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Researchers turn to oysters as pollution-tracking sentinels

Arcachon - French researchers hoping to get an early warning on pollution in the ocean have found an unlikely ally in a mollusc more often destined for the dinner table.

Interpreting deep-sea images with artificial intelligence

An in-depth insight into the mysteries of the oceans has been gained from an analysis of deep-sea images undertaken using artificial intelligence. The study comes from the GEOMAR research team.

Saving our oceans — Breweries have answer to plastic can holders

Plastic rings from can and bottle holders are a danger to wildlife and a major part of plastic pollution in our oceans. Two breweries are tackling plastic waste in a unique way by removing plastic from 6-pack holders.

UN begins talks on treaty to protect imperiled high seas

New York - United Nations member states on Tuesday kick off long-awaited talks on a 2020 treaty that would regulate the high seas, which cover half the planet yet lack adequate environmental protection.

Swimmer resumes Pacific crossing record attempt

Apo - A Frenchman attempting to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean said Wednesday he was resuming his bid, after storms forced him to suspend the ambitious undertaking."Back in the water today!

'Devastating' dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster

Sarasota - A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the worst red tide in a decade blackens the ocean water, killing dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a relentless pace.

Shark kills Czech tourist swimming in waters off Egypt

Apo - A Czech tourist was killed by a shark while swimming in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt, authorities said Sunday.

Greenhouse gases surge to new highs worldwide in 2017: US report

Tampa - Planet-warming greenhouse gases surged to new highs as abnormally hot temperatures swept the globe and ice melted at record levels in the Arctic last year due to climate change, a major US report said Wednesday.

Greenhouse gases surge to new highs worldwide in 2017: US report

Tampa - Planet-warming greenhouse gases surged to new highs as abnormally hot temperatures swept the globe and ice melted at record levels in the Arctic last year due to climate change, a major US report said Wednesday.

Japan reopens beaches hit by 2011 nuclear, tsunami disaster

Apo - Japan has reopened three beaches in regions devastated by the 2011 tsunami and resulting Fukushima nuclear disaster after years of reconstruction efforts, officials said Monday.

Expanding 'dead zone' in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears

Abu Dhabi - In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast "dead zone" the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame.

Dead plankton, stunned fish: the harms of man-made ocean noise

Washington - Human-caused ocean noise and its dangers to marine life are the focus of meetings at the United Nations this week, a victory for advocacy groups that have long warned of this problem.- What are the causes of ocean noise?

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.
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