Coasts and Oceans : Features

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  • ANALYSIS: Melting ice raises spectre of displaced humanity

    3 June 2009

    The latest evidence indicates that the speed of ice melt in Antarctica and Greenland is speeding up. A team of scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research concluded that the ice is melting much faster than climate models had predicted.

  • Coral reefs could provide the medicines of tomorrow

    28 April 2009

    Recent research indicates the huge potential of coral reefs for medical science. But, says Henrylito Tacio that potential is being threatened by human pressures on the reefs, already advanced in his own country: the Philippines.

  • Marine reserves can help restore world fisheries

    14 November 2008

    Speaking at the launch of the 2008 World Resources Report earlier this week, WRI President Jonathan Lash warned that the loss of coastal ecosystem services combined with rising seas due to climate change mean that the 500 million people who depend on the sea for their livelihoods and as the main source of protein in their diets, are increasingly at risk.

    "The climate is changing at a much accelerated pace, faster than previous models suggested," said Lash. "And at the same time the state of ocean and coastal ecosystems is undermining their capacity to produce necessary services. There are now 500 coastal areas around the world suffering from hypoxia, a lack of oxygen , due to the influx of huge quantities of wastes from land-based activities."

    In this report, Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute, sets out the case for a global system of marine reserves which could go far to restore and preserve the world's disappearing fish stocks.

  • Iceland fisheries: a model for the world

    3 November 2008

    Iceland is in the spotlight because of the financial meltdown, but Iceland has another more positive claim on our attention. Until the 1960s it had an economy no better than many developing countries, but it has since evolved a sophisticated fisheries management system which has the support of both the public and the fishing industry. It is a model for other coastal countries struggling to manage dwindling stocks of fish as demand increases. This exclusive report is by Contributing Editor, Don Hinrichsen.

  • India's women warriors of the sea fight for survival

    29 May 2008

    Faced by a massive expansion of Mundra Port in India's Gulf of Kutch, men and women from 300 nearby fishing villages are fighting to preserve their livelihood. Geeta Seshu reports for Planet 21 on their struggle to survive the environmental onslaught on their traditional way of life.

  • Sharks deserve the conservation status we give to the giant panda

    4 April 2007

    Marine predators are on the verge of extinction, but the fishing industry still rips the environment to shreds with impunity, says George Monbiot of The Guardian

  • Big fish are mostly gone

    5 July 2006

    It's common knowledge that we are running out of oil. What's not so well known is that we are also running out of big fish.

  • Seagrasses in deep trouble

    1 March 2005

    Seagrasses are the least studied and least protected among the marine habitats. These underwater plants, which provide an array of environmental services from filtering sewage and trapping sediments to providing refuge to marine species, are threatened with extinction in many parts of the world. Henrylito Tacio reports.

  • Tsunami: is earth striking back?

    18 January 2005

    For an Indian perspective on the tsunami which overwhelmed the coasts of the Indian Ocean, we turned to Darryl D'Monte, in Delhi, for this report.

  • Deadly red tides on the rise

    6 December 2004

    Red tides which poison coastal communities and marine life are increasing in frequency and toxicity thanks, at least in part, to pollution from human activities on land. They are now becoming a problem in the Philippines, as Henylito Tacio reports from Mindanao.