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Environment, Science and Technology

The study of marine dead zones

The inland sea of Cape Breton Island has an interesting if not unique feature. Scientists are studying an ocean “pit” feature to learn more about marine dead zones. Bruce Hatcher (PhD) is a member of the team studying the composition» 

Environment, International, Lifestyle

Group urges action to cut plastic bottle pollution

Coca-Cola plans to increase the amount of recycled plastic in its bottles sold in the U.K. Absent news of plans to do that in Canada, the group Environmental Defence is calling for better bottle return policies across the country. In» 

Animals, Environment

Tiny but abundant organism plays huge role in oceans

Scientists have known about the single-celled diplonemids for almost a century, but they didn’t know how vast their numbers were in the ocean. Their predatory nature and sheer numbers suggest they play a dramatic role in ecosystems and the biosphere.» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology, Society

New tool to track illegal fishing, foster sustainability

New technology lets anyone in the world have a free look at the activities of the world’s largest commercial fishing vessels via internet. Oceana, SkyTruth and Google teamed up to launch Global Fishing Watch which they hope will help curb illegal» 

Environment, Politics, Science and Technology, Society

Canada funds ‘world-leading’ institute for ocean science

The government of Canada has announced a $94 million contribution to universities in eastern provinces to create an international institute for ocean science. To be called the Ocean Frontier Institute, it will be collaboration between Dalhousie University, Memorial University and» 

Environment, International, Science and Technology

Your choice: Listener asks “what is the 40 year lag, and its effect on oceans”.

“What is the 40-year lag, and what is its affect on oceans?” To answer the question, we contacted Boris Worm (PhD). He is a professor of marine conservation biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia and heads the Worm» 

Negotiations to control fishing at the top of the world

Arctic nations and several others will meet in Iqaluit in northern Canada this week to discuss controls for a potential Arctic fishery in international waters. The meeting takes place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada from July 6-8. Since the beginning of» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, International, Science and Technology, Society

Marine life in crisis, world ocean disaster looming?

A new report by the World Wildlife Fund international paints an extremely worrisome picture for the future of the oceans, and for humanity’s future. The WWF report is called the “Living Blue Planet Report-species, habitat and human well-being”   In» 


Major decline in seabirds: ocean ecosystem in trouble

It seems shocking, but a study of seabird populations shows that since the 1950’s there has been a 70 percent decline in seabird populations. Michelle Paleczny is currently a biologist working with Parks Canada, but researched the decline in seabirds» 

Education, Environment, International, Science and Technology

What’s down there? Mapping the ocean floor

Canada, Ireland, and the US joint project A multi-national ocean mapping effort was announced this week. It’s the first effort of the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance, formed following the Galway Statement of 2013 on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation. Researchers from Memorial»