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Ocean News: Oil Exploration Approved for the Canary Islands, Emperor Penguins Found to be Adaptable, and More

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) in Antarctica. (Photo:  Martha de Jong-Lantink / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Spain gave the green light on Tuesday for oil exploration off the Canary Islands. Oceana is opposed to this decision, as it could affect 25 marine areas and 82 protected species. Oceana

- A new study shows that, like mammals, fish feel pain, and are capable of complex social interactions. This study refutes past research that claims fish don’t feel pain because they lack the physical structures to do so. The Dodo

- It’s no surprise that cargo ships emit a considerable amount of carbon dioxide, but a new study has called for extreme emissions cuts from cargo ships. The authors argue that CO2 emissions from cargo ships need to fall by 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels to avoid dangerous warming. Grist

- Emperor penguins may be able to adapt to climate change better than previously expected, according to a new study. The research shows that the penguins may not be faithful to their nesting sites, indicating that the colonies can shift to new ones. Science Daily

- A U.N. report released on Monday highlights the global epidemic of ocean plastics, and calls for better management to tackle this issue from its source. Two other groups released similar reports on Monday that also sound the alarm on plastics. CNN

Op-Ed:

- Actress Sigourney Weaver is calling on the world’s leaders to “tame the high seas ‘wild west.’” Her blog comes just as the Global Ocean Commission recommends a five-year plan to restore the high seas. The Huffington Post


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