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Montevideo, June 18th 2019 - 17:28 UTC

Tag: Oceans

  • Friday, June 7th 2019 - 09:56 UTC

    South Georgia Marine Protected Area enhancement, announced last December, comes into effect

    The enhanced measures include a large increase in the proportion of the 1.24 million km2 MPA within which all commercial fishing activity is prohibited

    Following an announcement in December 2018, a suite of enhancements to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area (SGSSI-MPA) have now been signed into legislation by HM Commissioner Nigel Phillips CBE. The enhanced measures are designed to further conserve the rich biodiversity found within the ocean surrounding this sub-Antarctic UK overseas territory. The new measures build on the existing MPA designated in 2012 and are based on scientific evidence considered during the first 5-year review of the MPA.

  • Tuesday, May 14th 2019 - 09:11 UTC

    Record diver detects plastic bag at the deepest place on Earth

    Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, made the unsettling discovery as he descended nearly 10,928m to a point in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench

    On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: trash.

  • Saturday, April 27th 2019 - 09:43 UTC

    Oceans teeming with viruses, from North to South Pole and down to 4000 meters deep

    Researchers at Ohio State University drew up a global map of marine viruses based on seawater samples from nearly 80 sites around the world

    The oceans contain almost 200,000 different viral populations, according to the latest count. Marine viruses were found from the surface down to 4,000m deep and from the North to the South Pole. Though most are harmless to humans, they can infect marine life, including whales and crustaceans.

  • Monday, April 15th 2019 - 09:21 UTC

    The endangered North Atlantic right whales seem to be recovering and calving

    The whales give birth off Georgia and Florida in the winter before moving up the US east coast in the spring. Only about 450 of the species are believed to remain

    One of the world's most endangered whale species is experiencing a mini baby boom off the US state of Massachusetts. Researchers at the Center for Coastal Studies have announced they have seen three North Atlantic right whale mother and calf pairs in Cape Cod Bay.

  • Friday, January 11th 2019 - 21:23 UTC

    Ascension Island MPA; satellite data suggests conservation success likely

    Ascension Island's: home to one of the largest and healthiest green turtle rookeries in the Atlantic and a million seabirds breed and forage on its shores

    If United Nations goals are met, 10% of the world’s oceans could be marine reserves by 2020, but it has been suggested that many of these reserves will represent protection on paper but not in practice. However, new research trialling remote satellite monitoring of illegal fishing activity in the protected waters of Ascension Island from the Oxford Program of Sustainable Oceans suggests that here at least these “paper park” fears are not fully supported by evidence.

  • Friday, January 11th 2019 - 12:39 UTC

    World oceans warming up more rapidly, caution US and Chinese scientists

    About 93 per cent of excess heat - trapped around the Earth by greenhouse gases that come from the burning of fossil fuels - accumulates in the world's oceans

    The world's oceans are heating up at an accelerating pace as global warming threatens a diverse range of marine life and a major food supply for the planet, researchers said on Thursday. The findings in the US journal Science, led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, debunk previous reports that suggested a so-called pause in global warming in recent years.

  • Monday, June 11th 2018 - 09:16 UTC

    Theresa May version of “candid and productive” events at Quebec G7 summit

    “We discussed the importance of the multilateral rules-based trading system, as the framework for enabling free and fair global trade”

    At this G7 summit, we have discussed a range of issues – including the vital importance of defending democracy and the rules-based international system, free and fair global trade, the need to work for equal opportunities for all our citizens, and the need to protect our oceans.

  • Monday, May 28th 2018 - 07:51 UTC

    BOTs meeting on environment issues at 10 Downing Street

    Representatives from the different BOTs at 10 Downing Street. Falklands were represented by Ms Sukey Cameron MBE

    Representatives from British Overseas Territories held a meeting at 10 Downing Street hosted by Sir John Randall, the Special Advisor on Environment to the Prime Minister. The issues discussed included Brexit, international platforms, renewable energy, climate change, HMG’s Oceans and marine protected areas agenda.

  • Monday, April 16th 2018 - 08:40 UTC

    UK earmarks £61.4 million to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in oceans

    The issue of plastic waste caused public outcry after Blue Planet II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, highlighted the scale of the problem.

    The UK Government has earmarked a £61.4 million war chest to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Theresa May announced the fund ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London this week.