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Aquaman Jason Momoa speaks up for the ocean – and other environment stories you need to read this week
Top environment stories: Aquaman's Momoa speaks out on saving the ocean; Denmark sets EU's highest carbon tax; Biodiversity loss would hit credit ratings.
5 things you should know about the UN Ocean Conference, a chance to save the planet’s largest ecosystem
There are hopes UN Ocean Conference 2022, in Portugal, co-hosted by Kenya, will find solutions to the problems of sustainably managing the ocean.
World Oceans Day photo competition winners showcase the wonders of our blue planet
6 winners were picked for the United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition, as photographers from around the world captured the beauty of our blue planet.
Friends of Ocean Action congratulates members of WTO for reaching historic deal to end harmful fisheries subsidies: next step must be urgent entry into force
Land or water: Which is home to more animals and plant life?
Most living biomass is found on land, with plants accounting for four-fifths of the total, while animal biomass is most prevalent in marine environments.
Oceans are getting warmer - but what were their temperatures 100 years ago?
In 2021, ocean surface temperatures were 0.65°C higher than the 20th century average. The year with the biggest divergence was 2016, at 0.8°C higher.
All eyes on MC12: ending harmful fisheries subsidies is critical for fisheries, fishers and fish – and for the WTO
Members of the World Trade Organization will meet this week in Geneva (12 - 15 June) for the WTO’s twelfth Ministerial Conference and are expected to gavel a deal to end harmful fisheries...
Targeted financing crucial for ocean health and achieving SDGs, new report shows
World Economic Forum report argues that by redesigning the SDG14 data infrastructure, there is a better chance to achieve the 2030 targets for a healthy and sustainable ocean and planet. ...
How to build an equitable ocean economy
Countries must take bolder, more holistic approaches to achieve a sustainable ocean economy and address existing inequalities, say experts.
This Pacific island is protecting 100% of its ocean territory
When it comes to marine conservation, Niue has become a world leader by protecting all the ocean around its coasts.
What is World Ocean Day?
World Ocean Day is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Thousands of events will be hosted by youth groups, schools, aquariums and businesses in 150 countries.
Marine protected areas: Just 0.3% of Atlantic ocean off the US coast is protected, study finds
Vital ocean regions off the coasts of mainland US are unprotected, according to new analysis of marine protected areas (MPAs), which calls for increased funding.
How underwater robots are helping researchers monitor our oceans
Researchers are using autonomous underwater robots to sample environmental DNA and monitor marine biodiversity in previously unsurveyed parts of the ocean.
End of the line for WTO negotiations to stop funding overfishing?
An interview on ending harmful fisheries subsidies with Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean and Co-Chair of Friends of Ocean Action.
5 reasons why the G20 needs a sustainable blue economy
A blue economy can spur economic growth, create jobs and mitigate some of the most severe climate impacts if we protect it and use its resources sustainably.
To protect the ocean, leaders must get these 3 things right
As human demands and interventions in a finite marine space increase, it will become more and more challenging to restore and protect the ocean.
Blue economy: how business leaders and scientists are improving ocean health
The blue economy is rising. Learn how innovative global businesses are working together to protect, restore and support the ocean and the blue economy.
How data and tech can help combat illegal fishing
IUU fishing represents as much as 20% of the global catch and means losses to the global economy in the range of billions. New technological approaches can identify the risks of illegal f...
Human-caused climate crisis is driving ‘ocean memory’ loss, scientists say
The ocean has a memory - and it's rapidly losing it, according to research. Global warming is making the critical top layer, called ocean memory, thinner.
This is how New Zealand is planning to tackle rising sea levels
With sea levels set to rise another foot by 2050, New Zealand has published a draft plan on it can adapt to rising sea levels and other climate risks.
Climate crisis is speeding the water cycle, satellite data reveals
Rising temperatures are accelerating Earth's water cycle. Water is evaporating more quickly, making wet areas wetter and dry areas drier, according to new research.
China's sea levels, emperor penguins and other environment stories you need to read this week
Top environment stories: Emperor penguins could be extinct in 30 years; China sea levels hit record high; Rich nations must hit climate goals, says Kerry.
The ocean can satisfy the global demand for meat, here's how
Insensitive to climate change, mariculture can build finfish and shellfish farms to increase availability of healthy and sustainable meat, study finds.
Most of the world's ocean is unprotected. This is why that needs to change
The ocean is a critical global resource in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. In 2022, countries must join global treaties to protect it.
Surprise' Malaysian flood highlights climate crisis - how can we reduce the risk?
Recent floods in Malaysia caused nearly $1.5 billion in widespread destruction. Analysts believe deforestation is contributing to the worsening floods.
A new device can make drinking water from seawater at the push of a button
This portable unit needs less power to operate than a cell phone charger and could make it much easier for those in resource-poor areas to desalinate water
How South Africa’s recent floods compel climate action
South Africa is recovering from the biggest natural disaster to hit the country and a just transition to protect lives and livelihoods is its best strategy
How liberating ocean data will equip companies to avoid illegally caught seafood in their supply chains
New report published sets out how ocean data transparency can enable companies throughout seafood supply chains to avoid products from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Ocean warming drove 10% rise in 'extreme' rainfall from Atlantic hurricanes in 2020
Extreme rainfall during the record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season in 2020 was made more intense by human-caused climate change, a new study says.
Sponges in Tasmania’s ‘twilight zone’ are bleaching for first time after marine heatwaves
Scientists from the University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies have found bleached sponges off the eastern coast of Tasmania.
Oceans and marine wildlife could be key to storing carbon emissions
The ocean and marine mammals could be an overlooked global carbon sink to help tackle climate change, write two experts.
Should deep-sea minerals be part of battery supply chains?
A new paper on supply chains identifies knowledge and stakeholder participation gaps that will impede decision-making on stewardship of deep-sea minerals
Meet the 5,000 new viruses just discovered in the ocean. One might be very important
Thousands of new RNA viruses have been found in our oceans. One could help scientists to get a better understanding of how early life developed on Earth.
More knowledge, stronger stakeholder participation and greater consensus is needed for sound decision-making on deep-sea mineral stewardship, says new report
A new World Economic Forum report finds that decision-making on potential deep-sea mineral exploitation cannot yet serve the best interests of the planet and its people.
These are the countries most at risk from climate change, IMF reports
International cooperation is essential to manage the costs and maximize the benefits of adaptation, particularly in the Middle East and Asia, IMF states.
Food and sex: this is what fish are chatting about, say scientists
A new study has found that fish routinely chat to one another. It’s another reason why we must urgently prioritize ocean health, experts say.
Why are large sinkholes opening in the Arctic seabed?
While scientists believe these sinkholes are the result of longer-term climate cycles, they also note how climate change continues to reshape the Arctic.
Why wetlands are a versatile climate and biodiversity hack
They store carbon efficiently, contain more biodiversity than forests and protect against floods and wildfires. So, why aren't wetlands a bigger part of the climate-change discussion?
Wave energy: can ocean power solve the global energy crisis?
Wave energy is the most powerful but least developed renewable energy. If harnessed, it could meet much of the world’s electricity needs.
Here's why paint microplastic emissions must be at the top of the global environmental agenda
Paint microplastic emissions account for more than half of estimated total annual ocean microplastic leakage and more needs to be done to tackle the issue.
As sea levels rise, coastal megacities will need more than flood barriers
Rising sea levels due to climate change means coastal megacities in poorer countries need to adopt blue-green infrastructure solutions like 'rain gardens'.
A new rainbow-coloured fish has been discovered in the Maldives
For the first time a local scientist has discovered a new species in the Maldives. Researchers have concerns about early commercial interest in the fish.
3 common coral species could survive climate change better than once believed, scientists say
According to a new 22-month study, three common coral species in Hawaii may be more resilient to rising ocean temperatures than once thought, and could withstand a temperature increase up...
How scientists and local knowledge are helping to protect Madagascar's fishing community
Q&A: Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy talks about her work as coordinator of Mihari, a national marine network that represents the voices of small-scale fishers.
There's still time to save coral reefs, experts say
There’s still time to save coral reefs, but we will have to quickly address land-based pollution, overfishing and climate change to have a hope of doing so
New-to-science fish species discovered in the Philippines
During a survey for freshwater fish diversity, scientists discovered two new species of goby fish. But there are concerns they could now become extinct.
These are the zero-emission fuels to decarbonize the shipping industry
There are fuels that can achieve net-zero shipping emissions but scaling up these efforts needs lifecycle analysis, government action and policy frameworks.
Why an international treaty for the high seas is crucial to biodiversity
An international treaty is needed to help protect the high seas, an area teeming with marine life, yet prone to overfishing and other man-made problems.
These seals are collecting data for Japanese researchers under Antarctic ice
Japanese researchers have placed a monitoring device on the heads of Weddell seals to survey the waters in Antarctica, and collect observational data.
A global plastic treaty - that tackles production as well as waste - is within reach, says UN
United Nations negotiators agreed on a roadmap for a global plastic treaty that would address plastic production and design, as well as waste management.
What the IPCC Report tells us about the need for radical climate action
The latest IPCC Report warns that the window to act to avoid climate catastrophe is closing fast unless urgent action is taken and commitments increased
Stopping marine plastic pollution from rivers requires efficient and cost-effective technologies
To tackle marine plastic pollution, it is necessary to solve the problem as far ‘upstream’ as possible.
How much snow does each visitor 'melt' in the Antarctic? The answer may surprise you
From 2019-20, 74,000 people visited Antarctica, the majority by ship. The travel and resulting stay produce black carbon that accelerates climate change.
Here's how climate change affects our ability to harness fresh water
Large shifts in the water cycle mean that dry areas become drier, and wet areas become wetter - meaning more droughts and extreme flooding, warn scientists.
12 organizations delivering on the promise of blue carbon
The UpLink Blue Carbon Challenge sourced 12 innovative solutions to harness the potential of blue carbon markets to support conservation and restoration.
The time is now to commit to a binding global framework to address plastic pollution
Plastics are filling our environment. At the United Nations Environmental Assembly, world leaders must strike a binding agreement to end plastic pollution.
Ocean plastic pollution threatens marine extinction says new study
Ocean plastic pollution will increase fourfold unless we curb our use of this ubiquitous but deadly substance says a new study.
Saving endangered marine life with illuminated fishing nets
Researchers have found that using LED lights on fishing nets could prevent endangered species such as sharks, sea turtles, and rays from being entangled.
Spain's ghost village, sea level rise and the global nature pact: Everything to know about the environment this week
Top environment stories: pollution causing more deaths than COVID; US sea levels may rise 60cm by 2050; Spanish village reappears as drought dries reservoir.
Overfishing is producing ‘supergenes’ in cod. Here's how
Supergenes found in cod have highlighted how they have adapted to overfishing, and scientists say these will make them more resilient to climate change.
Pharmaceuticals are present in almost all the world's rivers, study finds
80% of the wastewater is discharged untreated into the environment, so the the drugs we use to improve health are finding their way into our rivers.
Just 16% of the world’s coastlines are in good shape – and many are so bad they can never fully recover
Research has found that only 16% of the world's coastal regions are in good condition, and there are many so damaged that are beyond full restoration.
Carbon trading: Why shipping should be included in the EU's emissions system
Environmental campaigners say efforts by the shipping industry to cut emissions are too slow, but inclusion in the European Union Emissions Trading System could speed it up.
These innovations are pulling plastic pollution out of rivers to stop it reaching our ocean. Here’s how
Much of the plastic pollution in the world’s oceans flows into them from rivers. But these innovations capture plastic in inland waterways and recycle it.
How coral resilience can improve ocean conservation – Experts explain
A Nobel-winning stock market theory is being used to pick 50 reefs as ‘sanctuaries’ to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhere.
Is the answer to land-based agriculture found in the ocean?
Research is showing that seaweed and products derived from it could help fight climate change while addressing many challenges facing the agriculture industry
Why oceans could face more extremes like the Pacific ‘Blob’
The largest marine heatwave is called the "Blob", occurring in the North Pacific in 2015, which had catastrophic consequences for our marine ecosystems.
Statement from Friends of Ocean Action: 2022 can be the year the world halts the decline in ocean health
Members of Friends of Ocean Action have endorsed a statement released today calling for ambitious action in 2022 to achieve a healthy, thriving ocean and advance the Sustainable Developme...
Aquaculture: why the world needs a new wave of food production
With demand for food production growing on land-based agriculture under increasing pressure from climate change, our ocean and seas could provide a fertile alternative.
There are even nanoplastics at the North and South Poles - and they’re a bigger problem than we thought
Tiny nanoplastics are widespread and could be harmful to our health - and ever more of them are being created as discarded plastics break down in nature.
What causes a tsunami? An ocean scientist explains the physics of these destructive waves
Tsunamis are created by a different mechanism from waves -when an underwater earthquake, volcanic eruption or landslide displaces a large amount of water.
Paradigm shifts and pristine coral reefs: Everything to know about the environment this week
UN chief appeals for support for developing countries; German chancellor calls for 'paradigm shift' on climate action; pristine coral reef found off Tahiti.
Policy measures can make zero-emission shipping commercially viable
“Closing the Gap“ is the title of a new report outlining policy measures that could close the competitiveness gap between fossil fuels and zero-emission alternatives in shipping as well a...
How sustainable aquaculture can help meet the growing demand for blue food
Demand for blue food is expected to double by 2050, which will have environmental and social implications. The world needs sustainable aquaculture systems.
We know plastic pollution is bad – but how exactly is it linked to climate change?
Plastic pollution poses problems for our environment. Here are the various ways it’s contributing to the climate crisis - and what can be done about it.
Climate change: Understanding the threat of ocean warming
The world’s oceans are hotter than ever recorded, and their heat has increased each decade since the 1960s. This severely impacts the world's weather systems.
How COVID affected Kenya's fisheries
In Kenya, fishers, fish traders, and coastal communities faced severe livelihood and food security challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ships could bring invasive species to Antarctica, study warns
Non-native species are entering Antarctica's ecosystems by catching rides on ships from 1,500 global ports that come to the region, according to a study.
2021 ocean temperatures were warmest on record
Scientists say ocean temperature is a better way to measure global warming, as natural weather cycles don't impact the ocean in the same way as the air.
How scientific research can enable stricter plastic pollution laws
Plastic pollution is a global problem that harms ecosystems. A project in Africa is working with scientists to research the effects of plastic on the ocean.
This is why China needs to become nature positive - and how to do it
China is in a unique position to lead the transition to a carbon neutral and net zero economy. Without it, its economy is risking loss and disruption.
It's time to shift to net-zero emissions plastics
Most plastic is made from fossil fuel, which accounts for 8% of global oil consumption. Here's how we can turn plastics from a climate enemy into an ally
The Davos Agenda 2022 brings together world leaders to address the state of the world
The Davos Agenda 2022 virtual event, 17-21 January, will feature heads of state, CEOs and other leaders discussing critical challenges and how to address them.
What must be done to protect coral reefs? Experts explain
Between 2009 and 2018, coral cover has progressively declined by 14% putting reefs and the biodiversity that relies on them at risk.
Global Risks 2022: The 'disorderly' net-zero transition is here and it’s time to embrace it
We must not let the risks of a disorderly net-zero transition become an excuse for slowing the journey to net-zero. Instead, we should grasp the opportunities that this change will create.
Scientists have built a new map of the ocean’s oxygen-starved waters. Here's why it matters
Scientists have created a three-dimensional atlas of the oxygen-deficient zones in the world's oceans to better understand how they change over time.
How green corridors can enable the transition to zero-emission shipping
Green corridors offer a way to scale zero-emission shipping industry solutions to meet climate targets by 2050. We examine how two trade routes could work.
How to prevent mass extinction in the ocean using AI, robots and 3D printers
Specific new technologies, such as sensors, drones, robots and artificial intelligence have enormous capacity to help the world reach its ocean targets.
4 reasons ocean industry should embrace data sharing
Better data sharing can boost economic growth and better protect the ocean. Here's how more transparency across ocean industries can build trust and a sustainable blue economy.
The Arctic Report Card shows the continued decline of sea ice
The Arctic region continues to warm twice as fast as the rest of the planet according to the annual report from the NOAA-led Arctic Program.
Friends of Ocean Action supports call for adoption of WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies no later than February 2022
In 2021, water crises took center stage. Here's how we can adapt
The last 12 months of floods and droughts showed extreme events are happening more often and everywhere. Here's how the world can adapt in the new year.
This is how Dhaka can restore its river ecosystems
The capital city of Dhaka in central Bangladesh is currently the fourth-least livable city in the world. Here's how it can clean up its vital river systems.
Flooding: how can vulnerable regions build resilience?
This involves taking steps to mitigate risks before storms strike; for example, building on safer, higher land and improving forest and river management.
New York is building a wall of oysters to fight flooding
A reef of shellfish could help New York City square up to the threat of storms and floods linked to climate change.
Job opportunity with Friends of Ocean Action
Join Friends of Ocean Action as the new Impact Pillar Lead for Activating Ocean Finance!
Request for proposals: at-sea processing research
Friends of Ocean Action is seeking a consultant(s) or company to undertake research and write a white paper that will capture details and data on the capacity for processing of seafood at...
Why water is central to the global recovery from the pandemic
Climate change is felt most deeply through water, with higher temperatures leading to droughts, floods, and rainfall variability, impacting low-income countries.
Around the world, these are just some of the cities at risk of rising sea levels
Rising sea levels pose a significant threat to major coastal cities - even if we could halt global warming.
How deep are the world's oceans, lakes and drill holes? This visualization shows you
A new visualization by xkcd offers a unique look at the world's oceans, lakes and drill holes.
This Japanese start-up has designed a wind turbine that can work in typhoons
A Japanese start-up has designed a wind turbine that works during cyclones, turning Japan's 26 annual typhoons and tropical storms into reliable energy sources.
What is 'irrecoverable carbon' and how do we protect the ecosystems that store it?
Scientists have found that certain areas are uniquely important carbon vaults. If destroyed, these ecosystems could take decades or centuries to regenerate.
Here's how a new type of X-ray could save a 500-year-old ship
A new X-ray method has allowed researchers to identify zinc-sulfide nanoparticles on the timbers of the Mary Rose, helping conservationists preserve it.
Climate-friendly farming: Greenland's melting glaciers offer an answer
Glacial rock flour, the small silt deposits from glacial melt, could help boost farm yields around the world as it allows plants to access to nutrients.
These 'rivers in the sky' are causing massive flooding in Canada
Atmospheric rivers carry up to 15 times the volume of the Mississippi River, according to the NASA Earth Observatory and are causing flooding in Canada's British Columbia.
These microrobots imitate starfish larva and could help treat tumors
Microrobots are predicted to revolutionize healthcare, designed to swim through the body to deliver medication to specific areas and perform surgical procedures.
Will WTO members act now to end harmful fisheries subsidies?
Members of the WTO have been negotiating rules for two decades to stop harmful fisheries subsidies. Will they fulfil their commitment to protect the ocean?
These blue carbon ecosystems could slow climate change
Seagrass, mangroves, and salt marshes could help us slow climate change. These blue carbon ecosystems could deliver 20% of the carbon cuts needed by 2050.
COP26: Tuvalu minister delivers speech in the ocean to raise awareness about rising sea levels
Simon Kofe, Tuvalu's foreign minister, addressed the COP26 climate summit while standing knee-deep in the seawater that threatens to submerge his country.
The Next Wave: Green Corridors can get the ball rolling on the transition to zero-emission shipping
Zero-emission fuels and vessels must start being deployed at scale over the next decade to achieve full decarbonisation of the shipping sector by 2050. Scaling the first pilots and demons...
Ice stupas: How artificial glaciers supply water to some of the driest places on Earth
Artificial glaciers can serve as a source of fresh water for communities and ecosystems in the driest places, like India and South America.
How a great plankton migration could pose a 'serious threat' to ocean ecosystems and the planet
Ocean plankton are migrating from tropical waters towards the cooler poles as the earth warms, scientists have found, bringing potentially dire consequences to the food web.
New tools to map flood risk will help bring disaster planning up to date
Water-related disasters are accountable for 325,000 fatalities and over $1.7 trillion economic loss across the world. This shows the need for mapping tools.
UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean urges APEC leaders to stop unsustainable fishing
The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean and Co-Chair of Friends of Ocean Action, Peter Thomson, has written to each of the leaders of the 21 Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperat...
COP26: The Great Melt - tales from the front lines of climate change
As COP26 opens, Radio Davos hears from a journalist who has covered many climate summits and reported from remote corners of the world on global warming.
Relay4Nature arrives in Glasgow for global climate conference COP26
Nature’s Baton, the symbol of Relay4Nature, has been welcomed at the landmark event by Vel Gnanendran, Director for Climate and Environment, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
WTO must ban harmful fisheries subsidies, urge nearly 300 scientists
Ahead of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference, the topmost decision-making body of the WTO, scientists around the world sign a letter urging the WTO to end har...
This new strategy is paving the way for net-zero shipping
A new strategy for the transition to zero-emission shipping outlines what it will take for the industry to move away from fossil fuels towards a green future.
Industry leaders call on COP26 to commit to decarbonize international shipping by 2050
The Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization, urging world leaders to take action to align shipping with the Paris Agreement temperature goal, was today delivered to the UK Presidency ...
With concerted collaborative action, full decarbonization of international shipping by 2050 is doable
How marsh grass could help protect us from climate change
Coastal marsh plants provide significant protection from surges and devastating storms. New research shows how they can be effectively restored and managed.
One species or two? Decade-old debate on coral might finally be over
Research has revealed that Plexaura homomalla and kükenthali are two separate species of coral. Scientists have struggled to differentiate them in the past.
Prey to project: Fishermen and scientists have teamed up to save Bolivia's pink river dolphins
Bolivian fishermen who once hunted rare pink dolphins are monitoring their behavior to help scientists understand the threats they face.
These stunning photographs show how vital mangroves are to the health of the planet
Now in its seventh year, the Mangrove Photography Award raises awareness about the importance of maintaining these valuable woodland ecosystems.
Last Ice Area: Where multi-year Arctic sea ice could make its final stand
Researchers have coalesced around the idea of what they have called the Last Ice Area—the region where multi-year ice will likely make a last stand.
VR can encourage people to save our oceans. Here's why
Experts believe that if we could help people empathize with the ocean and the marine life within, they would try harder to protect it.
To reach net zero, the shipping sector needs political support
Tackling emissions in the shipping sector is essential to achieving international targets, but it will only be possible through large-scale collaboration.
Coral reefs are dying. This is where they are most affected
The world has lost a significant amount of its coral reefs, with some regions losing more than others. Factors including climate change have caused this.
Critical Decarbonization Technologies Need at Least “10x” Investment to Hit Zero Emission Targets
Innovative, early-stage technologies like hydrogen-based fuels, carbon capture and bioenergy are in urgent need of funding to scale globally and help organizations hit zero emission targets
How companies can decarbonize shipping supply chains and protect human rights
Technological advancements for decarbonizing shipping are also progressing but must be further financed and brought to scale for social inclusivity.
Coral reefs, climate targets and Nobel prize winners: Everything to know about the environment this week
Top stories: World's coral faces 'existential crisis'; EU to back five-year climate targets at COP26; Trio of scientists win Physics Nobel Prize for climate work.
This is how much plastic debris is floating in the Mediterranean Sea
Researchers have created a model, tracking the pathways of land-based micro and macro-plastics to the sea.
These 'living seawalls' are bringing ocean life back to Sydney Harbour
Researchers in Australia have come together to develop a seawall to provide habitats for marine life in Sydney Harbour.
Why the ocean is our ally in fighting climate change: experts tell Radio Davos their hopes for COP26
The ocean plays a huge role in regulating the climate. As we head to COP26, Radio Davos dips into tropical and Arctic waters and speaks to the UN oceans tsar.
How better use of 'blue foods' help us meet climate change and food security goals
New research, known as the 'Blue Food Assessment', has shown that these foods could help to us to meet the challenges of climate change and food security.
Scientists still don’t know how far melting in Antarctica will go – or the sea level rise it will unleash
Future sea level rise poses challenges like human displacement, infrastructure loss, interference with agriculture and coastal habitat degradation.
Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2021 is ‘12th lowest’ on record
Arctic sea ice has reached its annual minimum for 2021, clocking in at the 12th lowest on record, according to provisional data from the NSIDC.
The town that flood-proofed itself
Ottawa, Illinois, receives runoff from the Illinois and Fox river watersheds making flooding long a part of life. The city has worked to limit its impact, though.
How flood-prone Mumbai is tackling climate change, from underground tunnels to newer sewers
Mumbai launched its first Climate Action Plan to bring together different arms of the administration to try to fast-track solutions against climate change and flooding.
Research shows droughts push more people to migrate than floods
People are five times as likely to move following drought conditions as they are after floods or periods of excess water, according to World Bank research.
Italy's first-ever 'living lab' is helping marine biologists tackle climate change
Santa Teresa Bay has become Italy's first underwater 'living' lab, providing data to study extreme weather events and measure the effect of climate change on seawater.
What is 'marine snow' and how does it help the ocean to store carbon?
Marine snow transports carbon into the ocean's depths; 1% of its carbon dioxide lies buried in the seafloor for thousands of years.
Increasing production of aquatic foods is a win-win for people and planet
Sustainably ramping up the production of seafood is critical to addressing staggering global levels of malnutrition and associated micronutrient deficiencies, a new study finds.
'A voice in the wilderness': The man who spent 12 gruelling days swimming in the Arctic
Lewis Pugh has recently completed a 12-day swim in the freezing waters off Greenland to send a message about the human impact on Earth.
How a new app helps fishing boats avoid netting endangered species
A number of fishing vessels have been using BATmap, a real-time app that helps boats to avoid catching endangered marine species caught up in the nets.
11 innovations shaping global food systems from the water
Blue foods have traditionally been undervalued in their contribution to global food systems. These innovations from around the world aim to change that.
Could 'blue foods' play a greater role in delivering more sustainable nutrition?
Some people believe that fisheries and aquaculture have the potential to improve the world's food systems.
Friends of Ocean Action launches initiatives to scale blue foods and boost ocean health
New initiatives amplify role of the ocean in global food systems transformation and resilience.
Mexico’s Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is now being protected with insurance - here's how
Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Mexico is now insured. Insurers are working with governments, NGOs, and the private sector to build the business case for nature-led solutions that protect ou...
Over 150 industry leaders and organizations call for decisive government action to enable full decarbonization of international shipping by 2050
What are blue carbon credits and how to maximise their impact
Understand blue carbon credits and the four ways businesses driving their demand can help optimise outcomes for people and planet.
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 ...
A race against time: Scientists are rushing to collect ice cores before glaciers melt
Scientists are racing to collect ice cores, containing critical climate information, before global warming melts glaciers and ice sheets around the world.
First-ever coral reef world map in high-resolution is ready
Have a look at the coral reef world map. The mapping tool allows policymakers, conservationists, and the public to understand the coral reef map across the world, with the aim of protecti...
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 commercially fished tuna species - 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 clean fuel for cooking
Kenyan entrepreneur and Biogas International CEO Dominic Kahumbu are converting Water hyacinth (an invasive species in Africa) into a clean fuel that can be used for cooking.
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.