US closes shrimping near oil spill as precaution

Seafood. Photo source: ©© Tashland


US authorities Wednesday closed to shrimping a section of the Gulf of Mexico near the area of a massive oil spill this year as a precautionary measure after a commercial shrimper found tar balls in his net.

The National Oceanographic and Oceanic Administration said the area closed to royal red shrimping is 4,213 square miles (10,000 square kilometers) of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

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Shrimp catch covered in oil by the only vessel that has ventured to an area reopened November 15, WMBF News

Scientists Call for Protection and Better Management for Australian Reefs

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

By ARC, Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, in Science Daily

Leading scientists and marine managers have called for a greater national effort to protect vital 1000-kilometre stretches of ocean bordering the middle of Australia’s eastern and western coastlines…

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Sinking Sundarbans: A Photo Gallery by Peter Caton, Greenpeace

Shukdev Das: “I live in Ghoramara. I lost my house due to the rising sea water. We are certain that in the near future, our island will also be under water. We don’t know where we shall live.” Captions and photos source: © Greenpeace / Peter Caton


The Sundarbans, a network of islands that spans the mouth of the Ganges delta from eastern India to Bangladesh, are sinking rapidly. The seas around the islands in the Bay of Bengal that support a unique mangrove ecosystem are rising faster than anywhere else on Earth, and the lives and livelihoods of more than 4 million residents are under threat from rising waters and a greater number of cyclones…

Read Full Article and View Photo Gallery: Sinking Sundarbans: A Slideshow, Greenpeace / © Peter Caton, The Guardian UK

Sinking Sundarbans: An exhibition of photographs by Peter Caton, Guardian UK

Featured images source: © Greenpeace/Peter Caton

As world warms, negotiators give talks another try

Playa Del Carmen, coastal erosion. Photo source: ©© Andrewarchy


The last time the world warmed, 120,000 years ago, the Cancun coastline was swamped by a 7-foot (2.1-meter) rise in sea level in a few decades. A week from now at that Mexican resort, frustrated negotiators will try again to head off a new global deluge.

The disappointment of Copenhagen, the failure of the annual U.N. conference to produce a climate agreement last year in the Danish capital, has raised doubts about whether the long-running, 194-nation talks can ever agree on a legally binding treaty for reining in global warming…

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The Last of The Sea Nomads

Photo source: ©© Franck Vervial


As the Malay Bajau people risk destroying the reefs that sustain them, photographer James Morgan captures a centuries-old culture.

Diana is one of the world’s last marine nomads; a member of the Bajau ethnic group, a Malay people who have lived at sea for centuries, plying a tract of ocean between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Over generations, the Bajau adapted to their maritime environment and, though marginalised, their knowledge was revered by the great Malay sultans, who counted on them to establish and protect trade routes…

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James Morgan, Photo Gallery

As Glaciers Melt, Science Seeks Data on Rising Seas

Patagonia, Glacier. Photo source: ©© Stuckincustoms


Scientists long believed that the collapse of the gigantic ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica would take thousands of years, with sea level possibly rising as little as seven inches in this century, about the same amount as in the 20th century.

But researchers have recently been startled to see big changes unfold in both Greenland and Antarctica…

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The mission of the Santa Aguila Foundation is to raise awareness of and mobilize people against the ongoing decimation of coastlines around the world.

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