The latest news, comment and analysis about key ocean topics
The ocean is our best chance to survive climate change
Our ocean's health is our planet's health. It absorbs heat and CO₂, regulates climate, and fuels a sustainable economy. Protecting it from climate change is crucial for our future.
Ocean innovation highlighted at COP28
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, OceanX and the World Economic Forum’s 1000 Ocean Startups Coalition today celebrated two partnerships promoting ocean innovation during the 2023...
The Philippines joins Blue Carbon Action Partnership to Strengthen Coastal Ecosystems
The Philippines announced today at COP28 that it is joining the Forum’s Blue Carbon Action Partnership to restore and conserve coastal ecosystems
Why closing the price gap for green fuels is key to decarbonizing the maritime sector
Advancing and scaling the supply of green fuels to decarbonize the maritime sector demands government action and policy measures to help close the price gap.
How fisheries data can help sustain Antarctica's ecosystems
Using data collected by the krill fishing industry, scientists can better understand the species' vital role supporting Antarctica's delicate ecosystem.
3 ways unique partnerships are decarbonizing shipping
Shipping is responsible for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Here's what the First Movers Coalition is doing to decarbonize the sector.
The Mangrove Breakthrough: 4 steps we must take to safeguard people, nature and the planet
Mangrove forests can play an important role in meeting global environmental targets and COP28 offers the ideal opportunity to turn pledges into action.
Why the tropical majority is key to creating effective ocean solutions at COP28, and beyond
People in the tropics, or the 'tropical majority', often have invaluable expertise and knowledge of the ocean that is key to helping protect the high seas.
4 ways the public and private sectors can change the future of sustainable travel together
Four ways the public and private sectors can collaborate on limiting the negative impacts of tourism and building a bright future for sustainable travel.
How are rising sea temperatures affecting coral reefs in Indonesia?
Indonesia is home to 16% of the world's coral reefs, but half of its coral reefs are set to suffer severe bleaching in the coming years. Here's how we can protect them.
From mangroves to floating gardens: 8 ways Asia is harnessing nature to fight climate change
Asia is adapting to climate change with nature-based solutions that are less expensive and more effective than built infrastructure. Here are eight examples.
Dominica pioneers world's first sperm whale reserve
Dominica establishes world's first sperm whale reserve to protect the endangered marine mammals. It will cover the island's western coast. Watch to learn more
How COP28 can help accelerate research around the ocean's carbon removal potential
The ocean is already the world's largest carbon sink — and human intervention could boost that. We need to begin researching now how to do that safely.
Antarctica is melting faster than ever. Here’s what we can do about it
With global warming now heavily affecting Antarctica, it is vital we identify useful tipping points in technology and human behaviour that will help keep the southern continent under ice.
Global warming is shaking up the ocean, literally
Global warming is making the Earth shake! A new study shows that rising sea levels and stronger storms are causing more powerful seismic ocean waves.
4 promising approaches to eliminating plastic pollution in Africa
Plastic pollution in Africa borns many adverse effects with several necessary measures to ensure its regenerative and sustainable plastic-free future.
New report calls for collective action by APEC Economies on combating IUU fishing
A new report is calling for collective action by the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economies and the seafood industry to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fis...
The countdown is on for a UN treaty on plastic pollution to move from aspiration into action
There can be no further delay on finalizing the UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution, which establishes global rules to curb the use of plastics.
The world has lost 14% of its coral reefs since 2009. Investing in a blue economy gives us a shot at saving the rest
The Coral Reef Breakthrough is calling for investments of $12 billion by 2030 to safeguard the future of the world's drastically underfunded coral reefs.
Coral offspring may be more resilient to heat stress, study finds
Coral reefs are highly sensitive to climate change, but some are more resilient than others. Researchers are working to identify and protect these resilient coral offspring.
This will be the world’s largest car carrier ever built
Höegh Autoliners unveils world's largest car carrier, set to sail on zero-emission fuels like green ammonia and green methanol.
5 principles of public-private data collaboration to improve resilience of the maritime supply chain
Engaging public and private stakeholders in creating a data collaboration policy framework is a must for building resilience in the maritime supply chain.
Fish waste to future wealth: How Namibia’s fisheries are collaborating on sustainable innovation
Namibia is working with fisheries to create fish by-products that support a sustainable blue economy. The Namibia Ocean Cluster launched earlier this year.
Why the travel and tourism industry should care about the state of the ocean
Marine and coastal tourism makes up 50% of the global tourism, so putting a healthy ocean at the heart of decision-making is key for the sector to prosper.
This is how to leverage community-led sustainable tourism for people and biodiversity
Sustainable tourism is best done through community development ventures with Indigenous peoples, which helps preserve local culture and bring in resources.
Ugandan fish smoking kiln reduces cancer risks for women
New fish smoking kiln in Uganda reduces cancer risk for women and makes the process more efficient while also producing higher quality fish and reducing environmental impact.
Seawater electrolysis: a hydrogen revolution or technological dud? Here are the numbers
Seawater electrolysis: It's either hailed as a wonder solution to create hydrogen — the fuel of the future — or a futile waste of time. Here's the maths.
This new desalination system is inspired by the ocean and powered by the sun
New MIT desalination system could produce freshwater at half the cost of existing methods, making it more accessible to people in arid and semi-arid regions.
The Ocean Can Play a Bigger Role in Fighting Climate Change than Previously Thought
Ocean-based climate solutions can deliver up to 35% of the annual emissions reductions needed by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
How the Middle East is striving to lead the way in sustainable tourism
She how innovative private sector projects and strategic government initiatives are helping to position the Middle East as a hub for sustainable tourism.
Here are 5 lessons from Ghana's fight against plastic pollution
The Ghana National Plastic Action Partnership is the platform for multi-stakeholder cooperation to reduce the outgrowing problem of plastic pollution.
A round-the-world boat race could change how we research ocean biodiversity
Ocean biodiversity is at risk — and we need to keep researching it to understand how to help. Surprisingly, these round-the-world boat racers could help.
New cohort of Friends of Ocean Action all aboard for ocean health
“We are excited and honoured to welcome such illustrious, expert, committed and dynamic new members of our Friends of Ocean Action community.” said Alfredo Giron, Head of Ocean at the Wor...
3 lessons on how we can work together to restore ocean health
Ocean health is at risk and it will take broad coalitions involving governments, civil society and private organisations to restore its potential.
Why addressing the climate crisis at our poles is key to achieving Sustainable Development Goals
The polar regions are warming faster than anywhere else and could trigger global climate tipping points, putting the Sustainable Development Goals at risk.
Are we finally turning the tide towards sustainable tourism?
Multiple initiatives around the world show that sustainable tourism is possible and achievable, but it will take a huge amount of effort for it to scale.
How metaverse technology is catalysing action on polar ice tipping points
Here's how the metaverse is being used to educate people about the polar tipping points and to provide them with opportunities to take action.
Trees, oceans and mental health: 3 ways entrepreneurs are using AI to solve global challenges
AI technologies are transforming sectors and industries, but how are they being harnessed to help the planet? These start-ups are leading the way.
3 things businesses can do to accelerate ocean health
Companies secure their long-term survival by minimizing their impacts on marine life and unlock novel business opportunities restoring ocean health.
This CEO has travelled to space and the deepest ocean floor – here’s how he deals with risk
As an explorer and CEO in the space industry, Dylan E. Taylor has experienced risk in its purest form. This is how he approaches high-stakes decisions.
Fiji builds back bluer, strengthening its sustainable ocean economy
By embracing the potential of its ocean economy, Fiji is fostering sustainable and resilient development, after concluding a two-year roadmap exercise with the Blue Recovery Hubs.
How are marine heatwaves affecting the seafloor?
Marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent & intense, affecting the seafloor & causing coral bleaching and loss of marine life. More research is needed to mitigate the effects.
The Nairobi Declaration: This is how African nations want to fight climate change
African leaders called for new worldwide taxes to fund climate action. The Nairobi Declaration was issued at the end of the Africa Climate Summit in Kenya.
Could these robot sea turtles be used to save the real ones?
Roboticists at the University of Notre Dame have developed robot sea turtles that they say could be used to help real ones and advance other fields of robotics.
7 tips for communicating nature-positive ambition
"Nature-positive action", "greenwashing", "greenhushing"... Here's what it all means — and how communicators can ensure their message lands among the noise.
GEF launches a global fund to protect 30% of land and ocean by 2030
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a new fund to protect biodiversity, with the goal of mobilizing $19.2 billion by 2026. Here's more about it
How can accurate maps of remote fjords help us predict future sea level rise?
Researchers have mapped the depth of two remote fjords in Greenland, the shape of which can affect how much glacier meltwater flows into the ocean.
Venice is charging visitors to tackle overtourism. What are other holiday destinations doing?
Venice is trialling a tourist tax to tackle overtourism. Here's what other holiday spots are doing, from ecotourism taxes to reservation systems and more.
How are scientists trying to save Florida's coral reef from extreme ocean heat
The current marine heat wave is the worst on record for Florida's coral reef, causing coral bleaching. Here's how scientists and volunteers are working to save it.
These biodegradable plastics made from algae are a new hope for the environment
Scientists created biodegradable plastics from spirulina, a blue-green algae. Spirulina plastics are carbon neutral and can be cultivated on a large scale.
Annual hole in ozone layer a threat to Antarctic sea ice, and other nature and climate stories you need to read this week
Headlines this week: how the annual ozone hole has formed early this year; why soil is the most species-rich habitat on earth; and other important environment news.
Here’s how China and Japan are achieving a step-change in sustainable fisheries
As leading global seafood trade and consuming nations, Japan and China can together help drive global enforcement of the WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies.
How waste pickers are helping tackle plastic pollution around the world
While waste pickers' work is often precarious and poorly paid, organizations are working to help waste pickers tackle plastic pollution. Here are some examples.
Hottest ever ocean temperatures threaten planet's health, and other nature and climate stories to read this week
Top nature and climate stories: Average ocean temperatures break records; Amazon deforestation rate is falling; Beijing hit by third deadly storm.
Here's how artificial reefs can help protect seagrass meadows
Artificial reefs could help protect seagrass meadows. Study finds that reefs can improve the productivity of seagrass and provide refuge from rising level.
How 6 robots are helping to protect our ocean
The ocean is critical to the survival of life on Earth, but it is under threat from the climate crisis. This is how robots are helping to protect it.
AI spots shipwrecks from the ocean surface – and even from the air
Underwater archaeology is incredibly dangerous and expensive but a new model can map shipwrecks with 92% accuracy, reducing time, costs and risks involved.
How Tuvalu is using technology to adapt to rising sea levels
The Tuvalu government and UNDP are developing a Long-Term Adaptation Plan (L-TAP) to provide comprehensive national solutions to sea level rise beyond 2100.
Why we urgently need new approaches to monitoring biodiversity in the sea
With long-term, accurate, data on fish populations, we can make informed decisions about conservation that will help restore the biodiversity of the sea.
Abu Dhabi is creating vast carbon sinks from its mangroves and sharing its learnings with the world
Abu Dhabi wants to turn the tide and see growth in mangrove habitats throughout the world, capturing huge amounts of carbon and helping to reach net zero.
The ocean is turning green: What does this mean for the marine ecosystem?
A new study finds that the ocean is turning green, possibly due to climate change, something that could have a significant impact on marine ecosystems.
Seafood Loss and Waste Value Chains - Request for Proposals
The main objective is to provide the knowledge basis needed to scale up the adoption of 100% fish approaches globally and to feed into the socialization of a global initiative geared towa...
How does ocean noise pollution affect marine life, and how can we reduce it?
Ocean noise pollution is a growing problem that is harming marine life around the world. A recent report by the United Nations outlines possible solutions.
Here's how female-led initiatives are tackling plastic waste in Zimbabwe and Malawi
Women in Zimbabwe and Malawi are working to reduce plastic waste by collecting plastic from dumpsites and communities and then selling it to recycling companies.
Why is blue carbon a valuable tool in the fight against climate change?
Blue carbon ecosystems store large amounts of carbon and provide important ecosystem services. Restoring and protecting them can help mitigate climate change.
China's rising tide: Expanding investment in blue finance
Saving the ocean requires money — but it's an opportunity, too. Here's how China and other countries can expand their investments in blue finance.
China formally accepts WTO agreement on harmful fisheries subsidies at AMNC23
China has agreed to a World Trade Organization deal aimed at curbing harmful fisheries subsidies and the acceptance was announced at the Forum's 14th Annual Meeting of the New Champions i...
How AI and underwater microphones are helping in marine life conservation
The fusion of AI and underwater microphones enables researchers and conservationists to monitor and understand diverse species for marine conservation.
China, World’s Largest Seafood Producer, Ratifies WTO Deal on Fisheries Subsidies
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How innovation and collaboration can transform ocean health
Business, government and civil society must join forces to support ocean health. Here's how a collaborative approach can help scale-up ocean innovations.
How business leaders can prepare for new climate reporting standards
If 2022 was the year for setting net-zero targets, 2023 is about ensuring delivery. By preparing now, leaders can use more quantitative reporting to feed into future strategic direction.
UN adopts world-first high seas treaty protecting marine biodiversity, and other nature and climate stories you need to read this week
Warming seas, melting Himalayan glaciers and the planet's slow-draining fresh water resources. It's all in this week's tranche of nature and climate news.
Marine heatwave threatens UK's seagrass meadows, but clean-up can help. Here's how
Marine heatwave is raising sea temperatures stressing seagrass plants. Clean-up efforts can reduce pollution levels helping seagrass meadows to recover.
Taking philanthropy to the next level in Asia can support climate and nature
Over $3 trillion in climate finance is needed to reach net zero by 2050. Philanthropy can help drive private-public capital to catalyze change in Asia.
10 years of effort pay off as seaweed forest is restored to health
Underwater seaweed forests are important ecosystems that provide food and shelter for marine life but face threats from climate change, pollution, and overfishing.
Why did artist Sarah Cameron Sunde stand in the sea for a full tide cycle 9 times on 6 continents?
Art provides an entryway into topics that appear overwhelming and abstract, spurring conversations, here those conversations are about sea level rise
How El Niño could impact weather in 2023-2024
El Nino could lead to droughts in Australia, Indonesia, and parts of South America, as well as flooding in the southwestern US, southern Africa, and parts of Asia.
Oyster gardens: how we build the natural reefs protecting our coasts
Oyster gardens can protect our coasts and clean the ocean water that every single person relies on. Here's all you need to know about this restorative climate solution.
Taking ocean action from commitment to implementation: Friends of Ocean Action call for real change for ocean health
Friends of Ocean Action is calling for accelerated progress to turn recent commitments into real change that will benefit our ocean and everyone who depends on it.
The importance of ecosystem-based management in protecting the ocean
Overfishing, pollution, and climate change are all taking a toll on marine ecosystems. Ecosystem-based management (EBM) could help to reverse these trends.
Arctic Ocean could become ice-free by 2030. Why it matters?
Scientists warn that the Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in summer by the 2030s. The loss of sea ice would have global and dangerous consequences.
Protecting large ocean areas helps biodiversity — and doesn’t harm fisheries, study finds
A new study on the largest fully protected marine area in North America has shown how preserving biodiversity in oceans does not negatively impact fishing.
World Ocean Day: Young Global Leaders outline what we need to do to protect the sea
On this year's World Ocean Day, Young Global Leaders outline how we can better protect our seas – for the benefit for the planet and those who rely on it.
How nutrient-rich seafood could help feed millions - without overfishing
Efforts are underway to encourage governments to end overfishing while ensuring people benefit from seafood's health benefits.
UN treaty aims to end global plastic pollution – and other nature and climate stories you need to read this week
Top nature stories: UN treaty aims to end global plastic pollution; Almost half of animal species are in decline; New York is sinking under the weight of its skyscrapers.
Plastic pollution and climate change: 3 leaders chart the path forward
The perspectives in this article, ranging from business to youth activism, highlight the role of the informal waste sector in addressing plastic pollution.
Beyond recycling: how to solve the plastic waste crisis
Every year, humans produce over 300 million tons of plastic waste, and only a small fraction of this is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills and oceans.
What is World Ocean Day?
World Ocean Day on 8 June is highlighting the global movement '30x30' which aims to safeguard at least 30% of the world’s land, waters and ocean by 2030.
Why it's time for a coordinated global approach to plastic pollution
As the UN negotiate a plastic pollution treaty, Nestlé and Danone's CEOs call for all those in the supply chain to collaborate to end plastic pollution.
How Nigerian women are leading national action against plastic pollution
Nigeria is putting women and people from disadvantaged communities front and center in the fight against plastic pollution choking its environment.
Montreal Protocol has slowed loss of Arctic sea ice, say scientists
A new study finds that the Montreal Protocol, which aims to protect the ozone layer, has also had the unexpected benefit of slowing Arctic sea ice loss.
This new framework helps companies set science based targets for nature
The Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) is developing guidance for companies to set science-based targets for nature, with a focus on land and water.
Why does the world need a global treaty on plastic pollution
A global treaty would help to curb plastic pollution, maximize the circulation of remaining plastic, and ensure the safe management of plastic waste.
Job opportunity: Engagement Lead (maternity cover)
This position plays a central role in the strategic planning of the ocean team's engagements and events and will help define a new business engagement strategy.
It’s time for governments to crack down on illegal fishing in the Pacific. Here’s how
A coalition of leaders in the seafood sector is calling on governments to drive forward measures that can help close the Pacific Ocean to illegal fishing.
International Day for Biological Diversity: From AI to robot jellyfish, here's the technology protecting biodiversity
To mark International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, we’ve rounded up some ways in which AI and other technologies can help protect biodiversity.
Beyond climate mitigation: the Pakistan floods showed there's no turning back
Climate adaptation and mitigation is not a fight for Pakistan alone, the unprecedented impact of floods worldwide calls for multi-stakeholder support.
The oceans are becoming less able to regulate the Earth's climate. Here's why
Oceans soak up 90% of the planet's excess heat energy. But as the climate changes, so does the oceans' power to protect us.
Seafood sector leaders urge government action to close the net on illegal fishing in the Pacific
Groups working with over 150 companies call for collective efforts in advance of the G7 Hiroshima Summit.
Countries must forge ‘Global Blue Deal’ to protect the ocean: UNCTAD
UNCTAD's Trade and Environment Review values the ocean economy at $3-6 billion and calls for a global Blue Deal to promote sustainable use of ocean resources.
Arctic sea ice heavily contaminated with microplastics, and other nature and climate news you need to read this week
Want to read the latest nature and climate stories? From this year's El Niño predictions to finding contaminated algae in Arctic sea ice, it's all here in this weekly news roundup.
Consultant for Seafood Loss and Waste Project in Namibia
Join the Seafood Loss and Waste team and contribute to its event planning, coordination, content creation and stakeholder management.
Consultant for Country Pilot Initiative in Ghana
The Ghana Aquaculture Lead Consultant will coordinate and lead the pilot in-country implementation of the GSAR under the direct guidance and advice of the global team – the World Economic...
Ocean warming is at a record high – what does that mean?
Climate scientists have described ocean warming as “heading off the charts”. How does this affect our planet, and how can it best be addressed?
Rate of sea-level rise doubles in a decade, and the other nature and climate news you need to read this week
Top nature and climate news: Rate of sea level rise doubles in a decade; India at risk from extreme heat; EU makes climate crisis policies more ambitious.
El Niño is coming, and ocean temps are already at record highs – that can spell disaster for fish and corals
El Niño events trigger intense and widespread periods of extreme ocean warming known as marine heat waves. This can wreak havoc on coral reefs and seagrass.
What centring Indigenous knowledge really means when it comes to nature-based solutions
The development of frameworks for nature has lacked Indigenous people’s leadership, inhibiting the development and assessment of nature-based solutions.
Supply chain sustainability is key to achieving climate goals: Here's how organizations can get started
Eight supply chains across major industries account for more than 50% of global GHG emissions. Supply chain leaders must act now to decarbonize operations.
Biodiversity: 5 'nature-positive' trends to watch out for
Targets for what’s been dubbed the ‘Paris Agreement’ for nature and biodiversity will be turned into national action plans and business contribution plans.
Global ocean surface temperatures reach a record high, and the other nature and climate news you need to read this week
Top nature and climate news: Ocean surface temperatures reach record high; Ice sheets could collapse more rapidly than thought; Severe drought predicted for France.
The poles are the ‘canaries in the coalmine’ of the climate crisis. Here’s why
The climate crisis is severe worldwide. Yet the polar regions remain particularly at risk as temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctica continue to increase at accelerated rates.
Rates of US coastal sea level rise break records
Sea levels on the US Southeast and Gulf coasts have risen by half an inch per year since 2010, a study says. This sea level rise is three times above the global average.
Ocean surface temperatures reach record high
The global ocean surface temperature reached 21.1C in early April, the highest recorded ocean surface temperature since records began, reports EcoWatch.
What is the Great Blue Wall Initiative?
Overfishing, the climate crisis, and extractive industries are all taking their toll on our oceans. The Great Blue Wall Initiative plans to help. Here’s how.
Why illegal fishing must be stamped out on environmental and humanitarian grounds
The forthcoming G7 Summit will be an important venue for discussing how to combat illegal fishing which impacts the environment and human rights worldwide.
As oceans warm, these species edge closer to extinction: Study
Most Australian shallow reef species, including fish, corals, seaweeds and invertebrates, saw population declines between 2008 and 2021, new study shows.
UN High Seas Treaty: Why we need a global dialogue on the ocean
The historic UN High Seas Treaty is a step forward for the ocean, but we need a global dialogue, including all stakeholders, to ensure it is adequately protected.
Showing people the effects of the climate emergency fails to shift attitudes, study finds
A terrifying 3D simulation of the effects of climate change on their city has failed to move people to take climate action, a new study has found.
Here's what you need to know about positive climate tipping points
There is the potential for positive tipping points in the fight against climate change, according to a new report called The Breakthrough Effect.
Here's how sea level rise is threatening even the most prepared countries
The Netherlands has been going to great lengths to protect itself from the impacts of sea level rise, but most countries need to do much more, experts say.
More than half of Australia's shallow reef species in decline as oceans warm
The climate crisis has caused 57% of the species that live in Australia’s shallow reefs to decline in numbers over the past decade, EcoWatch reports.
Ocean currents drive climate patterns - so what happens when they speed up?
Researchers believe climate change is speeding up global ocean currents. Here, Green Matters explains how this works - and what it means for our planet.
What is ‘plasticosis’ and how is it affecting seabirds?
When seabirds ingest plastic, it is scarring their digestive tracts and causing what scientists call ‘plasticosis’, allowing pathogens into their bodies.
Arctic sea ice maximum extent is fifth lowest on record
Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for this year at 5.64 million square miles – 398,000 square miles below the average maximum for 1981-2010.
Why is seaweed an underrated resource against climate change?
Seaweeds can be used to make new products to replace other materials that have larger carbon footprints, including foods and materials and fertilizers.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.