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Study reveals Mexico’s great potential for driving green shipping fuel production
Mexico’s potential for renewable energy generation, the location of its ports on busy shipping routes, and strong trading relations make the country well suited as a zero-carbon shipping ...
4 tuna species are showing signs of recovery. Here's what that tells us about the future of fisheries
An update to the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species shows hope for four species of commercially-fished tuna - but work remains to protect marine life.
3 steps towards making aviation and marine fuel cleaner
There is increasing onus on the aviation and shipping sectors to decarbonize – but more action is needed to make sustainable fuels viable
The nocturnal phenomenon of milky seas, explained by science
Events called 'milky seas' are a 'rare nocturnal phenomenon in which the ocean's surface emits a steady bright glow'. These have been observed for centuries.
This underwater sculpture park is helping rewild marine ecosystems. Here’s how
‘Living’ sculptures of giant trees, and even people, are turning art into marine conservation beneath the waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Human noise pollution is causing seagrass beds to uproot themselves
Human-created noise pollution is altering seagrass beds on a cellular level and causing them to uproot themselves, according to a study.
Could selective breeding help coral reefs cope with climate change?
With global sea temperatures on the rise, the world's coral population is suffering. However, selective breeding could offer a lifeline in helping them withstand harsher conditions.
What is integrated aquaculture and how can it help feed the world?
Systems that link two or more farming activities, at least one of which is a fish-farming activity, could provide sustainable solutions to food security.
Why meeting the Paris Agreement means managing the ocean
Sustainable management of the ocean is vital for the livelihoods of millions, as well as the planet's overall health, offering food and renewable energy.
How climate change is making fish droppings harmful to coral
Fish pooing on coral has always been a normal part of marine ecosystems; however, warmer temperatures now mean that this can now be problematic.
Study finds sharks are ‘functionally extinct’ in 20% of reefs observed
Despite falling populations, video evidence shows conservation efforts can help these marine predators survive and thrive.
'You can't have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean': interview with UN Special Envoy for the Ocean
Peter Thomson, the United Nations’ Special Envoy for the Ocean, says global leaders need to heighten their ambitions as they head to November’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Why planting mangroves can help save the planet
From preventing coastal flooding to filtering water, mangroves help the planet in multiple ways. But they're under threat from tourism, agriculture and more.
Climate change: This is when the ocean started to warm
The ocean maintained a relatively steady temperature for most of the 20th century before rising steeply, according to new research by UC Santa Barbara.
IPCC report: UN Secretary-General describes climate crisis as 'code red for humanity'
U.N. Secretary-General described the IPCC report as a "code red for humanity", urging an immediate end to coal energy and other high-polluting fossil fuels.
What is the IPCC report and why does it matter?
Know what is the IPCC report? (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has released its new report, giving world leaders the most up-to-date information about climate change.
Why are young turtles ingesting more plastic than other sea creatures?
Small juvenile turtles are most at risk from harmful plastic pollution due to their feeding preferences and habitat locations.
Warming oceans: Zanzibar's seaweed farmers are turning to ocean sponges to help stay afloat
Climate change is negatively impacting seaweed farms, forcing farmers to turn to sea sponges that can withstand climate shocks and protect their income.
How climate change is affecting lives in seaside communities
From increased pollution levels to declines in seafood catches, climate change is starving the ocean of life. Here's how this will impact global human health.
This Kenyan entrepreneur is turning water weeds into cooking fuel
Water hyacinth is an invasive species in Africa, but Kenyan entrepreneur and Biogas International CEO Dominic Kahumbu is converting it into cleaner cooking fuel.
3 lessons we can learn from marine protection in sub-Saharan Africa
The future of Africa’s “blue economy” is promising but depends on effective management. Both its failures and successes can teach us much about marine protection.
Honeybees are transforming the lives of mangrove farmers in Viet Nam – here’s how
Beekeeping farmers in Viet Nam are earning more and tackling climate change by helping to regrow coastal mangrove forests in a UNDP-backed project.
Why ‘floating wind’ is key to the energy transition and how to get it onto the sea quickly
Floating wind has the potential to make a big contribution to filling renewables' installed capacity gap and represents a game changer for the energy sector.
Why the future of carbon should be blue
As pressure grows on companies to account for their impact on nature, carbon offsets — in short, nature itself — can now become a larger part of the solution.
This Barcelona beach service is helping people with disabilities spend time in the sea
The service involves amphibious chairs, purpose-designed dressing rooms and specially trained lifeguards to offer support to people with disabilities.
What Durban can teach the world about water
A decade ago, Durban was facing severe water shortages, but today it's addressed significant water-related challenges offering a template for other cities.
How rising sea levels are threatening US coastal homes
Rising sea levels could put 300,000 US homes at risk by 2045. California is planning a 'managed retreat' roadmap with a 'buyout' funding plan to counter the threat.
Climate change could spark floods in world’s largest desert lake
A new UNEP report has found that over the next 20 years, Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya is likely to flood, due to heavy rain caused by climate change.
Reusing 10% will stop almost half of plastic waste from entering the ocean. Here's how
Pollution created by single-use plastic items is a growing threat to the planet and economy. A system based on reuse would create new sources of value.
Why sharks matter to ocean ecosystems: an expert explains
Sharks aren’t as scary as they are portrayed by the media and play an important role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.
Scientists aim to build a detailed seafloor map by 2030 to reveal the secrets of the deep
The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project aims to see all of the ocean floor mapped by 2030 through voluntary data contributions.
Floods lay bare Europe's 'gigantic task' in averting future climate damage
The floods in Europe show infrastructure is vital alongside the EU's climate change plans that involve reducing emissions and boosting economic resilience.
How can we tackle nitrous oxide emissions from ocean 'dead zones'?
A study has shown that the sediments below oxygen-depleted waters are a significant source of nitrous oxide, which releases emissions into the atmosphere.
What are underwater farms? And how do they work?
Underwater farming could prove a more sustainable alternative to traditional agriculture by growing crops such as strawberries and herbs under the sea.
How climate change is threatening the Arctic's 'Last Ice Area'
Parts of an Arctic region called the Last Ice Area are already showing a decline in summer sea ice, researchers report, after record lows in summer 2020.
Mapping Blue Carbon Wealth Around the World
A new study has mapped the world's blue carbon from marine and coastal ecosystems to highlight how natural sinks redistribute blue carbon around the globe.
Momentum builds in talks to end harmful subsidies that drive overfishing
The World Trade Organization is inching closer to a breakthrough on harmful fisheries subsidies.
Friends of Ocean Action raises rally cry from global voices to end harmful fisheries subsidies
"Is there light at the end of this 22 year tunnel? Yes, the light is always there. The question is if we have the communal wit to make our way into its enlightment instead of squabbling i...
Drug use isn't just bad for humans. It's impacting marine life, too
A new study has shown that brown trout exposed to methamphetamine changed their behaviour, shedding light on how human drug-taking affects marine life.
This is how we can inspire people to feel connected to the ocean
Through the course of their work, scientists from around the world have made marine science more accessible to global audiences.
Growing a new coral reef in a fraction of the time with a fragment of the coral
To regrow a stretch of coral reef, first break some coral into tiny pieces. It might sound strange, but micro-fragmentation offers hope for marine biodiversity.
A hidden population of endangered whales has just been discovered - by nuclear bomb detectors
The distinctive song of a group of pygmy blue whales has alerted scientists to their existence. And the discovery could help save this endangered species.
This is why investing in women could make fishing more sustainable
60 million women across the world work in the fishing industry; yet they are significantly under-represented and face discrimination in this line of work.
Time is running out – global emissions rules for shipping need to be reached now
The 2020s must be the decade of action if we are to solve the shipping industry’s share of the global climate challenge.
This Team is Cleaning one of the World's Most Polluted Rivers. Here's How
Everyday a group of Filipinos come together to rake out plastic and rubbish, from one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Check how are they cleaning it.
8 amazing solutions to stop plastic flowing into the world’s oceans
How smart ideas and science are being used by environmental and tech clean-up groups around the world to prevent plastic waste choking the planet’s rivers and oceans.
These Pacific islands have an innovative scheme to prevent overfishing in their waters
Overfishing threatens the food security of billions of people. These Pacific island states fought back, banding together to take control of local tuna fishing rights.
Study shows South Africa is well placed to lead the production of zero carbon shipping fuels
The country’s location, economic development and vast renewable energy sources make it well suited to be a hub for green maritime fuel.
In ten years, this ice sheet could collapse, causing sea levels to rise
The Pine Island Glacier could collapse by the end of the decade, causing significant sea-level rise, research published in Science Advances found.
Climate change is making ocean waves more powerful, threatening to erode many coastlines
New research shows that waves are getting more powerful and climate change is to blame. But it's not too late to protect coastal communities.
A healthy ocean is key to a healthy future
The UN has declared the start to the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, its aim is to promote science-based ocean and costal management.
Is this the most important decade in history? Radio Davos talks climate change and the ocean
As dozens of business leaders demand faster government action on climate change, Radio Davos explores why this is a critical decade for saving the planet.
Scientists are using drones to lower the risk of flooding from glacial lakes
Glacial lake outbursts are expected to become more common globally as climate change melts glaciers, Rodrigo Narro Pérez from McMaster University explains.
Ocean: What are 'dead zones' and why are they getting worse?
Research has shown ocean dead zones - where marine life can't survive - have nearly quadrupled across the globe since 1950. Here's what you need to know.
This is how to speed up ocean-climate ambition towards COP26
Leading up to COP26, bold government policies and private sector leadership must reinforce each other to step up climate action.
Extremely rare ‘purple cauliflower’ coral found only in Australia could be extinct within 10 years
Soft purple 'cauliflower coral' could become extinct in the next decade, research has found. The coral occurs at only a few sites in New South Wales.
Why local trust and cooperation is vital when protecting global fisheries
Marine protected areas are becoming the dominant tool to protect and preserve ocean biodiversity. Local trust and cooperation are vital to their success.
Study: Plastic pollution raises beach temperatures, threatening marine life
Plastic pollution is pilling up, creating an insulation layer that raises the temperature to a point where it is likely unsuitable for most marine animals.
In Egypt, these fishermen are going out to catch plastic, not fish. Here’s why
Local environmental group, 'VeryNile' is paying local fishermen to clear plastic bottles from the River Nile, in a bid to protect vulnerable fish stocks.
2021 World Food Prize winner highlights the importance of ‘aquatic superfoods’
The World Food Prize Foundation's 2021 laureate is Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, a researcher highlighting the importance of fish in sustainable diets.
Ocean Declaration to Fast-Track Ocean Health in 2021
26 May 2021 – At the close of the Virtual Ocean Dialogues, global leaders called for ocean health to be fast-tracked at all environmental summits and action taken to protect the health of...
Can the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change be tackled together?
The underlying drivers of climate change and biodiversity loss are different, though the line between policy to mitigate the two is not always so distinct.
There's a growing focus on ocean resilience in China – and the positive impacts could be global
Pressure on the ocean from human activity and its impact on the marine environment are becoming more widely understood in China. This is why it matters.
Atlantic hurricane season starts soon - here's what forecasters are looking for
Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1. Warm water patterns and upper wind levels can help forecasters predict life-threatening tropical storms.
5 things we can do in 2021 that will protect the ocean and change lives
Our ocean has inspired us for millennia. Here are 5 actions that could help deliver food security, sustainable jobs, climate resilience, justice and hope.
These 4 start-ups are using seaweed to help save the planet
As the environmental and financial benefits of forests above and below water become clear, we highlight four start-ups farming seaweed to mitigate clim.
Ending harmful fisheries subsidies would improve the health of our ocean. This is why
Subsidies to the fishing industry amount to $35 billion per year, of which more than 60% meets the WTO definition of harmful subsidies. It's time to act.
These sustainable floats gather vital data about the ocean - while using the water to recharge
Oceanic research using data-gathering floats is vital to combat climate change. But each year, thousands of these floats lose power and pollute the ocean.
What is ocean literacy and why do we need it?
In the battle against climate change, ocean ignorance is a perennial problem. Now a project to educate everyone from kindergarten children to adults aims to change that.
This new project will help us understand, monitor, predict and protect the ocean
The OTZ Observation network will help researchers better understand ocean carbon cycling and its impact on the global climate.
This is how we empower a generation of young people to protect the ocean
SOA, a network of ocean leaders, entrepreneurs and solutionists, mobilises people around a shared vision for the future, health and longevity of our ocean.
How to address piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and protect seafarers
To keep seafarers safe and discourage attacks, ships working in the Gulf of Guinea need a naval presence that actively enforces International Maritime Law.
This sea star was almost killed off. Now scientists are breeding it to help fight climate change
Rising temperature and disease all but killed off the sunflower sea star, in an ecosystem chain reaction that led to a reduction in carbon-absorbing kelp.
Fibre-optics aren't just for the web. Here's how they're helping predict sea level rises
A new study using fibre-optic cables has shown Greenland’s glaciers are far more complicated than previously thought, while helping predict future melt.
3 ways to ensure ocean protection is equitable and inclusive
Protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030 is an ambitious goal that will deliver numerous benefits. How do we ensure these benefits reach the right communities?
These tiny plants and giant animals are helping to store vast amounts of CO2 in our oceans
From single-cell organisms to whales: plants and animals in the ocean have a huge impact in absorbing carbon and slowing down global climate change.
Threatened by rising sea levels, the Maldives is building a floating city
Maldives Floating City is designed to float on top of the water in the lagoon, with the surrounding barrier islands acting as breakers from the waves.
Why COP26 is our best opportunity to strengthen the ocean's role in fighting climate change
It is vital that we see an exponential increase in the share of climate finance going into the sustainable blue economy over the next decade.
Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2021 to focus on climate, food and nature
Innovation and targeted policy improvements for the ocean are at the forefront of the second Virtual Ocean Dialogues, the online summit to fast-track actions to improve ocean and planetar...
This is how climate change is impacting the ocean - and what we can do about it
From bleached coral to melting glaciers, the effects of global warming are clear to see. But the ocean is also a massive carbon sink - and if we act now, it could be part of the solution.
Keep temperatures below 2°C to avoid dangerously high sea levels, say experts
A new study finds it's critical that countries are proactive in meeting the Paris agreement, to avoid the consequences of excessive global warming.
Women are a mainstay of fishing in West Africa. But they get a raw deal
Research suggests that women do not earn enough money and are restricted in their roles within fisheries; a position made more vulnerable by COVID-19.
What happens when a coral reef dies? An expert explains
Marine Sciences Professor Sam Purkis explains the affect of climate change on the Chagos Archipelago and what it feels like to witness the death of a reef.
Glaciers, sea levels and climate change: What mass-melting means
Between 2000 and 2019, the world’s glaciers lost a total of 267 gigatonnes (294.3 billion tons) of ice per year on average due to climate change.
This innovative project fuses journalism and music to highlight lawlessness at sea
The Outlaw Ocean aims to raise awareness around the world about the environmental crimes and human rights abuses committed at sea through music/journalism.
Fish-inspired soft robot survives a trip to the deepest part of the ocean
Soft robotics have been used for research in various industries including agriculture, medicine and space design - but more recently, ocean exploration.
Why women have an essential role in biodiversity conservation
Women in indigenous communities affected by climate change are uniquely positioned to take action on conservations issues and encourage community action.
Why your kelp-based products could be bad news for biodiversity
Researchers are concerned that large-scale harvesting of kelp forests could have significant impacts, as they are an essential part of marine biodiversity.
For South Korea's youngest 'sea women', warming seas mean smaller catches
Climate change and environmental pollution have made finding enough sea life to harvest harder for South Korea's free diving haenyeo or 'sea women'.
New responsible sourcing standards will be essential if deep-sea minerals are considered for supply chains
New paper identifies challenges of applying land-based responsible mineral sourcing standards to deep-sea minerals.
‘Ghost forests’ are appearing along the US Atlantic coast – this is why it matters
Trees along the US Atlantic coast are dying due to rising sea levels and increased salt in the soil, creating what are known as 'ghost forests'.
COVID-19 has made plastic pollution worse - here are 4 things we can do
From bans to taxes, policy and legal approaches are available to help curb plastic pollution - but, there's no silver bullet warns the World Resources Insititute.
Scientists sailed from Antarctica to the equator to study the ‘ocean’s gut bacteria’
A new study has shown the potential of ocean bacteria to help us better understand marine ecosystems and the impact a changing climate is having.
This is how human activity has affected marine species over time
A new study published in the journal Science is helping to show us the effects of human life on marine biodiversity, and which species are most affected.
The hidden downside to ocean data and how to make it more sustainable
Tech can help us preserve the ocean, but it comes with a high environmental cost in terms of emissions and waste. Here's how to increase sustainability.
Ocean stability: what does it mean and what are the consequences?
Rising global temperatures are increasing ocean stability, which is an important regulator of the global climate and the productivity of marine ecosystems.
Underwater forests: Why it's vital we protect our sea meadows
A new study hopes to increase our understanding of seagrass and the role it can play in protecting ocean ecosystems and as a carbon store.
Arctic sea ice winter peak in 2021 is joint-seventh lowest on record
Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year. Here scientists explain what that means and put this year's figure in context.
How data is transforming the way we care for the ocean
Researchers created an 'Ocean Avatar' - a digitized, data-fuelled version of the ocean that can help test new approaches to sustainability.
Why more land-based fish farms could improve global food security
Three academics argue that governments, funders and scientists should focus on improving aquaculture on land, to align with the UN SDGs and reduce hunger.
This ship has no crew and it will transform our understanding of the ocean. Here's how
The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) uses AI and energy from the sun to independently traverse the ocean, gathering vital data to expand our understanding of the factors influencing its he...
Targeted ocean protection could offer 3X the benefits
A new study is the first to map ocean areas and shows that increased protection could benefit the planet, biodiversity and the fishing industry.
Why the loss of sharks is accelerating climate change
A recent study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology suggests that if herbivores such as seacows lose their predators, the ecosystem will be damaged.
Shell middens: Underwater archaeological sites offer clues to ancient coastal communities
Evidence in undersea middens offers clues on how people adapted during times of sea-level rise and climate change, which can be applied to the present-day.
Collaborative action can secure responsible tuna fisheries
Global Tuna Alliance's '2025 Pledge towards Sustainable Tuna' helps the supply chain take action against poor fisheries management and forced labour.
New global commitment to environmentally and socially responsible tuna supply chains
23 March 2021: A new global commitment aiming to clean up global tuna fisheries, the 2025 Pledge towards Sustainable Tuna (25PST,) begins sign-on today. It is convened by the Global Tuna...
Sea levels are rising fastest in big cities – here’s why
Jakarta, Shanghai and New Orleans are some of the cities worst affected by sea-level rises. These sinking cities need new solutions to safeguard their future.
First-of-its kind study offers blueprint for ocean protection
26 researchers determined which areas of the ocean should be protected in order to preserve biodiversity, restore fisheries and reduce climate change.
Climate activist protests underwater to protect the world's largest seagrass meadow
Shaama Sandooyea held a placard reading ‘Youth Strike for Climate’ to call for more agressive action to prevent climate change and protect seagrass meadows.
Climate crisis: 2075 could be the year the ocean starts emitting harmful gases
The ocean could become a source of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons by 2075, according to new research by MIT, further worsening the climate crisis.
Study shows that feeding cows seaweed could help reduce methane emissions
The majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock, but adding seaweed to cows' diets could help reduce this and tackle climate change.
Protecting the ocean is key to fighting climate change
New study on ocean biodiversity reveals we must save at least 30% of the ocean to preserve marine life, increase food supplies and reduce CO2 emissions.
Stories of impact: Friends of Ocean Action publishes new report
15 March 2021: Friends of Ocean Action has today released an Impact Report from the first phase of its work (2018-2020), detailing the most significant results so far of its work in fast-...
This scheme is helping Kenya's fishers through COVID-19 and climate change
In Mombasa, Kenya, new boats and diving kits are helping fishers become more profitable, reviving livelihoods weakened by COVID-19 and climate change.
Sustainable seas: Giving power back to local fishers
Handing power on the management of fish stock back to fishers could lead to a more sustainable way of fishing, according to a professor of fish biology.
Big ideas that could save the world: UpLink on this week's Radio Davos
On this week's Radio Davos, we learn about a platform that is helping entrepreneurs around the globe scale their ideas to solve the world's challenges.
How AI and apps are protecting the livelihoods of small-scale fishermen
Digital tools, including mobile apps, which allow fishermen to share ideas and monitor catches are helping to tackle overfishing and protect livelihoods.
How technology can help to achieve at least 30% ocean protection
A growing number of countries are pledging to protect and conserve at least 30% of the ocean by 2030. New inventions and tech collaborations can help.
Scientists unveil fish-like robot that can explore the deep ocean
Scientists from China's Zhejiang University have designed a fish-like robot with a flexible, soft body to explore the deep ocean and the Mariana Trench.
WTO deal is within reach to remove harmful fishing subsidies and halt global fish meltdown
Under its new Director General, the WTO is within reach of a deal 20 years in the making that will bring immense benefit for ocean life.
This project restored biodiversity to some of Scotland’s most overfished waters
Intensive trawling in the waters around Scotland’s Isle of Arran devastated the ecosystem in an area once abundant with marine life. But a no-take zone has revived its fortunes.
Where does plastic pollution go when it enters the ocean?
10 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year. Other than the small proportion on the surface, scientists don't know where most of it goes.
This is how to save the world's forgotten freshwater fish
A report created by 16 conversation groups called 'The World's Forgotten Fishes' has outlined a six-point plan to save freshwater fish from extinction.
The next decade is critical for the climate. Here’s how the circular economy can help
A more circular world will require new collaborations that can address stalemates, reshape standards and speed efforts to tackle the climate.
Melting fish ice sculpture at World Trade Organization headquarters highlights need for a global deal to end harmful fisheries subsidies
Friends of Ocean Action joins over 170 civil society organizations in urging world leaders to reach a WTO agreement to stop harmful fisheries subsidies as soon as possible, as agreed in t...
A 10-step plan to save our seas
2050 is predicted to be a bleak milestone for the ocean - but it's not too late to avert disaster. Here are 10 actions we can take to change course.
The seafood sector and governments must join forces to combat illegal fishing
Beating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing requires industry and governments to join forces to ensure IUU fishers can't find buyers or land catch.
Reducing plastic waste at source is a key part of Indonesia's battle against ocean pollution
Indonesia is tackling plastic pollution through projects that reduce single-use plastics, but better funding models are needed to scale-up innovation.
Hundreds of fish species, including many that humans eat, are consuming plastic
A review of 40 years of research suggests that fish around the world are ingesting plastic in increasing volumes - but the consequences need more research.
From ocean taxes to family planning, review flags ways to protect nature
A major report, commissioned by the UK government, looks at how humans can stop overusing the goods and services provided for free by the natural world.
How the European Green Deal can help stop microplastic from paint reaching the ocean
Including paint microplastics under the “Do No Significant Harm” criteria in the Sustainability Taxonomy is an opportunity to tackle emissions at source.
Why ocean pollution is a clear danger to human health
Ocean pollution can be extremely dangerous for human health; for example, people can ingest toxic chemicals by eating seafood which was exposed to pollutants.
Oceanic sharks and rays have declined by 71% since 1970 – here's what we must do
More than half of the 31 oceanic shark and ray species examined in recent research are now considered to be endangered, or even critically endangered.
Millions of plastic particles are being plucked from the water - by seagrass
New research from Spain shows that naturally occurring balls of seagrass fibre are catching and removing up to 900 million particles of plastic a year.
This Dutch floating village could help tackle city-density and sea-level challenges
Floating homes in the Netherlands neighbourhood of Schoonschip could be a blueprint for communities struggling with climate change and overpopulation.
Nature is our most precious asset – we must all act now to save it
A new independent review shines a clear light on the extent of our unsustainable relationship with nature, and outlines the steps we must take to turn this around.
World Leaders Urge Mindset Change to Build Trust, Foster Collective Action in the Year Ahead
World leaders met during the first Davos Agenda under the banner of rebuilding trust in a critical year
Grassroots to the Rescue: 10,000 Innovators Answered the Call Build Fairer, Greener World
Ross Chainey, Digital Editor, Public Engagement, Ross.Chainey@weforum.org; Amanda Russo, Head of Media Content, Public Engagement, Amanda.Russo@weforum.org
2021: the year the real economy must start building a net-zero, nature-positive partnership
We have just a decade to get things on track for a net-zero and nature-positive economy. These examples offer a way forward.
Collaboration and Environmental Protection Dominate Leadership Addresses on Day Two of Davos Agenda
world leaders called for greater collaboration and issued warnings of the perils awaiting if we do not .
11 innovations protecting life below water – and above it
The ocean is our lifeline but its present and future health is under threat. These innovators from around the world have the solutions that can help.
This chart shows how much the ocean is warming
The ocean was 0.76 degrees higher than the century average in 2020, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which shows it's steadily getting warmer.
Supply Chains Decarbonization Offers Game-Changing Opportunity for Companies to Fight Climate Change
fully decarbonizing most supply chains would add just 1%-4% to end-consumer costs for everyday items
Polyester fibres are being found in areas as remote as the Arctic Ocean
Scientists have found evidence of tiny synthetic fibres which are consumed by sea creatures and could cause further damage to the fragile Arctic ecosystem.
This underwater robot cleans ships to cut emissions and protect marine ecosystems
The build-up of marine plants and animals on ship hulls is an age-old problem. This ‘biofouling’ can increase fuel consumption by up to 40% and boost emissions.
Here's how sea ice algae could show past and future climate change
As sea ice concentration ebbs and flows, so do the algae associated with it, as well as the molecules they leave behind, which can help scientists determine past temperatures.
How cross-sector collaboration is driving the global climate agenda
Partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society will be essential to save the planet - and happily, they are today being formed around the world.
Ocean corals may be more resilient against climate change than we thought
New research by the University of Washington suggests that corals have managed to survive a recent heatwave, giving hope to their chances in the climate crisis.
This 100% natural material is being used to mop up ocean pollution
An organization in France, Coiffeurs Justes, gathers hair trimmings from more than 3,000 salons which is then used to clean up oil from polluted water.
Governments flouted international law in how they treated seafarers in 2020. This year is their chance for redemption
Governments failed seafarers as the pandemic hit. Now they have a chance to put things right to ensure they get freedom of movement and access to vaccines.
All at sea: the shipping crews stranded by COVID-19
COVID-19 emerged a year ago, but ships' crews are still blocked from landing in most ports. Two ships captains tell their stories to the World Vs Virus podcast.
The start-up that believes seaweed can change the world
Oceanium's biorefinery technology can turn sustainably farmed seaweed into food and packaging, fighting food insecurity and aiding a low-carbon economy.
Can ocean health lead to wealth? Our latest House on Fire podcast tackles blue finance
Our latest House on Fire podcast looks at marine conservation and the huge economic and environmental opportunities it offers.
Whale road: how to keep marine mammals safe from speeding ships - House on Fire podcast
Whales are dying in their thousands due to strikes by container vessels. We talk to the experts fighting back, with feeding forecasts, speed controls and sonic sensors.
We have a shared responsibility for bringing our seafarers home
Restrictions imposed due to the pandemic have had the unintended consequence of keeping seafarers away from home for months. The industry demands action.
The Oceanbird: Swedish firm develops largest wind-driven cargo shop
A huge, wind-driven cargo ship could help end the fossil fuel era and curb climate change, its designers in Sweden say. The ship will be 200m long and carry 7,000 cars.
Missed deadline to end harmful subsidies will drive more overfishing: leaders must urgently push for action early in 2021, says UN ocean envoy
Negotiators at the World Trade Organization have signalled that in spite of best endeavours, they will be not be able to meet the 2020 deadline for ending harmful fisheries subsidies that...
5 critical things we need to do to protect our ocean
14 world leaders of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy are laying out a new action agenda to help protect the ocean.
From arm-sized worms to the Screaming Sixties, this is everything to know about the Southern Ocean
The Southern Ocean, also called the Antarctic Ocean, is like no other. Difficult to study, but rich in life, here's a rundown of what you need to know.
The mighty Pacific Ocean is in peril - this is why
Human activity such as overfishing, climate change and plastic is having a huge impact on the Pacific Ocean, killing millions of sea creatures every year.
Here's how fishing stifles the ocean's ability to capture carbon
When fish die naturally, their bodies and the carbon they contain sink to the depths of the ocean. Yet when fished, this carbon is released into the atmosphere as CO2.
Our ocean floor remains largely undiscovered - these are the countries changing that
Despite our knowledge of the land we live on and the technology available to us, very little of the ocean floor has actually been put on a map.
Overfishing is a social injustice. To end it, we need to eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies.
Overfishing is a social injustice. To end it, we need to eliminate the harmful fisheries subsidies that are overexploiting the ocean's resources.
High-tech for the high seas: How the digital wave can help sustainable fisheries
Data and digital technologies like blockchain can play a big role in supporting aquaculture. Innovative solutions can help all levels of the supply chain.
The ocean is changing faster than ever. Investing in nature can help protect it
Climate change's impact on the ocean threatens the lives of billions of people and could result in massive future costs - but investing in nature can help.
Saving the ocean must be part of the Race to Zero
Helen Ågren, Sweden’s Ambassador for the Ocean, wants the world to save the ocean from climate change and use it to tackle the causes of the problem.
Why our ocean could hold the best solutions to climate change
Climate change has taken a toll on our ocean. But effective solutions to the climate challenges faced on land and at sea could be found within their waters
How building with nature can lead a green recovery for our coasts
How using natural solutions in coastal areas to mitigate and adapt to climate change can build community resilience, lower costs and restore ecoystems
Expanding marine protected areas could boost fish yields – but there's a catch
Marine protected areas - or MPAs - can serve as important tools to conserve marine habitats, manage fisheries sustainably and make food supplies more secure.
Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters
Global warming, highlighted by the Siberian heatwave in June, has meant that much of the Arctic's sea ice hasn't formed. This can cause a cycle of more melting sea ice.
This is how much plastic scientists now think is at the bottom of the ocean
Research in Australia suggests that the amount of plastic on the seabed is many times higher than estimates from previous studies.
Can the growth of aquaculture help restore the health of our ocean?
Aquaculture - the practice of farming food in water - is expanding rapidly. Can we create a future where the industry contributes positively to ocean health?
Arctic Ocean: why winter sea ice has stalled, and what it means for the rest of the world
Multi-year ice helps reflect the sun's rays, reducing the rate of global warming. However, these ice sheets are rapidly disappearing, releasing CO2 and raising sea levels.
Here's how we can reduce emissions from the shipping industry
Nearly 80% of the world's trade is transported by shipping, resulting in the emission of over one billion tons of greenhouse gases annually.
Finding ‘breathable’ seas may get tough for marine critters
Since warmer waters will harbour less oxygen, some stretches of ocean that are habitable today may not be in the future.
WTO urged to end harmful fisheries subsidies as new film shows devastating consequences
Subsidized industrial fishing fleets are decimating marine ecosystems, with extreme impacts on the livelihoods and food security of small-scale fishing communities, a new film from the En...
3 ways we could store carbon in the ocean - without harming it
The ocean could help us reduce global temperature rise, by capturing and storing carbon through biological, chemical and electrochemical approaches.
New research shows the Atlantic Ocean just had its hottest decade in 3000 years
This past decade has been the Atlantic Ocean’s warmest in three thousand years, according Massachusetts Amherst University and Quebec University.
‘Secret rainforests’ have been discovered deep in our oceans. Here’s what that could mean
More than 116 coral reefs have been found deep beneath the high seas that lie outside any country's jurisdiction. They need protecting, but there's a pandemic in the way.
5 economic opportunities for a sustainable ocean economy
Supporting the ocean economy has significant benefits, with every $1 invested returning $5, according to analysis. Here are 5 ocean priorities for the COVID-19 recovery.
Just how much is the Earth heating up?
Data from NASA shows the Earth gradually heating up since the 1880s. Scientists are projecting that 2020 will become the second-hottest year ever recorded.
These industry leaders are calling for a carbon levy on shipping fuel - here’s why
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital to fighting climate change, yet greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector are increasing, but carbon levies could hold the key.
The impact of rising sea levels on mass migration
The idea that rising seas will force millions to move, unleashing a refugee crisis like no other, has now become commonplace, but it could be an oversimplification.
These 5 innovators are turning the tide on plastic pollution
Here are five entrepreneurs and their respective businesses that are looking to battle the plastic pollution pandemic by extending their usage around the world.
'Net-zero' emissions: What is it and why does it matter so much?
Countries, cities and businesses are aiming for 'net-zero' emissions - where any human-produced carbon dioxide or other climate-changing emissions are removed from the atmosphere.
Arctic sea ice shrinks to second-lowest 'summer minimum' on record
This year, the Arctic sea ice has reached its second lowest 'summer minimum' on record, according to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).