- April 12, 2013
German journalists have discovered barrels of radioactive waste on the floor of the English Channel, just a handful of thousands dumped there decades ago. It was previously thought the material had dissipated. Now politicians are calling for the removal of the potentially harmful containers. more... [ Comment ]
- November 15, 2012
Fishermen in northern Germany have found an ocean sunfish in the Baltic Sea -- an odd habitat for the species, which usually lives in tropical waters. The specimen died soon after it was found and is now in the hands of researchers at the German Maritime Museum. more...
- May 21, 2012
Spectacular wildlife photography often depicts African lions or penguins waddling across Antarctic snow. But an exhibition on tour in Europe is shining a spotlight on natural wonders closer to home. Starting on Tuesday, visitors arriving at Berlin's central train station will be greeted by pictures showcasing Europe's gems. more...
- July 15, 2011
The United Nations' forecast of how quickly global sea levels will rise this century is vital in determining how much money might be needed to combat the phenomenon. But predictions by researchers vary wildly, and the attempt to find consensus has become fractious. more...
- March 11, 2011
Bad news for angling enthusiasts: Fish might be much more than the mere reflex machines previously thought. New research shows that they are apparently conscious of and can suffer from pain, and scientists are calling for them to be treated the same as mammals and birds. more... [ Comment ]
- December 03, 2010
Emissions of CO2 don't just have a negative effect on our climate. Oceans, which absorb a quarter of all carbon dioxide released, have become drastically more acidic in recent years. Should the trend continue, it could have dramatic effects on marine life. more...
- December 02, 2010
Climate change is expected to cause sea levels to rise -- at least in some parts of the world. Elsewhere, the level of the ocean will actually fall. Scientists are trying to get a better picture of the complex phenomenon, which also depends on a host of natural factors. more... [ Comment ]
- November 22, 2010
The plight of the Atlantic bluefin tuna is at the forefront of a European spat. Germany has spoken out in favor of the European Commission's plans to protect flagging fish stocks. Fishing nations France, Spain and Italy, however, want to maintain current catch levels for the favorite sushi dish. more...
- September 22, 2010
A slew of non-native marine species have made their home on the Alpha Ventus wind turbines off the German coast in the North Sea. Scientists say the oysters and crabs, among others, have not affected the structures. more...
- August 03, 2010
Researchers have compiled an unprecedented catalogue of ocean-dwellers ranging from plankton crabs to the blue whale. They have logged over 185,000 species so far, but that is believed to be only a fraction of the true total. Biologists say research into ocean biodiversity must be speeded up to help counter mounting threats to marine life. more...