The latest news, comment and analysis from the Friends of Ocean Action, leaders who are fast-tracking solutions for a healthy ocean.
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).
Less talk, more action: 5 things the most successful partnerships share
Public-private collaborations are key to achieving the Great Reset and meeting SDG targets. Partnerships achieving the most impact share five elements.
Jane Goodall awarded the 2021 Templeton Prize
The prestigious Templeton Prize recognizes Dr. Goodall's groundbreaking discoveries that changed humanity's understanding of its role in the natural world.
4 challenges we need to solve to protect our ocean
The integrity of ocean ecosystems is threatened by climate change, pollution and overfishing. A new sprint is looking for innovative solutions to address some of the key challenges.
The ocean's chemistry isn't the same everywhere - this is what it means for marine life
A new study by the University of Santa Barbara overturns a 130-year-old assumption about the chemistry of ocean water. Here's why it's important.
These surfers are using sensors in their board fins to monitor ocean warming
Surfers around the world are using Smartfins to gather data about the health of oceans. Smartfins are fixed to the tail of surfboards and contain a number of sensors.
Paint: the big source of ocean microplastics you didn’t know about
The volume of microplastics from paint on steel surfaces that enters the ocean every year could be equivalent to 150-225 billion empty plastic bottles.
This small area of seagrass in Wales could be a big deal in the battle against climate change
Seagrass meadows are also important to biodiversity – but they’re one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.
Atlantic ocean holds 10x more plastic pollution than previously believed, new study finds
The amount of plastic in the ocean has been 'massively underestimated', according to a National Oceanography Centre study.
This new technology could change how we study ocean life
A new microscope, developed at Stanford University, offers for the first time a way to track and measure sea plankton's behaviors and molecular processes.
Half of all tourism happens on the coast, so what lies ahead as sea levels rise?
In the next 80 years, sea levels are expected to rise by around 2 meters. With around half of all tourism taking place in coastal areas, there are major implications for the industry to c...
Global Tuna Alliance calls for 25% catch reduction in Indian Ocean yellowfin tuna
The Global Tuna Alliance, a body working with Friends of Ocean Action to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in tuna fisheries, has published independent management advi...
Deep-sea minerals could meet the demands of battery supply chains – but should they?
Deep-sea mining has attracted controversy due to concerns of potential damage to delicate ecosystems before scientists have had chance to assess what is at stake.
11 innovative and surprising solutions for saving our seas
Changemakers brought together by innovation platform Uplink hail from six continents and tackle a range of challenges facing the Ocean, from freight shipping to plastic pollution.
This boat made from plastic waste is on a mission to end ocean pollution
The boat, made entirely out of plastic waste and recycled flip-flops, has sailed from Kenya to Tanzania to raise awareness for plastic pollution in the ocean.
60% of the world's fish species at risk of extinction due to climate change
New research suggests that climate change could wipe out 60% of all fish species in the oceans. Previous studies predicted fish would be far more resilient.
Net gains: Thai project turns fishing nets into virus protection gear
Thailand is one of the world's biggest plastic polluters, but a small community project is recycling its discarded fishing nets into vital supplies to help fight coronavirus.
'Reef cubes': could these plastic-free blocks help save the ocean?
Start-up ARC Marine has come up with a green alternative to artificial reefs - restoring marine biodiversity at the same time as protecting offshore wind farms from strong tides.
Highly protected marine areas will benefit UK fishing, not threaten it
Highly protected marine areas are the best way to conserve and restore marine life. Here's why the UK government must seize its chance to create more of them.
The plastic pandemic is only getting worse during COVID-19
Single-use plastics, such as surgical masks, have been vital in supporting society during COVID-19. However, the increase in plastic waste is putting a strain on waste management systems.
How scuba divers are turning ocean waste into COVID face masks
The international diving organization PADI is recycling ocean plastic to make anti-coronavirus face masks. We look at similar schemes around the world.
5 ways the ocean can contribute to a green post-COVID recovery
From food production to renewable energy, the ocean represents a vast and untapped resource. Here are five ways we can use it to shape a greener future.
Envisioning a blue recovery
Erna Solberg, Norweigan PM and Tommy Remengesau, Jr, President of Palau, discuss the essential role the ocean plays in creating a sustainable and prosperous global future.
How face masks, gloves and other coronavirus waste is polluting our ocean
The coronavirus pandemic is driving us towards more single-use products and the environment is already seeing the impact.
Track and trace: transparent and digitized fishing data is crucial to ocean resilience
The COVID pandemic has made it tougher than ever to detect illegal fishing. Digital tracking and tracing could be a great help as we rebuild our economies.
Time to protect the ocean: what is an 'MPA' and why do we need them?
A comic-book-style guide explains what we mean when we talk about protecting the ocean - something that will be even more urgent as we reset after COVID-19,
3 innovations which are leading the fight to save our ocean
Our ocean faces an unprecedented set of interconnected challenges. These innovators, the winners of our Ocean Solutions Sprint, think they can help turn things around.
Quotes on the future of our ocean from Queen Noor of Jordan, Marc Benioff and more
The first day of the World Economic Forum's Virtual Ocean Dialogues ended Monday with a session looking at how we can restore the ocean's health - Setting the Stage for Ocean Action.
'Water-forecasting' and fish farms fed on waste: how innovation is driving the blue economy
Two young entrepreneurs joined the World Economic Forum’s Virtual Ocean Dialogues to explain how fresh thinking could make aquaculture more sustainable,
UN chief: Our global recovery must include a plan for the ocean
Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean's makes the case for a 'blue-green' recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.
5 things you need to know about the Virtual Ocean Dialogues
The Virtual Ocean Dialogues are the world's first totally online comprehensive global conference for ocean action. Here's what you can expect.
The top 10 ocean biodiversity hotspots to protect
Research has identified 10 areas of the ocean that need to be protected to support marine biodiversity.
How to follow the Virtual Ocean Dialogues
Find all the information you need to follow #OceanDialogues on our social channels.
New research reveals the true extent of corruption in fisheries
Corruption is a problem throughout the fisheries value chain, and its impacts are serious and widespread. Here's how policy-makers can start to address it.
Virtual Ocean Dialogues to Fast-track Action, Innovation and Resilience
Innovation and solutions are at the forefront of the first Virtual Ocean Dialogues, a summit to fast-track actions for a healthier ocean and planet hosted by the Friends of Ocean Action a...
COVID-19 is a chance to end harmful fishing subsidies. Here's why we must take it
The COVID-19 recovery is an opportunity to foster a sustainable ocean economy. To that end, governments must end the funding of harmful fishing practices.
8 ways to rebuild a stronger ocean economy after COVID-19
COVID-19's impact is being felt at sea as well as on land - but the pandemic offers an opportunity to start building a fairer, more sustainable ocean economy.
Special Envoy for the Ocean calls for elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies by end of the year
Friends of Ocean Action co-chair adds his voice to those affirming support for the intensification of their efforts to develop new WTO disciplines in 2020, including a Fisheries Subsidies...
Indonesia unveils action plan to prevent 16 million tonnes of plastic from entering the ocean
A diverse community of plastic pollution action leaders across Indonesia’s public, private and civil society sectors released a joint Action Plan for combatting plastic pollution and waste.
Increasing finance for a healthy ocean
The Ocean Finance Handbook is a new guide that seeks to demystify the investment landscape of the sustainable blue economy.
Coming soon: Virtual Ocean Dialogues
A global online conference for ocean action, the Virtual Ocean Dialogues, has been announced to take place on 1-5 June 2020 to connect communities across the world that are seeking innova...
Here's how transparent global fisheries can be a reality
The WEF's Tuna Traceability Declaration comes into force this year – a crucial step towards stemming illegal fishing that harms both ecosystems and economies
A healthy human future depends on healthy oceans. Here's why
The oceans can play a huge role in feeding the planet's growing population - but we must avoid the mistakes we have made in land-based agriculture if we are to do this sustainably.
Here's how eating sea urchins could help save the oceans' dying kelp forests
As sea urchin populations boom they are killing kelp forests and damaging vital marine ecosystems.
Climate change is acidifying the ocean at an alarming rate - and these animals are worst affected
Increasing ocean acidity is threatening its inhabitants, including the Dungeness crabs, whose shells are being dissolved.
We need natural solutions to fight ocean and climate risk
The ocean, which feeds us, regulates our climate and is one of the engines of the global economy, is changing at the fastest rate in human history. We need to find practical, powerful way...
How venture capital can help stem the flow of ocean plastic waste
When combined with public policy, corporate commitments and changes in human behaviour, here’s how venture capital can help stop plastic waste polluting the ocean - especially in Asia.
2019 was the oceans' hottest year on record
From coral bleaching and rising sea levels to increased marine heatwaves and more powerful storms, climate change is destroying our ocean ecosystems - harming people just as much as the f...
This is how The Ocean Cleanup's mission to clear the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is going
The Ocean Cleanup has collected 60 massive plastic bags from a floating barrier in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Here’s what you need to know.
Overwhelming Public Support for Ban on Fishing for Endangered Species, Poll Finds
New global survey shows three out of four adults say we should ban fishing of endangered species and stop government fisheries subsidies that lead to overfishing and illegal fishing. It c...
The ocean is teeming with microplastic – a million times more than we thought, suggests new research
A new study finds there could be a million times more tiny plastic pieces in the ocean than we thought, and they might be infiltrating the food chain.
Illegal fishing plagues the Pacific Ocean. Here's how to end it
Illegal fishing undermines economic development, national security, food security and human rights – and nowhere is this more starkly evident than in the Pacific.