U.S. Offshore Seismic Testing Threatens Large Number of Species, Study Says

Ocean Conserve - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 17:01
Yale Environment 360: The proposed use of seismic air guns in the search for offshore oil and gas reserves along the U.S. East Coast could injure or kill nearly 140,000 marine animals annually and disrupt the vital activities of other species, a new study says. The seismic testing, in which guns filled with compressed air are fired repeatedly over deep-sea target areas to provide energy companies an image of the deposits below, would threaten marine species of all sizes, from tiny fish eggs to large whales, according...
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Australia Urged to Formally Recognise Climate Change Refugee Status

Ocean Conserve - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 14:32
Guardian: Australia, a close neighbour of small, low-lying South Pacific states at the frontline of climate change, should be the first country to formally recognise climate change refugees, the country's main refugee advisory body has said. The Refugee Council of Australia has told the Australian government that it should create a new refugee category for those fleeing the effects of climate change so that they can be offered protection similar to those escaping war or persecution. The key legal document...
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Campaigners Drop Flag Under N.Pole Ice Amid "Cold Rush" Concerns

Ocean Conserve - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 04:00
Reuters: Environmentalists have placed a flag on the seabed under the North Pole to urge protection for the region in a rebuff to Russia which planted a flag in 2007 in a symbolic territorial claim. Four campaigners, backed by Greenpeace, cut a hole in the ice at the North Pole at the weekend and dropped the flag and a capsule with almost 3 million signatures asking for the region to be off-limits to exploitation, Greenpeace said on Monday. A Russian submarine planted a flag on the seabed in the same...
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Cutting short-lived pollutants slows sea level rise

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 14:00
Xinhua: U.S. scientists said on Sunday that it's possible to greatly slow down sea level rise this century, by cutting emissions of so-called short-lived pollutants that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that a sharp reduction in four pollutants beginning in 2015, namely, methane, tropospheric ozone, hydrofluorocarbons, and black carbon, could offset warming temperatures by up to 50 percent by 2050, and reduce sea level...
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Antarctic ice melting 10 times faster than 600 years ago

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 14:00
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: A report has found that the Antarctic summer ice melt is now occurring 10 times faster than it did 600 years ago. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and the Australian National University drilled a 360-metre ice core near the northern tip of the peninsula to to identify past temperatures. The ice core gave an extraordinary insight into the temperatures, revealing the coolest conditions, and the lowest melt, occurred six centuries ago. By comparison, it found temperatures now are...
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United Kingdom: 'Sticky' birds' deaths 'tragic'

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 13:41
BBC: Up to 200 birds might have died after being covered in a sticky substance, the RSPB has said. Hundreds of birds have been found on beaches in Devon and Cornwall since they started to appear on Wednesday. One woman said she found more than 150 on a beach in south Cornwall on Monday. Dog walkers collected about 20 dead birds from Par Beach in Cornwall on Monday morning. Sheryll Murray, the Conservative MP for South East Cornwall, said it was "tragic". Alison Fogg said 157 dead seabirds...
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Antarctic ice melting at record rate, study shows

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 09:45
Press Association: Summer ice is melting at a faster rate in the Antarctic peninsula than at any time in the last 1,000 years, new research has shown. The evidence comes from a 364-metre ice core containing a record of freezing and melting over the previous millennium. Layers of ice in the core, drilled from James Ross Island near the northern tip of the peninsula, indicate periods when summer snow on the ice cap thawed and then refroze. By measuring the thickness of these layers, scientists were able to match...
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To Win Support for Keystone, Alberta Premier Pleads Poverty in D.C. Visit

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 07:30
InsideClimate: The premier of Alberta, Canada, made another visit to Washington D.C. last week, pleading again for U.S. approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would carry Alberta's heavy crude to refineries on the Texas coast. Without expanded access to markets in the United States and beyond, Premier Alison Redford said, her province's oil sands crude is selling for discounted prices—and that is creating big problems for Alberta's budget, which relies heavily on oil royalties. "It has really had an...
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Scientists find Antarctic ice is melting faster

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 06:44
Reuters: The summer ice melt in parts of Antarctica is at its highest level in 1,000 years, Australian and British researchers reported on Monday, adding new evidence of the impact of global warming on sensitive Antarctic glaciers and ice shelves. Researchers from the Australian National University and the British Antarctic Survey found data taken from an ice core also shows the summer ice melt has been 10 times more intense over the past 50 years compared with 600 years ago. "It's definitely evidence...
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China cozies up to Iceland in race for Arctic resources

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 05:27
Christian Science Monitor: It is clear why Iceland is interested in China: the Arctic nation’s prime minister is currently in Beijing to sign a free-trade agreement that will boost Icelandic fish exports more than somewhat. But why is China so interested in Iceland? Perhaps because the Arctic is shaping up to be one of the world’s future hot spots, as the melting icecap reveals a potential treasure-trove of natural resources and clears new shipping routes. “China has an interest in the region and it wants to be part of the...
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Cutting specific pollutants could slow sea level rise by 50 percent: Study

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 05:00
Asian News International: With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow down sea level rise this century. The research team found that reductions in four pollutants that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere could temporarily forestall the rate of sea level rise by roughly 25 to 50 percent. "To avoid potentially dangerous sea level rise, we could cut emissions of short-lived pollutants even if we cannot immediately...
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Scientists Map Swirling Ocean Eddies for Clues to Climate Change

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 05:00
Wired: In January 2010, a crew of scientists voyaged by ship from the southern tip of Chile into the frigid Antarctic to search for clues to one of the great unknowns of climate change. They planned to crisscross a remote patch of sea near the spot where, a year earlier, another crew had injected a tankful of an inert chemical one mile below the surface. The new crew had seven weeks of funding and good weather to sample the seawater throughout the region and discover where the chemical went. By mapping...
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Recent Antarctic Climate, Glacier Changes at the 'Upper Bound' of Normal

Ocean Conserve - Mon, 04/15/2013 - 00:59
ScienceDaily: In the last few decades, glaciers at the edge of the icy continent of Antarctica have been thinning, and research has shown the rate of thinning has accelerated and contributed significantly to sea level rise. New ice core research suggests that, while the changes are dramatic, they cannot be attributed with confidence to human-caused global warming, said Eric Steig, a University of Washington professor of Earth and space sciences. Previous work by Steig has shown that rapid thinning of Antarctic...
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Cutting Short-lived Pollutants Can Slow Sea Level Rise

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 04/14/2013 - 22:00
Climate Central: A new study finds that it is possible to greatly slow the rate of sea level rise, which is one of the biggest threats global warming poses, by cutting so-called "short-lived climate pollutants,' which warm the climate on timescales of a few weeks to a decade, in combination with reductions in long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2). The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that reducing emissions of these short-lived climate pollutants, including soot and...
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Stopping LNG Exports Key to Preventing the Spread of Fracking

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 04/14/2013 - 14:58
EcoWatch: For people concerned about the harmful effects of fracking in the U.S., they should do whatever they can to prevent natural gas companies from exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG). Deborah Rogers--a shale gas industry expert, former investment banker and founder of Energy Policy Forum--underscores the importance of anti-export campaigns. She contends that stopping LNG exports is the most important step citizens can take to prevent shale gas companies from creating even larger industrial fracking...
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Study projects earlier sea-level rise threat to islands

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 04/14/2013 - 14:00
Summit Voice: Low-lying islands may be facing more global warming trouble than previously thought. New modeling that includes storm wind and wave action shows some islands could face regular inundation within the next few decades as sea level rises. Even if the islands are not permanently submerged, ocean flooding is likely contaminate freshwater supplies, damage agriculture and infrastructure and threaten important bird, sea turtle and marine mammal habitat. Oceanographer Curt Storlazzi of the USGS Pacific...
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Koch brother gives $100 million to Hurricane Sandy-stressed hospital

Ocean Conserve - Sun, 04/14/2013 - 11:50
Grist: David Koch, New York City’s wealthiest resident and executive vice president of Koch Industries, Inc., has given $100 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the largest single donation in the hospital’s history. NewYork-Presbyterian was one of several New York City hospitals affected by Superstorm Sandy last October. As NYU’s Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital flooded and lost power, others, including NewYork-Presbyterian, took in the extra patients. Robert E. Kelly, president of...
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Dead dolphins and shrimp with no eyes found after BP clean-up

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 04/13/2013 - 23:23
Independent: Hundreds of beached dolphin carcasses, shrimp with no eyes, contaminated fish, ancient corals caked in oil and some seriously unwell people are among the legacies that scientists are still uncovering in the wake of BP's Deepwater Horizon spill. This week it will be three years since the first of 4.9 billion barrels of crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, in what is now considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. As the scale of the ecological disaster...
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Pollution: Learning the limits for marine species

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 04/13/2013 - 19:53
ScienceDaily: Work by biologists and marine scientists at various Norwegian research institutions over the past 10 years has covered such commercial resources as shrimp, scallops, herring and cod. Establishing tolerance levels for these and other species is one of the tools needed to determine how Barents Sea oil production can be pursued in an environmentally acceptable way. The organisations involved in this work are the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), the Norwegian Institute of Marine...
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Penguin species could be climate winner

Ocean Conserve - Sat, 04/13/2013 - 14:00
Scientific American: The list of species potentially imperiled by climate change is long, from polar bears to certain types of pine trees. But there are also those species that will benefit from the changed climate conditions. And a new study that uses data collection stretching back more than 50 years finds that the Adelie penguins of Beaufort Island near Antarctica may be one of the fortunate climate cases. [Michelle A. LaRue et al., Climate Change Winners: Receding Ice Fields Facilitate Colony Expansion and Altered...
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