Published October 10, 2018 Sea Shepherd, an environmental activist group that has a long and storied history with Iceland, will be officially launching an Icelandic chapter next Tuesday. The news was brought to light by a Facebook event, announcing that the launch will be held at Gaukurinn on October 16 at 18:00. The event, which will be held in English, offers the following: “Please join us next Tuesday at Gaukurinn to officially launch the brand new Sea Shepherd Iceland! Our Icelandic team and our special guests Alex Cornelissen, CEO of Sea Shepherd Global and Lamya Essemlali, Chairwoman of Sea Shepherd France and Campaign Coordinator for Sea Shepherd Global will be there to answer all your questions!” Sea Shepherd is no stranger to Iceland, especially given Iceland’s controversial policy of violating international law by hunting endangered fin whales. Sea Shepherd’s first and most notorious conflict with Iceland happened in 1986, when they sank two unoccupied … [Read more...] about Sea Shepherd To Launch Chapter In Iceland
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As Benny the beluga splashed around in the Thames – entirely unaware that it was now perhaps the world's most famous whale – the researchers and divers watching on from the bank nearby found their joy at the bizarre sight tinged with a distinct and almost resigned sadness. "When something turns up on your doorstep, it gives a different immediacy to it," says Samuel Turvey, between glimpses of a spectacle resembling a ghostly, animated inner tube. He is one of the many ecologists and campaigners who hope that this intimate visit from a beluga can spur widespread concern about the desperate plight of other whales and dolphins around the world. Mr Turvey has spent his career tracking similarly stunning white animals – until they die out, an entire species at a time, such as the Yangtze river dolphin he watched until it disappeared. He and other experts know all too well the destruction that awaits the other whales and dolphins who have been wiped out … [Read more...] about Why ‘Benny’ the beluga whale in the Thames is a symbol of a global catastrophe no one is talking about
Fishing boat XTK191, known as Home Boy, returned to Kivukoni fish market in downtown Dar es Salaam at dawn one day last week. The 15 young men on board the old dhow dropped anchor and heaved their catch over the side for others to run it across the beach to where hundreds of traders milled. Within an hour of landing in eastern Africa’s largest fish market, Home Boy’s fish, crabs, prawn, lobsters, tuna, squid and shark pups were being sold in impromptu auctions, along with the catches of several dozen other boats. But it was another disappointing voyage for skipper Peter Damasi and his crew. The heavy boat with a poor engine and no sail could not travel far. It spent most of its time in the shallow seas and reefs between Dar es Salaam and Mafia island, six hours away. They caught a few large red snappers and an eel, but the catch was small. It commanded a good price, but, says Damasi, it was close to the full moon, which traditionally makes it harder to fish, and Home Boy … [Read more...] about Off Tanzania, in one of the world’s richest seas, why is the catch getting smaller?
An accelerating thaw of Antarctica has pushed up world sea levels by almost a centimetre since the early 1990s in a risk for coasts from Pacific islands to Florida, an international team of scientists said on Thursday.Antarctica has enough ice to raise seas by 58 metres if it ever all melted, dwarfing frozen stores in places from Greenland to the Himalayas and making its future the biggest uncertainty in understanding global warming and ocean levels.The frozen continent lost almost three trillion tonnes of ice between 1992 and 2017, the 84 scientists said in what they called the most complete overview of Antarctic ice to date.The thaw, tracked by satellite data and other measurements, contributed 0.76 cm to sea level rise since 1992, they wrote in the journal Nature.And the ice losses quickened to 219 billion tonnes a year since 2012, from 76 billion previously."The sharp increase is a big surprise," professor Andrew Shepherd of the University of Leeds and a leader of the report, told … [Read more...] about Antarctic thaw quickens, sea levels raised
Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 6:20 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 Global warming has caused over 3 trillion tons of ice to melt from Antarctica in the past quarter-century and tripled ice loss there in the past decade, a new study finds. The total is equivalent to over 4 quintrillion gallons of water added to the world's oceans, making Antarctica's melting ice sheets one of the largest contributors to rising sea levels. That amount of water is enough to fill over a billion swimming pools and cover Texas to a depth of nearly 13 feet. “Even though Antarctica is far from most human civilization, its ice sheet is losing mass to the ocean, and is an increasing contribution to sea-level rise," said study co-author Helen Amanda Fricker, a glaciologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This "will have large impacts on coastlines all around all the world.” “The future we choose could determine when we need to rebuild airports, cities and infrastructure … [Read more...] about Global warming has melted over 3 trillion tons of ice in Antarctica since 1992, and it’s only getting worse