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Mongabay -4 days ago

Study puts 2050 deadline on tipping point for Mekong Delta salinity

A new study has identified 2050 as the tipping point by which stakeholders in the Mekong Delta will no longer be able to mitigate the issue of saltwater intrusion, which has already devastated agriculture in parts of Vietnam’s leading rice-producing region. The study, led by Sepehr Eslami, a senior researcher and adviser at Deltares, a […]...

Mongabay -5 days ago

Indonesia to send more tuna vessels out into international waters

JAKARTA — Indonesia is expanding its longline fishing fleet in the high seas as part of its plan for a world-leading sustainable tuna fishery by 2025. The Indonesian fisheries ministry is issuing a policy update on the five-year sustainable management of the country’s top fisheries: tuna, skipjack and mackerel. A senior official said the draft […]...

USFS -5 days ago

Total mercury and methylmercury dynamics in upland���peatland watersheds during snowmelt

Wetlands, and peatlands in particular, are important sources of methylmercury (MeHg) to susceptible downstream ecosystems and organisms, but very little work has addressed MeHg production and export from peatland-dominated watersheds during the spring snowmelt. Through intensive sampling, hydrograph separation, and mass balance, this study investigated the total mercury (THg) and MeHg fluxes from ...

USFS -5 days ago

Total mercury and methylmercury dynamics in upland–peatland watersheds during snowmelt

Wetlands, and peatlands in particular, are important sources of methylmercury (MeHg) to susceptible downstream ecosystems and organisms, but very little work has addressed MeHg production and export from peatland-dominated watersheds during the spring snowmelt. Through intensive sampling, hydrograph separation, and mass balance, this study investigated the total mercury (THg) and MeHg fluxes from ...

CBD -5 days ago

New 'weird looking' shark species from Indian Ocean discovered

In 2012 and 2014, researchers from the Pacific Shark Research Center in the US conducted surveys along the Southwest Indian Ridge or the underwater mountain system that bisects the ocean between Africa and Antarctica. While studying the seamounts situated to the south of Madagascar, the team collected eight deep-sea sharks and started studying them in detail....

CBD -5 days ago

Water policy reforms to deliver ambitious environmental agenda

The Government and water regulators (Environment Agency and Ofwat) have today (22 July) set out an ambitious programme of reform to build back greener from the pandemic through the review of the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP)....

CBD -5 days ago

Deadly coral disease sweeping Caribbean linked to wastewater from ships

A virulent and fast-moving coral disease that has swept through the Caribbean could be linked to waste or ballast water from ships, according to research....

Mongabay -5 days ago

Philippines banks on new fisheries management system, but rollout is rocky

PALAWAN, Philippines — As darkness creeps in, the coastal waters surrounding the off-grid island of Calibangbangan become aglow with blinding lights. For the fishermen who’ve lived in this sleepy community about 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Manila all their lives, this dazzling vista signals not celebration but despair. Terso Languyod Jr., 38, says this […]...

CBD -6 days ago

Summer of disaster: Extreme weather wreaks havoc worldwide as climate change bears down

Torrents of murky brown water gushed past the train window, flowing fast through the subway tunnel. Inside, passengers stood on top of seats, clutching their phones overhead as the muddy tide rose past their chests. Some gasped for air. Others sent desperate last messages to family members, telling them their bank card passcodes and saying goodbye....

CBD -6 days ago

World's coral scientists warn action is needed now to save even a few reefs from climate change

Sam Purkis, University of Miami The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below the waves, coral reefs stretch for miles along an underwater mountain chain...

CBD -6 days ago

Muddied waters: Sinking organics alter seafloor records

The remains of microscopic plankton blooms in near-shore ocean environments slowly sink to the seafloor, setting off processes that forever alter an important record of Earth's history, according to research from geoscientists, including David Fike at Washington University in St. Louis....

CBD -6 days ago

Crime scene tape set to revolutionize microplastics research

An adhesive tape patented by Staffordshire University researchers to recover trace evidence from crimes scenes is being adopted to analyze microplastics more efficiently. Man-made polymer particles or 'microplastics' are proven to be present in land, air and water environments. However, despite extensive global studies, there is no standardized approach for their collection and analysis....

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