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Why seabirds keep mistaking ocean plastic for food, by study

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Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean, where it often goes straight into the bellies of hungry birds, sea turtles and other marine animals. This is a big concern for scientists, who are still investigating the possible consequences for the marine ecosystem – but until now, researchers weren’t completely sure why so many animals ...

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Shippers to cut sulphur emissions by 2020

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In a landmark decision for both the environment and human health, 1 January 2020 has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. The decision to implement a global sulphur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) in 2020 was taken by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the regulatory ...

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Antarctic Ocean hosts world’s largest marine park

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Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed on Friday to create the world’s largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square km (600,000 square miles) of ocean. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, meeting in Hobart, Australia, said the Ross Sea marine park would be protected from commercial fishing for 35 ...

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Gabon rallies Africa to combat illegal fishing

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The Government of Gabon is engaging other African countries to collaborate in marine protection and the fight against illegal fishing in the continental waters. The announcement follows the successful conclusion of a five-month long surveillance and control mission’s intense investigation at sea dubbed Operation Albacore, a pioneering collaboration between Sea Shepherd Global, a global NGO that fights illegal fishing and ...

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WRD: Nigeria rivers fall below WHO standards

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Irikefe Dafe, head of both the River Ethiope Trust Foundation (RETFON) as well as Foundation for the Conservation of Nigerian Rivers (FCNR), laments the state of the nations’ waterways, even as he calls on the authorities to declare a state of emergency to tackle the situation The World Rivers Day takes place on September 25, 2016. It is a global ...

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GEF, others unveil investments for oceans protection

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New investments in issues ranging from coastal fisheries and conservation funds to combating plastic pollution and expanding marine protected areas were on Friday announced by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) at the Our Ocean conference that held during the week in Washington DC, USA. Alongside fellow environment and conservation leaders, the GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, stressed the need to match ...

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How ocean warming is impacting species, ecosystems

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Ocean warming is affecting humans in direct ways and the impacts are already being felt, including effects on fish stocks and crop yields, more extreme weather events and increased risk from water-borne diseases, according to what has been called the most comprehensive review available on the issue, launched on Tuesday by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at ...

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US creates world’s largest marine reserve

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has welcomed the establishment by US President Barack Obama of the largest nature reserve in the world, done through expanding a marine reserve in the state of Hawaii. “This decision is a powerful symbol of determination to protect the environment. It is a way to strengthen the resilience of societies threatened ...

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Oceans began warming in the mid-1800s, study says

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Around 1830, just decades after the start of the Industrial Revolution, something happened around the world: As factories fueled by coal power spread across much of Great Britain, humans began to change the chemistry of the atmosphere, adding carbon dioxide to the air in small but increasing amounts. Not long after, the planet’s oceans started to warm up, kicking off ...

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Stemming the tide of plastics in oceans

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Plastic pollution seems to be everywhere, from Atlantic beaches to Arctic sea ice to huge swirling vortexes of trash in the Pacific Ocean. Plastics can be found in every shape and size, from microscopic particles to whole refrigerators full of plastic parts. But plastic itself isn’t the enemy, experts insist, saying rather that it’s the way people handle it that ...

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