Court orders feds to review oil dispersant risks

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 22:32
Grist: A legal victory for environmentalists this week means that sea turtles, whales, and other endangered species may be sheltered from the use of oil dispersants off the California coastline. Dispersants, which are used to dissolve oil spills, can cause crippling injuries to cleanup workers and wildlife, but regulations governing their use are extremely lax. The EPA successfully fended off a lawsuit recently that tried to force it to regulate where dispersants can be used and in what quantities. ...
Categories: TOPP News

British Columbia Government Rejects Plans for Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 21:23
EcoWatch: News broke today that the British Columbia government in Canada has rejected a proposal from Enbridge to build the Northern Gateway pipeline which would pump tar sands through the province for export. Government officials cited a lack of evidence that the company has the ability to transport the heavy crude safely, nor could Enbridge prove that they would have a sufficient response to a spill should one occur. According to Environment Minister Terry Lake, “British Columbia thoroughly reviewed...
Categories: TOPP News

A Floating Wind Tower Is Launched in Maine

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 19:21
New York Times: One reason that offshore wind has not caught on in the United States is the steep cost of erecting a tower in the water, but researchers at the University of Maine tried another approach on Friday by launching a floating wind machine. It is the first offshore wind installation in United States waters, according to the Energy Department, which helped pay for it. The tower, launched in Brewer, Me., sits on three hollow concrete tubes and will be anchored in the Gulf of Maine. It is a mere 20 kilowatts...
Categories: TOPP News

B.C. Rejects Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Proposal

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 18:16
CBC: The B.C. government has officially expressed its opposition to a proposal for the Northern Gateway pipeline project, saying it fails to address the province's environmental concerns. Special Report: Northern Gateway Pipeline The province made the announcement in its final written submission to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel. "British Columbia thoroughly reviewed all of the evidence and submissions made to the panel and asked substantive questions about the project, including...
Categories: TOPP News

Shark tourism expected to double as fishing value declines

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 14:44
Guardian: Sharks swimming free in the oceans may soon become more valuable as tourist attractions than when caught, sliced up and served in soup, according to a global study published on Friday. The study urged better protection for the fish, from Australia to the Caribbean, to reduce catches of an estimated 38ma year to meet demand for shark fin soup, mainly in China. Andres Cisneros-Montemayor of the University of British Columbia, who was also lead author of the study, said: "We are hoping that people...
Categories: TOPP News

Tokyo prepares for a once-in-200-year flood to top Sandy

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 14:00
Bloomberg: Tokyo, the world’s most populated metropolis, is building defenses for the possibility of a flood in the next 200 years that could dwarf the damage superstorm Sandy wrought on the U.S. East Coast. Japan’s capital, flanked by rivers to the east and west, as well as running through it, faces 33 trillion yen ($322 billion) in damages should the banks break on the Arakawa River that bisects Tokyo, according to government estimates. That’s more than five times the $60.2 billion aid package for Sandy...
Categories: TOPP News

Arctic sea ice melt disrupts weather patterns

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 14:00
LiveScience: Shrinking Arctic sea ice is shifting polar weather patterns, especially in fall and winter, a new climate modeling study finds. For the study, researchers looked at weather patterns in 2007, when sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean hit one of its lowest summer extents since satellite tracking began in the late 1970s. In fall and winter, when sea ice would normally insulate the ocean from frigid Arctic air temperatures, the small ice pack meant lots of heat could escape from the ocean into the atmosphere,...
Categories: TOPP News

Australia: Fears sea-level policy may slash $1bn off property values

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 14:00
Newcastle Herald: RESIDENTS fear Lake Macquarie City Council’s controversial actions on the risks of sea level rise will wipe more than $1 billion off the value of properties. But some believe the loss could be worse, with homes worthless because they cannot be sold. Some say their properties already won’t sell and insurance premiums are skyrocketing – problems they blame on the council’s sea level rise measures. But the council says changes in property values are a result of the global financial crisis,...
Categories: TOPP News

UN panel calls for end to extreme poverty by 2030

Ocean Conserve - Fri, 05/31/2013 - 06:11
Associated Press: A high-level U.N. panel recommended an ambitious roadmap Thursday to tackle the world's major challenges, from climate change to equality for women, with a key goal of ending extreme poverty everywhere by 2030. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed the panel last year to recommend a new development agenda after the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, expire in 2015. World leaders agreed in 2000 on anti-poverty goals including cutting extreme poverty by half, halting the HIV/AIDS...
Categories: TOPP News

Europe Moves to Overhaul Fishing Policies

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 22:55
New York Times: The European Union on Thursday agreed to an overhaul of the region’s fisheries policy, a deal intended to make commercial fishing more sustainable. While officials hailed it as a landmark agreement, some environmentalists said the deal might not be ambitious enough. The agreement, the first overhaul of the Common Fisheries Policy since 2002, was reached early Thursday by Maria Damanaki, the European fisheries commissioner; Ulrike Rodust, a German member of the European Parliament; and Simon Coveney,...
Categories: TOPP News

UN Warns of Global Shift ‘From a Fish to a Jellyfish Ocean’

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 21:40
Environment News Service: Jumps in jellyfish populations following overfishing is one reason why fish in the Mediterranean and Black seas are declining, finds a new United Nations report that advocates factoring jellyfish "blooms" into fisheries management strategies. Jellyfish bloom in Mar Menor, a salty lagoon on Spain`s Mediterranean coast, October 2012 (Photo by Stephanie Booth) Overfishing removes top predators from the sea, helping to create ideal conditions for jellyfish blooms, according to the report, "Review...
Categories: TOPP News

Warmer seas fuel Maine crab invasion, clammers say

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 20:22
Reuters: An invasion of European green crabs, encouraged by rising ocean temperatures, is eating its way north through Maine's clam flats, threatening the state's third-largest fishery and an iconic summer treat for tourists. "If something isn't done soon, it will mean the death of the clam fishery," said Chad Coffin, president of the Maine Clammers Association. "I don't think people understand just how big a problem this is." The invasive crabs likely reached U.S. shores in the early 1800s after hitching...
Categories: TOPP News

Millennium Development Goals falling short on environmental ambitions

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 18:14
Mongabay: This week in New York City, the 27 members of the high-level panel of eminent persons appointed by the U.N. Secretary General will deliver a report providing recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda. This is a critical opportunity to address the inadequacies of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to chart a new course for sustainable development. The post-2015 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) must break from failed convention by integrating environmental and social dimensions...
Categories: TOPP News

Big firms should report environmental impact : UN panel

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 12:02
Reuters: Big companies should report their impact on the environment in addition to their earnings under a U.N. plan to boost economic growth and ease poverty by 2030, according to recommendations by a panel of world leaders released on Thursday. Slowing climate change and protecting the environment should be at the core of global development, said the 27-member panel, led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf....
Categories: TOPP News

Is More Global Warming Hiding in the Oceans?

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 08:00
US News and World Report: A man enjoys the ocean after sunset in 2012 on Ngapali Beach, Myanmar, located on the shores of the Andaman Sea. The HMS Challenger set sail 135 years ago. It was the world's first scientific survey of ocean life. But the HMS Challenger also studied ocean temperatures along the way by dropping thermometers attached to Italian hemp ropes hundreds of meters deep -- an effort that has been used as a baseline for global warming in oceans since pre-industrial times. Now, according to a new study,...
Categories: TOPP News

EU seals reform deal to replenish fish stocks

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 05:43
Reuters: The European Union agreed on Thursday to put an end to decades of over-fishing and rebuild dwindling stocks by 2020, as part of a deal to overhaul the bloc's fisheries policy. The agreement will put an end to annual haggling over catch quotas by EU ministers in Brussels, widely blamed for putting short-term economic interests above the long-term health of Europe's fish stocks. Officials said a deal to follow scientific advice more closely when setting quotas in the future could increase EU...
Categories: TOPP News

Threat of hunger in oil-rich Niger Delta

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 05:05
BBC: A pristine paradise - these are not words you often hear to describe the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria. But you get to appreciate the area's natural beauty whilst wading across lily covered creeks and trekking deep into the forest, accompanied by birdsong. Welcome to the Niger Delta before the oil. "I'm on the plank now so walk right behind me," a guide said as we squelched across a muddy swamp trying not to sink in too deep. After walking for about an hour and a half from the village...
Categories: TOPP News

Sandy reopened debate on climate change and hurricanes

Ocean Conserve - Thu, 05/30/2013 - 05:00
Houston Chronicle: After Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeastern United States in late October, it reopened a question scientists have been keenly considering since Hurricane Katrina: How, exactly, is climate change influencing hurricane activity? Some environmental advocates directly linked climate change to Sandy's large size and destructive storm surge. "Folks, this storm is exactly the sort of thing climate scientists have been worried about for years," wrote Amanda Staudt, a senior scientist at the...
Categories: TOPP News

GM salmon can breed with wild fish and harm ecosystem, warns study

Ocean Conserve - Wed, 05/29/2013 - 14:22
Independent: Genetically modified salmon could escape into the wild with devastating consequences for the ecosystem, a new study has warned. Researchers from Canada say that there is a risk of GM salmon mating with the closely-related brown trout species to produce a hybrid fish. GM salmon grow faster than normal salmon and scientists observed that their hybrid offspring grow even faster allowing them to out-compete existing species for food. In a mocked-up stream in the laboratory the GM offspring took...
Categories: TOPP News

Ice levels, rule changes to boost Arctic northern sea route

Ocean Conserve - Wed, 05/29/2013 - 10:28
Reuters: Shipping along the Arctic northern sea route is set to grow more than 30-fold over the next eight years and could account for a quarter of the cargo traffic between Europe and Asia by 2030, experts said on Wednesday. With global warming thawing sea ice, the route, which runs along Russia's northern coast and links Europe with ports in East Asia, is opening for longer and longer each year. Russia is also easing regulations to accommodate more vessels aiming to spur use of the still fledgling...
Categories: TOPP News
Syndicate content