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Expanding national parks not enough to protect nature, say scientists

‘Urgent’ coordinated action to tackle overconsumption, farming subsidies and the climate crisis also needed to halt biodiversity lossExpanding national parks and protected areas will not be enough to halt the destruction of nature, warn leading scientists, who say urgent action on overconsumption, harmful subsidies and the climate crisis is also required to halt biodiversity loss.Governments are expected to commit to a Paris-style agreement for nature at Cop15 in Kunming, China, later this year,...
Tags: Food, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Oceans, Paris, Fishing, Biodiversity, Plastics, Climate Crisis, Kunming China


Cutting the food chain? The controversial plan to turn zooplankton into fish oil

A budding industry that aims to catch zooplankton for health supplements and fish food has scientists fearing that its effects on marine ecosystems could be devastating• ‘It’s mind-boggling’: the hidden cost of our obsession with fish oil pillsA few times a day, off the Faroe Islands’ coast, the crew of the Jákup Sverri marine survey ship test the water, measuring its salinity, temperature and oxygen at different sea depths. But they also look for something else.Durita Sørensen, a laboratory tec...
Tags: Food, Europe, Business, Animals, Environment, World news, Fish, Fish Oil, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing, Faroe Islands, Norway, Sørensen


‘It’s mind-boggling’: the hidden cost of our obsession with fish oil pills

The market in this prized commodity is worth billions – but are the supposed benefits worth the cost to global ecosystems?Scanning the shelves and internet for fish oil is a dizzying task. There are dozens of brands available and, although the typical consideration for the popular supplement is that quality matters most, it is not the only factor.These prized products travel a long way before being labelled as “pure” and “fresh” – starting with the industrial-scale grinding down of a tiny fish t...
Tags: Food, Environment, Life and style, Fish, Fish Oil, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Health & wellbeing, Fishing


Huge icefish colony of 60m nests found on Antarctic seabed – video

Researchers exploring Antarctica’s seabed have discovered a thriving, unprecedented colony of icefish 'about a third of the size of London'. 'We expected to see the normal Antarctic seafloor … [but] during the first four hours of our dive, we saw nothing but fish nests,' said Autun Purser, of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany, and lead author of the study published in Current Biology.‘Nothing but fish nests’: huge icefish colony found in Antarctic sea Continue...
Tags: London, Biology, Germany, Fish, Oceans, Antarctica, Autun Purser, Antarctic sea Continue


‘We are custodians’: the fights to save Australia’s eroding beaches

‘Snaking conveyer belts of sand’ are easily disrupted by human activities. Fixing them is no easy taskGraham Slade says Point Lonsdale front beach was a site of many firsts: he was four years old when he first walked on to it, seven years old when he was given his first surfboard and a teenager when he took his first steps into adulthood on its sand.“As you go through life, everything happened at Lonsdale first,” Slade says. “You went out to a lot of parties in your late teens, getting towards 2...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Australia news, Oceans, Victoria, South Australia, Coastlines, Slade, Lonsdale


‘Nothing but fish nests’: huge icefish colony found in Antarctic sea

Researchers make unprecedented discovery of 60m active nests while collecting data in Weddell SeaResearchers exploring Antarctica’s seabed have discovered a thriving, unprecedented colony of icefish “about a third of the size of London”.The surprise discovery of about 60 million active nests was made by a team of biologists while collecting routine data at 1.5-2.5 metres above the seafloor of Antarctica’s southern Weddell Sea. Before this discovery, the largest found colony contained only 60 nes...
Tags: Science, London, Biology, Environment, World news, Fish, Oceans, Antarctica, Antarctic sea, Weddell Sea Before


Meet Mr Trash Wheel – and the other new devices that eat river plastic

From ‘bubble barriers’ to floating drones, a host of new projects aim to stop plastic pollution before it ever reaches the oceanThe Great Bubble Barrier is just that – a wall of bubbles. It gurgles across the water in a diagonal screen, pushing plastic to one side while allowing fish and other wildlife to pass unharmed.The technology, created by a Dutch firm and already being used in Amsterdam, is being trialled in the Douro River in Porto, Portugal, as part of the EU-supported Maelstrom (marine...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Ces, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Ethical and green living, Amsterdam, Recycling, Waste


Meet Mr Trash Wheel – and the other ingenious tools that eat river plastic

From ‘bubble barriers’ to floating drones, a host of new projects aim to stop plastic pollution before it ever reaches the oceanThe Great Bubble Barrier is just that – a wall of bubbles. It gurgles across the water in a diagonal screen, pushing plastic to one side while allowing fish and other wildlife to pass unharmed.The technology, created by a Dutch firm and already being used in Amsterdam, is being trialled in the Douro River in Porto, Portugal, as part of the EU-supported Maelstrom (marine...
Tags: Europe, Science, Technology, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Ces, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Ethical and green living, Amsterdam, Recycling, Waste


Seals wearing sensor hats help researchers study the oceans

Oceanographers are counting on seals to help them collect data about the continental shelves of Antarctica where it's too difficult or dangerous for ships to travel. The researchers from Japan's National Institute of Polar Research and colleagues used glue to attach Rubik's Cube-sized devices that weigh about half a kilogram to seals' heads. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Japan, News, Animals, Oceans, Antarctica, Oceanography, National Institute Of Polar Research


Water safety warning after horror weekend of drownings in Victoria and NSW

Authorities plead with public to take care while swimming and fishing after fatalities at rivers and beachesThree men and a seven-year-old boy have died in separate drowning incidents this weekend in Victoria and New South Wales, prompting authorities to urge people to take care near the water.The boy was swimming with a group of four others in the Snowy River at Jarrahmond in Victoria on New Year’s Day. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Oceans, New South Wales, Victoria, Snowy River, Jarrahmond


Wave goodbye: the battle to protect Australia’s surf breaks

Surfing brings joy to millions and is the lifeblood of many towns. But around the country, the beaches that make it possible are under threatThere’s a reason surfers like to keep their best breaks a secret.For decades, wave riders have blazed a trail into little-known coastal towns – and in their wake come the planners and developers. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Oceans, Surfing, Western Australia


Companies race to stem flood of microplastic fibres into the oceans

New products range from washing machine filters and balls to fabrics made from kelp and orange peelFrom filters to bags to balls, the number of products aimed at stopping the torrent of microplastic fibres being flushed out of washing machines and into rivers and oceans is increasing rapidly.Grundig recently became the first appliance manufacturer to integrate a microfibre filter into a washing machine, while a British company has developed a system that does away with disposable fibre-trapping ...
Tags: Health, Environment, Society, Pollution, Marine Life, Oceans, Plastics, Grundig


Plastic beads could make nets more visible to cetaceans, scientists say

Beads add hardly any extra weight to fishing gear and could save thousands of lives, it is claimedSimple plastic beads could save the lives of some of the thousands of porpoises and other cetaceans that get caught in fishing nets each year, scientists say.Harbour porpoises use echolocation to find their prey and for orientation. However, their acoustic signals cannot pick up the mesh of a gillnet, and as a result they often become trapped.
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Fish, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing, Cetaceans


I spent my house deposit on a boat to reach the Mokohinau Islands – the magic on our doorstep | Clarke Gayford

It wasn’t a financially astute move but it led to my TV series and helped me discover the truly important things in lifeGuardian writers and readers describe their favourite place in New Zealand’s wilderness and why it’s special to themMy entire experience of Auckland changed when I got a boat. It was the perfect antidote to a professional DJ lifestyle, where getting up at 5am to be on the water become immeasurably preferable to coming home at 5am from work. On trips out I began sticking my head...
Tags: Television, Environment, Fish, Culture, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, New Zealand, Fishing, Auckland, Clarke Gayford, Mokohinau Islands, Brown Thunder


Japan’s whaling town struggles to keep 400 years of tradition alive

The resumption of killing whales for profit for the first time in over 30 years is offering little cause for celebrationYou don’t have to look far to find evidence of Wada’s centuries-old connection to whaling. Visitors to the town on Japan’s Pacific coast are greeted by a replica skeleton of a blue whale before entering a museum devoted to the behemoths of the ocean.At a local restaurant, diners eat deep-fried whale cutlet and buy cetacean-themed gifts at a neighbouring gift shop. At the edge o...
Tags: Japan, Animals, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Whaling, Whales, Cetaceans, Pacific, Wada


Follow the green leader: why everyone from Prince William to Jeff Bezos is looking to Costa Rica

Billionaires, princes and prime ministers are among those keen to learn from the Central American country, which has long put nature at the heart of its policies‘It’s in our DNA’: tiny Costa Rica wants the world to take giant climate stepRead more in our series Biodiversity: what happened next?If there had been a popularity contest at Cop26, the Costa Rican president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, would have been a clear winner. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bezos, Boris Johnson and Prince William all want...
Tags: Energy, Environment, Oil, Americas, World news, Gas, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Glasgow, Biodiversity


Scientists watch giant ‘doomsday’ glacier in Antarctica with concern

Cracks and fissures stoke fears of breakup that could lead to half-metre rise in global sea levels – or moreTwenty years ago, an area of ice thought to weigh almost 500bn tonnes dramatically broke off the Antarctic continent and shattered into thousands of icebergs into the Weddell Sea.The 1,255-sq-mile (3,250-sq-km) Larsen B ice shelf was known to be melting fast but no one had predicted that it would take just one month for the 200-metre-thick behemoth to completely disintegrate. Continue read...
Tags: Environment, World news, Oceans, Ice, Antarctica, Glaciers, Polar regions, Sea Level, Antarctic, Larsen, Climate Crisis


Amazon created 599 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2020, 23.5 million pounds of which ended up in the world's oceans, watchdog report says

Ben Gilbert/Insider Amazon produced just shy of 600 million pounds of plastic waste in 2020, a new Oceana report said. An estimated 23.5 million pounds of that plastic ended up in the world's oceans, according to the report. Amazon disputed the report and said it's off by "more than 300%." In 2020, as more Americans than ever turned to Amazon amid COVID lockdowns, the company subsequently created more plastic plastic packaging waste than ever: 599 million pounds in total, according to...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Environment, Trends, Pollution, Oceans, Plastic, Oceana, Sinopec, Garbage, Plastic Waste, Ben Gilbert, Regardless Amazon, Tech Insider, Insider Amazon, ExxonMobil Dow Chemical


Amazon’s plastic waste soars by a third amid pandemic, report finds

Online retailer disputes figures showing it produced 270,000 tonnes of packaging last year, with about 10,000 tonnes likely to end up in seasAmazon’s plastic packaging waste soared by almost a third, to 270,000 tonnes, during the pandemic last year, according to a report from marine conservation group Oceana.Oceana estimates up to 10,700 tonnes of this plastic, including air pillows, bubble wrap and plastic-lined paper envelopes, equivalent to a delivery van’s worth every 67 minutes, is likely t...
Tags: Amazon, Environment, E-commerce, Pollution, Oceans, Ethical and green living, Recycling, Landfill, Waste, Rivers, Plastics, Oceana Oceana


Astounding footage of deep sea "spook fish" with a transparent head

This footage of a magnificent barreleye (aka "spook fish") was captured by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute underwater robot off the coast of California. The barreleye (Macropinna microstoma) reaches a maximum size of 6 inches and lives at depths of around 2,500 feet. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, California, Animals, Fish, Oceans, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Coastal species are forming colonies on plastic trash in the ocean, study finds

Termed “neopelagic communities”, these colonies are thriving in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and going where the current flowsMasses of ocean plastic are providing artificial habitat for otherwise coastal species, according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature Communications.The study’s authors observed floating water bottles, old toothbrushes and matted fishing nets. The possibility exists that species may be evolving to better adapt to life on plastic. Continue read...
Tags: Environment, US news, Marine Life, Oceans, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Plastics, Nature Communications


‘We have to use a boat to commute’: coastal Ghana hit by climate crisis

As the sea claims more of the west African shoreline, those left homeless by floods are losing hope that the government will actWaves have taken the landscape John Afedzie knew so well. “The waters came closer in the last few months, but now they have destroyed parts of schools and homes. The waves have taken the whole of the village. One needs to use a boat to commute now because of the rising sea levels,” he says.Afedzie lives in Keta, one of Ghana’s coastal towns, where a month ago high tide ...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Oceans, Global development, Flooding, Sea Level, Inequality, Coastlines, Extreme Weather, Ghana, Keta, Climate Crisis, John Afedzie, Afedzie


Listen to the fish sing: scientists record 'mind-blowing' noises of restored coral reef

Vibrant soundscape shows Indonesian reef devastated by blast fishing is returning to healthFrom whoops to purrs, snaps to grunts, and foghorns to laughs, a cacophony of bizarre fish songs have shown that a coral reef in Indonesia has returned rapidly to health.Many of the noises had never been recorded before and the fish making these calls remain mysterious, despite the use of underwater speakers to try to “talk” to some. Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, Environment, World news, Fish, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Coral


Whoops and grunts: ‘bizarre’ fish songs raise hopes for coral reef recovery

Vibrant soundscape shows Indonesian reef devastated by blast fishing is returning to healthFrom whoops to purrs, snaps to grunts, and foghorns to laughs, a cacophony of bizarre fish songs have shown that a coral reef in Indonesia has returned rapidly to health.Many of the noises had never been recorded before and the fish making these calls remain mysterious, despite the use of underwater speakers to try to “talk” to some. Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, Environment, World news, Fish, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Coral


All coral reefs in western Indian Ocean ‘at high risk of collapse in next 50 years’

Reefs from Seychelles to South Africa may become functionally extinct due to global heating and overfishing, study findsAll coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean are at high risk of collapse in the next 50 years due to global heating and overfishing, according to a new assessment.From Seychelles to the Delagoa region off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa, the reef systems are at risk of becoming functionally extinct by the 2070s, with a huge loss of biodiversity, and threatening the liv...
Tags: Environment, World news, South Africa, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing, Endangered habitats, Coral, Mozambique, Seychelles, Indian Ocean, Climate Crisis, Delagoa


Gorgeous footage of the rarely seen Giant Phantom Jellyfish

In November, an underwater robot operated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured this footage of a glorious Giant Phantom Jellyfish off the coast of California, more than 3,200 feet down in the ocean. The Phantom Jelly has only been encountered by scientist around 100 times since the first specimen was collected in 1899. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, California, Animals, Oceans, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Jellyfish, Oceanography


Recycled regatta: world heritage site highlights plastic pollution crisis

When environmentalists on a Seychelles atoll decided to race boats made from ocean litter, they had 500 tonnes to pick from• Photographs: Anna Koester/Seychelles Islands FoundationRed Lion is the kind of boat you would not see in most regattas. Its frame is made of bamboo, sourced from washed-up fishing equipment, and it uses two old oil drums for buoyancy.Equally strange is Rasta Rocket – made from old plastic drain pipes, washed-up floats and fishing buoys. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing, Seychelles, Plastics, Seychelles Islands, Anna Koester


Ancient mammoth tusk found on the deep ocean floor

"You start to 'expect the unexpected' when exploring the deep sea, but I'm still stunned that we came upon the ancient tusk of a mammoth," says Steven Haddock, senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Haddock and underwater robot pilot Randy Pickett spotted the strange specimen on the vehicle's camera 10,000 feet down at the bottom of the ocean around 185 miles off the coast of California. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, California, Discoveries, Conservation, Oceans, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Haddock, Mammoths, Steven Haddock, Randy Pickett


Last-minute attempt to stop Shell’s oil exploration of whale breeding grounds

Campaigners file legal challenge against seismic survey along South Africa’s Eastern Cape provinceAn 11th hour attempt has been launched to try to halt plans by Shell to explore for oil in vital whale breeding grounds along the Wild Coast of eastern South Africa.Campaigners filed an urgent legal challenge against the seismic survey, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, in an effort to prevent it harming whales, dolphins and seals in the relatively untouched marine environment. Continue rea...
Tags: Business, Africa, Environment, Oil, World news, Oil and gas companies, Dolphins, South Africa, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Royal Dutch Shell, Whales, Shell, Eastern Cape, Wild Coast


Last-minute bid to stop Shell’s oil exploration in whale breeding grounds in South Africa

Campaigners have filed legal challenge against seismic survey along Eastern Cape provinceAn 11th hour bid has been launched to try to halt plans by Royal Dutch Shell to explore for oil in vital whale breeding grounds along the Wild Coast of eastern South Africa.Local campaigners filed an urgent legal challenge against the seismic survey, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, in a last-ditch bid to prevent it harming whales, dolphins and seals in the relatively untouched marine environment. ...
Tags: Business, Africa, Environment, Oil, World news, Oil and gas companies, Dolphins, South Africa, Wildlife, Marine Life, Oceans, Royal Dutch Shell, Whales, Shell, Wild Coast