More than 70 whales die as 150 trapped in mass stranding in Western Australia

More than 150 whales have washed ashore in Western Australia , of which about 75 have died. A rescue operation is under way in Hamelin Bay, near the town of Augusta on the state’s south-western tip, with volunteers and vets trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea. About 50 of the whales are on the beach and 25 are in the shallows. One witness described trying to steer one of the animals out to sea, only to watch it beach itself again. Jeremy Chick, who is controlling the rescue attempt, said the main priorities were to ensure the welfare of the remaining live whales and the safety of everyone involved in the operation before any rescue attempt was made to herd the whales back out to sea. “The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather...
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Mission Ocean : Saving Water on Board

by Mission Océan 22 Mar 17:08 PDT Laura using the spray bottle to clean stainless steel © Mission Océan Today is World Water Day, and so it only seems fitting that we’ve been thinking about our fresh water consumption on board Contigo. Drinking water on board boats is always a big problem : how best to produce it and store it, where to position the water tanks, how much we should be drinking at sea… All cruisers will know the importance of being economical with water when showering, doing dishes or washing clothes. We’ve come up with a few ideas, and been inspired by other cruisers, to reduce our consumption. On board Contigo, we use less than 300L per week for two people, including showers, dishes, clothes, drinking water, and general boat cleanliness and maintenance. Our plastic-free drinking bottles - photo © Mission Océan We make our own drinking water...
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Belize became the world’s first country to reject all offshore oil. Here’s how it happened.

It sounded like rolling thunder.   At first, Jamani Balderamos wasn’t worried. Sudden, short-lived storms are common off Belize’s Turneffe Atoll, where Balderamos was leading tourists on a scuba dive. But a second rumble of thunder followed, then another and another, each spaced 10 seconds apart. Balderamos realized it wasn’t thunder, but the tell-tale detonations of seismic airguns. Ships tow these industrial devices as part of the process for finding offshore oil deposits. “I noticed the fish became kind of scared. They started darting all over the place,” Balderamos said. The blasts got louder. He signaled for his group to get out of the water, unsure if the airguns were dangerous. “You could actually feel the reverberation going through your body. I could feel it in my chest.” Days earlier, on October 12, 2016, Oceana had been tipped off that a seismic ship was bound for Belize. After the organization...
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"Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is growing rapidly, study reveals

NEW YORK -- A sprawling mass of garbage located in waters between California and Hawaii -- and known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," or GPGP -- is rapidly collecting more plastic, according to research published Thursday in Scientific Reports. Researchers estimate that at least 79,000 tons of ocean plastic are floating in an area spanning 1.6 million square kilometers, or about 618,000 square miles -- "four to sixteen times higher than previously reported," the study says. "Our results suggest that ocean plastic pollution within the GPGP is increasing exponentially and at a faster rate than in surrounding waters," the authors write. To understand the scope of the patch, a team of scientists affiliated with The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, half a dozen universities and an aerial sensor company conducted a mapping initiative over three years. They found that microplastics -- pieces smaller than 5 mm -- accounted for a whopping...
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