New Zealand’s Bold Move to Protect the Pacific Marine Environment.

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Dubai Marine Life At Risk After Devastating Shark Catch

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The Arabian Gulf marine ecosystem took a devastating hit this week after a pregnant great hammerhead shark was landed and forty-five pups gutted out of it in a Dubai fish market. Travel & Nature extinction Marine ecosystem marine environment marine protection Sharks

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Land and Sea Bridge To Connect Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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Conservationists in Egypt have however raised concerns about the possible destruction of coastal and marine environments in the process of building the bridge. Smaller proposals to build artificial islands and bridges in the region have been criticized in the past for their potential environmental damage to the coastline and marine life. However, there should to be clear balance between the environment costs and the economic benefits and at the moment that balance is missing.

UAE Divers Organisation Says: “Stop Buying Sharks and Shark Fin Soup”

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Why oil and gas companies should buy whales hearing aids

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Whales, the earth’s largest marine mammals, have had more than their share of ecological problems in all parts of the world’s seas and oceans. One of their biggest risks is noise in marine habitats caused by drilling for oil and gas. . Those in unlikely marine habitats such as the Eastern Mediterranean, where a rare grey whale was sighted. Whales communicate and find their way by emitting sounds to one another as well as off marine objects such as reefs.

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Sign to Save Lebanon’s Turtles! Ancient Naqura Coast on Mediterranean Sea At Risk

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Lebanese environment campaigners are calling on nature lovers far and wide to help them protect an important piece of their natural heritage along the Mediterranean Sea. Travel & Nature Kolaila beach Lebanon Mansouri beach marine conservation marine environment marine protected areas Mediterranean Sea Naqura cliff Unsustainable development

A Classic Case of Whodunit Arises Over Toxic Waste In Lebanon

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Business & Politics Water greenpeace kerosene spill marine environment Mediterranean Sea pollution salmonellaGreenpeace is taking industry to task for releasing factory-generated effluent into the Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon’s coast.

Tourism website for sustainable marine management

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The site has launched a special micro-site containing the very latest research, forums and interviews on topics such as assisted coral reef regeneration, marine turtle conservation, and managing potentially destructive environmental impacts.

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Why Dolphins Have Disappeared from Israel’s Shores

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Although grey whales have occasionally been spotted in the Mediterranean and bottle nose dolphins are often seen following commercial fishing trawlers , neither of these marine mammals are now commonplace in the Mediterranean; especially along Israel’s shoreline. While this sighting was good news for marine biologists, it was also noted in the article that an unusually large number of carcases of dolphins and whales have washed ashore, with a total of 16 already found by mid August.

Sustainable Ocean Development is Possible: Q&A with Maria Damanaki

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Blue Growth by Design —which she and I are discussing this week at The Economist’s World Ocean Summit—incorporates conservation principles into ocean development plans to ensure growth in marine and coastal regions is sustainable. Maria brings to TNC more than 30 years of public service in Europe, most recently serving as the European Union Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, a role through which she worked toward marine conservation and sustainable blue growth.

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Hope Amidst Dubai’s Marine Destruction

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Listed as vulnerable on the International Union of Conservation’s (IUCN) list of endangered species, it is unknown what killed the juvenile male dugong , though piles of construction materials and half-built towers hint at the dangers marine life face along Dubai’s glittering shoreline.

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Will Submerged Atlantis Super Volcano Cause Giant Tsunami?

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The Mediterranean Sea basin, especially that bordered by Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Israel will soon have a new Marine Center that will help to reveal some of the secrets of this ancient and historical body of water. More about issues affecting the Mediterranean, including earthquakes and volcanoes: I srael’s Marine Center Will Reveal Sea Secrets. Travel & Nature Greece marine environment Volcanos

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NATO’s Steel Fish To Protect Med from Oil Spills

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This body of water already has been affected considerably by pollution, global warming and climate change, and by invasions of marine life from other bodies of water – especially by large numbers of jelly fish, whose natural enemies have been considerably reduced by over-fishing.

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Jellyfish Attack on Israel Power Plant A Clear Sign of Global Warming?

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According to marine biologists, two of the main reasons for such a large number of jellyfish are global warming causing sea temperatures to rise and resulting in a reduction of some fish species; and over-fishing which eliminates many of the jellyfish’s natural predators. Travel & Nature animals marine environment Mediterranean SeaNew Mediterranean jellyfish invasions are causing big problems for coastal power plants.

Can World’s Oceans Become Extinct?

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Over fishing, especially of predator fish species like bluefin tuna and numerous shark species could cause a drastic change in marine ecosystems. According to Dr. Rogers, the world’s oceans are in a “critical state&# and could even become devoid of most marine life by the end of this century. Sharks, a major marine predator, caught for soup. Climate Travel & Nature environment marine environment oceans

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The Red Sea is Filled With Tiny Treasures – Saudi Researchers Intent on Discovery

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On the coast and half way between the two extremes of the Red Sea, KAUST has access to a significant wealth of undiscovered treasures floating- no, better – marinating right in front of them. Here are two examples of how these little animals can become pivotal for the advancement of marine science. The Extremophiles: The deep-sea anoxic brines of the Red Sea are considered to be one of the most remote and extreme environments on Earth, while remaining one of the least studied.

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Abu Dhabi beach gains Blue Flag award

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Green Prophet has recently reported on schemes to improve Abu Dhabi’s environmental record, especially amongst its marine habitats, and to educate local schoolchildren about conservation. But the Emirates region also faces ongoing challenges to the marine environment, including illegal shark fishing. Travel & Nature Abu Dhabi arabian gulf Blue Flag environment environmental education marine conservation marine environment marine protection pollution United Arab Emirates

Cyprus Researcher: Protect Sea from Natural Gas Drills

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Drilling for undersea gas in Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone may have serious impacts on marine life. Now it appears the university researchers like Dr. Constantinos Hadjistasou of the University of Cyprus, are expressing fears that drilling for natural gas in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEC) does pose “serious threats to marine flora and fauna.” Energy Travel & Nature Cyprus marine environment natural gas

Haiti Declares Its First Marine Protected Area

Conservancy Talk

Earlier this month, the Haitian government decreed its first marine protected area located in the south coast of Haiti. The decree states the marine and coastal region in the southwest of the southern peninsula has been declared protected area under the name “Natural Protected Area of Managed Resources of Port-Salut/Aquin.” The Nature Conservancy along with the United Nations Environmental Program, helped create the building blocks for this marine protected area.

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Fossil Fuel Fast Facts

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HTML clipboardHow much of the world's petroleum products wind up in marine environments? How much coal is used for each person in the USA annually? What's the connection. between natural gas and our food? Find out the answers to these questions and.

California Kelp Contaminated by Fukushima Radiation

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In the marine environment, it was significant, but probably not harmful at the levels we detected it, except it may have affected certain fish’s thyroid systems.” Ocean fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan last year made it all the way to the California coast line, according to information recently released from scientists at CSU.

Ship Carrying Thick Black Bitumen Sinks off Oman’s Pristine Coast

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Unlike Egyptian authorities, however, who frequently attempt to cover up oil spills in the Red Sea , the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs responded swiftly and openly to the crisis. “We have formed a team of environmental experts to monitor the impact of the cargo spill from the ship,” Sulaiman Bin Nasser Al Akhzami, a senior official at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, said on Sunday. Image via Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs.

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Moving Red Sea fish farm cages shows positive eco results: new study

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A new study looks at what happened to the Red Sea marine environment when fish cages were moved to the Mediterranean Sea. The Eilat fish farms were located offshore there for more than 20 years, and their removal came after they caused severe damage to natural marine life in the areas where the fish cages had been placed. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa.

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Researching the deep of the sea with “Deep Heart” station

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A first-of-its-kind deep-sea research station placed 50km (31mi) from the Israeli shore called DeepLev which combines “deep” with the Israeli meaning for heart which is “lev” Reaching a 1.5km depth (~1mi) it is set to shed new light on the eastern Mediterranean marine environment and the implications changes in this ecosystem hold for humans. Still, the ecological, physical and chemical processes underlying marine ecosystems remain largely unknown.

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Celine Cousteau partners with Contiki Holidays

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Cousteau will help educate staff and travelers of the Toronto-based youth travel company about environmental issues, particularly those affecting marine ecosystems. “Contiki‘s choice to help protect the marine environment is a cause which deeply resonates with me.”.

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Water Pollution Facts, Causes, Effects & Solutions


River and marine pollution. Water pollution is degraded water, toxic to humans or the environment [4]. Oil tank and rig disasters account for around 10 percent of marine pollution [21]. . Further reading: How Do Oil Spills Affect the Environment.

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1st sustainable seafood restaurant on SF’s Fisherman’s Wharf

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The San Francisco Seafood Watch Alliance has signed on Fog Harbor Fish House on Fisherman’s Wharf —which means the 220,000 meals it serves to visitors yearly with be prepared with only “ocean-friendly&# seafood, and that customers will be told why this is important for the future of the world’s marine environments. | Green Travel News |. O ne of America’s most-visited seaside tourist attractions finally boasts a sustainable seafood restaurant.

Deja Vu

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It is metal, so it can't be a permanent solution in a marine environment, DOT said. Remember the new inlets ? A temporary manufactured bridge will be installed across the largest breach at Hatteras Island, restoring traffic on N.C. 12 within a month, Gov. Bev Perdue announced Friday.

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Gentle Kuwaiti Marine Activism (VIDEO)

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But a new video narrated so eloquently by Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak, a Kuwaiti Phd candidate studying Gulf marine ecology at the University of British Columbia, provides a glimpse into a less-celebrated segment of society – one that we really need to support. Hit the jump to enjoy, for just a few minutes, the power of one woman who has taken it upon herself to help restore the Gulf’s marine ecosystem to its pre-Gulf War glory. . Gulf marine conservation overfishing

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International day for biological diversity

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On the UN International Day for Biological Diversity, The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) calls for a greater awareness of the threats to marine biodiversity as without life in the ocean there would be no life on Earth. The first global census of marine life (which ran from 2000 to 2010) has logged 250,000 species; yet in its final report, the census team suggested that for every species known, there are at least four yet to be discovered.

The Melting of Icebergs Creates Surprising Ocean Din


There is growing concern about how much noise humans generate in marine environments through shipping, oil exploration and other developments, but a new study has found that naturally occurring phenomena could potentially affect some ocean dwellers.

Going Green Ends With Water from the Sea

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With several other desalination plants under construction on the shoreline south of Tel Aviv, we can expect major changes in the marine environment, if careful existing safety measures aren’t enforced. With the major changes being led by business conglomerates, that see water as a valuable resource in the future, they’re not sure these business groups have the marine environment high on their list of priorities.

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Our Today is Forever

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Plastic is a petroleum derivative, and is as bad for the marine and biological environment as oil is. In addition there are snagged nets, ropes, and such like that have come into the marine environment through the maritime traffic.

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Home Washing Machines May Be Source of Harmful Ocean “Microplastic” Pollution


Mark Browne and colleagues explain that the accumulation of microplastic debris in marine environments has raised health and safety concerns. Scientists are reporting that household washing machines seem to be a major source of so-called “microplastic” pollution — bits of polyester and acrylic smaller than the head of a pin — that they now have detected on ocean shorelines worldwide.

Stop Being Plastic


This results in killing many marine animals and heavily disturbing marine and terrestrial biodiversity. This does not only kill marine animals, but also introduces plastic into our food chain through seafood. Plastic is harmful to all living creatures and also to the environment where we live. We need to end the plastic pollution that is increasing day by day, otherwise the marine environment as well as the terrestrial environment are in a very high risk.

University of Barcelona develops innovative wind prospecting system


The system specially designed for marine environments is based on a hot air balloon that has a module with the meteorological sensors. We are well aware that wind energy will mainly be developed for marine environments in the future. Pratima Kalra: An innovative wind prospecting system has been designed by the faculty of the University of Barcelona.

Why Is Biodiversity Important to Ecosystems?


The Census of Marine Life puts the number at 8.7 In fact all of the oxygen on earth is produced through photosynthesis : rainforests are responsible for 28 percent of earth’s oxygen and 70 percent is produced by marine plants called phytoplankton [5].

Galapagos cruise earns double green certification

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E coventura , a family-owned company of eco-friendly expedition vessels in the Galapagos , has earned Rainforest Alliance verification in recognition of its commitment to conserving the environment and supporting local communities. In 2008, the company was presented with the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism – Best in a Marine Environment Award. | Green Travel News |.

Masdar Launches the Seychelles’ First Renewable Energy Plant

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Masdar built eight turbines that can operate in low wind conditions on two different islands; they are connected by three kilometers of subsea cables and are designed to function well despite the highly corrosive marine environment. The Middle East’s leading clean energy developer, Masdar has launched the very first renewable energy plant to be built in The Seychelles – the 6MW Port Victoria Wind Farm.

Arab action on shark finning, and body parts trade is too little, too late

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As reported in the Gulf News, delegates from the UAE, Mauritania, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Jordan, Somalia, Syria and Comoros met in Dubai recently to sign a historic agreement and attend a workshop organized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in association with the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water. Whether or not local fishermen and marine sea products traders will take these actions seriously remains to be seen.

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Mediterranean Surveillance Crew Eyes Oil Spills from the Sky

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It’s hard to monitor vessels that pollute out at sea , so five aircrafts from Algeria, France, Italy, Morocco and Spain got together to keep an eye on the Mediterranean Sea in a recent coordinated aerial surveillance program organized by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Center for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC). The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) were also involved.

Magical Eco-Paradise: Caneel Bay in St. John, USVI

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Discovered by Laurance Rockefeller who was a steadfast environmentalist and preservationist, Rockefeller purchased the land to create a unique vacation destination that would preserve and protect its natural environment by developing very little and preserving a great deal. Caneel Bay is one of only a few marine environments within the U.S. It’s tempting to conceal how incredible of an experience my boyfriend Bryan and I had in St. John this past February.

Washing Machines -An Unexpected Source of "Microplastic" Pollution


Mark Browne and colleagues explain that the accumulation of microplastic debris in marine environments has raised health and safety concerns. Scientists are reporting that household washing machines seem to be a major source of so-called “microplastic” pollution — bits of polyester and acrylic smaller than the head of a pin — that they now have detected on ocean shorelines worldwide.