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Vietnamese Tourist Boat Sinks, Kills 12, 2 Americans

Twenty-seven were on board when the boat fell apart and sank in Vietnam's UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo: STR New/Reuters) The 5 a.m. sinking of a tourist boat in Vietnam’s Halong Bay—“the boat suddenly broke apart”—has taken the lives of a dozen tourists, including at least two Americans. More read more

Are Japan's Whalers Bluffing? Sea Shepherds Wait and See

Despite seemingly good news from Antarctica's Southern Ocean—that Japanese whalers have stopped hunting—activists and governments are waiting on formal word that the hunt has truly stopped for the season. The “suspension,” some feel,...Show More Summary

Animated Response: A Belgian Masterplan to Save the Bluefin!

Depleted by years of heavy commercial fishing, Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stocks could, according to some reports, go extinct by as early as 2012. Staring down the seeming inevitable, two concerned Belgians didn’t blink—they...Show More Summary

Edward Norton Has no Appetite for Shark Finning

If a life-long diver wants sharks to keep their fins, shouldn't you too? (Photo: FilmMagic) If you give Edward Norton a bowl of shark fin soup, the actor may give you the finger and toss the dish in your face. Okay, that probably won't happen, but he's against this so-called delicacy. "As a life-long diver," the actor and U.N. Show More Summary

Whale Hunters Fold; Sea Shepherds Hedge Bets

Sea Shepherd's 'Gojira' speedboat pursues a Japanese whaling ship in Antarctic seas. (Photo: Reuters) It’s been a big couple weeks for the Sea Shepherds working the anti-whaling beat in the Southern Ocean, capped by a surprise announcement...Show More Summary

Made in China: World's Harshest Water Shortage

Fishermen paddle their boat in the parched river bed of the Xiangjiang River in Changsha, Hunan province. (Photo: Stringer Shanghai / Reuters) China is running out of water. Fast. Which is troubling for a growing nation of 1.3 billion people. Show More Summary

The Longest Paddle: Crossing the Atlantic in 98 Days, 23 Hours, 42 Minutes -- at 64

Sixty-four? No matter. (Photo: Arsoba Travel) An obscure Pole named Aleksander Doba has pulled off a somewhat obscure first: Sea kayaking across the breadth of the Atlantic Ocean in 98 days, 23 hours, 42 minutes, the longest open ocean...Show More Summary

Arctic Oil Options: Mideast Heat Makes Icy North Look Cool

Beneath those icy waters lies 13 percent of the planet's untapped oil, and a third of its virgin natural gas. The next frontier for fossil fuels? (Photo: Ho New/Reuters) While the world’s attention has been focused on tumult in Egypt...Show More Summary

Carl Safina's Sea Change: 'Nature and Human Dignity Require Each Other.'

The long-range view from Carl Safina's 'Lazy Point' on Long Island. (Photo courtesy of Carl Safina) A storyteller who is reporting on a life’s passion walks a tricky line between astute observation and raw outrage—especially when the subject is as important as how we treat the ocean. Show More Summary

Tourists in Antarctica: A Super Chill Misadventure?

Looks like bliss, right? (Photo: STR New/Reuters) Let's hope this is my last update on the 2010-2011 Antarctic tourist season, which is winding down. The Peninsula has seen upward of 35,000 visitors aboard more than 35 ships. The majority left from Ushuaia, Argentina, and returned without incident. Show More Summary

Tourists in Antarctica: A Super Chill Misadventure?

The 'Celia II' docking after rough sailing on the Antarctic seas. (Photo: Ho New/Reuters) Let's hope this is my last update on the 2010-2011 Antarctic tourist season, which is winding down. The Peninsula has seen upward of 35,000 visitors aboard more than 35 ships. Show More Summary

Southern Ocean Shutout: Whale Warriors Holding Fleet to Zero Kills

The Sea Shepherd’s Southern Ocean season—“Operation no Compromise”—is more than half over. Early reports suggest that the anti-whaling brigands are in the midst of their most successful campaign yet: Very few—if any—whales have been taken by the Japanese hunting fleet, and no ships have been sunk on either side. Show More Summary

Food Fibbing? Why Your Groovy Restaurant's 'Sustainable' Fish Might Be a Depleted Delicacy

Red snappers lounge on ice, waiting for a buyer at JMS Seafood, a fish wholesaler in the New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx. (Photo: Reuters) Eating sustainably is all the rage. The National Restaurant Association's annual chef survey...Show More Summary

Toxic Fish, Sick Humans, Dirty Money: Gulf Spill Impacts Without End

BP is finally sending checks to spill victims—and it might be too soon. (Photo: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters) An intermingled trio of simultaneous events along the Gulf coast this week is stirring debate: 1. The team responsible for paying...Show More Summary

Are 5 Studies Proof Enough? Overfishing Is not 'Over'

Want to be able to enjoy eating fish in 25 years? Science suggests you cut back now. (Photo: Steven Shi/Reuters) Two weeks ago, I wrote about a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientist who announced that overfishing was “over” in the U.S. To Dr. Show More Summary

Antarctic Cruise Ship Shaken, on the Rocks

Watch out for these, cruise captain! Icebergs and rocks can be really sneaky, especially when they hide beneath the surface. (Photo: Bob Strong/Reuters) The Antarctic tourist ship Polar Star is apparently stable after striking “an uncharted” rock off Detaille Island Monday, several hundred miles down the Antarctic Peninsula. Show More Summary

BP's Oil Spill Legacy: 5 Stories That Still Matter

That white stuff is dispersant being sprayed into the spewing oil well last July. More than 640,000 pounds of the stuff was injected into the deep well. (Photo: Ho New/Reuters) Since last April, I've watched residents of the Gulf move...Show More Summary

Rats in Paradise: Will Airdropped Poison Rid the Galapagos of Invasive Rodents?

The trick is to persuade the rats that they would prefer life inside the cages. Then kill them. (Photo: STR New Reuters) Man has a horrible tendency to muck things up whenever he/she messes with Mother Nature. Let’s hope that’s not the case in the Galapagos Islands. Show More Summary

Australia's Floodwaters Push Dugongs Closer to Extinction

The worst flooding in the past 130 years has turned much of eastern Australia into a giant wading pond, killing people, wiping out crops and livestock, destroying homes and shutting down towns and cities. Following a decade of record...Show More Summary

Machines vs. Antarctica: The Frozen Continent Gives Cold Discomfort

Who could have guessed that Antarctica—the world’s coldest desert, where the sun typically pounds down with 24/7 clarity from November through February—would end its summer as a solar-power bust? A Korean snowmobile expedition, hoping...Show More Summary

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