Marine Pollution

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Making fishing sustainable

Fishing is becoming an industry with highly unethical and eco-destructive and there is a need for adopting sustainable practices.

Vietnam launches new laws on environment protection, based on a circular economy

Vietnam has revised its environmental laws and set an example for a governance based on a circular economy.

Food packaging is the highest contributor to plastic pollution reveals latest brand audit

A unique citizen-led brand audit conducted by Break Free From Plastics (BFFP)“ titled “Brand Audit 2021 -UNWRAPPED,” in 44 locations across Bengaluru, Bettahalasur, Kodagu and Mysuru identified that Food packaging and household items are the biggest culprits in plastic pollution.

Climate change poses an existential threat to Egyptian fisheries

The latest investigation report published by Climate Tracker pointed out some serious concerns over the detrimental impacts on aquatic life due to the rising water pollution in parts of Egypt.

Deoxygenation to Result in the Extinction of More Marine Species

Several repercussions of global warming seem far-flung or mild, and some are even reversible to varying degrees. It is also accurate to say that some speculations about the second or third-order effects of warming are hypotheses- although very robust- but still, just educated predictions. But one direct impact, that’s not mediated by any complex process but is the primary effect of global warming, is the ‘warming’ itself. The warming of the atmosphere and essentially our oceans-the vast blue bodies of water that cover most of our planet.

Tunisia Losing Seagrass

Tunisia is losing seagrass due to pollution and excessive fishing in ocean water. Named Posidonia oceanica after the Greek god of the sea Poseidon, seagrass fills the Mediterranean sea from Cyprus to Spain, absorbing carbon and reducing the acidity of water. It provides shelter to marine animals and protects sea beaches that are central to Tunisia’s tourism from getting eroded.

Sea Snot: Maritime Shock in the Sea of Marmara

Global warming was imagined to become worst in the form of bigger wildfires and rising seas, but it’s emerging out as a shallow sludge that is marbling the water around the boats in Marmara. It’s nothing but marine mucilage that the world calls as “sea snot” in the Sea of Marmara. In certain areas it was thick and buoyant reflecting as fiberglass insulation.

UN Ocean conference 2022 aims to find the solutions to save the dying global oceans

The United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 kicked off on 27th June in Lisbon with 120 nations coming together to find effective solutions to save the dying oceans due to the global warming and climate change impacts. The countries will discuss the key agenda that is to tackle challenges and opportunities for the ocean economy in the five-day conference which will continue till 1st July.

How Severe is Ocean Plastic Pollution

Plastics came into mainstream use only after World War II, but today they can be found in the remotest places on earth from pole to pole. It is the primary source of marine pollution, about 60% of plastic ever produced has already ended up in the oceans, that is about 85-150 million metric tonnes of plastic, floating around in oceans.

Glasgow Climate Pact: A success or a failure?

The biggest climate conference of the decade, COP26 hosted by the United Nations finally closed its drapes on 12th November 2021. During the course of the two weeks of the summit, numerous meetings and conferences took place with nearly 200 nations committing to the Glasgow Climate Pact aiming at achieving the set goals of the conference.

Marine Heat Waves Affecting Corals

Coral reefs are an important part of the ocean ecosystem, they make up for the livelihood of about half a billion people. Recently, scientists have mapped the locations of coral before and after a major ocean heatwave.

NGT asked the Gujarat govt to allocate Rs 2100 cr to curb river pollution

The NGT has instructed the Gujarat government to set aside Rs 2,100 crore in a separate ring-fenced account for capacity building or the establishment of new sewage treatment facilities, wherever necessary, to cope with the state's rising untreated sewage waste that is being discharged into rivers.

Key Himalayan rivers could witness the reduced flow due to global warming: UN Chief

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that key Himalayan rivers such as the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra, which are all vital to India, may witness reduced flows as glaciers and ice sheets recede owing to global warming in the coming decades.

"The Threat of Extreme Marine Heatwaves: North Atlantic Ocean in Crisis"

Climate records show that the global ocean temperature has broken records for May, June, and July, with particular concern surrounding an unexpected marine heatwave in the North Atlantic Ocean.

"Antarctic Sea Ice at Record Lows: A Sign of Accelerated Climate Change?"

Alarm bells ring as Antarctic sea ice hits record lows for July, with an area around 10 times the size of the UK missing compared to the 1981-2010 average.

"New North Sea Oil and Gas Licenses Threaten Marine Protection Areas"

An investigation conducted jointly by NGOs Oceana and Uplift has raised concerns over the UK Government's plans to permit a series of offshore fossil fuel projects, with 40% of these developments falling within areas designated as off-limits. The analysis focused on potential oil and gas developments in the North Sea, revealing a significant risk of damage to critical marine ecosystems. The report highlighted the potential for harm to the North Norfolk Coast Special Protected Area, The Wash and North Norfolk Coast Special Area of Conservation, Shetland's Foula Special Protected Area, Liverpool Bay Special Protected Area, and Southern North Sea Special Protected Area. The threats posed include large-scale oil spills, frequent minor spills, microplastics, and destruction of seabed habitats.