In deciding whether candidate materials for dumping at sea could be regarded as ”non-radioactive” (ie de minimis) and therefore may be disposed of at sea, the guidelines recommend that authorities take steps to determine that the radiation risks to individuals caused by the exempted practice or source are sufficiently low that they do not pose any risk and that the exempted practices and sources are inherently safe.
A similar assessment should be carried out in relation to possible impacts on flora and fauna.
The third mass coral bleaching event in recorded history is underway, signalling a biodiversity disaster on an unprecedented scale It may come as a surprise to learn that we are in the middle of the third great coral bleaching event in human history.
The image was uploaded by Reddit user Hscmidt after his girlfriend spotted the crab roaming a beach in Cuba. The creature had been using a toothpaste cap as its shell to protects itself from predators.
A habitat as diverse as that in the Amazon rainforest will face ecological disaster unless the Government takes urgent action to restrict access to prime fishing grounds in the Irish Sea, marine conservationists have warned.
Over the past three months, the Sea Shepherd ships Brigitte Bardot, Sam Simon, and more recently the Bob Barker, in collaboration with the Sea Shepherd land crew, have successfully escorted hundreds of dolphins, including pilot whales, away from the killing beaches of the Faroe Islands.
For the fifth consecutive meeting, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)—which consists of 24 member countries and the European Union—was unable to reach a consensus to create protected areas in the Ross Sea and the waters off East Antarctica.
Marian Locksley's insight:
“While it is encouraging that China has endorsed a revision of the marine reserve in the Ross Sea, it is troubling that the Chinese derailed many other important measures by prioritizing fishing over advancing science-based conservation, which is the heart of the CCAMLR charter.”
When it comes to helping each other out, it turns out that some fish are better at it than one might imagine. New research has found that pairs of rabbitfishes will cooperate and support each other while feeding.
"What will you do to the protect the ocean?" That was the call from the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, earlier in the year. It's a call for collaboration. A call on governments, business leaders and individuals to work together and tackle the many problems our ocean faces.
24 hours per day. 7 days per week. For weeks on end. The Arctic Ocean is being blasted by deafening 259 decibel explosions. Why? To map oil deposits under the ocean floor so that Shell and other big oil companies know where to set their greedy gaze for future oil exploration.Until now, all this was happening in near-secret
Sylvia Earle answers a young audience member's question of what we can do to help the oceans. "We're in a leadership role in terms of identifying critical areas and then protecting them as a standard that other states and other countries could follow in this country with," said Earle. "I call these areas, whether its land or sea, hope spots. Because if we can protect the natural world and the life that's there, it really does provide hope for us."
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