Coasts and Oceans : Newsfile

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  • Bush protects world's largest marine conservation area

    8 January 2009

    George Bush has designated nearly 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean as conservation areas, recasting his record on the environment just two weeks before leaving the White House, reports Susan Goldberg in The Guardian.

  • UK go-ahead for Marine Bill

    4 December 2008

    There has been a warm welcome by environmentalists to the inclusion in the Queen's Speech to the UK parliament yesterday of the UK Marine Bill. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) which has campaigned with others for this legislation says it expects it to be introduced into parliament within the next few weeks.

  • Ocean acid levels rising with alarming speed

    1 December 2008

    The planet's oceans are acidifying ten times faster than previously predicted according to new research, Don Hinrichsen reports.

  • EU move on Arctic protection gets mixed reception

    25 November 2008

    The recent statement [November 20, 2008] by the European Commission on the need to protect the rapidly melting Arctic from a rush to exploit its natural resources has had a mixed reception. Environmental groups have welcomed its call for a multinational approach to protecting this fragile region, while countries, such as Canada, with an Arctic coastline have been less impressed by Europe's interest in the matter.

  • Commission decision threatens future of bluefin tuna

    24 November 2008

    The commission set up to prevent a collapse of the Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery today opted for catch quotas still far higher than its own scientists recommend and leaving industrial fleets free to scoop up tuna at the height of its spawning period.

  • Annual value of Belize reefs runs into many millions

    18 November 2008

    Three key services provided by coral reefs and mangroves in Belize are worth an estimated US$395 million to US$559 million per year, according to a report released in this Carribean nation this week.

  • Penguin plunge sends ocean warning signal

    17 November 2008

    Plunging penguin populations are a signal that the world's oceans are suffering the effects of climate change, fishing and oil and gas development, according to an analysis that could provide new ammunition for groups seeking global protection for the birds.

  • Arctic sea routes opening up with climate change

    22 September 2008

    A remarkable shipping shortcut is opening up between Europe and Asia, because of the changing global climate. The year-round ice in the Arctic has dramatically diminished, meaning that the Arctic Ocean is now open for ship traffic for at least part of the year. The result is a reduction in the journey between Asia and Europe from 11,500 miles to 6,000 miles - almost half the distance - and a alarming proof that the climate is changing fast.

  • Humpback whales make a comeback

    15 August 2008

    Humpback whales are making a comeback more than 40 years after a ban on commercial hunting was brought in to save them from extinction, Ian Sample, Science Correspondent of The Guardian reported this week.

  • Coral bleaching once more centre stage

    15 July 2008

    During the 9th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Bali, Indonesia, coral bleaching was one of the main topics discussed by experts. Now, eight years later, coral bleaching has again taken centre stage in the current Florida symposium - the 11th after the Okinawa symposium in 2004. Coral bleaching, like global warming, is a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored.