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  • Plastics in the Marine Environment

    An ongoing study of biodegradation rates of polymers has led to the development of a new ASTM International standard, D7473, Test Method for Weight Attrition of Plastic Materials in the Marine Environment by Open System Aquarium Incubations. The new standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable ...


    By ASTM International

  • Mussels: Biomonitoring tools for pharmaceutical pollution in the marine environment?

    Pharmaceutical pollution of marine environments has important biological consequences for aquatic organisms. This study investigated the effects on mussels of treatment with environmentally relevant levels of an antidepressant, fluoxetine, and a beta-blocker, propranolol, using biomarkers including DNA damage. The results showed that mussels are most vulnerable to these drugs in combination. Many ...

  • Yet another good day for the marine environment

    “Stern Trawler Gadus have, for the past six months, used our oil conveyor to skim the bilge free of oil onboard. The crew onboard finds it liberating to be able to skim the bilge free of oil, leaving only pure water left down the keel. This has given them good leakage control where they can detect an oil leak in a short period of time. Simultaneously, the oil vapor is reduced in the engine ...


    By Faroe Maritime Technic

  • Marine environment adequately covered despite complex legislation

    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 co-operation. The world’s oceans are under threat ...

  • Administration Presses for Marine Environment Protection in Wider Caribbean

    This week President Bush transmitted to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent for ratification, the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities ('Protocol') to the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (1983 Cartagena Convention).   Through this important ...

  • XZERES Wind Corp. Introduces Small Wind Power Systems for Marine Environments

    WILSONVILLE, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 08/19/10 -- Xzeres Wind Corporation (OTCBB: XWND) announced today the introduction and availability of two additional distributed energy, small wind power systems for marine applications and environments, the XZERES 442M 10kW and XZERES 110M 2.5kW marine units. These marine units, built for performance, reliability and value, are offered in 10kW and 2.5kW name ...


    By XZERES Wind

  • BP Pledges $500 Million for Independent Research into Impact of Spill on Marine Environment

    May 24 2010 - BP today announced a commitment of up to $500 million to an open research program studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon incident, and its associated response, on the marine and shoreline environment of the Gulf of Mexico. "BP has made a commitment to doing everything we can to lessen the impact of this tragic incident on the people and environment of the Gulf Coast. We must ...


    By BP - British Petroleum

  • Environment: EU aiming to be at the forefront of efforts to reduce marine litter

    Marine litter is a serious threat to the coastal and marine environment around the globe. Marine habitats are contaminated with man-made garbage and other waste, posing growing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic problems. The European Commission is raising awareness about this global problem, in line with commitments made in Rio this summer to reduce the incidence and impacts of such ...

  • Caribbean countries take action to protect the marine environment from garbage

    The discharge of garbage by ships in the Wider Caribbean Region will be prohibited as of 1 May 2011, following decisive action by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The decision was taken by the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee at the organization's 60th session on 22-26 March. With the adoption of an MEPC resolution establishing 1 May 2011 as the date on which the ...

  • Plastic litter in the marine environment: key issues and possible solutions

    International agreements to reduce plastic use are needed to address plastic litter in the marine environment, as well as increased public awareness of the problem, according to scientists at a workshop on the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive held in Italy in 2013. The issues discussed at the workshop have been summarised in a recent research paper. Annual global production of plastic has ...

  • UN officials push for creation of monitoring system for marine environment

    Significant gaps exist in the understanding and management of the complex processes and trends at work in the world’s oceans and seas, which cover 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface, warned senior United Nations officials as they urged governments to approve expert recommendations establishing a system that plugs the holes. At the opening of a week-long governmental session tasked with ...


    By United Nations

  • Environment: Commission welcomes EP vote on the Marine Strategy Directive

    The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament's second reading vote on the directive to protect the marine environment which confirms the recent agreement negotiated between the Portuguese presidency and the Parliament. The objective of the agreement is to achieve the good environmental status for the European Union's marine waters of by 2020. It confirms the strong commitment of all ...

  • New Zealand announce next step in protecting marine environment

    The country has been divided into 14 coastal regions to create a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that reflect the diversity of New Zealand’s marine environment. Local groups, or forums, will now identify which areas in each region should be protected.  “This is part of the Labour- Progressive government’s commitment to having 10 per cent of our coastal marine environment protected by ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • Janez Potočnik European Commissioner for Environment Ending the abuse of marine environment

    Honourable Members, Mr Adrover, In July, at the EP plenary session, our discussions did not go very far as I had to catch a plane to Cyprus. Therefore I am grateful for today's invitation and I am looking forward to our one hour debate. We all appreciate the beauty of oceans and seas, their diversity and usefulness. But we also know about the threats they face today. Some will blame climate ...

  • Rising threats to marine biodiversity

    The environmental and economic health of the World Seas-present and future-is outlined in a report that underlines growing concern from pressures such as pollution, over-fishing and climate change. The report, the Marine Biodiversity Assessment and Outlook: Global Synthesis by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts that by 2050 productivity will have decreased in nearly all areas and with ...

  • Atkins appointed to marine framework

    Scottish Water has appointed engineering design consultancy Atkins to its marine survey services framework. The framework, which is worth up to £5 million and runs initially for two years with scope to be extended to eight, has been developed as part of Scottish Water’s efforts to address changes in legislation, including the Water Framework Directive. It has been designed to support water ...


    By Atkins

  • Finding the ASX200 for marine ecosystems

    The state of an ecosystem can be understood by measuring the right ecological characteristics, just as the ASX200 index shows the state of the Australian stock market by following 200 selected stocks. CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship scientist Dr Keith Hayes, one of the leaders of the project, says the difficult part is selecting which characteristics to track. “Ecosystems respond to multiple ...

  • Improved marine and weather forecast

    NOAA, USA, is now using enhanced weather and marine forecast models for the Great Lakes that will extend forecasts from 36 hours to 60 hours into the future to better serve commercial and recreational mariners, the shipping industry, emergency responders, water resource managers and the private weather industry. The Great Lakes Operational Forecast System (GLOFS) of NOAA's National Ocean Service, ...

  • Marine reserves improve with age

    Older marine reserves are more effective at protecting fish than newer reserves, according to a recent study. Reserves should be maintained for at least 15 years to allow fish numbers, particularly large, locally fished species, to recover. Marine reserves are established to protect marine biodiversity, including the conservation of fish species vulnerable to overfishing. By banning, or only ...

  • Maldivian move to marine energy

    Scotland will help the Maldives in developing the country’s huge potential in renewable marine energy. A study of the archipelagic country’s wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy will be conducted by Scotland’s Robert Gordon University to establish the potential before adaptations are made. Scotland’s energy minister Jim Mather met with the Maldivian environment ...


    By SciDev.Net

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