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16 March 2011

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on offshore oil and gas platforms as part of its current deliberations over new EU standards to safeguard against a major oil spill in EU waters.

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13 March 2011

The European Commission has put forward a proposal for the review of the Energy Tax Directive which maintains an environmentally harmful exemption on tax for fuel used by the fishing and shipping sectors.

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10 March 2011

OSPAR countries have chosen to ignore damning reports concerning offshore oil drilling, opting against immediate action. Instead, they have decided to hope for the best by choosing to continue drilling in extreme conditions whilst no substantial safeguards have been put in place since the Gulf oil spill.

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09 March 2011

A study by American space agency NASA has concluded that polar ice sheets are losing mass at an accelerated rate and much faster than previously predicted, further highlighting the need for immediate measures to mitigate the effects of global warming.

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02 March 2011

At a meeting of Fisheries Ministers and Members of the European Parliament, Ministers from Denmark, France, Germany and the UK all gave their support to Commissioner Maria Damanaki’s call for a ban on discards.

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25 February 2011

In its sixteenth year running, Surfrider’s Ocean Initiatives - an annual cross European beach clean-up event - will take place this March, with the goal of trumping the 40,000 European citizens who attended the event last year.

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17 February 2011

The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC) is calling on six European countries to ratify a crucial piece of marine environmental legislation, in order to enable their participation at a crucial vote on energy efficiency standards for ships at a meeting of the IMO this summer.

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12 February 2011

Seas At Risk has called on the European Commission to show more ambition in regards to the ongoing implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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31 January 2011

The expansion of what are commonly known as ‘dead zones’ in the world's oceans are growing in size and consequentially further exposing certain fish stocks to higher levels of overfishing, a new study has found.

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31 January 2011

Seas At Risk member the North Sea Foundation has celebrated its 30th birthday with a symposium and auction that helped raise €2000 for the organization.

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28 January 2011

Representing the interests of plastics manufacturers, the lobby group Plastics Europe has complained to the European Commission and is trying to overturn an Italian government initiative that would reduce the amount of plastic bags entering the marine environment.

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27 January 2011
Estonia, Greece, Finland and Malta have failed to transpose the Marine Strategy Framework Directive into national legislation, thus breaching the legal requirements of the Directive. The European Commission has sent an initial warning to these Member States.  

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25 January 2011

In a meeting organised by MEPs Chris Davies and Carl Haglund, Members of the European Parliament were urged to jointly engage in the process of reforming the Common Fisheries Policy after they were reminded that fisheries are a societal issue, affecting a wide variety of stakeholders and interests.

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24 January 2011

An investigation by the Paris Memoradum (MoU) of Understanding on Port State Control has concluded that a significant number of tankers could pose a risk to the environment.

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23 January 2011

In a letter supported by Seas At Risk, the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking has called on the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, to stop the dumping and breaking of ships on the beaches of Bangladesh.

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21 January 2011

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for strict EU rules to protect the Arctic, including from ship-source black carbon emissions, heavy fuel oil used in ships, and oil drilling.

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06 January 2011

In a new report that highlights failures concerning the Gulf oil spill, EU legislators have been given further reason to administer precaution and put in place an oil drilling moratorium in European waters.

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04 January 2011

After years of threatening regional EU action if the IMO didn’t tackle GHG emissions from ships, the European Commission has started 2011 by announcing a consultation on options for an EU measure.

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15 December 2010

EU Fisheries Ministers have reached an agreement on 2011 TACs and quotas following the EC's proposals in several instances, but also penning lower cuts and even increases for some stocks, doing away with the scientific advice and putting several fragile fisheries in jeopardy.

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11 December 2010

Continued wrangling over application of the principle of common but differentiated responsibility has again sunk hopes of a UNFCCC deal on GHG emissions from shipping.

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