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Plans for Antarctic marine reserve falter again

By Thu, Oct 30, 2014 2:56PM UTC Pic: AP.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A plan to protect a vast swathe of ocean off Antarctica’s coast by creating the world’s largest marine reserve appears headed for failure for a fourth time.

UK auditor defends logging on West Australian native forests

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014 6:13PM UTC UK auditor defends logging on West Australian native forests

Independent British forest management auditor, the Soil Association (SA), defended a certification granted to the West Australian Government-owned Forest Products Commission (FPC) to log what conservation groups claim as old-growth forests covering tracks of 600 year-old trees and home to threatened species.

Research: Asia most vulnerable to climate change

By Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:00AM UTC Rice fields in the shadow of Mt. Iwaki, Aomori, Japan. Pic: Japanexperterna.se (Flickr CC)

Populations living in low-lying, coastal Asian cities are at most risk from the effects of climate change, according to a report titled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,” presented last March at the climate talks in Yokohama Japan. The report warns that Asia’s coastline is the region of the globe most vulnerable to future flooding, famine and rising sea levels. These threats — associated with rising temperatures accelerated by human activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels — will put hundreds of millions of people in peril.

US to compensate Philippines for coral reef damage

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014 5:34AM UTC A Chinese fishing vessel is seen stranded after it ran aground at the Tubbataha reefs. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the United States will pay 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a protected coral reef last year.

Sea Shepherd to hunt toothfish poachers in Antarctic

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014 6:27PM UTC Toothfish lying on deck (Photo: Supplied)

Marine conservation group, the Sea Shepherd, is gearing up for another Southern Ocean expedition in time for an Antarctic summer. The group suspects the Japanese will not return to kill whales this hunting season, but if they do, they will drive them back to Japan. The International Court of Justice declared in March this year Japanese whaling in the area is illegal.

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