Articles & News Tagged “Environment”


Cruise Ship owners fined for reef damage Photo

Cruise Ship owners fined for reef damage

The operators of the cruise ship that struck the reef at Crossover off Kri, Raja Ampat in March have been fined Rp6 trillion (around US$450 million) according to Tempo. The Indonesian government is seeking this sum from the owners of the Caledonian Sky basing its calculation on four components to damages: ecosystem, economy and society, ecosystem rehabilitation costs and damage claim costs.

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Jellyfish Lake closure announced Photo

Jellyfish Lake closure announced

The Republic of Palau government has announced that the famous Jellyfish Lake (Ongeim’l Tketau) will remain closed to visitors. Severe drought had affected the numbers of endemic golden jellyfish in early 2016, and the continued closure is to allow the authorities “to better understand the factors negatively impacting the Jellyfish Lake and to inform appropriate policy decisions and management actions.” (Image from Shutterstock.)

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Three dead great white sharks at Gansbaai Photo

Three dead great white sharks at Gansbaai

Marine Dynamics has reported on its blog that three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) have been found dead over the past few days in the area around renown cage shark diving venue Gansbaai in South Africa’s Western Cape province.

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Scientists report that two thirds of GBR is bleached Photo

Scientists report that two thirds of GBR is bleached

Scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia have recorded more bad news for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is undergoing a further bleaching episode, primarily in the previously unaffected middle third of the reef. The northern end was bleached in 2016, so this leaves only the southern third unaffected.

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Paper studies fangblenny venom and its effects Photo

Paper studies fangblenny venom and its effects

A paper published in Current Biology examines the role, effects and evolution of the venom in Meiacanthus species fangblennies. It consists of three toxins, one of which causes a marked drop in blood pressure. Notably, the blennies only use this defensively and it has no application in their feeding.

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WWF Releases Shark and Ray Ecotourism Guidance. Photo

WWF Releases Shark and Ray Ecotourism Guidance.

he World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released guidelines entitled “Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice.” It aims to create well managed shark and ray tourism operations, conserve species and benefit local communities. The guide bases its findings on a case study basis which interestingly, do not include any of the common shark diving sites in the Bahamas, whilst suggesting that the interaction regulations in place during Mexico’s whale shark aggregation are adequate.

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President Obama announces Arctic protection Photo

President Obama announces Arctic protection

President Obama has banned drilling for oil and gas in the majority of US-owned Arctic and North Atlantic. Canada has concurrently applied the same protection to its waters in the area. The US president has used a 1953 law which bans the leasing of offshore resources indefinitely. (Picture from Shutterstock.)

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Mexico announces biosphere reserve Photo

Mexico announces biosphere reserve

Just ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancun, Mexico has announced a new biosphere reserve encompassing much of the Quintana Roo coastline. Mexico News Today reports that the new protected area will encompass 5.7 million hectares (22,000 sq. miles), and will include the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Tulum, Bacalar and Othón P. Blanco

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Film: Before the Flood Photo

Film: Before the Flood

Leonardo DiCaprio, in conjunction with National Geographic, has released a film entitled “Before the Flood”. The film outlines the challenges facing environmentalists, the planet and all of us in terms of climate change. During the film, he investigates possible solutions to what the film portrays as an impending crisis.

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