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New research shows that coral reef decline illustrates the far reach of climate change — and that local solutions alone cannot restore coral populations.

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The world’s longest laboratory experiment with the single-celled calcifying alga Emiliania huxleyi reveals that evolutionary adaptation to acidification is restricted.

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Scientists believe they may have discovered the reason why common starfish are prone to mass beach strandings during strong wind and tide conditions.

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According to an article by Michael Slezak appearing in The Guardian, climate change and El Niño have caused the worst mangrove die-off in recorded history, stretching along 700km of Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria, an expert says.

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A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have found that ultraviolet light is changing the structure of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil components into something more toxic, further threatening numerous commercially and ecologically important fishes.

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According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC), June 2016 set another satellite-era record low for average sea ice extent, despite slower than average rates of ice loss. The slow rate of ice loss reflects the prevailing atmospheric pattern, with low pressure centered over the central Arctic Ocean and lower than average temperatures over the Beaufort Sea.

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According to an article appearing in the Yakima Herald, Yakama Nation leaders traveled to Washington D.C. this week to urge the federal Environmental Protection Agency to improve its plans for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

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A new Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea of the Italian Republic and the Ministry of the Environment of the State of Qatar formalizes cooperation between the two nations in addressing climate change vulnerability, risk assessment, adaptation and mitigation. Italy border the Mediterranean Sea and Qatar the Persian Gulf. As one of the five wealthiest “Gulf Nations” Qatar can play a key role in aligning the environmental interests of the region with those of Italy, a member of the European Union.

The agreement emphasizes promoting clean and efficient energy to support lowering carbon emissions, ensuring energy sustainability and actively adapting to protect the environment and natural resources. The parties will cooperate in submitting proposals of going projects to national and international funding sources, will build going capacity, transfer technology and share technical assistances. They will exchange information, materials, and experts. They will jointly organize workshops, seminars, and other meetings. They will promote private sector participation and actives to implement public / private partnership initiatives. Though the initial agreement lasts five years, it shall automatically be extended for successive five year periods unless one of the ministries terminates it. Even in such a case, the termination shall have no effect on ongoing cooperation projects or initiatives until they reach completion.

The agreement follows a July 2016 reminder from Qatar’s General Administration of Coasts & Borders Security that urged all vessels to preserve marine environments and avoid causing any type of marine pollution. Marine vessels shall not approach restricted areas, or oil and gas fields and platforms, and shall have both maritime positioning and rule of the road (ROR) systems deployed.

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On the House floor during the week of July 18-22, 2016, Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-1) and James Langevin (RI-2) spoke vehemently in support of the National Ocean Policy (NOP), with the congresswoman calling it a “vital tool … to help ensure that our coastal communities and their stakeholders work together and coordinate their ideas and make plans to achieve local goals.”

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The Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) has been granted observer status at the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The decision was made official during the 22nd Session of the ISA at its headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica the week of July 11-15, 2016. At this same gathering, the ISA and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) signed an Agreement of Cooperation.

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On July 7, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced final regulations to ensure that any future exploratory drilling activities on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are conducted under the highest safety and environmental standards and subject to strong and proven operational requirements.

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According to WikiGreen, a whistle-blowing website substances toxic to marine life are released into the ocean at a volume far greater than previously suspected. The site is run by shipping and coatings industry professionals, academic researchers specializing in the marine environment, and journalists.

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Hurricanes (or tropical cyclones as the experts like to call them) are not all alike. Each storm is truly unique. Some zip right through your community like a streaker. Others park on top of you.

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One of two research buoys commissioned by the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has ended a 19-month deployment off Virginia Beach, Virginia. During this time, the heavily instrumented buoy collected a wealth of information, which forms the first publicly accessible database to help improve offshore turbine development and reduce barriers to private investment in the offshore wind industry.

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More vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms is now available with the addition of Maine’s newest U.S. Geological Survey installed tide gauge.

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New research is helping the emerging tidal energy industry learn from their counterparts in the wind industry. By considering the effects of atmospheric turbulence when developing turbine designs, the wind industry has lowered the cost of energy to record lows and deployed turbines broadly across much of the nation.

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She’s tough—capable of punching through 30-foot waves and riptides or smashing into rocks and reefs. But she’s also tender, providing hope to those in peril.

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'Time aware' layers added in the latest phase of the functionality development Marine Scotland's on-line mapping portal, which makes spatial data and information available to all.

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Premium ship hull coatings from the world’s two largest manufacturers, currently promoted as ‘green’ alternatives, have been found to contain tin compounds that creates imposex in sea snails and other species: female sea snails (marine gastropod molluscs) develop male sex organs.

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After successfully completing a 4-month patrol mission, a Wave Glider® built by Liquid Robotics® swam 2,808 nautical miles (5200 km) from the Pitcairn Island Marine Sanctuary to the Big Island of Hawaii.

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The air-borne precision echosounder, Echologger Air50, has been launched and supplied to the world renowned institute KIOST (Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology).

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GCR’s new Integrated Data Management, Reporting and Mapping system – Fisheries IDMRM – provides fisheries management agencies with the tools to facilitate data mining, analytics, and reporting activities as it relates to the management of their fisheries.

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CEE HydroSystems announce the release of a unique new single beam echo sounder survey system, designed specifically for the growing number of shallow water unmanned surface vehicle (USV) survey applications using both commercially-available and custom manufactured remotely-operated boats.

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The ice cold North is burning hot. The oil companies are eager to exploit the area that could hide up to one-fourth of the world's undiscovered black gold. But deep water, ice, freezing temperatures and strong winds prevail in these remote areas.

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International Submarine Engineering Ltd (ISE) has announced the signing of a Contract to Build a 5000 Meter Depth Explorer class Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Antarctic Gateway Partnership project.

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BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of BMT Group, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has announced that its Vice-President, Rick Cox has been appointed as the Environmental Committee Chairman for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

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Bringing off shore, wind generated energy to the U.S. electric system for the first time has taken a major step forward with the landing of a 20-mile undersea cable between the Rhode Island mainland and Block Island.

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Intertek will lead modeling and compliance for the largest ever coastal investigation for Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW).

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IsoTropic Networks, Inc., a global satellite communications provider announced their continued event sponsorship and support for the International SeaKeepers Society, a non-profit organization that promotes oceanographic research, conservation and education through direct involvement with the world’s yachting community.

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MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order to supply MacGregor offshore cranes and a Triplex handling system for a 14,300gt polar research vessel being built for the Polar Research Institute of China. Designed by Aker Arctic Finland, it will be the first vessel of its type to be built in China; the shipyard has yet to be named.

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