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The impacts of underwater noise on marine wildlife
Levels of anthropogenic (human-generated) noise have doubled every decade for the past 60 years in some regions. This destructive underwater noise is mostly caused by the military, the oil and gas industry and shipping traffic. Bjørnar Nicolaisen, coastal fisherman in Norway, on the impacts of underwater noise on marine wildlife.
Beaches as waste dumps: “A Beachcomber’s Guide to Marine Debris”
Marine and beach littering constitutes a worrying environmental footprint of humankind. And while plastic pollution and wasteful use of disposable plastics and throw-away products is increasingly being discussed in the public, the real problem is much more complex. Austrian marine biologist Dr. Michael Stachowitsch is taking on this pressing environmental problem in his new book “The Beachcomber’s Guide to Marine Debris” – with a good sense of humour.
More than 9 million tons of plastic enter the oceans every year. As most types of plastics are not biodegradable, the waste remains in the oceans for years or even decades. With an estimated 1% of the plastic staying afloat on the ocean surface, the bulk is drifting...
Urgent 2020 deadline: Fulfilling the duty of national governments to conserve and sustainably use the biological diversity of the high seas and deep seabed
From 19 to 30 August the nations of the world met at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the intergovernmental conference to negotiate a new international legally-binding agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and...
I was born in Venice Lido, Italy, and as a child I often played on the beach with my mask and dipnet. At sea I found crabs, seahorses, starfish and other treasures that fascinated me. This passion for the sea settled in my heart. At the age of 22 I began to board oceanographic and other vessels to study Mediterranean cetaceans.