 years, warn scientists. Fewer than 300 North Atlantic right whales remain today. This critically endangered whale population is losing its reproductive strength because the females are dying at an unprecedented rate, according to whale biologists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

  • Global warming threatens marine life

    17 January 2002

    Global warming could seriously threaten seafood staples such as cod, herring and haddock, as well as other marine creatures like the Baleen whale, warn marine scientists.

  • Great Barrier Reef overloaded with pollutants

    16 January 2002

    The Australian Federal Environment Minister, Robert Hill, has recently released a ground-breaking scientific report addressing the effect of land use activities on water quality in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

  • New threats to great whales

    26 October 2001

  • Mangrove forest 'shrinking rapidly'

    1 October 2001

    A rapidly growing human population, pollution, diminishing fresh water and ever growing salinisation gravely threaten one of the world's largest Mangrove forests, situated in the Indus Delta of Pakistan, says the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and could halve it in size by 2015.

  • Coral atlas maps world's fast disappearing coral reefs

    11 September 2001

    The most detailed assessment of coral reefs ever undertaken, shows that these precious marine ecosystems occupy a much smaller area of the planet than previously assumed.