New Zealand fisheries want grisly images of dead penguins caught in nets censored

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Industry leaders say plan to install cameras on commercial fishing vessels is a risk to ‘NZ Inc’ NZ fisheries are worried about the release of footage such as this of a penguin found dead in a fishing net. Photograph: Ministry of Primary Industries, New Zealand ​The seafood industry in New Zealand has asked the government to withhold graphic video of dead sea life caught in trawler nets as they are potentially damaging to fisheries and to brand New Zealand . A letter from five seafood industry leaders to the Ministry of Primary Industries highlights the fisheries’ growing unease with the government’s proposal to install video cameras on all commercial fishing vessels to monitor bycatch of other species and illegal fish dumping. The letter requests an amendment to the Fisheries Act, so video captured onboard cannot be released to the general public through a freedom of information request, frequently used by...
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Scientists Just Recalibrated Our Future Climate Scenarios And We Need to Pay Attention

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Climate scientists on Wednesday suggested that they may be able to rule out some of the most dire scenarios of what would happen if greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere were to double.   Unfortunately, the same scientists say the best-case scenarios are also probably unrealistic. How a doubling of atmospheric greenhouse gases would affect the climate is of tremendous importance, as humans are running out of time to avoid that outcome. With current atmospheric concentrations at 405 parts per million , as opposed to about 280 parts per million before the dawn of the industrial era, the planet is already about halfway there. In the new study in the journal Nature, Peter Cox and Mark Williams of the University of Exeter and Chris Huntingford of the United Kingdom's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology attempt to recalculate the "equilibrium climate sensitivity", a highly influential metric that describes how much the...
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Our Choking Oceans

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At several points in the earth’s past the oceans have given up their oxygen and borne witness to massive die-offs of marine creatures--extinction-level events--that forever changed the composition of marine life. These episodes of oxygen depletion seem to have been caused by molten magma being released into the seas, which belched massive quantities of iron into the ocean, prompting iron-loving algae to bloom in huge fields and robbing the seas of oxygen. Or, these eruptions sent carbon dioxide into the air, beginning a greenhouse effect that warmed seawater, reducing its ability to hold oxygen. Either way, when the ocean loses oxygen on a wide scale, it is very bad. And now, it’s happening again. Last week, an article in the journal Science showed that since about 1950, the zones of the world’s oceans that have lower-than-normal oxygen concentrations have increased dramatically in size. Big sections of the seas have such...
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Wishing for a low-waste Christmas and a sustainable new year

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Updated December 25, 2017 15:14:55 Photo: These Christmas hampers come without any plastic wrapping. (ABC News: Hayley Roman) Whether it's food, alcohol or gifts, the holiday season is typically a time of excess. But there is a growing appetite for a low-waste Christmas. Perth's malls have been packed with last-minute shoppers, yet among them was change. "No wrapping paper this year," one shopper said. She planned to give people their gifts simply as purchased. Another shopper said he was trying to limit plastic bags, and any Christmas leftovers would go into his compost pile. "I don't like buying things we already have so they have to wait until they break," said another. Outside supermarkets, trolleys were filled with a mix of plastic and reusable bags, while some customers walked out with items in their arms. Photo: Retailers say reusable coffee cups are high on wish lists this year. (ABC News:...
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