Europe is woefully behind in its ambition of achieving a ‘good environmental status’ of our seas by 2020, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency. Only 4% of the marine species and habitats assessed have achieved the 2020 target of ‘good’ status. A range of human-induced pressures are affecting the state […]
Six research organisations have joined forces to save lives at sea by providing a world-class marine monitoring and forecasting service. The consortium, led by the Met Office, has won a European Union funded contract to provide data on currents, temperature, salinity, sea level and biogeochemistry. This will build on five years of developmental work. Dr […]
After success in convincing many retailers to remove microplastics from their washes, lotions, scrubs, creams, gels, moisturisers and pastes, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is now turning its attention to luxury personal care goods. They want you to check the labels on products on your shelves and upload photos of any offenders to their Scrub […]
Contrary to recent reports that there has been a hiatus in global warming, with improvements in measurements scientists conclude that the rate of warming over the first 15 years of this century has, in fact, been as fast or faster than that seen over the last half of the 20th century. 2014 was the hottest year on record.
Materials commonly used in sunscreens are harmful to marine life. Research shows sea urchin embryos, plankton and coral all affected.
With measured precision remotely operated vehicles D2 and Seirios are lowered into the deep blue waters of the Caribbean. Ready for the unknown, they begin the descent through the water column to the seafloor hundreds of meters below. February 18 marked the beginning of NOAA’s first expedition for this year – Océano Profundo: Caribbean Trenches […]
A new study by researchers at the University of Cambridge has shown that the dottyback, a small predatory reef fish, can change the colour of its body to imitate a variety of other reef fish species, allowing the dottyback to sneak up undetected and eat their young. Its Latin name, Pseudochromis, means false damselfish – […]
Sunburn can ruin a scuba diving holiday, but you could soon tell when to cover up thanks to an early warning sunburn indicator, developed by Queen’s University Belfast. Researchers at Queen’s have developed a strip of plastic, containing ‘smart’ ink, which turns colourless from an initial blue colour just before exposure to too much ultraviolet […]
Scientists develop mesh that captures oil but lets water through and could help clean oil spills. The work was partly inspired by lotus leaves, whose bumpy surfaces naturally repel water but not oil.
The number of US fish stocks listed as overfished, or subject to overfishing, has dropped to an all-time low since NOAA Fisheries began monitoring began in 1997. Their report, released this week, highlights the United States’ continued progress towards sustainably managing fish stocks. NOAA Fisheries maintain three lists: Overfishing, Overfished and Rebuilt. A fish stock […]