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2006-08-03 09:33:20

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Oil leaking from a bombed power station in Lebanon has reached the coastline of neighboring Syria and is spreading north, the Kenya-based United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said. Israeli jets hit storage tanks at the Jiyyeh plant south of the Lebanese capital Beirut at the beginning of the war, spilling an estimated 10,000 to 30,000 metric tons of oil into the Mediterranean. "Satellite imagery ... now shows that the oil slick has entered Syrian waters and...

2006-08-02 12:53:21

By Stefano Ambrogi LONDON (Reuters) - Leaking oil from a bombed power station in Lebanon has damaged about a third of the country's coastline, the world's top maritime body said on Wednesday. The U.N. International Maritime Organization (IMO) said in a statement that some 10,000 metric tons of fuel oil had spilled into the Mediterranean from the damaged Jiyyeh plant south of Beirut. It said another 25,000 metric tons of the heavy oil slurry -- similar to the type that devastated...

2006-07-27 09:55:16

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Mediterranean beaches may get too hot for tourists this century because of global warming and northern Europeans will find the summer balmy enough to stay at home, researchers said on Thursday. "In the summers of the 2080s, potential tourists in the UK and Germany will be able to find much better climatic conditions in their own country than in the Mediterranean," according to a British and Dutch study in the Journal of...

2006-07-04 19:05:00

BRUSSELS -- Illegal fishing has devastated Europe's stocks of the highly prized bluefin tuna and threatens the species' survival in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean, environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. International quotas that aim to keep fish stocks viable were exceeded in both 2004 and 2005 for bluefin tuna, it said. "Fleets from the EU -- mainly France -- Libya and Turkey are the main offenders," WWF said in a report. "These countries are greatly exceeding their...

2006-04-04 10:40:00

GENEVA -- The Mediterranean region will be increasingly plagued by environmental problems and economic disparities in the next 20 years unless development is controlled, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. Desertification threatens the south and east, while half of its 46,000 km (28,580 mile) coastline is on track to be built up by 2025, up from 40 percent, said a report by the U.N. Environmental Program's think tank "Plan Blue." The region, which links more than 20 countries, is home to 7...

2006-03-20 13:50:00

Delaware -- Move over, Superman, with your X-ray vision. Marine scientists have now figured out a way to "see through" the ocean's surface and detect what's below, with the help of satellites in space. Using sensor data from several U.S. and European satellites, researchers from the University of Delaware, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Ocean University of China have developed a method to detect super-salty, submerged eddies called "Meddies" that occur in the Atlantic Ocean off...

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2005-12-14 12:10:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- Thousands of salmon, tuna and other fish with electronic tags are revealing mysterious Pacific Ocean migration highways that may give clues about how to rebuild dwindling stocks, scientists said on Wednesday. Marine experts also found 78 new species of fish in 2005 along with scores of other creatures ranging from a 3-meter (10 ft) rocket-shaped jellyfish in the Arctic to a tiny carnivorous sponge in the South Atlantic. "Fish with chips" --...

2005-11-16 15:43:49

ROME (Reuters) - Countries are ignoring limits on fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, endangering the existence of one of the highly prized bluefin tuna, the environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. The green group is staging protests outside a meeting in Seville, Spain this week of the body which governs tuna fishing, to pressure governments to stick to quotas which aim to keep fish stocks viable but that, it says, are being flouted. "We have now reached crisis point for...

2005-11-16 15:40:00

ROME -- Countries are ignoring limits on fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, endangering the existence of one of the highly prized bluefin tuna, the environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. The green group is staging protests outside a meeting in Seville, Spain this week of the body which governs tuna fishing, to pressure governments to stick to quotas which aim to keep fish stocks viable but that, it says, are being flouted. "We have now reached crisis point for bluefin tuna in...

2005-10-27 13:05:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - The Mediterranean region will suffer most in Europe from global warming and changing land use this century, with more droughts damaging everything from farming to tourism, an international study said on Thursday. Elsewhere in Europe, low-lying Alpine ski resorts were likely to go out of business, forests would expand, many species of animals and plants would be driven north and winter floods would worsen in rivers from the Rhine to...


Latest Mediterranean Sea Reference Libraries

Hatpin Urchin, Centrostephanus longispinus
2013-11-14 12:05:28

The Hatpin Urchin (Centrostephanus longispinus) is a species of sea urchin belonging to the family Diadematidae. There are two subspecies, Centrostephanus l. longispinus, found in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea and Centrostephanus I. rubricingulus, found in the western Atlantic. In the year 1940, Mortenson believed that C. longispinus and C. rubricingulus were closely related species but that they could be distinguished due to the fact that C. longispinus has smaller and fewer...

North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
2013-08-26 11:17:56

The North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), also known as the black right whale or the northern right whale, is one of three right whales in the Eubalaena genus. It can be found in a small population of about 396 individuals in the western North Atlantic. If it does occur in the eastern North Atlantic, experts assert that it only numbers in the tens, making it nearly extinct in that area. This species migrates into the western North Atlantic to feed in the spring, summer, and fall...

Astropecten jonstoni
2013-08-12 10:02:43

Astropecten jonstoni is a species of starfish that is classified within the Astropectinidae family that can only be found in the Mediterranean Sea. It prefers a habitat within sandy areas at depths between 3.2 and 39.3 feet. This species is unique in its shape, which highly resembles a star. Its upper side is typically clear with shades of greyish brown, turquoise-green, or light brown. It reaches a diameter between 2.7 and 3.1 inches, making it the smallest species in its family within the...

Adriatic Sea
2013-04-18 22:08:38

The Adriatic Sea is a body of water dividing the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan Peninsula and the Apennine Mountains from the Dinaric Alps and neighboring ranges. This sea is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, stretching from the Strait of Otranto to the northwest and the Po Valley. It contains over 1300 islands, mainly located along the eastern, Croatian, coast. Its divided into three basins, the northern one being the shallowest and the southern one being the deepest; a...

Balearic Sea
2013-04-18 22:04:34

The Balearic sea, or otherwise known as the Iberian Sea, is a body of water located in the Mediterranean Sea near the Balearic Islands. Image Caption: Satellite Picture of the Balearic Sea. Credit: Serg!o/Wikipedia

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