marine ecology Articles

  • Position Brief on oil and gas development of the Arctic

    Background The Arctic Circle encompasses roughly 6% of the earth’s surface. Wetlands make up about 60% of the total Arctic land mass and are the predominant ecosystem, however they are not well defined or understood. Arctic wetlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services such as the maintenance of permafrost, hydrology and water quality. Arctic wetlands have the highest ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Great Lakes need great Data Buoys

    One recently finished project was performed by the University of Wisconsin and has comprised the depolyment of two data buoys which are both furnished with a multifunctional Lufft WS501-UMB. These weather ...

  • Climate helps to halve world wildlife in 40 years

    Human pressure has halved the numbers of many of the Earth’s wild creatures in just four decades, the Worldwide Fund for Nature says. While the main recorded threat to biodiversity comes from habitat loss and degradation, driven by unsustainable human consumption, it found, ...


    By Climate News Network

  • ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: Algae recruited for waterways clean-up

    Most people have heard about the canary in the cage; the hapless sentinel that warns miners of lethal build-ups of poisonous gas by falling off its perch, dead. Researchers have applied a similar principle to their development of a procedure for identifying and removing toxicants from estuarine and coastal waters, using highly sensitive algae as toxicity test subjects. The use of such ‘lower ...

  • Developing green waterfronts

    Developing, extending, reconfiguring and managing marinas to today’s high standards can be a complex matter requiring a wide range of design, technical and environmental input. To ensure a successful planning application, a sound design, legal compliance and good environmental balance have become a pre-requisites. To assist our clients, WSP Group and RGA Waterfront have teamed up to offer bespoke ...

  • State of nature in the EU - Results from reporting under the nature directives 2007–2012

    This report describing the state of nature in the EU is based on reports from Member States under the Birds (2009/147/EC) and the Habitats (92/43/EEC) directives and on subsequent assessments at EU or EU biogeographical levels. This is the first time that the Member States' reports required by the Birds Directive have included information on population sizes and trends of birds; it is the second ...

  • Flood risks and environmental vulnerability — Exploring the synergies between floodplain restoration, water policies and thematic policies

    Nowadays floodplain areas are reduced in size or no longer function as active floodplains, thereby impacting on the delivery of environmental services to local and regional communities and economies. These services include regulating services such as protection against floods or water purification; provisioning services, such as nutrient collection and fertile soil formation; and cultural ...

  • Offshore oil spill clean up case study

    In the event of a major incident occurring offshore, for example a tanker casualty running aground or breaking up for any reason, it is of paramount importance to deploy emergency response to protect and save human life. Once this has been done an assessment of the casualty should be made on whether it is possible to salvage the vessel and its contents and to assess the type and amount of oil ...

  • Assessing biodiversity in Europe — the 2010 report

    Executive summary This report confirms the finding of the EEA's 2009 report 'Progress towards the European 2010 biodiversity target' (EEA, 2009a) that Europe will not achieve its target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. The present report considers the status and trends of pan-European biodiversity, and the implications of these trends for biodiversity management policy and ...

  • Envision 2050: The future of protected areas

    The idea of setting aside areas of land and water to be protected against human activities has become a staple of the conservation movement. But with that movement itself at a crossroads, it’s worth exploring just what protected areas will look like in the future. For this third installment ...


    By Ensia

  • Biodiversity

    Introduction This biodiversity assessment is integrating our knowledge on species, habitats and protected areas into the complex issues of ecosystem management, ecosystem services, human health and wellbeing. Chapter 2 includes an overview of the state of biodiversity in the EU and EEA member countries and an analysis on pressures with a more specific focus on terrestrial ecosystems. Biodiversity ...

  • D.C. Circuit Remands EPA’s Cyantraniliprole Registration Decision

    On June 30, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion in Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Case No. 14-1036, resolving jurisdictional and substantive issues following complaints alleging that EPA violated Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by failing to make an effects determination or to ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Lake Jamno remediation proposal

    Lake Jamno………. near the city of Koszalin in Poland, has been contaminated by bio-mass sludge build-up from many years of agriculture run-off. Once a popular recreational and vacation destination, the Lake has been closed to swimming and boating since 2001. A Letter of Intent has been signed between the City of Koszalin and BluePlanet for the reclamation of Lake Jamno using an AQUACLEAN Treatment ...


    By BluePlanet Labs

  • Is pH a red herring when it comes to ocean acidification?

    New research points to saturation state, not pH, as the most pressing metric to track when it comes to shellfish survival. In 2007, the owners of Whiskey Creek oyster hatchery on the Oregon coast lost almost all of their larvae — and had no idea why. The only clue was that the larval die-offs often occurred during intense upwelling events, when ...


    By Ensia

  • Progress Towards Halting the Loss of Biodiversity by 2010

    The continuing loss of biological diversity and its components, genes, species and ecosystems, is an issue of global concern. Research has shown that both the diversity and the identity of the various species have a fundamental influence on the magnitude and stability of the ecological processes that occur at the ecosystem level. There are significant interrelationships between the degradation of ...

  • It’s time for a new story of humanity’s place in the world

    The prevailing perception of humans as inherently at odds with nature is not only false, it's counterproductive. It goes without saying that humans are good at causing problems. Climate change, ...


    By Ensia

  • To build a sustainable world, academics need to tear down the Ivory Tower

    Avoiding societal collapse means building bridges between science and the rest of the world. Until recently, Earth was so big compared with humanity’s impacts that its resources seemed limitless. But that is no longer the case. Thanks to rapid growth in both human population and per capita consumption, we are now on the edge of irrevocable damage to our planetary life ...


    By Ensia

  • For Thanksgiving, some positive environmental news to share around the table

    Thanksgiving is the one national holiday that has avoided being despoiled by excessive commercialization. It is a time when families and friends gather to appreciate one another and be thankful. But on the environmental front, we are constantly bombarded with stories of impending crises, environmental disasters, ecosystem collapse and species loss. Not only does this ...


    By Ensia

  • Shipping Emissions - The Environmental Case for Sea Water Scrubbing

    The romantic image of a luxury liner cruising blue seas amid blue skies and trailing a plume of smoke is too close to the truth for comfort. The emissions from shipping make an increasingly conspicuous contribution to air quality, health and environmental problems of Europe, and indeed, the world. Yet an effective and safe technology to dramatically reduce these emissions is being discouraged, ...


  • Why Eating Invasive Species Is a Bad Idea

    Gastronomy is no silver bullet for controlling invasive species. It seems like whenever an edible animal becomes an invasive pest, someone suggests that getting people to eat it will solve the problem. For instance, in 1998 the state of Louisiana induced famous New Orleans chefs to develop recipes for nutria, which ...


    By Ensia

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