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Ocean warning for Pacific's Melanesia

Wellington - Marine ecosystems in one of the Pacific's most vulnerable regions face decline unless they are better managed, a WWF report warned Tuesday.

Essential Science: Saturn’s moon contains an underground ocean

Reviewing data from the Cassini spacecraft, astrophysicists think there’s a strong chance that the Saturnian satellite Dione contains a vast underground ocean.

Seagrass, 'the lungs of the ocean', in environmental threat

Swansea - In a statement some 100 scientists across 28 countries have called for global action to be taken to protect seagrass meadows.

Essential Science: New types of microbial life in the oceans

The seas and oceans of the world make up the majority of the surface and less is known about life in the oceans compared with the surface of the moon. New research has revealed the mysteries of oceanic microbial life.

Ocean warriors unveil new high-speed ship against Japan whalers

Amsterdam - With its distinctive pirate-like flag flying from the mast, the sleek, high-speed concrete grey Ocean Warrior is the latest weapon in a bitter war between marine conservationists and Japan's whaling fleet.

Obama highlights environment on Pacific atoll

Pearl Harbor - President Barack Obama went off the beaten track Thursday -- way off -- to a newly expanded marine reserve on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, part of an effort to polish his environmental legacy.

Obama establishes world's largest marine reserve in Hawaii

Miami - President Barack Obama on Friday burnished his environmental legacy by establishing the world's largest marine reserve, home to thousands of rare sea creatures in the northwestern Hawaiian islands.

Greenland sharks may live 400 years, researchers say

Miami - Greenland sharks are the Earth's longest-lived vertebrates -- or creatures with a spine -- with a lifespan that can last as long as 400 years, international researchers said.

New concerns about plastic waste in the oceans

New concerns have been raised about the impact of plastic waste dumped into the world’s oceans. A new report indicates that waste from Northern Europe, for example, will reach the Arctic within two years.

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches

Santiago - Heaps of dead whales, salmon and sardines blamed on the El Nino weather phenomenon have clogged Chile's Pacific beaches in recent months.

Antarctica alone may lift seas a meter by 2100: Study

Paris - Melting ice from Antarctica could raise oceans by a metre before 2100 at current rates of greenhouse gas emissions, doubling previous forecasts for sea level rise, according to a study released Wednesday.

World's nations gather to rescue ocean life

Paris - It took a decade to get to the negotiating table, and it could easily take another to finish the job, but UN talks in New York to safeguard life in the high seas finally begin in earnest Monday.

Hydra rip open their skin to feed: Video

Hydra, the peculiar type of tiny freshwater animals, catch and sting their prey via tentacles. Before they eat they need to rip their own skin apart in order to open their mouths.

Video shows squid using ink cloud to great effect

Tokyo - An interesting new video shows a squid using its ink as a smokescreen to confuse and trap its prey. This is the first time the activity has been properly captured on film.

Giant squid captured on video near Japan

Giant squids are not spotted very often. When they are, footage of them has proved difficult to capture in good quality. A new video of the ocean animal is very spectacular.

Faster retreat of Greenland's ice sheet observed

Paris - The Greenland ice sheet, a potentially massive contributor to land-encroaching sea-level rise, lost mass twice as fast between 2003 and 2010 as during the entire 20th century, researchers said Wednesday.

Going Dutch to help conquer the rising seas

De Beek - Had nature been left to take its course much of the Netherlands would be a muddy swamp and the tiny coastal nation would never have risen to be the eurozone's fifth largest economy.

Going Dutch to help conquer the rising seas

Middelburg - Had nature been left to take its course much of the Netherlands would be a muddy swamp and the tiny coastal nation would never have risen to be the eurozone's fifth largest economy.

Sea level rise will 'swallow Miami, New Orleans'

Miami - Say goodbye to Miami and New Orleans. No matter what we do to curb global warming, these and other beloved US cities will sink below rising seas, according to a study.

Chile declares huge Easter Island marine reserve

Miramar - Chile declared huge new marine reserves in the Pacific in water off Easter Island on Monday as it hosted a major conference on protecting the world's oceans and fisheries.

Marine populations 'slashed by half since 1970'

Ginebra - Populations of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have dropped by about half in the past four decades, with fish critical to human food suffering some of the greatest declines, WWF warned Wednesday.

Plastic waste getting worse and harming seabirds

London - Waste discarded by people and factories is causing significant harm to seabirds and other wildlife, according to a new report. One estimate says 90 percent of seabirds around the world have eaten plastic.

Environmentalists campaign for ocean protection

Geneva - This year’s World Ocean Day 2015 saw the launch of a wide international mobilization effort to promote the importance of safeguarding the world’s oceans. The new campaign feeds into UN Convention on Climate Change in Paris at the end of the year.

Researchers: Lakes, rivers flooded with artificial sweeteners

Brantford - Artificial sweeteners are found in many foods and beverages worldwide, but did you know that the fish are drinking them as well? In a 2012 study, Canadian researchers discovered artificial sweeteners could be found in lakes, rivers and oceans worldwide.

Protecting the ocean could boost economy by $900 bn, says WWF

Lisbon - More than $920 billion could be generated by 2050 and 180,000 jobs created by expanding the ocean's protected zones, according to a study published Thursday by conservation group WWF.

France hits reverse on sinking tyres for artificial reefs

Brest - Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development.

World's biggest hurricane simulator aims to improve forecasts

Miami - The world's largest hurricane simulator is now complete and experts hope it will improve forecasters' ability to predict how strong a storm will get, which has been a key weak spot for science until now.

Bone munching worms of the past

Cambridge - Recently discovered ocean worms, known for feasting on whale bones, date back to prehistoric times. Long-ago the worms fed on the carcasses of giant marine reptiles, according to a new study that has plunged the depths of the sea.

Fewer species found in the oceans than previously realized

A new catalog of ocean life, called World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), has reassessed the number of species found in the oceans. Having found some duplicates, the number of ocean-going animals has been reassessed downwards.

Ocean animals are getting progressively larger

Ocean animals have been getting larger over the millennium. According to a new analysis, reviewing thousands of species from the Earth’s seas since the Cambrian Period, there has been a gradual uplift in size.
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