Myanmar, Laos start building Mekong River friendship bridge

Global Times 19 February 2013 Myanmar and Laos have started building Mekong River-Crossing Friendship Bridge with stakes driven at both sides of the construction sites in the weekend, official media reported Tuesday. The Myanmar-Laos Mekong River-Crossing Friendship Bridge is of steel truss type which links Louangnamtha province of Laos and Kengluk, Tachilek of Myanmar's Shan state. The Read More…

Climate change threatens Asian birds

Times of India 11 February, 2013 Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are among the six countries whose bird species will suffer, in the future, from the effects of climate change, according to a research conducted by two British scientist institutions. Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, along with Bhutan, Nepal, and India, were taken as samples in a research whose representative results will be used to Read More…

EU parliament pushes to end overfishing in landmark vote

Washington Post 6 February, 2013 The European Union parliament on Wednesday pushed for a drastic reform of fishing policy in a landmark vote seeking to end decades of overfishing that have decimated many of the stocks in Atlantic and Mediterranean EU waters. Under the parliament’s plan, there would also be a legally binding obligation to end overfishing and rebuild stocks, stop aid to Read More…

Ocean conservation: A big fight over little fish

Nature 30 January, 2013 One April day, a fisherman named Johan Norman reeled in a female cod near the Norwegian village of Moskenes, where snow-capped mountains rise straight from the sea. He measured the fish: 82 centimetres from the tip of its snout to the tip of its tail. Then he pulled out his knife and sliced off several scales, placing them in a small envelope to deposit at the Read More…

Milestone looms for farm-raised fish

The New York Times 24 January, 2013 Sometime this year, we will quietly pass a milestone in human history: the majority of the fish we eat will be farm-raised rather than wild-caught. In the last 20 years, the production of fish through aquaculture has grown exponentially, while marine fish catches have leveled off. Unless it’s an extraordinary year for marine fishing, in 2013 the lines Read More…

Could distributing minerals in the world’s oceans help slow climate…

Global Post 22 January, 2013 Could sprinkling mineral dust on the world's oceans actually help slow down climate-change? New research into geo-engineering indicates that it might be possible to remove tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with this technique — but the potential environmental side-effects are giving scientists pause. The researchers, led by Peter Köhler, of the Read More…

Climate change affecting fish catch, warn experts

The News International 19 January, 2013 Climate change is affecting fish catch in Pakistani waters as elsewhere in the world, as changes have been observed in the timing and duration of fishing seasons in the studies recently carried out in Jiwani, Keti Bunder and Kharo Chan districts. This was stated by Ali Dehlavi, Project Manager, Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Read More…

Fish journeying upstream are hampered by hydropower dams

Newswise 16 January, 2013 Major hydropower dams in the northeastern United States, constructed with state-of-the-art features designed to allow migratory fish to pass through them on their way to spawn upstream, have failed in that regard, raising questions that should be addressed as more dams are planned worldwide. Those findings were reported in a study published today in the journal Read More…

Global mercury pollution in oceans top layer doubled in last century

Huffington Post 10 January, 2013 Mercury pollution in the top layer of the world's oceans has doubled in the past century, part of a man-made problem that will require international cooperation to fix, the U.N.'s environment agency said Thursday. The report by the U.N. Environment Program showed for the first time that hundreds of tons of mercury have leaked from the soil into rivers and Read More…

Shrinking fish more at risk from predators

ABC Science 30 January, 2013 The decline of fish size due to fishing and climate change could make some fish more vulnerable to predators, say researchers. Marine biologist, Dr Asta Audzijonyte of the CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship, and colleagues, report their findings today in the journal Royal Society Biology Letters. Read Read More…