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Researchers: Real-time Seismic Monitoring Station Installed Atop Active Underwater Volcano
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 11, 2007 14:23 EST

his week, researchers will begin direct monitoring of the rumblings of a submarine volcano in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. On May 6, a team of scientists led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) installed a new underwater earthquake monitoring...
 
Researchers: DNA Reveals Hooded Seals Have Wanderlust; 'They Interbreed Worldwide'
Alberta, Canada - May 9, 2007 15:07 EST

Researchers have discovered a new fact about hooded seals, a mysterious 200 to 400 kilogram mammal that spends all but a few days each year in the ocean. An international team of researchers led by Dr. David Coltman, an evolutionary...
 
Researchers: Rising Sea Temps, Overcrowding Helping To Spread Coral Disease; 'Highly Significant Relationship'
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - May 8, 2007 15:49 EST

An international team of scientists working on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has found a clear link between coral disease and warmer ocean temperatures. Worldfirst research at 48 reefs spread along 1500 kilometres of the GBR combined with 6 years of...
 
'Peter Benchley Shark Conservation' Awards Given Out To Spotlight Efforts To Protect Sharks
New York, New York - May 5, 2007 14:48 EST

The Shark Research Institute created the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Awards to ensure continuation of his conservation efforts on behalf of sharks. On May 8, 2007, the Awards will be presented in three categories: media, scientific research and advocacy. The...
 
Why Do Oysters Choose To Live Where They Could Be Eaten?
- May 3, 2007 18:19 EST

There are many reasons why living in dense groups with others of your own kind is a good idea. Oftentimes, aggregations of a species serve as protection from predators and harsh environments or may be beneficial to future reproductive success....
 
Groundbreaking Study: Coral Reef Hatchlings Return To Home Reefs Again To Spawn
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - May 3, 2007 11:48 EST

Coral reef fish hatchlings dispersed by ocean currents are able to make their way back to their home reefs again to spawn, says a groundbreaking study published today in the journal Science. The study, whose findings are considered a major...
 
Scientists Baffled As Florida Diver Captures Sea Serpent On Video; 'Undescribed'
West Palm Beach, Florida - May 2, 2007 15:55 EST

It's not the Loch Ness Monster or the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but a creature recently caught on tape by a Florida diver does have scientists scratching their heads. Underwater videographer Jay Garbose has worked for National Geographic and The...
 
Climate Scientists: World's Oceans Could Rise 7 Meters If Greenland's Ice Cap Entirely Melts
Vancouver, Canada - May 2, 2007 15:42 EST

The world's oceans could rise by up to seven meters if Greenland's ice cap entirely melts because of global warming, climate scientists said Tuesday. Glaciers on Greenland, the world's most icy land mass, are now melting most quickly where they are...
 
Aussie Scientists Target Manta Ray Mysteries; 'Basic Information Remains Unknown'
Queensland, Australia - May 1, 2007 16:57 EST

Manta rays are hard to miss —big, black and stretching up to seven metres wide, but scientists are still in the dark about the world's largest ray. A team of UQ scientists is joining forces with industry and government partners...
 
Study: U.S. Conservation Efforts Bringing More Turtles To The U.K.; 'Could Be Indicative Of A Global Trend'
Exeter, U.K. - May 1, 2007 15:28 EST

U.S. and Mexican conservation efforts may have boosted the number of marine turtles visiting U.K. waters, according to University of Exeter biologists. New research published this week in Marine Biology analyses 100 years of data. It shows an increase in...
 
Was Bristol Channel Hit By A Tsunami? Reinvestigation Launched On The 400th Anniversary Of Britain's Largest Natural Disaster
New South Wales, Australia - May 1, 2007 15:22 EST

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Britain’s largest natural disaster, the author of 2001’s prophetic book Tsunami: The Underrated Hazard (Cambridge University Press) reveals strong new evidence that the Bristol Channel was devastated by a tsunami on January...
 
Arctic Ice Retreating More Quickly Than Computer Models Project; 'Thirty Years Ahead Of Schedule'
Boulder, Colorado - May 1, 2007 15:12 EST

Arctic sea ice is melting at a significantly faster rate than projected by even the most advanced computer models, a new study concludes. The research, by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorado's...
 
First Genome Comparison of Plankton Species Yields Surprises Underlying Key Ocean Processes
San Diego, California - May 1, 2007 14:58 EST

An international team of scientists led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the Department of Energy's (DOE) Joint Genome Institute has peered into the genetic makeup of two species of phytoplankton, the tiny plants key in...
 
'Reggie' the Alligator Resurfaces in Los Angeles After 18 Month Hiatus; 'We'll Have to Find the Right Gator Wrangler'
Los Angeles, California - May 1, 2007 14:35 EST

"Reggie" the alligator resurfaced in Los Angeles on Monday, more than a year after the elusive reptile who became a local celebrity was last seen, officials said. The six-foot long alligator was spotted swimming in a lake in the Harbor City...
 
Kazakh Officials: Abnormally Warm Winter, Early Sea Ice Melt to Blame for Over 800 Seal Deaths
Astana, Kazakhstan - May 1, 2007 14:30 EST

Kazakh officials have blamed the deaths of more than 800 seals off its Caspian Sea coastline on an abnormally warm winter and the early melting of sea ice. "The total number of dead seals by late Monday was 819, including 639...
 
New Species of Blue Coral Found Off the Coast of Oman; 'Discovering a New Species is Very Exciting'
Muscat, Oman - Apr 30, 2007 14:47 EST

Two new species of coral have been discovered off the Omani coast, as well as other existing coral species that had previously not been known to live in the area. There are now estimated to be approximately 130 species of...
 
Asian Demand for Shark Fins Threatening Colombian Species; 'An Extremely Urgent Matter'
Bogota, Colombia - Apr 29, 2007 09:05 EST

When Colombian naval officials seized two tonnes of shark fins in a boat off the Pacific coast last week, they threw a spotlight on a huge black market serving hungry Asian markets which is blamed for pushing some species toward...
 
Phytoplankton Blooms, Other 'Geo-engineering' Schemes Reviewed in New Report; 'Give Me a Half Tanker of Iron'
Paris, France - Apr 29, 2007 08:58 EST

Unconventional schemes for tackling global warming by installing a giant sunshade in orbit, sowing the seas with iron and scattering sulphur into the upper atmosphere are set to be bluntly rejected by UN experts this week. The oddball initiatives are being...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Cover-ups, Misinformation Exposed in Hawaiian Shark Sightings and Attacks
San Diego, California - Apr 29, 2007 08:48 EST

The May, 2007 episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies claims...
 
Study: Ocean's 'Twilight Zone' May Be Key To Understanding Climate Change
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 27, 2007 14:56 EST

A major study sheds new light on the role of carbon dioxide once it's transported to the oceans' depths. The research indicates that instead of sinking, carbon dioxide is often consumed by animals and bacteria and recycled in the "twilight...
 
Toxic Algae Sickening Birds, Sea Lions, Dolphins Off California Coast; 'I've Never Seen Anything Like This'
Los Angeles, California - Apr 27, 2007 14:38 EST

A morass of toxic ocean algae swamping sections of California's coastline has sickened hundreds of birds, sea lions and dolphins, environmentalists said Friday. Animal protection agencies have reported a sharp increase in fatalities and illnesses amongst wildlife because of the thick...
 
Study: Cataclysmic Volcanic Eruptions 55 Million Years Ago Caused Global Warming, Formed North Atlantic
Washington, D.C. - Apr 26, 2007 18:38 EST

Cataclysmic volcanic eruptions in Greenland and the British Isles brought on a destructive bout of global warming 55 million years ago, an international study revealed Thursday. The eruptions also separated Greenland from Europe by giving birth to the North Atlantic Ocean,...
 
Fisherman Feared Dead in Freak Draining of Hungarian Lake; Collapsed Mineshaft Eyed
Veszprém, Hungary - Apr 25, 2007 17:24 EST

A man is believed to have drowned after a mineshaft collapsed on Sunday under an artificial lake located between Sümeg and Nyirád (Veszprém County), swallowing some 40,000 cubic meters of water, reports fn.hu. The man is thought to have been...
 
Cambodian Illegal Fishing Crackdown with Vietnamese Leads to Swordfight to the Death
Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Apr 25, 2007 16:32 EST

At least three Vietnamese fishermen have been killed in a clash with Cambodian authorities during a crackdown on illegal fishing on a lake in the country's northwest, a senior fishery official said Tuesday. The clash happened Monday when Cambodian authorities tried...
 
Report: Malaysia's 14-year Campaign to Clean-up Rivers a Failure; 10 Percent Unsafe to Touch
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Apr 25, 2007 04:52 EST

A 14-year campaign to clean up Malaysia's rivers has been branded a failure by the country's environment minister after nearly one in ten have become so polluted they are unsafe for humans to touch, reports said Wednesday. Natural Resources and Environment...
 
Indonesia Environmentalists to Lodge Bias Complaints Against Judges Who Cleared U.S. Miner of Pollution Charges
Jakarta, Indonesia - Apr 25, 2007 04:47 EST

Indonesian environmentalists said Wednesday they will lodge complaints of bias against judges who cleared US mining giant Newmont this week of dumping tonnes of toxic waste. Chalid Muhammad, of the Friends of the Earth (Walhi), accused the five judges of siding...
 
Research: Nutritious, Less Toxic Food Helps Reduce Mercury in the Food Chain; 'Dilution by Rapid Growth'
Hanover, New Hampshire - Apr 24, 2007 15:23 EST

Research led by Dartmouth scientists found that animals fed nutritious, high-quality food end up with much lower concentrations of toxic methylmercury in their tissues. The result suggests ways in which methylmercury—a neurotoxin that can accumulate to hazardous levels—can be slowed...
 
U.S. Home Searched in Connection with Diving Death of Honeymooner on Aussie Shipwreck
Queensland, Australia - Apr 24, 2007 14:53 EST

Police have searched a home in the US seeking information about the death of an American woman who was scuba diving on her honeymoon in north Queensland in 2003. Christina Thomas Watson, 26, died during a diving trip to the Yongala...
 
Indonesian Court Clears U.S. Mining Giant On Charges of Dumping Toxic Wastes in Bay; 'Reputation Restored'
Manado, Indonesia - Apr 24, 2007 05:44 EST

A court in Indonesia on Tuesday cleared US mining giant Newmont of dumping tonnes of toxic waste, closing for now a case that risked the nation's efforts to increase foreign investment. Prosecutors had sought a three-year jail term for company executive...
 
Buried, Residual Oil is Still Affecting Wildlife Decades After a Spill; 'Chemical Warfare' Hits Fiddler Crabs
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Apr 23, 2007 17:38 EST

Nearly four decades after a fuel oil spill polluted the beaches of Cape Cod, researchers have found the first compelling evidence for lingering, chronic biological effects on a marsh that otherwise appears to have recovered. Through a series of field observations...
 
DNA Testing Reveals Continued, Illegal Trade In Fins Of Endangered Basking Sharks
Miami, Florida - Apr 23, 2007 15:00 EST

Despite regulations by some countries to protect the behemoth basking shark from further population declines, a new study published in the current on-line edition of Animal Conservation reports that the world’s second largest fish is still being killed for its...
 
Chinese Environmental Activist Arrested as Attempts to Save Polluted Lake Ires Officials, Industry
Shanghai, China - Apr 23, 2007 11:33 EST

Prominent Chinese environmental activist Wu Lihong is in police custody after he was arrested for alleged blackmail, his wife said Monday. Dozens of police stormed Wu's house in eastern China on April 13, ransacked it and took his computer and personal...
 
In an Indonesian Bay, Fish, Tumors and Controversy; Verdict Nears Over US Mining Giant's Toxic Waste Claims
Buyat Bay, Indonesia - Apr 23, 2007 11:24 EST

Junaidi, a 20-year-old fisherman, proudly shows off his catch as children play nearby in the turquoise waters of Indonesia's Buyat Bay. "I would not move anywhere else, where else would you easily get this much fish?" asked Junaidi, pointing to a...
 
Greek Holiday Island Threatened by Cruise Oil Spill; 'We Know of No Plan, The Timetable, Nothing'
Athens, Greece - Apr 22, 2007 17:39 EST

The popular Greek holiday island of Santorini is threatened by an oil slick leaking from a cruise ship that sank near its shores over two weeks ago, a Greek daily reported on Sunday. Ethnos daily reported that the oil slick had...
 
Vietnam Oil Spill Mystery Plot Thickens; Beaches, Mangroves, Aquaculture Hit Repeatedly
Hanoi, Vietnam - Apr 22, 2007 08:58 EST

For three months crude oil spills have sullied beaches, mangroves and aquaculture farms along Vietnam's long coastline, but the government says the source of the pollution remains a mystery. While soldiers and volunteers have scraped over 1,600 tons of congealed oil...
 
'Ton of Junk' Collected from Brando's Polynesian Atoll; 'All the Floating Symbols of Consumer Society'
Patpeete, French Polynesia - Apr 21, 2007 15:51 EST

Tennis balls, 10-year-old aluminum cans and neon tubes were among more than a tonne of junk collected in recent days on the tiny Polynesian atoll bought by Marlon Brando in the 1960s, the actor's son said. The garbage had washed ashore...
 
Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, Featured on CNBC’s TV Show 'The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch'
New York, New York - Apr 20, 2007 16:28 EST

hark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, was featured on CNBC’s TV show “The Big Idea With Donny Deutsch,” which aired on 4/19/07. Stuart Cove was interviewed on the show in part for his unique work on major Hollywood feature films involving sharks....
 
US Mining Giant Confident on Indonesian Ocean Pollution Verdict; 'Their Testimony was Torn Apart by Our Lawyers'
Jakarta, Indonesia - Apr 20, 2007 16:01 EST

US mining giant Newmont voiced confidence Friday it would win a controversial pollution trial next week, saying claims the company and one of its executives poisoned an Indonesian bay were baseless. Newmont executive Richard Ness said the prosecution's case against him...
 
1063-pound, 12-foot 6-inch Mako Shark Hooked off Florida Coast May Be World Record
Destin, Florida - Apr 20, 2007 15:47 EST

A 1,063-pound mako shark hooked close to shore in the Gulf of Mexico is being investigated as a possible world fishing record. The Sea Ya Later II was cobia fishing when its crew spotted the 12-foot 6-inch shark Wednesday afternoon between...
 
Researchers:1 in 3 Chance of Record Low Arctic Sea Ice in 2007
Boulder, Colorado - Apr 19, 2007 16:59 EST

University of Colorado at Boulder researchers are forecasting a one in three chance that the 2007 minimum extent of sea ice across the Arctic region will set an all-time record low. The researchers at CU-Boulder's Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research also...
 



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