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  • EPA Awards $214,000 to Reduce Sources of Ocean Pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today awarded more than $214,000 in grants to the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to reduce sources of marine debris in partnership with local students, governments and businesses. The Institute will use a $164,245 grant to implement a study to reduce disposable plastic packaging—a major source of ocean ...

  • Growth of algae affected by ocean acidification and nutrient pollution

    Ocean acidification and eutrophication may affect the growth of microscopic algae — phytoplankton — with knock-on impacts for marine food chains and fisheries, warns a new study. By growing phytoplankton under different scenarios the researchers found that phytoplankton species are affected differently according to the acidity and nutrient content of the water. Ocean acidification is ...

  • EPA Awards $214,000 to Reduce Sources of Ocean Pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded more than $214,000 in grants to the Product Stewardship Institute, Inc. and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to reduce sources of marine debris in partnership with local students, governments and businesses. The Institute will use a $164,245 grant to implement a study to reduce disposable plastic packaging—a major source of ocean ...

  • World Oceans Day - our oceans - opportunities and challenges

    Billions of dollars and thousands of lives can be saved if we address the loss of marine and coastal biodiversity and ecosystem services through improved governance. This is a key theme of World Oceans Day, celebrated on June 8, 2010. In his message for World Oceans Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "If we are to safeguard the capacity of the oceans to service society"s many ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • World Oceans Day: Protecting oceans around the globe

    Oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth's surface - they have a significant effect on our climate and play a crucial role in maintaining the many ecosystem services such as fisheries. UNEP is working to protect oceans all around the planet; for World Oceans Day, here is an overview of some of the UNEP programmes around the world. Oceans are the source of most rainfall and they regulate ...

  • Scientific Sailing Expedition Kicks Off to Safeguard Oceans from Plastic Pollution

    The "Race for Water Odyssey" (R4WO) has cut to the chase by dropping anchor in Bordeaux, the expedition's departure city. Initiated by the "Race for Water" Foundation, the R4WO aims to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in oceans. In 300 days, the expedition crew will cover over 40,000 nautical miles in a specially designed catamaran, stopping off to conduct 11 scientific ...

  • Are the world’s oceans on the brink of disaster?

    An international panel of marine experts warns in a report released today that the world's ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history. The preliminary report arises from the first ever interdisciplinary international workshop to consider the cumulative impact of all stressors affecting the ocean. Considering the latest research across ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Oceans: opportunities and challenges

    Billions of dollars and thousands of lives can be saved if we address the loss of marine and coastal biodiversity and ecosystem services through improved governance. This was a key theme of World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2010 for the second year running. In his message for World Oceans Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "If we are to safeguard the capacity of ...

  • New partnership spans the ocean

    Two capital equipment suppliers are announcing a partnership that will provide industrial facilities a single source solution for their dryer, oven and air pollution control needs.  Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc., a United States based oxidizer manufacturer, and Spooner Industries, a convection dryer supplier located in the United Kingdom have partnered to better serve each of their ...

  • World Oceans Day

    On World Oceans Day, the European Commission recalls the vital role seas and oceans are playing for Europe and reaffirms its commitment to wise stewardship of the marine environment as essential to the planet's health and as a source of wealth, social well-being and pleasure to European Union citizens. The Commission is working for the rapid adoption of the Marine Strategy Directive, which will ...


  • World oceans day
    our oceans: opportunities and challenges

    Billions of dollars and thousands of lives can be saved if we address the loss of marine and coastal biodiversity and ecosystem services through improved governance. This is a key theme of World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2010 for the second year running. In his message for World Oceans Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: "If we are to safeguard the capacity of the ...

  • Microplastics discovered in the deep, open ocean

    A unique study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will provide valuable new insights into the concentrations of microplastics in the open ocean from surface to the sea bed. Professor Richard Lampitt and Dr Katsia Pabortsava, who lead microplastic research at NOC, said “There is considerable uncertainty about the concentration and characteristics of the many ...

  • CO2 removal cannot save the oceans

    Greenhouse-gas emissions from human activities do not only cause rapid warming of the seas, but also ocean acidification at an unprecedented rate. Artificial carbon dioxide removal (CDR) from the atmosphere has been proposed to reduce both risks to marine life. A new study based on computer calculations now shows that this strategy would not work if applied too late. CDR cannot compensate for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA Reaches Agreement with Municipality of Culebra Puerto Rico to Address Water Pollution in Atlantic Ocean

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced a legal settlement with the Municipality of Culebra for discharging pollutants from the Parcelas Culebra Lot Development into the Culebra Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. This sewer system discharges into to the Ensenada Honda, the Lobina Lagoon, and the Atlantic Ocean. The settlement requires the ...

  • Wyndham green partners with plastic free ocean to raise awareness about pollutants in our waters

    Wyndham Green by Wyndham Worldwide is proud to announce the sponsorship of The Wyndham Green Paddle 2010 featuring ultra-endurance athlete Tom Jones and his quest to raise public awareness about the great risks to the environment and the world"s oceans from improper and excessive use of plastic. From May 16th to August 12th, Tom Jones will attempt to create a new world record by paddling from Key ...

  • Obama to Create World`s Largest Ocean Preserve

    Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean. Using presidential authority that doesn't require new action from Congress, Obama proposed to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which President ...


    By Associated Press

  • Study: Plastic Debris Widespread on Ocean Surface

    Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says. Such ocean pollution has drawn attention in recent years because of its potential harm to fish and other wildlife. The new work drew on results from an around-the-world cruise by a research ship that towed a mesh net at 141 sites, as well as other studies. Researchers estimated the total ...


    By Associated Press

  • Mechanical fin power: oceanic power generation

    Tim Finnigan, a professor of ocean engineering at the University of Sydney in Australia designed a radical oceanic energy collector inspired by the design of shark tails. Mimicking the successful evolutionary design of the fish species, he constructed a device that seizes the power of the sea. “I realized the systems that function the best are the ones that already exist there,” said Finnigan. ...

  • Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats

    The combination of overfishing and climate change may be putting the oceans’ health—and our own well being—at risk. As State of the World 2015 contributing author Katie Auth explains, protecting lives and livelihoods will require urgent and concerted action to improve the oceans’ condition (www.worldwatch.org). “Our sense ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats

    The combination of overfishing and climate change may be putting the oceans’ health—and our own wellbeing—at risk. As State of the World 2015 contributing author Katie Auth explains, protecting lives and livelihoods will require urgent and concerted action to improve the oceans’ condition (www.worldwatch.org). “Our sense of the ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

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