Cuvier’s beaked whale killed in Canary islands waters in coincidence with NATO naval maneuvers. Photo courtesy of Vidal Martin, SECAC.
The Cuvier’s beaked whale, Ziphius cavirostris, is a cetacean particularly vulnerable to the loud noise propagated underwater across the oceans, e.g., by military sonar and by seismic surveys to prospect for oil and . . . → Read More: Mediterranean Governments miss opportunity to protect threatened beaked whales
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This article was published in Italian on 23 June 2011 on the website of “Il Fatto Quotidiano”
A group of leading experts in marine conservation met in London last April to take stock of the condition of the oceans, and days ago a report with their conclusions hit the world’s . . . → Read More: The oceans are dying, long live the oceans!
This article was published in Italian on 16 June 2011 on the website of “Il Fatto Quotidiano”
It would be difficult to find a better example than the swordfish fishery in Italy for exemplifying what NOT to do as far as management of the marine environment and its resources are concerned. In the old . . . → Read More: Pelagic driftnets: a Mediterranean metastasis
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Days ago we learned from the news that a team of marine biologists from the University of Haifa discovered a reef of deep-sea coral at a depth of 700 m, about 20 nautical miles west of Tel Aviv. This is not the first time that deep-sea coral, also known as . . . → Read More: Aphrodite was born in an oilfield
If you thought that the environmental damage from the infamous Deepwater Horizon oilrig was bad – with its discharge of almost 5 million barrels into the Gulf of Mexico during the past few months – consider that during the coming decade up to 20 times that amount of oil will start leaking into the . . . → Read More: Sitting blissfully on a deep-sea time bomb
(translated and adapted from an article that I wrote in Italian, recently appeared on La Rivista della Natura)
With enormous relief a few days ago the world has learned– at least this is what we were told – that the gushing of crude from the Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico has been . . . → Read More: Deepwater Horizon: a nightmare ends … or does it?