Asia Pacific falling behind on two thirds of SDG targets —

eco-business.com A UN report on the region’s lack of progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is disheartening. What’s going wrong? Asian countries are the world’s top plastic polluters, yet there is no official indicator to measure targets for life below water (Goal 14) in Asia-Pacific. Image: Shutterstock CC 2.0 By Alaine Johnson Tuesday 15 May 2018 […]

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Whales without tails!

National Geographic reports Experts say that entanglement in fishing gear and other objects is a likely cause for the gruesome injuries. When the marine mammals feed in areas with lots of fishing gear, debris, and other human-made objects, ropes and nets can get stuck at the base of their tail, gradually sawing off the fluke […]

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Rising Ocean Carbon Levels…

Understanding the potential consequences of rising ocean carbon levels and related ocean changes for marine life and ecosystems is a high priority for the ocean research community and marine resource management. In the mid-1990s, two geoengineering proposals to mitigate global warming by carbon sequestration in the deep sea led to research measuring the effects of […]

via Chasing the future: how will ocean change affect marine life? — Ocean acidification

HUGE POLLUTION ISSUES IN MANY OF AFRICA’S CITIES…

Due to poor infrastructure, customs and many other issues, Africa’s important cities are most often mired in human-discarded garbage, including plastic bottles and bags. The photo above shows a beach in Ghana covered in waste. This is a common site in ocean- side African cities, where the garbage is washed out to sea, then returned by the sea to the once pristine beaches.

What a horrible disgrace for those people in those cities, and for us all as we continue to consume our precious earth at an alarming rate!

Surely we can hear the alarm bells going off, loudly and frequently. Africa, World, all of us-DO SOMETHING!

NORWAY FUNDS MARINE LITTER CAMPAIGN…

Pretoria: 23 October 2017 The battle against global marine pollution has been given a massive boost following an announcement by the Norwegian government of the setup of a fund totaling NOK150-million (or R258-million) for use in efforts to combat marine waste. In a statement, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Børge Brende said marine litter […]

via Norway sets up new fund to combat marine litter : Asia and Africa among likely early beneficiaries — The 10th Province

THIRTEEN RIGHT WHALES DIE ON CANADA’S AND AMERICA’S EAST COAST

With  an estimated of only 500 North Atlantic Right Whales remaining the US Government will be conducting an investigation into the untimely deaths of so many of this separate subspecies on North America’s east coast this year. That number is at 13 so far this year.

Canadian authorities have already issued speed limits in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in order to minimize the risk of whale-to-ship collisions. Indeed ship collisions are considered one of the main threats for this whale . Early investigations suggest ship collisions are suspect in many of these deaths in Canadian waters so far where 10 whales are known to have died, but other challenges to the species are being investigated…