"In his video, you can see the mother bear approach the sleeping walrus, cub following at her heels. Warily, she inspects each one before finally approaching and pawing at one of the walruses."
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Via BBC News
"Norwegian fishermen are worried that their fish stocks may lose their reputation for being untouched by pollution. Most of the large plastic waste there comes from discarded fishing gear. And boat owners admit it will take hundreds of years to overcome a few reckless decades of using the sea as a dump."
"To take a page out of the U.S. presidential playbook, perhaps we should take stock and ask how we find the state of our ocean, one year into the Trump administration? To be honest, it’s been a challenging year. The administration has made numerous announcements and decisions that have the potential to impact coastal communities and residents, ocean habitat and wildlife."
"The inquiry into the environmental impact of salmon farming follows a report that highlighted the potential for lice from farmed salmon to damage wild populations of fish. The report, by SAMS Research Services, said there were gaps in the data and called for farm lice statistics to be put in the public domain."
"Scientists found that even before the layers of snow atop sea ice begin to melt away, the snow warms and its optical conditions change, allowing fractionally more light to filter down to the underside of the sea ice -- enough to trigger algal growth."
"Starting in 2014, teams at Protix researched different types of insects. Eventually, they discovered that the black soldier fly has a large amount of protein stored during its larvae stage because the fly doesn’t eat once it is hatched. Salmon, which are notoriously picky, liked the food made from the black soldier flies better than the other alternatives."
"Permafrost, the Arctic’s frozen soil, acts as a massive ice trap that keeps carbon stuck in the ground and out of the atmosphere — where, if released as carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas would drive global warming. But as humans warm the climate, they risk thawing that permafrost and releasing that carbon, with microbial organisms becoming more active and breaking down the ancient plant life that had previously been preserved in the frozen earth. That would further worsen global warming, further thawing the Arctic — and so on."
Via News Deeply
"European legislators have voted overwhelmingly for a resolution that advocates halting efforts to mine the seabed for minerals – until the environmental consequences of industrializing the high seas can be determined."