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Ferry in Alaska monitors ocean acidification

The last two years MV Columbia records the ocean’s vitals every three minutes, along a 1,600-kilometer route through the Inside Passage. This includes the coastal region from Puget Sound to the Alaska Panhandle. The ship measures the sea’s temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen content, and carbon dioxide concentration, aiming to monitor ocean acidification.

Alaska LNG project devastating for endangered beluga whales

The proposed construction by Alaska Gas Development Corporation of a LNG pipeline and terminal in Cook Inlet, Alaska, could expose nearly half of the population of resident endangered beluga whales to dangerous levels of noise, according to Environmental Investigation Agency.

ICS conveys concern over proposed Canadian legislation

ICS believes that the proposed legislation on the shipment of crude oil concerning the waters of Northern British Columbia, will interfere with international maritime trade and urges Canada to reconsider it and focus on other measures consistent with international best practice.

Alaska is at risk of tsunami, scientists say

Scientists say that a catastrophic tsunami could occur off the coast of Alaska similar to the huge tsunami that killed many people in Japan in 2011 following a 9.0 magnitude quake. They have now found that there are signals for a similar earthquake off the coast of Alaska, resulting in a dangerous tsunami that could devastate parts of the state and reach southerly parts of North America, Hawaii and beyond.

Canada prepares crude oil tanker moratorium on BC North Coast

Canadian Government will introduce legislation by spring 2017 to formalize a moratorium for crude oil tankers on British Columbia’s north coast with the aim to provide extra protection for B.C.’s pristine northern coastline from future oil spills. ICS has expressed its concerns on the proposed ban as it has the potential to ”impact greatly on the efficiency of world trade as well as that of Canada”.

Remains of lost 1800s whaling fleet discovered

NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one of the planet’s most unexplored ocean regions.

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