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European Coastal Nations to Create Marine Protected Areas and Review Offshore Drilling

News, Pollution
Sep
24

European coastal nations agreed today in Oslo, to review rules for offshore drilling – but each country should decide individually – and to create six protected marine areas in the northeast Atlantic.

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Oil Lingering in Waters off Alabama, Mississippi and Florida Beaches

Just off the beach, in about 3 feet of water, the team found bands of oil buried under 4 or 5 inches of clean sand. Tarballs remain as easy to find as seashells.

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World’s Largest Wind Farm Opens Off UK Coast

News
Sep
23

The world’s biggest offshore wind farm has opened today, off the coast of Kent, and is now generating power.

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Gulf Oil Spill’s Vastness Confirmed: Largest Marine Oil Accident Ever

This new study is the first to lay out the details of an analysis publicly in a report independently reviewed by other researchers and scientists. A total of 4.4 million barrels has escaped, given the study’s stated 20 percent margin of error plus or minus.

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80 More Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand Beach

News
Sep
22

New Zealand has one of the world’s highest rates of whale strandings, mainly during their migrations to and from Antarctic waters, one of which begins around September.

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Dirty secrets at Britain’s Blue-Flagged Beaches

News, Pollution
Sep
21

At least one in four of Britain’s premier bathing beaches are failing to meet the strict requirements of their “Blue Flag” designation, an international standard that is only granted if beach operators meet more than 30 strict criteria.

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Revealed: Our Contaminated Beaches, Scotland

News, Pollution
Sep
21

As Fraserburgh, Scotland, is getting ready for its UK Surf contest- expected to be “epic” due to Igor aftermath’s swell on European coasts- reports found sewage pollution has not spared many popular scottish beaches.

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Shipwrecks and Vanishing Coastlines: a Nigerian Predicament

The ocean is advancing menacingly towards populated areas, surge that caused severe erosion, which occurred as a result of shipwrecks and uncontrolled development of the coastlines, involving poorly done sand filling.

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Tsunami Detection Improves, but Coastal Areas Still Vulnerable, Report Finds

News
Sep
18

Detection and forecast of tsunamis have improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but current efforts are still not sufficient to meet challenges posed by tsunamis generated near land.

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