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Trump administration could be sued over pesticide threat to orca and salmon

Fishing industry and environmentalists mull lawsuits after EPA tried to delay report detailing chemicals harm to wildlife Trump administration could be sued over pesticide threat to orca and salmon Fishing industry and environmentalists mull lawsuits EPA tried to delay report detailing chemicals harm to wildlife Joanna Walters and agencies @Joannawalters13 First published on Sun 21 Jan 2018 08.40EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp A female orca breaches in Puget Sound. The unique resident population has lost eight of its 76 members in the last 18 months….

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Mystery of octopuses found crawling along Welsh beach

Up to 25 of the cephalopods end up on dry land, possibly confused or injured by the recent storms Dozens of octopus have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast in a nightly pilgrimage that has perplexed people at a seaside town. Up to 25 curled octopuses, which grow to a length of 50cm, were seen three nights in a row at New Quay beach in Ceredigion in west Wales. Some of the wayward cephalopods were later found dead, washed up on the beach. Brett…

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‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

A year after Vietnams worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the countrys fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Before the marine disaster happened, I could earn up to 15m Vietnamese dongs [500], reflects Nguyen. But after, I didnt sell any fish at all. I was sick of my profession. He moors and ties his small…

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Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change Unesco

Custodians of world heritage-listed sites should aim to keep global temperature increases to just 1.5C, UN agency says Countries with responsibility over world heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep global temperature increases to just 1.5C, the UN agency responsible for overseeing world heritage sites has said. At a meeting of Unescos world heritage committee in Krakow, Poland, a decision was adopted that clarified and strengthened the responsibility of countries that have custodianship over world-heritage listed coral…

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Millions of mysterious ‘sea pickles’ swamp US west coast

Huge and unexplained bloom has fishers racing to save their nets, and scientists hurrying to study the rare animal A rare, tiny marine creature known as the unicorn of the sea has swarmed in its millions on the west coast of America, ruining fishermens nets and baffling scientists who are scrambling to find out more about them. Fishers along the west coast have told researchers that in some places they are unable to catch anything because the pyrosome clusters are so dense and tightly packed. Their hooks, when pulled from…

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Great Barrier Reef: Australia must act urgently on water quality, says Unesco

Draft decision says Australia would not, at this rate, meet interim or long-term targets in the Reef 2050 report Unesco has expressed serious concern about the impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and warned Australia it will not meet the targets of the Reef 2050 report without considerable work to improve water quality. The criticism was contained in back-to-back coral bleaching events affecting about two-thirds of the reef and the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan] in its current form, notably in relation to the most urgently needed…

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Fisherman says great white shark jumping in his boat was ‘just a mundane thing’

Terry Selwood was hurt when 2.7-metre shark, which weighed 200kg, leapt into his boat near Evans Head A fisherman who watched a 2.7-metre great white shark land in his boat has downplayed the experience, calling it just a mundane thing. Terry Selwood, 73, was caught by surprise while fishing off Evans Head, on the north coast of New South Wales, on Saturday afternoon when the shark launched itself into his 4.5-metre boat. The sharks pectoral fin hit Selwood on his forearm and knocked him on to his hands and knees…

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Baby whales ‘whisper’ to mothers to avoid predators, study finds

Scientists reveal unique, intimate form of communication between humpback mothers and calves as well as silent method to initiate suckling Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique. They dont want any unwanted listeners, researcher Simone Videsen, lead author of a study published in Functional Ecology, said. Potential predators such as killer whales could listen to their conversations and use that as a cue to locate the calf and predate on it….

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WA shark attack: authorities try to identify predator after teenage surfer killed

Police say surfboard will be analysed after third person killed in shark attack in Western Australia in less than a year Authorities have so far failed to identify the shark that bit the leg of a 17-year-old Western Australian girl, who West Australian reported him as saying. We made it clear in opposition that we dont see the merit in automatically deploying drum lines in these circumstances. This morning the beach is closed, the beach is clear, theres no one in the water. Its a reasonably remote location so there…

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