Environment

  • New China-US bid to protect world's oceans

    China and the United States launched a joint initiative Wednesday to protect the oceans, highlighting such cooperation as proof the two nations can work together despite stubborn disagreements.

  • 400 diesel drums collected from Sharjah sea

    Four hundred diesel fuel drums that fell from a ship as it sank off the coast of Sharjah have been safely collected from the sea.

    Engineer Hasan Altafaq, assistant director from the agriculture and environment department at Sharjah municipality, said the floating barrels were collected without any of the fuel leaking.

    “We coordinated with Bee’ah and several governmental entities. We took samples from the sea water to make sure that there was no pollution and to tackle any problem that might arise and hurt the marine life,” he said,

    Mr Altafaq added Sharjah Municipality carries out continuous campaigns to raise awareness about marine life and clean up initiatives to make sure the emirate’s shores remain pollution free.

  • UN Marine Biodiversity Treaty resolution

    This long-awaited resolution references in its preamble the commitment made by Heads of State at the Rio+20 Conference to take a decision by September 2015 on a new instrument, and also “stresses the need for the comprehensive global regime to better address the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.” 

  • Al Ruwais Beach cleaned up

    High-density plastic debris was removed from Al Ruwais Beach as part of a campaign under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment. 

     

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Real Issues In Nigeria’s Maritime Development

As Dakuku Peterside assumed office as the director-general (DG) of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) there is a need to help redirect the new management’s focus on the real issues in the country’s maritime.

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Landsat Satellite Data May Help Find Shipwrecks

The Landsat satellite is used for a wide range of projects including comparing the effects of climate change to certain parts of the world. A team of researchers suggested that data from the Landsat satellite can also be used to locate shipwrecks in the various oceans across the globe.

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Mauritius: Maritime Security - Induction of Ten Fast Interceptor Boats

A safe and secure maritime environment is a prerequisite for the achievement of a Second Economic Miracle and to meet the pledges in the Vision 2030 of the Government, said the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, on Saturday 12 March 2016 at Caudan Waterfront during the induction ceremony of 10 Fast Interceptor Boats.

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Marine Wildlife Protection Meets Maritime Tracking

When marine mammals surface for air, they are frequently struck by seagoing vessels. In addition, with maritime transport accounting for approximately 90 percent of world trade, the noise made by all those ships may disrupt the navigation of whales and other marine mammals. Besides noise disturbance and fatal strikes, shipping impacts on marine wildlife include introduction of pathogens, fuel spills, and invasive species into the water; habitat destruction through anchoring, especially on coral reefs; and pollution of the air. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), working with researchers and practitioners from public organizations and private companies, is in favor of a plan to protect marine animals from collisions with ships and other environmental degradation caused by shipping.

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Criticism of New California Fracking Assessment

Three weeks after agreeing to take a hard look at offshore fracking’s threats to California’s coast, the Obama administration has released a draft environmental assessment from the Department of the Interior.

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