Reporting on international fishing can often feel like investigating organized crime. Everyone knows how things are run, but the truth is obscured by shell companies, back-door dealings, and plausible deniability. This is why it’s remarkable that a recent, bungled initial… Read More ›
Month: October 2014
Crucial decisions about the future of Antarctica are being made at a meeting in Hobart this week but Australia’s diplomatic standoff with Russia has threatened to derail negotiations. The annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine… Read More ›
“Every beach surveyed we found beach litter on. Northumbria University sampled a random litre of sand and found over ten thousand microscopic plastic particles present. Litter is being found consistently in sea bed surveys – all the way out as far out as the continental shelf – over a million seabirds and a hundred thousand sea mammals will die every year from ingestion and entanglement. We need to reduce the amount of marine litter by 50%.”
Durack and Lawrence Livermore colleagues worked with a Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist to compare ocean observations with ocean models. They concluded that the upper levels of the planet’s oceans — those of the northern and southern hemispheres combined — had been warming during several decades prior to 2005 at rates that were 24 to 58 percent faster than had previously been realized.
one reason the overall scores ticked up since 2012 was because conservation measures have been gaining some ground and slowing some of the decline that has occurred since the preindustrial era. New marine protected areas have also “made a big difference,”