The OSPAR Commission’s annual meeting in Brussels on 22-25 June did not adopt the Charlie Gibbs Marine Protected Area, despite an earlier agreement by all Contracting Parties to do so.

Overfishing and other human activities are encouraging giant jellyfish to prosper and take over parts of the sea.

Jellyfish are normally kept in check by fish, which eat small jellyfish and compete for jellyfish food such as zooplankton, researchers said. But, with overfishing, jellyfish numbers are increasing.

The Spring Alliance is a movement created by three civil society organisations, the European Environmental Bureau, the European Trade Union Confederation and Social Platform, later also joined by Concord. Although formed and steered by these four organisations, the alliance is supported by a large network of organisations.

According to a new investigation of the greenhouse gas’s role in ice ages over the millennia, Carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere has risen to its highest level in at least 2.1 million years.

The famous oceanographer Sylvia Earle has won the 2009 TED prize for her inspirational work at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades.Earle has led more than 50 expeditions worldwide involving more than 6,000 hours underwater. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, Sylvia Earle walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since.

In an attempt to break the political deadlock preventing action on GHG emissions from international shipping and aviation, Australia has called for reduction targets for these sectors to be agreed at the Copenhagen climate talks in December.

A UK Parliamentary Committee has branded the IMO "not fit for purpose" and the shipping industry as "irresponsible" for not doing more to tackle GHG emissions from ships.

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee report, which was published today, goes on to say that emissions from shipping cannot be allowed to continue to escalate and that there are no insurmountable obstacles to making cuts.

Today sees the launch of OCEAN2012, a new coalition of NGOs dedicated to transforming European fisheries policy. Its mission is to prevent over-fishing and enhance human well-being, and Seas At Risk is one of its founding members.

The start of European Fish Week got under way on Saturday June 5th and alongside a range of seminars, talks and associated events, lead organisers OCEAN2012 have launched a petition calling on Commissioner Maria Damanaki to put environmental sustainability at the heart of European fisheries policy .

The world's scientific academies have issued a warning that ocean acidification must be on the agenda when countries attempt to forge a new global deal on cutting emissions in Copenhagen in December.

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