Nature-based solutions to disasters in the Indian Ocean region

In March last year, Cyclone Amphan, said to be the first super cyclone to form in the Bay of Bengal since 1999, devastated the state of West Bengal, killing more than a hundred people. At least 140,000 people died and two million people were displaced when Cyclone Nargis struck the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma (Myanmar) […]

Vast Antarctic iceberg could drift through ocean for years

PARIS (AP) A vast iceberg that broke off Antarctica earlier this month could drift through the ocean for several years before it breaks up and melts away, a scientist from the European Space Agency said Friday. The iceberg, dubbed A-76, is more than 40 times the size of Paris, or about 73 times as big […]

Whale sightings aid quest to protect wildlife in Indian Ocean oasis

A sperm whale is seen swimming on the Indian Ocean surface during the Greenpeace

Then, an underwater microphone picked up a series of unmistakable clicks and squeaks. A large pod of the endangered whales was nearby. And from the sound of it, they were feeding. The scientists are on a monthlong quest to document whales and other marine mammals living around the Mascarene Plateau, hoping to bolster arguments for […]

In the Atlantic Ocean, subtle shifts hint at dramatic dangers

The warming atmosphere might be causing an arm of the powerful Gulf Stream to weaken, and scientists fear that could lead to faster-rising seas, stronger hurricanes and reduced rainfall.

Now, a spate of studies, including one published last month, suggests this northern portion of the Gulf Stream and the deep ocean currents it’s connected to may be slowing. Pushing the bounds of oceanography, scientists have slung necklace-like sensor arrays across the Atlantic to better understand the complex network of currents that the Gulf Stream […]

Two dead after three fishermen swept into ocean at popular NSW fishing spot

Two men from Sydney’s western suburbs have died after three fishermen were swept into the ocean at a popular fishing spot at Port Kembla on the NSW south coast. Mahedi Khan, 30, and 37-year-old Mozaffor Ahmed, both from from Lakemba were unable to be revived after a wave knocked them into the water just before […]

OP-ED: Building Asia-Pacific’s sustainable ocean economy

Fishing boats docked in a port in Khura Buri on the Andaman Sea in Thailand, where overfishing has become an environmental problem Bigstock If fully implemented, December’s pledge could kickstart an unprecedented shift toward ocean management Unprecedented might be just the most used adjective of 2020, and too often for dire reasons.  Yet, the end […]