Ocean

China’s ocean waste surges 27% in 2018: ministry

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China dumped a total of 200.7 million cubic meters of waste into its coastal waters in 2018, a 27% rise on the previous year and the highest level in at least a decade, the country’s environment ministry said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Workers clear garbage at the bank of Yangtze River in…

U.N. confirms the ocean is screwed

The ocean isn’t alright. The seas, which hold some 332,519,000 cubic miles of water, are warming, rising, acidifying, and losing oxygen. And a new comprehensive U.N. climate special report, released Wednesday, presents an encyclopedic review of how Earth’s oceans and ice sheets have been altered as the world relentlessly warms.  Over 100 scientists from 36…

Will there be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050?

Fact-checking Catherine McKenna’s claim that ‘plastics will outweigh fish in our oceans by 2050.’Giant fish made from plastic bottles are exhibited on the beach in Rio de Janeiro. The Liberals have announced a series of planned measures aimed at cutting down plastic pollution in our oceans, including a ban single-use plastics in Canada. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)As…

‘Surprise’ Ocean Heat Waves Are Becoming More Common

Photo: GettyThere are two flavors of surprise: good and bad. Winning the lottery? Good. Extreme heat waves cooking the oceans with more regularity, ruining fisheries that millions of people rely on? Decidedly bad.Yet that’s our present predicament, one that’s likely to get worse as the oceans heat up even further. A new study released in…