Tag Archives: marine disaster

Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall

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Air bubbles floating up through blue sea water, Galapagos Islands, 2015. Credit: Watchtheworld/Alamy Stock Photo.

Prof Andreas Oschlies is head of the marine biogeochemical modelling group and speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 754 at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) and Kiel University, Prof Peter Brandt is professor of physical oceanography at GEOMAR and Kiel University, and Dr Lothar Stramma and Dr Sunke Schmidtko are senior scientists in the physical oceanography group at GEOMAR

June 15, 2018 — Direct measurements show the amount of oxygen in the global oceans has decreased by around 2% over the past 50 years. Continue reading Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall

Rising CO2 levels threaten aquatic life, studies show

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A shoal of fish off the coast of Queensland, Australia (Flickr/ robdownunder)

Both marine and freshwater species are affected by acidifying water in ways that disrupt the entire food web, scientists warn

January 18, 2018 — New studies warn that global warming is not good news for aquatic life, putting at risk the creatures both of the seas and of inland waterways. Continue reading Rising CO2 levels threaten aquatic life, studies show

China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

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China’s offshore supply ship De Shen working at an oil spill area during a clean-up operation at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photograph: Transport Ministry Of China/EPA

Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed

January 18, 2018 — Consumers in Japan, China and South Korea should be wary of buying seafood until governments in the region have monitored and released details about the toxic impact of the Sanchi oil spill, scientists have warned. Continue reading China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Carbon-Storing Sea Grass

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Sea grass wafting in an underwater landscape. Credit: MorganLeeAlain/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

A new model predicts that as ocean temperatures rise, carbon-storing sea grass may disappear and even go extinct in some ecosystems

January 17, 2018 — Sea grasses are part of a team of coastal vegetation, including mangroves and salt marshes, that store up to 100 times more carbon than tropical forests at 12 times the speed. Vast prairies of sea grasses stretch for kilometers along the seafloor, storing enough carbon to rival the world’s forests. Continue reading Rising Ocean Temperatures Threaten Carbon-Storing Sea Grass

BP’s Deepwater Horizon bill tops $65bn

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The Deepwater Horizon rig pictured on fire the day after the accident on 20 April 2010.
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Firm’s financial pain offset by rising oil prices as it winds down payouts from 2010 disaster

January 16, 2018 — BP is nearing the end of the $65bn (£47bn) Deepwater Horizon compensation process, it said as it announced an unexpectedly high payout of $1.7bn among the final few hundred outstanding claims. Continue reading BP’s Deepwater Horizon bill tops $65bn

East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

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Smoke and flames from the burning Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea. Photograph: AP

Ship was carrying 136,000 tons of oil that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing waters

January 16, 2018 — The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the Continue reading East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

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A speech by by Theresa May on Thursday will set out plans to tackle UK’s ‘throwaway culture’.
Photograph: Paul Quayle/Alamy

Expansion expected of highly successful policy of charging 5p for each bag could be extended beyond large retailers

January 10, 2018 — The 5p charge for plastic bags is expected to be applied to small shops under government plans to be unveiled by Theresa May this week as she seeks to tackle Britain’s “throwaway culture”. Continue reading Plastic bags charge set to be extended to small shops in England

Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

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Pelicans float with an offshore oil platform in the background in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. The government plans to allow drilling in 90% of the outer continental shelf. Photograph: Mark J Terrill/AP

Ryan Zinke unveils plan to offer leases in Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic while environmental groups and some Republicans lead outcry

January 4, 2018 — The Trump administration has unveiled a plan that would open almost all US offshore territory to oil and gas drilling, including previously protected areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans. Continue reading Trump administration plans to allow oil and gas drilling off nearly all US coast

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

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A fisherman on a beach in Temuco, Chile that is blanketed with dead sardines, a result of algal blooms that suck oxygen out of the water. Photograph: Felix Marquez/AP

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity

January 4, 2018 — Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold. Continue reading Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago

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Scientific diver taking notes during coral bleaching event at Alcatrazes island, Sao Paulo state shore, Brazil. Credit: Leo Francini / Alamy Stock Photo.

Mass coral reef bleaching events have become five times more common worldwide over the past 40 years, new research finds, with climate change playing a significant role in the rise

January 4, 2018 — The scale of bleaching has been rising steadily in the last four decades, a study author tells Carbon Brief, with the global proportion of coral being hit by bleaching per year rising from 8% in the 1980s to 31% in 2016. Continue reading Severe coral reef bleaching now ‘five times more frequent’ than 40 years ago