Category Environment

Greenland’s northeastern ice sheet starting to melt | Alaska Dispatch

Greenland’s previously stable northeastern ice sheet is starting to melt, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. While Greenland’s melting ice sheet has contributed to an increase in the world’s sea levels over the last 20 years, the recent study suggests that Greenland’s northeast ice stream, located 370 miles to […]

Environmentalists welcome EU proposal on Arctic – Safety4Sea |

The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for a protected area around the North Pole which could ban oil companies and industrial fishing fleets from the region, according to Greenpeace. The move represents a clear break from the current positions of ‘Arctic Council’ members such as Norway, Denmark, Canada and Russia who have resisted […]

Ship loses more than 500 containers in heavy seas – CNN.com

On any day, between 5 million and 6 million containers are on the high seas, carrying everything from potato chips to refrigerators. But not all of them make it to their destination, as the crew of the Svendborg Maersk have just found out. Their Danish-flagged ship was in the Bay of Biscay last week as […]

[US] Navy to Take Larger Role In Arctic Region – Blog

As ice melts in the Arctic, the Navy anticipates that it will have to increase its presence in the harsh northern region, but not until after 2020, according to a new roadmap released by the service Feb. 24. There will be low demand for additional naval involvement in the Arctic through the end of this […]

Australia to investigate claim Japanese whalers rammed Sea Shepherd ship | Environment | theguardian.com

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has ordered an investigation into claims a Japanese whaling fleet rammed one of activist group Sea Shepherd’s vessels. The anti-whaling group says its ship the Bob Barker was deliberately struck by the Yushin Maru No 2 early on Sunday, in retaliation for the Sea Shepherd preventing any whales from […]

Japan asks Netherlands to act against anti-whalers

Japan on Monday said it was asking the Netherlands to take “practical measures” against a Dutch-registered vessel that collided with a Japanese whaling ship in the Southern Ocean. The Bob Barker, belonging to militant anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd, came into contact with a Japanese harpoon vessel on Sunday as it tried to interrupt the hunt. […]

A Dark Bloom in the South Atlantic : Image of the Day

On January 19, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of a bloom of microscopic organisms off the southeastern coast of Brazil. Note how the waters of the South Atlantic are darkened in patches stretching as much as 800 kilometers (500 miles) from south to northeast across the […]