U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty

Jan 25, 2015

U.N. moves toward ocean biodiversity treaty

U.N. member states Saturday agreed to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, a move heralded by environmental organizations. By calling to preserve vast areas threatened by pollution, overfishing and global warming, the eventual U.N. ...

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Jan 24, 2015

Australia bans waste dumping on Great Barrier Reef

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the United Nations from declaring the site in danger. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he had ...

Jan 4, 2015

Pacific Coast seabird die-off puzzles scientists

Scientists are trying to figure out what’s behind the deaths of seabirds that have been found by the hundreds along the Pacific Coast since October. Mass die-offs of the small, white-bellied gray birds known as Cassin’s aucklets have been reported from British Columbia to ...

Ferry passengers recount chaos in acrid, smoke-filled vessel

Dec 30, 2014

Ferry passengers recount chaos in acrid, smoke-filled vessel

There were no fire alarms at first, no knocks on the door from the crew, just thick, acrid smoke filling cabins and waking passengers on the overnight ferry from Greece to Italy. In the chaos that followed, passengers said, they received virtually no instructions ...

Dec 24, 2014

Global warming blamed for worst Pacific coral bleaching on record

The Marshall Islands is experiencing its worst-ever coral bleaching as global warming threatens reefs across the entire northern Pacific, scientists said Monday. Marine researchers said an El Nino weather pattern had been developing in recent months, raising ocean temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs. ...