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Japan passes anti-plastic law but with no sanctions for polluters

Apo - A bill intended to reduce the volume of microplastics dumped into the ocean was approved by Japan's parliament on Friday, but it included no sanctions for failure to comply.

Dell EMC Canada supports World Oceans Day

Toronto - To mark the recent World Oceans Day, Dell EMC Canada has unveiled a special art installation at Toronto’s Harboufront. The purpose is to help draw attention to the global environmental concern of ocean plastics.

Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes

Apo - Japan killed 122 pregnant minke whales during a highly controversial annual whaling expedition that Tokyo defends as scientific research but conservationists call "gruesome and unnecessary".

Monster ocean wave sets southern hemisphere record: scientists

Wellington - Scientists have recorded what is believed to be the largest wave ever in the southern hemisphere, a 23.8 metre (78 foot) monster the height of an eight-floor building.

'Devastating' ocean heatwaves on the rise

Paris - Ocean heatwaves which can have "devastating and long-term impacts" on ecosystems have become longer and more frequent over the past century, according to an international study published Tuesday.

Essential Science: Surfers at risk from pathogenic bacteria

Surfers and others who like aquatic sports have been given a new problem to consider. Research indicates that surfers and body-boarders harbor higher levels of potentially dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts compared with non-surfers.

ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter using satellites

Plastic waste in our oceans is a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigantic scale of the problem.

Waste waters: Plastic rubbish chokes Bali's sea

Bali - Millions of tourists are drawn to Bali's palm-fringed scenery and rich marine life, but there is a danger lurking beneath its famously crystal-clear waters: a wasteland of plastic rubbish.

Coming decades vital for future sea level rise: study

Paris - How quickly humanity draws down the greenhouse gases driving global warming will determine whether sea levels rise half-a-metre or six times that, even if Paris climate pact goals are fully met, researchers reported Tuesday in a study.

Sea level rise is accelerating: study

Miami - Sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 26 inches (66 centimeters) by century's end, in line with United Nations estimates and enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, a study said Monday.

'Dead zones' becoming more common as Oceans lose their oxygen

As plastic waste pollutes the oceans and fish stocks decline, unseen below the surface another problem grows - deoxygenation. And it is occurring in both the open ocean and in coastal waters.

Sea turtles' sad fate: from restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'

Watamu - Gently, Kenzo the sea turtle is lowered onto a beach where a scattering of bottle caps, candy wrappers, yoghurt cups and discarded flipflops scar an otherwise idyllic setting.

Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now

Ottawa - Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible.

First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

Bejing - France and China's space agencies unveiled their first joint satellite in Beijing Friday, which will be used to improve forecasting of ocean storms and cyclones.

Pacific's Niue creates huge marine sanctuary

Wellington - The tiny Pacific island nation of Niue on Friday announced the creation of a huge marine sanctuary, saying it wanted to stop overfishing and preserve the environment for future generations.

Prince Charles warns 'plastic on the menu' in world's fish

Valletta - Britain's Prince Charles said that plastic is now "on the menu" in the fish we eat and called for decisive action as he opened a conference Thursday on protecting the world's oceans.

What is storm surge and why is it so dangerous?

Miami - The biggest threat to human life during a hurricane is often the storm surge, which occurs when sea level rises dramatically during a storm, sending a wall of water gushing over land.

Dutch project tests floating cities to seek more space

Den Haag - Dutch researchers unveiled Tuesday a model of what could become within two decades a floating mega-island to be used as a creative solution for accommodating housing, ports, farms or parks.

African states band together to defeat crime on high seas

Yaound - A total of 19 African countries on Thursday launched an EU-funded network to tackle piracy, high seas robbery, kidnappings and human trafficking in the strategically important Gulf of Guinea.

Greenpeace ship highlights plastic pollution risk

The Greenpeace ship Beluga II is currently travelling around Scotland on a scientific expedition, to document the threat of plastic pollution in the most remote and biodiverse areas in the U.K. The results so far are disturbing.

UN chief: Save the oceans to avert 'global catastrophe'

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged countries to put aside national gain to save the oceans and avert a "global catastrophe" as he opened the first UN ocean conference.

Flame retardant material from bacteria-on-sponge

San Diego - Bacteria found on a marine sponge can produce toxic flame retardant-like compounds, according to a new study. Researchers are investigating the human health implications of the discovery.

Rising seas set to double coastal flooding by 2050: study

Paris - Rising sea levels driven by global warming are on track to dramatically boost the frequency of coastal flooding worldwide by mid-century, especially in tropical regions, researchers said Thursday.

Dynamic chemistry produces nano-derived anticancer drugs

Aalto University in Finland scientists have produced a new range of anticancer nanomaterials inspired by volcano-induced dynamic chemistry of the deep ocean. The process involves creating synthesized zinc peroxide nanoparticles.

Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island

Miami - One of the planet's most remote islands is polluted with the highest density of plastic particles ever reported, with more than 3,500 pieces washing up daily, researchers said Monday.

Japan volcanic island may hold key to coral survival

Nihon - The key to the survival of the world's threatened coral reefs may lie in the waters surrounding a small volcanic island off the coast of Japan, scientists say.

Microfibers from clothes contaminating marine environment

Studies in Canada show that microfibers used in garments such as yoga pants have become a huge threat to aquatic life. Microfibers made up 95 percent of the plastic pollution in waterways as compared to microbeads which constituted only 5 percent.

DJ Oliver Heldens to make free dive for cleaner oceans

World renowned DJ and producer Oliver Heldens will make a free dive for cleaner oceans, as part of the campaign Mission Live Ocean.

Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover.

Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching

Sydney - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover.
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