Lawsuit Filed to Protect Alaskan Sea Otter Habitat from Oil Drilling
Washington, D.C. - Dec 19, 2006 16:00 EST
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today in federal district court in Washington, D.C., challenging the Bush administration’s refusal to designate critical habitat for imperiled Sea Otters in Alaska. Sea Otters in the Aleutian Islands and southwest Alaska...
Experts: German U-864 Submarine Should Be Entombed to Contain Mercury Cargo
Oslo, Norway - Dec 19, 2006 15:48 EST
Based on field studies performed during the past three years, the Norwegian Coastal Administration recommends encasing the wreckage of U-864 and covering the sediments surrounding the wreck. Such an encasement would prevent the mercury in the wreck from leaking...
Researchers: Algae-eating Batfish May Come to Great Barrier Reef's Rescue
Townsville, Australia - Dec 18, 2006 15:09 EST
In a study that marks progress in understanding the basis of coral reef recovery, researchers have revealed the critical importance of a rare batfish, Platax pinnatus, in promoting the return to health of a disturbed coral reef overgrown with algae....
Emperor Penguin Gives U.S. Scientist an Eyeful; 'Little Fear of Humans'
Ross Island, Antarctica - Dec 13, 2006 14:09 EST
Environmental policies prohibit scientists at McMurdo Station, the largest U.S. science base in Antarctica, from actively seeking the companionship of Emperor or Adelie penguins.
The general rule is: "If the animals are reacting to you, you're too close."
But if a curious...
Human-caused Pollution Damaging Prized Central American Reefs
Belize City, Belize - Dec 13, 2006 13:35 EST
More than 80 percent of the sediment and 50 percent of the pollutants entering the coastal waters of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef originate from human activities in nearby mountainous Honduras, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI), in an analysis...
NOAA Awards Grants to Study Gulf of Mexico Dead Zones
Washington, D.C. - Dec 11, 2006 17:05 EST
NOAA awarded the first year of funding for multi-year grants totaling $2,259,872 that will support research into the causes and impacts of the hypoxic zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico known as the Dead Zone. These projects are funded...
Mexican, Japanese and U.S. Fishermen Celebrate Sea Turtle's Epic Journey
Honolulu, Hawaii - Dec 8, 2006 11:25 EST
A group of 20 fishermen, researchers and resource managers from Mexico, Japan and the United States gathered in November to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Adelita's track from Baja California Sur to Japan-the first loggerhead sea turtle to provide physical...
Study: Fishermen Driving Great Barrier Reef Sharks Being Drive to Extinction
Townsville, Australia - Dec 4, 2006 17:44 EST
Investigators have revealed that coral reef shark populations are in the midst of rapid decline, and that “no-take zones”—reefs where fishing is prohibited—do protect sharks, but only when compliance with no-take regulations is high. The findings, reported by William Robbins...
Discovery Channel to Air 'Ocean's Deadliest' as Part of Steve Irwin Tribute
Silver Spring, Maryland - Dec 1, 2006 15:24 EST
Early this fall, the international community mourned the premature loss of animal expert and conservationist Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter." The world was stunned and the outpouring of condolences was immeasurable. Irwin touched so many lives -- adults and children...
Scientists: Towering Tsunami Hit the Mediterrean 8,000 Years Ago
Pisa, Italy - Nov 30, 2006 16:54 EST
Italian scientists say geological evidence suggests a giant tsunami resulted from the collapse of the eastern flanks of Mount Etna nearly 8,000 years ago.
The collapse of the volcano, located on Italy's island of Sicily, was studied by Maria Teresa...
Scientists Lose Deep Sea Instruments, Gain First Look at Seafloor Formation
New York, New York - Nov 23, 2006 20:12 EST
Ordinarily, losing almost all of one's instruments would be considered a severe setback to any scientist. But when Maya Tolstoy, a marine geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a member of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, recently learned that...
Portuguese Fishing Boat Nets 23-foot Basking Shark
Sesimbra, Portugal - Nov 22, 2006 19:42 EST
The crew of a Portuguese fishing boat had their hands full Tuesday when they netted a 23-foot shark weighing 2.5 tons.
The four men were fishing at night in deep water about 20 miles off the Portuguese coast when their nets...