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Pollution and overfishing are public’s biggest marine concerns

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Jan. 8, 2015)

A pan-European survey has revealed the public’s awareness, concerns and priorities about human impacts on the oceans. The results show high levels of concern about marine pollution in particular, and that, generally, respondents were most concerned about the issues they felt most informed about. The study could help policymakers develop ...

Sudden changes in marine ecosystems should be addressed through multi-targeted approach

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 19, 2015)

The world’s marine ecosystems are at risk of sudden and damaging changes. The authors of a recent study say that co-ordinated management of the many drivers of marine changes, such as overfishing and pollution, is needed across international, national and local scales to help avoid the ‘regime shifts’ that affect ecosystem ...

Arctic melting opens sea route to more pollution

by Climate News Network  (Feb. 14, 2015)

As Arctic sea ice continues to melt at an alarming rate, maritime traffic is set to increase − and with it the pollution emitted by ships’ engines. A paper published by the  ...

Marine environment adequately covered despite complex legislation

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Nov. 20, 2014)

More than 200 pieces of English and EU-wide marine environmental legislation have been analysed in a recent review. While complex, the legislation adequately covered all areas of the marine environment, the authors conclude. However, there is opportunity to remove overlap and conflicts between different legislation and improve cross-border ...

EPA Awards $495,000 to Reduce Diesel Emissions from Marine Engines in Massachusetts

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Nov. 12, 2014)

EPA has awarded $495,000 to fund two marine repower projects in the state of Massachusetts. CLF Ventures, Inc. has received $300,000 to repower the tugboat Navigator, and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) has been awarded $195,000 to repower two commercial lobster boats. The grants were awarded after a national ...

EPA, Coast Guard Extend Pollution Control Agreement with Royal Caribbean: New advanced technologies allow industry to comply with emission standards, reduce costs

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Dec. 23, 2014)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Coast Guard authorized formal exemptions by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that allow for the enlargement of the cruise line’s research program to develop and install exhaust gas scrubber systems on its cruise ships. Under the exemption, as articulated in MARPOL, Royal Caribbean will ...

Farming Blamed For Scottish Beach Pollution

by Enduramaxx Ltd  (Oct. 3, 2014)

Farming has been blamed in part for health fears as 14 Scottish beaches fail pollution tests. According to the Scottish Herald, paddlers, surfers, swimmers and bathers at 14 Scottish beaches are being put at risk by pollution from overflowing sewers and farms. The annual survey of Scotland’s bathing waters is shortly due to be released by ...

Lugworms harmed by marine microplastic pollution

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Mar. 12, 2014)

Microplastic pollution impairs the heath of the marine worms that help maintain sediments for other creatures, new research suggests. This study shows that the energy reserves of lugworms living in sediment contaminated with microplastic particles were reduced by up to 50%. Microplastic pollution, fragments of less than 5 mm, is of increasing ...

Female fish swap sex in polluted, low-oxygen water

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Oct. 30, 2014)

Hypoxia – low levels of dissolved oxygen – can cause genetically female fish to develop into males, new research has found. Hypoxia in aquatic environments is often the result of eutrophication, which is caused by pollution from human activities. The findings suggest that hypoxia could cause fish populations to collapse, with ...

Albatrosses’ survival seriously threatened by mercury and pollutants

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Sep. 25, 2014)

Mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) reduce albatrosses’ chances of successfully breeding, a recent study finds. These pollutants add to the list of environmental pressures, including climate change, disease and fishery bycatch, affecting this highly threatened species. Seabirds, such as albatrosses, are at risk of consuming ...

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