Tag Archives: Ecosystem Destruction

Seagrass saves beaches and money

Seagrass harvest, Zanzibar. Photo source: ©© Tserno


Seagrass beds are so effective in protecting tropical beaches from erosion, that they can reduce the need for regular, expensive beach nourishments that are used now. Biologists and engineers from the Netherlands and Mexico describe experiments and field observations around the Caribbean Sea…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (01-02-2019)

Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling

Photo courtesy of Multi Award-Winning Filmmaker: © Denis Delestrac


Japan is facing international condemnation after confirming it will resuming commercial whaling for the first time in more than 30 years.

The country’s fleet will resume commercial operations in July next 2019, the government’s chief spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said of the decision to defy the 1986 global ban on commercial whaling…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (12-25-2018)

Science Is No Excuse For Japan’s Antarctic Whaling, Court Rules, Nature (04-01-2014)
Japan’s hugely controversial ‘scientific whaling’ programme is not actually scientific and must be stopped, the International Court of Justice ruled…

Japan Kills 200 Pregnant Minke Whales; National Geographic (04-05-2018)

Like human societies, whales value culture and family ties; PhysOrg (04-05-2018)

Larger marine animals at higher risk of extinction, and humans are to blame, Science Daily (09-14-2016)
In today’s oceans, larger-bodied marine animals are more likely to become extinct than smaller creatures, according to a Stanford-led report. It’s a pattern that is unprecedented in the history of life on Earth, and one that is likely driven by human fishing…

As Polar Bear Attacks Increase in Warming Arctic, a Search for Solutions

Photo source: ©© Jidanchaomian


With sea ice reduced, polar bears in the Arctic are spending more time on land, leading to increased attacks on people. Concerned Inuit communities want to increase hunting quotas, but researchers are testing new technologies they hope will reduce these often deadly confrontations…

Read Full Article; Yale e 360 (12-19-2018)

Polar bears could become extinct faster than was feared, study says; Guardian UK (02-01-2018)

Soul-crushing’ video of starving polar bear exposes climate crisis, experts say; Guardian UK (12-08-2017)
Video footage captured in Canada’s Arctic has offered a devastating look at the impact climate change is having on polar bears in the region…

Busy Times at the World’s Largest Polar Bear Prison; The Atlantic (12-16-2016)
Sea ice has done some extremely odd things in 2016, as climate change is reshaping the Arctic faster than the rest of the planet. According to a new study, there’s a 71 percent chance that the global polar bear population will fall by over 30 percent in the next three decades. The only hope for the polar bear is to reduce carbon emissions, in the hope that the runaway pace of Arctic warming will eventually stabilize and reverse…

Polar Bears Shifting to Areas with More Sea Ice, Genetic Study Reveals; USGS (01-06-2015)
Scientists from around the Arctic have shown that recent generations of polar bears are moving towards areas with more persistent year-round sea ice…

Save The Arctic Video, Greenpeace; Greenpeace (09-01-2012)
Greenpeace, Jude Law, Radiohead and hundreds of thousands of people around the world are coming together to demand we save the Arctic from oil drilling, industrial fishing and militarization…

Loss of intertidal ecosystem exposes coastal communities

south california coastal erosion
California. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Artificial intelligence and extensive satellite imagery have allowed researchers to map the world’s intertidal zones for the first time, revealing a significant loss of the crucial ecosystem. The study has shown that global foreshore environments declined by up to 16 percent between 1984 and 2016…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (12-19-2018)

Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds all around the world

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.


Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources. Seabirds are now the most threatened bird group…

Read Full Article; Science Daily (12-06-2018)

Decline in shorebirds linked to climate change, experts warn; Science Daily (11-08-2018)
Climate change could be responsible for a substantial decline in populations of shorebirds, say researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, following a study published in Science analysing population data over a period of 70 years…

What does a persistent bloom of algae indicate about the health of the planet?

Blooms of harmful algae, like this “red tide” off the coast of Texas, can cause illness and death in humans and animals. Captions and Photo source: NOAA


While the harmful algae known as red tide have historically been common in warm waters like those of the Gulf of Mexico, the troublesome blooms are no longer seasonal. The algae kill marine animals and make life miserable for beachgoers.

“Regions of harmful algal blooms across the globe have increased in size, number and frequency,” Savarese says. “This isn’t just a Florida problem or a Gulf of Mexico problem, this is a planetary problem…”

Read Full Article; PhysOrg (11-19-2018)

Red tide is devastating Florida’s sea life. Are humans to blame? National Geographic (08-08-2018)
Thousands of sea creatures now litter many of southern Florida’s typically picturesque beaches. “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t leave has died…”

Toxic Algal Blooms Aren’t Just Florida’s Problem. And They’re On The Rise. Huffington Green (07-07-2016)

How Hurricanes Michael, Florence May Have Spread Nonnative Species

The flathead catfish, which is native to the Mississippi Basin, has been recorded in the Carolinas and could be spread by Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters. It could affect the abundance of popular native fish like sunfish. Credit: Eric Engbretson, USFWS, public domain.


Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters and Hurricane Michael’s storm surge caused obvious devastation to natural areas, but a subtler set of harms is harder to see. Potentially destructive nonnative aquatic species, such as fast-growing plants that can choke waterways and hungry snails that can attack crops, can fan out across the landscape in the storms’ waters, spreading unseen and becoming hard to eradicate…

Read Full Article; USGS (11-13-2018)