ocean water pollution Articles

  • Water Pollution

    Water pollution is a major global problem that requires ongoing evaluation and revision of water resource policy at all levels (from international down to individual aquifers and wells). It has been suggested that it is the leading worldwide cause of deaths and diseases, and that it accounts for the deaths of more than 14,000 people daily. In addition to the acute problems of water pollution in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What are the biggest sources of water pollution?

    Water pollutants can come in many different forms and can have dramatic impacts on fragile ecosystems and aquatic life. There are a huge number of different sources of pollutants and each can have very different levels of harmfulness and environmental impact. In order to explain this further this article explains why water pollution is such an issue,as well as some of its main ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • World Oceans Day

    A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. This is the message that World Oceans Day is trying to remind people of. Oceans are vital to our planet. According to the World Oceans Day website, they are important because: They produce most of the oxygen we breathe They ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • What classifies as water pollution and why is it an issue?

    The UN declared 2005-2015 as the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’. Yet each day thousands of people still die as a result of contaminated water. This does not even take into account the millions of organisms that perish every year thank to polluted water sources. Water pollution is a huge issue that is made more so by the fact that unfortunately, water is ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • How to investigate mercury in the oceans?

    Mercury is a highly toxic metal that affects the environment and can endanger people's health, as a powerful neurotoxin. The combustion of coal, waste and fuel are releasing hundreds of tons of heavy metal into the atmosphere annually, and its sediment enters to soil and water. Mercury measurements are part of the EU project "Global Mercury Observation System". The long-term goal of this ...


    By Lumex Instruments Group

  • Shellfisheries: Time to prepare for ocean acidification

    Both physical and social factors must be considered as coastal communities brace for an uncertain future. Oceans are gradually becoming warmer and more acidic as more carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere — two shifts that are altering the economic foundations of many coastal regions. In a ...


    By Ensia

  • Will Rio+20 commit to protecting the oceans?

    Promises made at previous summits have not delivered enough protection for the oceans — campaigners are pushing for better results from Rio+20, writes Prime Sarmiento. This month, scientists, campaigners and many developing nations are optimistic they will set in motion a deal on the conservation of the high seas at ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Lead from gasoline discovered in Indian Ocean

    Levels began to climb in the 1970s, peaking a decade ago — a timeline consistent with the region’s pattern of leaded gasoline use. Written by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office.You can read the original new in MIT NewsSince the 1970s, leaded gasoline has been slowly phased out ...

  • What will it take to get plastics out of the ocean?

    From drones to filters to artificial islands, innovators are working to reduce the threat thousands of tons of trash pose to marine ecosystems. A few palm trees stand strong in the salty breeze. Located on the southern tip of the Pacific island chain of Hawaii, Kamilo Beach is an isolated stretch of black volcanic shoreline in the middle of nowhere. Just a few hundred yards ...


    By Ensia

  • Ocean science for sustainable development: Facts and figures

    Sarah Grimes explores why we need good ocean monitoring, how to get it, and why it still fails Small Island Developing States. Oceans are a critically important component of the Earth system, supporting ecosystem and human health. They regulate the weather and climate; are essential for producing freshwater; and soak up ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Surface Ocean Acidification studies using Ships Of Opportunity

    Ships of Opportunity Ships of opportunity (SOOP) are used as a platform for cost-efficient collection of environmental data, Ferrybox. The SOOP network operated by NIVA cover the majority of the Norwegian coastline (from Germany (54N ) in the South to Svalbard (78N) in the North. This network is used in the national OA monitoring program. Globally, SOOPs are used for pCO2 measurements and ...


    By Franatech GmbH

  • In the depths of the oceans, human activities are beginning to take their toll

    Once seen as too remote to harm, the deep sea is facing new pressures from mining, pollution, overfishing and more. Imagine sinking into the deepest parts of the Central Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Mexico and Hawaii. Watch as the water turns from clear to blue to dark blue to black. And then continue on for another 15,000 feet (4,600 meters) to the seafloor — roughly the ...


    By Ensia

  • Why Pacific islands should take on ocean monitoring

    Pacific islands must build capacity for their own environmental monitoring to tackle both local and global problems, says Ben Ponia. Small island developing states are viewed as the early-warning canary for global environmental change. But though they share global problems, many have an eye for economic growth and have become industrialised nations facing their own suite of home-grown ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • “We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming.”

    Oceans have been absorbing more of global warming’s heat and energy than would normally be expected, helping to slow rates of warming on land. But how long will that last? Probing a blue abyss can be an abysmal recipe for the blues. For every 10 joules of energy that our greenhouse gas pollution traps here on Earth, about 9 of them end up in an ocean. ...


    By Ensia

  • Researchers inventory plastics pollution in Great Lakes

    A recent inventory of plastics pollution in the Great Lakes will help prevent continued pollution and provide a baseline for those working to clean the lakes, which supply local residents with drinking water. The Great Lakes Basin is a system of five bodies of water and their tributaries along the northernmost tier of the United States, four of which border Canada. They include Lake Superior, ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • How listening to the ocean can help reveal environmental damage

    In 2013, Katherine Indeck listened to recordings of sounds made in a channel between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Florida. Some of the audio files had been collected in 2005 during an unusually severe red tide, a bloom of toxic algae that killed fish, dolphins and sea turtles. Other recordings were made after the ecosystem began to recover. During the recovery years, Indeck could hear sounds ...


    By Ensia

  • The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans

    Marine governance favors consumption and commerce over conservation. Here's what we can do about it. When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have seemed inconceivable, Baird wrote in his report, “an alarming decrease of the ...


    By Ensia

  • Water Quality Modelling

    Water quality modelling involves the prediction of water pollution using mathematical simulation techniques. A typical water quality model consists of a collection of formulations ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Marine specimen banking: archive and pollution control for the 21st century

    The oceans have in the past been extensively used as disposal sites for various kinds of waste. The world ocean – being the final sink for many natural and anthropogenic substances – is a "labile" ecosystem, which is and has for a long time been the focal point of extensive interdisciplinary research. Measurements of heavy metals and a suite of various chemical compounds in the marine ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The effects of mining pollution on subtidal habitats of northern Chile

    Mining is the most important commercial activity in Chile, producing more than 60% of the total national income. In northern Chile, where mining extraction is concentrated, solid and liquid pollutants resulting form copper and iron ore processing are discharged to the ocean. The studies on the effects of mining on coastal marine environments in Chile mainly consist of the evaluation of heavy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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