During their molting season, the concentration of methyl mercury in the seawater at Año Nuevo State Reserve was 17 times higher than normal. Scientists then found the toxin inside the shedded skin and hair that had been taken for analysis.Read more
According to Vancouver Aquarium president John Nightingale, there is no evidence of a radiation increase in the environment “much above background level” resulting from meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear energy plant after the 2011 Japan tsunami.Read more
According to a study published published in the journal Conservation Biology, sea turtles today are more likely to ingest plastic than they were in the 1980s.Read more
Scientists working on the Southern California Behavioral Response Study tagged the whales in the California Bight with non-invasive suction cups, which recorded acoustic data and high-resolution movements as the animals were exposed to the controlRead more
Scientists, reporting in the current issue of the online journal Marine Drugs, state that an increase of epileptic seizures and behavioral abnormalities in California sea lions can result from low-dose exposure to domoic acid as a fetus.Read more
The government wants interim targets leading up to 2020, and targets on clean energy in new homes, to be optional. It also points out that the targets on aviation are pointless while there is uncertainty over the use of biofuels.
Meanwhile, green groups are furious at what they believe is part of an on-going campaign to water down renewables legislation.
The UK has already signed up to an EU target to have 20% of Europe's energy from renewable sources by 2020. That target applies to fuel, as well as electricity.Read more
A joint study conducted by biologists at Scotland's St Andrews University and West Indies University experts has revealed that an entire population of guppies can be generated by the release of a single female fish.Read more