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Dams are major driver of global environmental change

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:05:09 EDT ~ Water reservoirs created by damming rivers could have significant impacts on the world's carbon cycle and climate system that aren't being accounted for, a new study concludes. Find out more...

Public divides over environmental regulation and energy policy

Tue, 16 May 2017 14:34:19 EDT ~ A 54 percent majority of US adults believe that 'government regulations are necessary to encourage businesses and consumers to rely more on renewable energy sources,' while 38 percent support the notion that 'the private marketplace will ensure that businesses and consumers rely more on renewable energy sources, even without government regulations,' according to a new survey. Find out more...

No escaping ocean plastic: 37 million bits of litter on one of world's remotest islands

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:48:20 EDT ~ The beaches of one of the world's most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, a new study shows. Despite being uninhabited and located more than 5,000 kilometers from the nearest major population center, Henderson Island is littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic. Find out more...

Code of conduct needed for ocean conservation, study says

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:07:03 EDT ~ A diverse group of the world's leading experts in marine conservation is calling for a Hippocratic Oath for ocean conservation -- not unlike the pledge physicians take to uphold specific ethical standards when practicing medicine. Find out more...

Importance of marine, coastal cultural ecosystem services

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:54:37 EDT ~ Cultural ecosystem services reflect physical and cognitive interactions between humans and nature, and are increasingly recognized for providing experiences, capabilities and many other benefits to human societies. While oceans, seas, and coasts sustain a great proportion of the human population, cultural ecosystem services provided by these areas still remain largely unexplored. A new study analyses and maps case studies worldwide and pinpoints priorities to move research forward. Find out more...

Unborn rays traumatized when their mothers are captured, world-first study finds

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:11:14 EDT ~ The stress of unintentional fishing capture has a detrimental impact not only on pregnant rays, but also their unborn offspring, research that is the first of its kind in the world has found. Find out more...

US fishing generated more than $200 billion in sales in 2015; two stocks rebuilt in 2016

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:11:34 EDT ~ US commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product, and supported 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs in 2015 -- above the five year average. Find out more...

Different places warm at different paces

Tue, 09 May 2017 08:39:38 EDT ~ One of the robust features of global warming under increasing greenhouse gas concentrations is that different places warm at different paces. It turns out that the fast warming in each region has its own cause. Ocean heat transport links subpolar and Arctic warming, but that is not the whole story. Find out more...

Marine conservation must consider human rights

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:19:42 EDT ~ Ocean conservation is essential for protecting the marine environment and safeguarding the resources that people rely on for livelihoods and food security. But there are many documented cases where conservation has bumped up against the people who share the same places and resources, even leading to human rights abuses, say authors of a new report. Find out more...

Urban Water Atlas for Europe: 360 view on water management in cities

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:09:18 EDT ~ On 27 April 2017, the European Commission published the Urban Water Atlas for Europe. The publication the first of its kind shows how different water management choices, as well as other factors such as waste management, climate change and even our food preferences, affect the long-term sustainability of water use in our cities. Find out more...