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Marine reserves are vital -- but under pressure

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:14:14 EDT ~ A massive study of nearly 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world has found that marine reserves near heavily populated areas struggle to do their job -- but are a vast improvement over having no protection at all. Find out more...

Lion conservation research can be bolstered by input from a wide-range of professionals

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:25:28 EDT ~ To tackle the sharp decline in lion numbers, conservation research should consider wild prey, livestock and the environment, not just human-lion interaction, a new review suggests. Find out more...

Bolder targets needed to protect nature for people's sake

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:30:14 EDT ~ Researchers argue that the world needs more diverse, ambitious and area-specific targets for retaining important natural systems to safeguard humanity. Find out more...

Leading Antarctic experts offer two possible views of continent's future

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:38:49 EDT ~ The next 10 years will be critical for the future of Antarctica, and choices made will have long-lasting consequences, says an international group of Antarctic research scientists. It lays out two different plausible future scenarios for the continent and its Southern Ocean over the next 50 years. Find out more...

Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:37:27 EDT ~ The world's system for allocating fish stocks is being outpaced by the movement of fish species in response to climate change, according to a study undertaken by an international team of marine ecologists, fisheries and social scientists, and lawyers. Find out more...

Who is to blame for marine litter?

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:37:03 EDT ~ Members of the public are more likely to blame the global marine litter crisis on retailers, industry and government, according to new research. Find out more...

Dolphins deliberately killed for use as bait in global fisheries

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:26:23 EDT ~ Ahead of World Oceans Day, new research exposes the practice of killing of aquatic mammals, including some listed as endangered, for the express purpose of securing bait for global fisheries. The practice is widespread globally, but most common in Latin America and Asia. The study reveals there is little information on the impact of this harvesting on targeted mammal populations and urges increased monitoring. Find out more...

Patenting marine genetic resources: Who owns ocean biodiversity?

Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:37:39 EDT ~ Marine organisms have evolved to thrive in various ocean environments, resulting in unique adaptations that make them the object of commercial interest. Researchers have identified 862 marine species, with a total of 12,998 genetic sequences associated with a patent. They found that a single transnational corporation (BASF, the world's largest chemical manufacturer) has registered 47 percent of these sequences. Find out more...

Economic models significantly underestimate climate change risks

Sun, 03 Jun 2018 19:36:16 EDT ~ Policymakers are being misinformed by the results of economic models that underestimate the future risks of climate change impacts, according to a new article. Find out more...

Hydropower in Cambodia could threaten food security of region

Thu, 31 May 2018 16:23:04 EDT ~ Farmers and anglers in Cambodia depend on the Mekong River's predictable seasonal patterns, but new dams for hydroelectricity are altering the hydrology of the river. These changes have the potential to threaten fish migration, livelihoods, and regional food security. Find out more...