As part of the UK government’s Levelling Up initiative island communities around the UK will see a distribution of £4.6 million funding go towards vital transport links, helping to support local jobs and grow the economy. A further £3 million also awarded to Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre – the world’s first and leading wave […]

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The EU’s Copernicus Climate Service have confirmed that April 2024 temperatures was the hottest on record. The Service routinely publishes monthly climate bulletins reporting on the changes observed in global surface air and sea temperatures, sea ice cover and hydrological variables. All the reported findings are based on computer-generated analyses and according to ERA5 reanalysis […]

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A coalition of businesses and corporate sustainability programmes have launched the UK Net Zero Business Census. Delivered by the UK Business Climate Hub (UKBCH), this is a new nationwide research initiative focused on setting a clear standard for the private sector’s role in achieving the UK’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. The UK Net […]

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Research has uncovered that nearly half of the world’s estuaries have been directly altered by human activities. Estuaries, vital transition zones between freshwater and marine environments can be called ‘nurseries of the sea’ as not only animals but also humans commonly rely on them for nesting and breeding as well as tourism, fisheries, and recreational […]

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A new study by a University of Sussex research team has identified 81 different marine species along the Sussex coastline, including tope shark, tub gurnard fish and the critically endangered European eel. Research led by Prof Mika Peck and Dr Valentina Scarponi, shows how using a combination of two biomonitoring tools, Baited Remote Underwater Video […]

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UKWIR has published its new Research Strategy. This strategy sets out key focus areas for the future – seven themes, the outcomes the organisation is aiming for by 2030 and how it aims to deliver this work. The seven themes cover: Providing the services society needs, expects and values Providing clean water for all Protecting […]

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A novel method for predicting the population density of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale has been published for periods 2003-2009 and 2010-2020. Declining populations A highly sought after species for the whaling industry in the late 1800s, the Northern Atlantic right whale was thought to have a population less than 100 individuals in […]

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Research in the Science Advances journal has published results showing significant deposition of PFAAs from ocean sea spray. Forever chemicals Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are synthetic organic chemicals found globally in the environment due to their extensive use in various consumer and industrial applications and are often referred to as ‘forever chemicals’. Perfluoroalkyl acids […]

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