Home / News / Environment (page 160)


October, 2008

  • 25 October

    Fertilizers damaging water quality and fish populations in sea

    Tidal wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay

    (From entertainmentandshowbiz.com) – A new study on landscape around Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the US, has determined that imbalance in nitrogen cycle due to the widespread use of fertilizers is damaging water quality and fish populations. Professor Grace Brush, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, undertook the …

  • 24 October

    Our oceans overfished to feed the pigs

    Our oceans overfished to feed the pigs

    (From canberratimes.com.au) – Factory-farmed fish, pigs and poultry are consuming 28 million tonnes of fish a year, or roughly six times the amount of seafood eaten by Americans, according to new research. A nine-year study by the University of British Columbia has found that 90 per cent of small fish …

  • 20 October

    Rising water in Florida’s Everglades threatens wildlife

    Rising water in Florida

    (From guardian.co.uk) Florida – The Everglades are drowning. Canals along Alligator Alley have spilled over banks into roadside swales. Deer have been driven from flooded-out tree islands to strips of dry ground – mostly canal levees, but a few have even been spotted on the porches of empty hunting cabins.

  • 20 October

    Sushi lovers alert overfishing puts bluefin tuna on the verge of extinction

    Sushi lovers alert overfishing puts bluefin tuna on the verge of extinction

    (From theaustralian.news.com.au) – The bluefin tuna is facing extinction through overfishing by French and Spanish fleets, scientists have warned. The species is renowned for its ability to accelerate faster than a Porsche, but it has proved unable to escape the giant nets and lines deployed by Southern Europe”s tuna fleets.

  • 16 October

    Platypus kill likely to go unpunished

    One of the disturbing photos showing the platypus entangled in a gillnet at Obi Obi Creek. Photo: Contributed

    (From thedaily.com.au) Australia – A sickening act of illegal netting at Obi Obi Creek near Kenilworth that killed a platypus and a rare lung fish will likely go unpunished. The Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday it was unlikely the culprit or culprits would be found. The Daily revealed that a …

  • 16 October

    Navy plan eliminates live bombs

    North Carolina Coast

    (From jdnews.com) Beaufort – Proposed plans currently being considered by the Navy would eliminate live bombing exercises during air and sea training that takes place off the North Carolina coast. The area being studied is a combination of sea and airspace where Navy and Marine Corps training is conducted. It …

  • 16 October

    Overcrowding causes fishkill

    Map of Negros Occidental showing the location of Himamaylan City.

    (From visayandailystar.com)- Overcrowded operations of fish pens along the river of Brgys. Saraet and Aguisan in Himamaylan City affected its water quality and resulted in low dissolved oxygen levels, leading to a massive fishkill in the area, findings of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 6 show. Regional Director …

  • 15 October

    When mammals are threatened, we are threatened

    First reconstruction of Neanderthal man from Wikipedia

    We humans sometimes forget that we are animals. We’re mammals, and like all mammals, and indeed all animals, we are connected to and dependent on the web of life. When part of that web is in danger, we are all in danger.  And our mammal cousins are in danger. According …

  • 15 October

    Poisonous moss causes death of fish in Gulf of Mannar

    Poisonous moss causes death of fish in Gulf of Mannar

    (From chennaionline.com) Rameswaram, India- The spread of noctiluca, a marine moss poisonous for aquatic life due to drastic reduction of oxygen levels, has resulted in the death of a large number of fish and other fauna in Gulf of Mannar (GOM) in the past few days, officials here said.

  • 14 October

    World’s biggest conservation group urges CO2 cuts

    Air pollution

    (From uk.reuters.com) – An influential global network of governments, scientists and conservationists called on Tuesday for deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and said financial turmoil must not sideline work to safeguard animals and plants. “The clear message coming out of this meeting is that biodiversity underpins the …

  • 14 October

    Ocean ghosts wait for the unwary

    Sea turtle caught in a ghost net

    (From smh.com.au) – Ghost nets are the serial killers of the oceans, floating aimlessly in the waters of the gulf. They fish indiscriminately and do not care if you are an endangered or protected species. Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been lost accidentally, deliberately discarded or simply abandoned. …

  • 13 October

    Red river delta wetlands recognised as world bio-sphere reserve

    Location of the Red River Delta region in Vietnam

    (From nhandan.com.vn) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) awarded a World Bio-Sphere Reserve certificate to a coastal wetland zone in the Red river delta on October 13, making it the sixth of its kind in Vietnam. The zone runs across Nam Dinh, Thai Binh and Ninh …