The Weekly Dive Vol. 34
Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!
UK cod and haddock consumption outstrips its own waters. A report shows that the UK consumes more cod and haddock than its fisheries produce, importing from countries such as Iceland. Its reliance on imports would decrease with better-managed fisheries. Like several other European nations, if the UK was reliant on its own fish supply, it would already have run out for the year. [The BBC]
US carbon dioxide emissions fall to 20-year low. The first four months of this year, carbon emissions were at 1992 levels. The government report attributes it to a switch from coal to natural gas, now cheaper, though experts warn natural gas is a short-term improvement, not a long-term solution. [Time]
Study: sustainable seafood is healthier for people. Findings comparing the sustainability of seafood to its health benefits for humans showed that unsustainable varieties generally also convey fewer health benefits. [The Huffington Post]
Antarctic warming has happened before, but this time its faster and human-caused. An ice core 364m long, including several millennia of climate history, suggests the Antarctic Peninsula has seen temperatures slightly higher than today. Now, anthropogenic emissions have exacerbated the warming and it’s occurring much more rapidly than before. [The BBC]
First US commercial wave energy farm approved for Oregon coast. The coast of Oregon will be home to a testing facility for wave harnessing technologies. A wave farm will be built as well, and is expected to be a stepping stone for renewable energy development despite being small by European standards. [Science Daily; CBS News]
NOAA seeks to expand Monterey Bay marine protected area to entrance to San Francisco Bay. The MPA would be expanded by 101 miles, to include some of the busiest waters in the world, just west of the Golden Gate Bridge. Environmental studies will be conducted before next year’s final decision. [Mercury News]
Mission Aquarius: our team may not be filming at the Reef Base anymore, but the efforts to keep it running haven't stopped!