- 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...
- July 29, 2010
It is the starting point for our oceans' food chain. But stocks of phytoplankton have decreased by 40 percent since 1950, potentially as a result of global warming. It is an astonishing collapse, say researchers, and may have dramatic consequences for both the oceans and for humans. more...
- June 21, 2010
This week an international conference is set to rule on whether commercial whaling should be legalized for the next decade. For years now, countries that hunt the massive sea creatures, like Japan, have made an outright ban on whaling impossible. Many are hoping a new compromise could open the door for a permanent ban on whaling in 10 years. more... [ Comment ]
- June 08, 2010
The Gulf of Mexico spill is vastly larger than the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989, but where is all the oil? While efforts to protect coastlines have been making the headlines, the real ecological catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is unfolding deep beneath the water's surface. more...
- June 03, 2010
They might produce renewable energy, but offshore wind farms are a scourge for porpoises. Researchers have found that construction noise at a turbine site off the German coast has scared away the marine mammals, who depend on their acute hearing. A "bubble curtain" could protect the sensitive cetaceans from future stress. more...
- May 19, 2010
Experts feared that it would happen -- and now it has. The devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has come in contact with a strong ocean current. As a result, the oil could end up further afield, with unforeseen and potentially devastating consequences. more...
- February 04, 2010
Thousands of tons of trash are thrown into the sea each year, endangering humans and wildlife. A classified German government report obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE indicates that efforts by the United Nations and the European Union to clean up our oceans have failed entirely. more...