The International Commission for the Conservation of the Living Resources of the Sea in the Antarctic (CCAMLR) has negotiated the topic: Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Antarctic Weddell Sea at this year's meeting. Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) have prepared the proposal submitted in 2016 for the European Union (EU) - we reported (link to: https://taucher.net/diveinside-germany_proposes_protection_for_weddell_sea-kaz6655 ). The plans have failed again in 2019.
The Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup, which is currently making headlines with systems for retrieving plastic waste in the Pacific, has now unveiled a prototype for cleaning plastic-contaminated rivers. Significant amounts of plastic waste floating in the ocean reach it via our rivers - up to 2.4 million tons a year. Ten river systems in the world transport about 90 percent of the world's plastic waste, which flows into the sea every year - eight of which are in Asia.
Methane (CH4) is a powerful greenhouse gas that has both natural and anthropogenic sources. The ocean also plays an important role here. A new study by German and American scientists with the participation of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, which appeared in the journal Nature Communications, can reduce the uncertainties in global ocean methane emissions by two-thirds.
Almost unnoticed by the "big" news, a spectacle is currently taking place in the North Sea northeast of the Shetland Islands and just 200 kilometres off the Norwegian coast. The Greenpeace ship “Rainbow Warrior” with activists are on site in the harsh North Sea. Since Monday morning they have been demonstrating in the Brent Oilfield, climbing two of the four platforms in the northern North Sea and attaching banners on Brent "Alpha" and Brent "Bravo" with the slogan: "Shell - The sea is not your dump!".
A bio-inspired robot uses water from the environment to create a propellant gas and start from the water surface. The robot was developed by researchers from Imperial College London. It can fly about 26 meters after launch and could be used to take water samples in dangerous and confusing environments such as floods or marine pollution monitoring, according to Mirko Kovac's team in Science Robotics magazine.
Quality Divers Centre Sea Bees Diving was honoured with the prestigious award: The Amazing Andaman Underwater. During 12th Annual TAT Award ceremony recognised the Thai travel industry’s best and brightest for their excellence in delivering remarkable service and experience to local and international tourists.
Viruses are known primarily as pathogens of diseases. Scientists of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel are now showing in cooperation with other German and international partners how viruses also influence the ecology of unicellular marine predators. This sheds new light on the role of viruses in ocean ecosystems.
The wind blows streaks of powdery snow over the ice, forming wave patterns, elevations and valleys as one would expect in the Sahara and at low tide on the beaches of the North Sea.
Ice is water in its solid form, but it is also important to our planet. Climatologists Anne Britt Sandø and Vidar Lien of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research reveal some of the secrets of the ice
The Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup, which develops advanced technologies to clean the oceans of plastic, has announced that its latest ocean cleaning prototype, the "001 / B System", is successfully collecting plastic waste. The new system uses the natural forces of the ocean to passively trap and concentrate plastics and debris.