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High Seas Treaty: UN member states seal historic deal to protect international waters
The UN High Seas Treaty to protect the ocean commits governments to boost funding for marine conservation. It will also create a network of protected areas.
Why the High Seas Treaty is a breakthrough for the ocean and the planet
United Nations Member States have agreed the High Seas Treaty ensuring the protection and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdictions.
UN oceans treaty a 'historic moment', and the other climate crisis stories you need to read this week
UN oceans treaty a 'historic moment'; Energy sector CO2 emissions hit record high in 2022; Danes urged to eat less meat to help tackle climate crisis.
World Economic Forum’s Blue Food Partnership launches roadmap to strengthen sustainable growth in aquaculture
New initiative to help government and business navigate untapped ‘blue carbon’ and restore coastal ecosystems
The Blue Carbon Action Partnership will work with countries to ensure sustainable, inclusive and equitable development of blue carbon plans.
In pictures: the impact of the climate crisis and human activity on our oceans
Oceans are on the frontline of the climate crisis, as they absorb excess heat and carbon dioxide. These pictures show some of the ways in which marine life is affected - and protected.
What Australia learned from recent devastating floods – and how New Zealand can apply those lessons now
The return of the La Niña weather pattern has seen devastating floods in both Australia and New Zealand. Research highlights the vital role of the public.
5 ways businesses can implement the new Global Biodiversity Framework
The Global Biodiversity Framework sets ambitious targets to conserve nature and ensure its sustainable use – businesses are key to its implementation.
This is why we urgently need to protect tropical seagrass meadows
They can absorb carbon from the atmosphere at a much faster rate than other carbon sinks, research has shown, but a new study reveals even more.
Antarctica sea ice levels hit record low, and the other climate crisis stories you need to read this week
Top climate and environment news: Antarctica sea ice at record low; Cyclone Gabrielle could cost New Zealand $8 billion; Guyana's carbon-offset future.
An ocean of hope: why marine protection matters for people and nature
Marine protection is crucial for creating well-protected and sustainably managed oceans, and by working together we can clean up all the world's oceans.
Here's how sustainable fish farming is helping Kenyan communities
In Kenya, small-scale fish farming combined with sustainable agroecology practices is boosting food security for smallholder farmers, reports Mongabay.
Only 15% of the world’s coastlines remain in their natural state
Human activity is destroying our coasts - but there's still time to save them, says a new study.
Wetlands have been in decline since 1700 – but they can still be saved
Countries and international organizations are beginning to see how important wetlands are, with some adopting “no-net-loss” policies to boost coverage.
A Greenlandic fisherman died in a tsunami in 1952. Did climate change kill him?
In 1952, a landslide along the coast of Greenland triggered a tsunami that killed a local fisherman. The tragedy went largely uninvestigated — until now.
99% of coral reefs could disappear if we don't slash emissions this decade, alarming new study shows
At 1.5°C of warming, 99% of the world’s coral reefs will die, according to latest research, which says greenhouse gas emissions must be slashed this decade.
Why is the Salton Sea in California so important and what can we do to protect it?
Hundreds of bird species use the Salton Sea as a rest stop during migration, but its declining water levels are endangering nature and people nearby.
Why is biodiversity so essential?
Biodiversity - the variety of flora and fauna - helps support and sustain healthy ecosystems, says Green Matters, but humanity is gradually eroding it.
Here are 5 ways we can save our deep sea reefs
Shallow reefs and deep-sea reefs receive little scientific attention due to costs and logistics, but research shows they do face threats.
This chart shows how rapidly the ocean is warming
2016 was the hottest year for the ocean ever recorded, while in 2022, global ocean temperatures were 0.69C higher than the century’s average, says Statista.
What does sustainably-sourced seafood actually mean?
Sustainable seafood has risen in popularity, but is it really better for the environment? Here, Green Matters unpacks the meaning behind the label.
Davos 2023: Awash with ocean action and inspiration
From art to music to in-depth panel discussions, ocean action was a focal talking point at Davos 23, here's a round-up of the ocean action highlights.
Speed, Cooperation and Resilience Can Mend a Fragmented World
5 things to know about Davos 2023
Trade, tech, and tackling the climate crisis were just some of the topics under discussion at Davos 2023. Here's a snapshot of some of the highlights.
World Economic Forum Signs Partnership with Indonesia on Blue Carbon to Support National Climate Goals
11 innovations deepening our understanding of the ocean through data
These start-ups are boosting ocean conservation and promoting a sustainable blue economy through sensors, satellites, artificial intelligence, and more.
Nature loss is an economic crisis – we need innovative solutions now
A new collaboration will source and scale innovative technologies and solutions that address sustainable forestry and the interlinkage between nature and human health.
3 critical steps leaders must take to halt biodiversity loss and tackle climate change
Climate change and biodiversity loss are linked in complex ways – neither can be solved if we don't embrace science, collaboration and new enabling frameworks
How to create a healthy ocean that benefits everyone
Restoring the health of the ocean is a key part in combatting global warming. If we work together, we have the opportunity to make real and meaningful change.
5 dimensions of leadership to address complex challenges
Today’s leadership faces multiple, interconnected challenges - and the complexity of these issues requires a renewed focus on what makes an effective leader.
6 experts at Davos share what's on the horizon for 2023
Select experts participating at the 53rd World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos provide their predictions for what to expect from 2023 in their areas of expertise.
Renewing calls for ocean action in 2023
The Co-Chairs of Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Action Agenda have released a new statement, Ocean Action in 2023, calling for renewed vigour in ocean action...
Sea level is rising around the world: art is putting it in the spotlight
Artists like Sarah Cameron Sunde are bringing attention to the existential threat of rising sea levels through unique visual art performances.
The ocean plays a key role in the energy transition – so does data
As ocean data becomes available, we have promising, potentially mind-blowing opportunities for science-led, data-driven solutions to heal the ocean.
There is no liveable planet without the ocean. Business can chart a course to ocean sustainability and health
If the ocean were a country, it would have the seventh most productive economy. Conserving and safeguarding it is a win-win for both business and society
4 ways to scale blue carbon
Restoring coastal ecosystems could result in a return of $11.8 billion in carbon finance by 2040. Here's how partnerships could unlock the potential of blue carbon for people and planet.
These are the biggest risks facing the world
The World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2023 identifies the key risks facing the world over the next decade. The cost-of-living crisis tops the list.
World's glaciers at serious risk from climate crisis
Glaciers provide water for about 1.9 billion people globally, and their loss could also increase the likelihood of hazards such as floods and landslides.
Whales could be a secret weapon in the fight against climate change - here's why
A new study shows how whales could help fight climate change and reduce carbon emissions to help protect the ocean and lead to healthier ecosystems.
Here's how Argentina's most important carbon sink will be permanently protected
Argentina recently approved a law to protect its Mitre Peninsula. The area is a vital carbon sink, through its range of peatlands and ocean kelp forests.
Here's why wetlands are so crucial to Indonesia's climate goals
Protecting Indonesia's remaining peatlands and mangroves is vital if the country is to meet its emissions reduction goal by 2030, a new study shows.
A landmark global biodiversity deal, and the other climate change stories you need to read this week
Top climate change and environment stories: A global biodiversity deal is agreed; California aims to cut CO2 emissions by 85%; 'Bomb cyclone' looms in US
How did climate change shape the Arctic over 2022?
The Arctic is seeing more rainfall when it would normally be snowing, and sea ice that protected coastlines from erosion during storms is forming later.
The US has just started building floating wind turbines – how do they work?
Floating wind turbines are being tested in locations around the world. They sit on a platform with mooring lines to anchor them in place in the water.
The desalination process gives us freshwater – at a huge environmental cost
Desalination removes salt from saltwater and converts it to freshwater, but it can produce waste and toxic chemicals that harm wildlife and the planet.
Polar bears and climate change: What does the science say?
Climate change is making it harder for polar bears to hunt, mate and breed. Here, experts and scientists from around the world assess the animal's future.
5 ways nature tech can bring integrity and scale to nature-based solutions
Nature-based solutions are vital for tackling the climate crisis. Here's how they can be transformed through nature tech into solutions that are scalable, transparent and trustworthy.
How much has been spent already to retreat from rising seas?
It’s a potentially controversial acknowledgement that some places simply can’t be saved, but in some cases it may also be the most responsible course of action.
Here's why the UN's law of the sea needs an overhaul
It's the 40th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Time that we reformed this law to promote equity and protect our natural environment.
7 opportunities to strengthen ocean-based action in climate strategies
Governments must accelerate implementation of ocean-based climate solutions and raise ambition to put the world on track to limit GHG emissions, WRI says.
Are we still protecting the right places in the ocean?
Climate change is responsible for moving species from current marine protected areas (MPAs), so new MPAs may need to be mapped to maintain biodiversity.
What governments must agree at COP15 to accelerate business action on biodiversity and nature
Policy-makers at COP15 are urged to 'make it mandatory' for companies to report their impact on nature to accelerate global action on biodiversity loss.
How the winners of the latest Earthshot Prize will scale environmental solutions
From plastic alternatives to novel ways to capture CO2, here are the winners of the annual Earthshot Prize, a competition that looks for solutions to help repair our planet.
How ocean data innovation is changing how we see the sea
From optimizing whale safety to mapping the sea floor, here's how innovators are uncovering new insights from ocean data and driving marine research.
This chart shows which countries consume the most or least fish
Global average consumption of fish and other seafood per person reached a record high of 20.5 kilogram in 2019. The highest consumers are coastal nations.
Aquaculture accounts for half of the world's fish supply
Global fisheries and aquaculture production totaled 177.8 million tonnes in 2020 according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
This endurance swimmer crossed the Red Sea to highlight the plight of the coral reefs
Battling sharks and container ships, Lewis Pugh swam 123 kilometres across the Red Sea to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on the coral reefs there.
10 key takeaways from COP27 on nature's critical role
Discussions at COP27 highlighted nature's pivotal role in tackling the climate crisis. These 10 areas show where progress is being made on climate action.
Why all citizens must speak up to help protect the ocean
It's time to bring everyday citizens to the negotiating table, so decision-makers have access to real experiences from those most impacted by the ocean.
How did fish evolve to live in the cold waters of the deep sea?
The deep sea contains 90% of the water in our oceans, but due to the lack of sunlight for photosynthesis to occur, it makes it a difficult place for species to live.
New research shows ancestral Māori adapted quickly in the face of rapid climate change
Māori ancestors adapted to changing climate conditions rapidly, and research highlights the changes to resource, availability and population growth.
World Economic Forum, Indonesia Launch New Initiative to Support a Sustainable Ocean Economy
Ocean 20 brings together the public sector and business leaders to drive positive action and change for ocean health and a sustainable blue economy.
Ocean 20: Powering a sustainable ocean for a buoyant global economy
Ocean 20 launches 12 November to start a dialogue to boost lasting, equitable, resilient growth for G20 countries through a sustainable ocean economy.
How ocean data innovation is changing how we see the sea
From optimizing whale safety to mapping the sea floor, here's how ocean data innovators are uncovering new insights and driving ocean research.
5 principles to secure the future of blue carbon
Up to one billion tons of carbon dioxide is released each year from degraded coastal ecosystems. Here's how blue carbon credits can reduce emissions and protect coastal communities.
Here's how we can achieve plastic neutrality — and save the ocean
By 2050, the world will have produced over 40 billion tonnes of plastic, and it's not going anywhere. Here's how collaboration can tackle plastic pollution.
World Economic Forum and Partners Launch Guide for Sustainable Ocean-based Carbon Markets at COP27
A global coalition of ocean leaders at COP27 have announced a first-of-a-kind framework on blue carbon.
These satellite images show the Caspian Sea's shrinking coast line
New images show the Caspian Sea's declining water levels over the past 16 years. Here's why that's a threat to people and planet - and what we can do.
Here's what the world can learn from fishing communities about managing climate risks
Climate risks are impacting coastal cities around the world leading some communities to take their own action to increase future resilience.
Why the Nile Delta isn't ready for climate change
The Nile Delta is one of Earth's most fertile and densely populated rural areas but climate impacts are negatively affecting coastal farms in Egypt.
COP27: How climate finance and adaptation can support vulnerable countries
Climate finance is a central theme at COP27 in Egypt. Here are some options for climate adaptation and climate finance.
From 'Speed and Scale' to 'Braiding Sweetgrass', these are the 6 books climate leaders want you to read
As the UN Climate Summit COP27 begins this month, here are 6 books climate leaders such as Jane Goodall, Al Gore and more say will inspire and shape you.
How the shipping industry is sailing towards zero-emission targets
The shipping industry aims to align with a 1.5 degrees Celsius trajectory, this means that zero-emission fuels must make up 5% of global fuels by 2030.
Here’s how Japan is using technology to mitigate natural disasters
Japan has developed world-leading ways of mitigating tsunamis and other natural disasters, using innovative technology and public-private partnerships.
Explained: Carbon offsetting, and why we can no longer ignore it
Carbon offsetting is becoming an essential tool for reducing emissions and channeling much-needed funding to the Global South. Here's how it has matured.
COP27: A pivotal moment in the fight against climate change?
The world is at a tipping point when it comes to limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Turning pledges into implementation plans is a high priority for COP27.
COP27: 7 leaders on what’s needed now for climate action
Ahead of the COP27 global climate summit, this special compilation episode collects interview excerpts from a range of leaders in government, business, and civil society about what leader...
New fossil fuels ‘incompatible’ with 1.5°C goal, comprehensive analysis finds
Rapidly expanding renewable power use would remove the need for new fossil fuel extraction, but current investment in these technologies is falling short.
This mangrove reforestation project shows how technology can scale nature-based solutions
Mangrove forests capture and store carbon and act as natural flood defences. A reforestation project shows how technology can help saplings reach maturity.
Why looking after the ocean is not just a job for islanders
People living on islands are seeing the impact of climate change on the ocean every day. At COP27, the international community must take responsibility
Does methane at the bottom of the ocean add to climate change?
Ocean sediments are massive storehouses for ancient reservoirs of natural methane. Scientists investigate the possibility and potential impact of its release.
Here's why algae-eating fish are key to saving coral reefs
Conservationists are advocating for fish-mediated resilience - restoring populations of algae-eating reef fish, in order to save the world’s coral reefs.
How Lighthouse factories use technology to build a resilient, sustainable future for manufacturing
Lighthouse factories around the globe use technology to improve productivity, sustainability and workforce engagement. Here are key quotes from Lighthouse leaders.
How ancient ice-age valleys could hold the key to global ice-sheet loss
Advances in satellite technology over recent decades have allowed scientists to chart the melting of the Earth’s ice sheets in remarkable detail.
We now have better predictions on sea-level rise as the Earth warms
Scientists have found the first ‘sea level fingerprint’, helping boost confidence in models and theories predicting potential changes in ocean levels.
Ocean eddies play a key role in replenishing ocean nutrients. Here's how
Small ocean eddies move important nutrients around oceans and help keep marine life healthy. This could also help sustain carbon storage in subtropical oceans.
Why ocean depth is key for how warming will affect marine life
Marine temperatures are rising because of climate change and are likely to exceed safe thresholds more quickly in deeper waters, according to a new study.
Sea level rise: Everything you need to know
Rising sea levels have now reached record numbers and are forecast to rise more by 2050. Where are sea levels rising fastest, and what can the world do to slow the tide?
To feed the world, we need to waste less fish. Here's how
Up to 35% of fish caught is wasted. The seafood sector can become more circular and put by-products to use. Aquaculture offers solutions.
Ship collisions can kill whales – this technology is helping to stop them
Whale Safe technology is helping reduce fatal collisions between ships and whales in the Santa Barbara Channel off the West coast of the United States.
Seabin: How these 'floating garbage bins' can help clean up our waters
The Seabin project began in Australia and aims to solve the global problem of ocean plastic pollution and ocean conservation, one marina at a time.
Sustainable ocean investing goes mainstream
Market-based sustainable ocean investing is surging, with opportunities across all sectors and asset classes of the blue economy.
Indonesia plans to protect its seas by extending its marine protected area network
Indonesia is planning to expand its marine protected area coverage to 325,000 square kilometres by the end of this decade, the fisheries ministry says.
Here's why we could be eating more seaweed in future
Seaweed is a versatile and nutritious food source, often rich in fibre and high in vitamins and minerals. But high prices and food neophobia are barriers.
Global community called to continue the blue thread of ocean action
Co-Chairs of Friends of Ocean Action and the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Action Agenda have released a statement, the Blue Thread for Ocean Action, a week ahead of the UN General Assembl...
Arctic lakes are doing a vanishing act - why?
Global warming is accelerating permafrost thawing, causing Arctic lakes to drain, endangering the lives of species and communities dependent on these vital freshwater sources.
The Great Salt Lake is getting a little less great - here’s why
The famous Great Salt Lake in the United States has shrunk almost 7 metres since 1985 - because of population growth and climate change, says NASA.
30 years of sea level rise in 2 charts
NASA concludes that sea level rise over this 30-year period is about 10 times more than it would be if only natural flows of water between ocean and land were measured in a year.
Why are there more jellyfish in the sea and what does this mean?
Plankton reflect climate change’s impact on the ocean - increasing levels of jellyfish signal how rising sea temperatures are altering the ocean food web.
This is how record-breaking temperatures in the Mediterranean will affect sea life
The Mediterranean Sea has seen record-breaking temperatures this summer. Here a Professor of Marine Zoology explains the potential impact on ocean life.
8 ways the world is adapting to rising sea levels
From China to Senegal, countries are coming up with innovations including 'floating' and 'sponge' cities, to adapt to climate change and protect people and property from flooding.
These emerging economies are poised to lead shipping's net-zero transition
Maritime shipping is responsible for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. As the sector goes green, these three economies are emerging as leaders.
In Sumatra, rising seas and sinking land spell hard times for fishers
Fishers operating near the port of Belawan on the island of Sumatra are reporting declining catches and a hit to their livelihoods from tidal flooding.
Here's a better way to save the world's endangered marine animals
Coastal communities that depend on marine megafauna for food and income are, in contrast, rarely well placed to benefit from marine tourism - so how can we fund their conservation without...
Scientists create a more sustainable LED from fish scales
New research shows that microwaving fish waste could create carbon nano-onions which could be used to make sustainable LEDs, among other applications.
'Living seawalls' prove eco-engineering’s sea legs are strong
Living seawalls – a form of eco-engineering – are 3D-printed structures that help restore local ecosystems and protect coastal areas from rising seawater.
The future of carbon offsetting lies beyond saltmarshes, seagrass and mangroves
New research found several reasons why it is extremely difficult to work out a reliable figure for carbon accumulation by coastal ecosystems under current conditions.
The blue economy is a historic opportunity. Here's how we seize it
Building a blue economy means preserving the ocean for future generations without sacrificing profit — but financing is key. Here's how we make it happen.
The blue economy is worth $2.5 trillion a year. But what is it?
The Eastern Caribbean is at the forefront of efforts to invest heavily in developing the blue economy, in close partnership with the World Bank and others.
New study suggests seafood retailers can protect biodiversity and profitability
A new report has found that an increase in seafood sustainability and greater supply chain disclosure could improve ocean health and significantly boost retailer profits.
The risks of deep-sea mining are not fully understood - here's why that matters
Deep-sea mining, an industry poised to start operating in 2023, could result in the dangerous loss of biodiversity and other disruptions to the deep sea.
Plastic pollution and why we need to enforce global rules on fishing vessels
As the UN supports negotiations for a plastic pollution treaty, researchers dive into existing laws that regulate plastic pollution from fishing vessels
'Glimpse of hope': up to 150 fin whales spotted feeding off Antarctica
Researchers have documented fin whales feeding en masse off Antarctica’s Elephant Island, a win for the 1982 ban on the practice of commercial whaling.
Why shipping might be about to get a little bit slower
Upcoming rules from the IMO require shipping firms to calculate their vessels' annual carbon intensity, which could lead to slower sailing speed on older ships.
2022 UN Ocean Conference sets off new wave of ocean action
The 2022 UN Ocean Conference took place in Lisbon. The global ocean community gathered to celebrate progress and push for more ambitious ocean action.
5 stories on climate change you should read this week
From the financial value of green energy investment in Europe, to how best to talk about sustainability, these are the latest stories on climate change.
Climate crisis: Even temporarily overshooting 2°C would cause permanent damage to Earth’s species
Research models have found that a temporary climate overshoot would cause waves of irreversible extinctions and lasting damage to tens of thousands of species.
The 16 principles that could save the ocean
The ocean is in serious decline. Only an urgent multilateral effort can halt this and preserve the ocean and the benefits it provides for future generations.
China is establishing blue partnerships to scale up actions to conserve and sustainably use the oceans
With the development of Blue Partnerships, we can accelerate efforts to realize SDG 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
Here's how the 2022 UN Ocean Conference set off a new wave of global ocean action
The global ocean community was thirsty to meet and connect again in person – to celebrate progress, and more importantly push for ever more ambitious ocean action. Find out what happened ...
Why we need a code of conduct for ocean-based carbon dioxide removal
Seas hold over 50 times the amount of CO2 than the atmosphere, so we'd be wise to look at ocean-based carbon dioxide removal to tackle climate change.
To save the ocean, Web3 needs more scientists
Web3 tools are being used to raise money for ocean conservation and fund ocean science, but more scientific input and analysis are needed to ensure success.
A sustainable path to lasting recovery for Small Island Developing States lies in the ocean and the building of a robust blue economy
Small Island Developing States like Fiji were battered by COVID-19. In a post-pandemic world, the ocean will provide them sustainable and resilient growth.
Why the UN Ocean Conference is a key step on the road to recovering ocean health
The UN Ocean Conference will be focussing on the major challenges and opportunities faced by the ocean today, from overfishing to excess carbon emissions.
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.
The world's largest freshwater fish is discovered by villagers in Cambodia
The world's biggest freshwater fish ever recorded, a female stingray weighing in at 300kg, has been discovered by Cambodian villagers on the Mekong River.
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.