Acting against acidification

September 12, 2014

Acidification is one of the biggest challenges facing the world’s oceans, largely the result of human carbon dioxide emissions. Professor Alex Rogers, Professor in Conservation Biology at the University of Oxford, explains the problems caused by dropping pH, and how we can tackle it. If we look back to past extinction events, most of them are…

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Eyes beneath the sea

August 29, 2014

The World Research and Innovation Congress – Oceans this year will exhibit the work of world-renowned marine life photographer Nuno Sá. In an exclusive preview interview, Sá discusses his work at the interface of science and art. Why has the underwater world been of particular interest to you? My initial training was actually in law. When I…

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‘On’ the hook

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August 26, 2014

10 European countries sanctioned with reduction of fishing quotas for overfishing. Reduced fishing quotas have been handed down to 10 EC Member States for exceeding their 2013 quotas. Europe’s top fishing nations – Denmark, Spain, the UK and France – as well as Belgium, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland and Portugal, will all face quota…

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Mercury rising

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August 22, 2014

Human activities have tripled the amount of mercury found in the upper ocean, according to a study published in Nature recently. Mercury is a naturally occurring and extremely rare, but toxic, element. While background environmental levels existed long before humans emerged, anthropogenic factors associated with the rise of industrial activity have increased the amount of…

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Plenty more fish in the sea?

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August 8, 2014

Overfishing in Europe’s waters is a major concern, and the impact it has on both people and the environment is widely accepted. A 2012 report estimated that overexploitation of EU fisheries was costing €3.2 billion a year – enough to support 100,000 jobs in the industry and provide a major boost to the economy. To…

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Fish on drugs

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August 1, 2014

The impact of pharmaceuticals on the aquatic environment has received much attention from the scientific community and media alike in recent years, particularly the so-called ‘gender-bending’ properties of contraceptive pills, which were found in the 1990s to have notable effects on the sexual characteristics of fish. While such stories are suitably headline-grabbing, the reality is…

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