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Reeling in a Deal to Save the Ocean (Project-Syndicate)

The ocean covers more than 70% of our planet’s surface, produces half of the oxygen we breathe, feeds billions of people, and provides hundreds of millions of jobs. It also plays a major role in mitigating climate change: over 80% of the global carbon cycle passes through the ocean. But this precious natural resource is […]

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Ocean – These sustainable floats gather vital data about the ocean – while using the water to recharge (WEF)

Walé Azeez Oceanic research using data-gathering floats is vital to help combat climate change. But each year, thousands of these lithium-ion-powered floats lose power and pollute the ocean bed. Seatrec’s technology harnesses the ocean’s thermal energy to make the floats rechargeable – and sustainable. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/sustainable-energy-ocean-floats/

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Ocean – What is ocean literacy and why do we need it? (WEF)

Douglas Broom The ocean has captured more than a quarter of human-generated CO2. Yet most of us know too little about the ocean and why it matters so much. Step forward the Ocean Literacy project. It aims to educate all age groups on the ocean’s resources and how best we can manage them. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/ocean-literacy-climate-change/

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Ocean – This new project will help us understand, monitor, predict and protect the ocean (WEF)

Peter de Menocal Our society’s capacity to mitigate and adapt to future climate impacts is dependent upon how accurately we can predict them. We are currently missing reliable and consistent ocean observations throughout more than 90% of the world’s oceans. The OTZ Observation Network will help researchers better understand ocean carbon cycling and its impact […]

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Ocean – Ending harmful fisheries subsidies would improve the health of our ocean. This is why (WEF)

Maria Damanaki Subsidies paid to the global fishing industry amount to $35 billion per year, of which more than 60% meets the WTO definition of harmful subsidies. New WTO Director-General Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in her maiden speech that she wants the WTO to reach an agreement on fisheries subsidies this year. Many organizations play […]

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Ocean – 5 things we can do in 2021 that will protect the ocean and change lives (WEF)

Kristian Teleki The stars are aligned around five actions that together will deliver food security, sustainable jobs, climate resilience, justice and hope. These comprise addressing harmful fisheries subsidies, the 30×30 goal, lawlessness on the high seas, the ocean-climate connection, and three new Marine Protected Areas. Together they can trigger a transformational reversal of fortunes – […]

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Ocean – These 4 start-ups are using seaweed to help save the planet (WEF)

Walé Azeez Seaweed plays a crucial role in the ocean’s ability to absorb greenhouse gases. Seaweed is better at absorbing CO2 emissions than trees are. Seaweed is considered a high-value source of protein for humans and livestock. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/startups-seaweed-farming-ocean-planet-climate/

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This is how climate change is impacting the ocean – and what we can do about it (WEF)

Douglas Broom The ocean is a massive carbon sink, protecting us from the worst of climate change. But rising air temperatures are melting glaciers, while warming seas are bleaching coral. Action like coral reef restoration is already underway – and research has found some corals to be more resistant to higher temperatures. And there are […]

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(Ocean/Climate Change) This chart shows how much the ocean is warming (Katharina Buchholz, WEF)

In 2020, global ocean surface temperatures were 0.76 degrees Celsius higher than the average temperature for the past one hundred years. While the annual divergence fluctuates, with some years hotter and others cooler, there is a definite upward trend, visible in the data. Continuing global warming is set to increase the strength, frequency, spatial extent […]

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(Ocean) What can corporations do to help save the ocean? (Peter Thomson, Al Jazeera)

The largest 100 companies in the ocean economy can play a major role in climate and ocean action. https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/1/13/what-can-corporations-do-to-help-save-the-ocean

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NATURAL RESOURCE SECURITY/OCEAN – From arm-sized worms to the Screaming Sixties, this is everything to know about the Southern Ocean (Ceridwen Fraser, Christina Hulbe, Craig Stevens, Huw Griffiths, WEF)

Penguins are one of Antarctica’s most well-known species. Image: REUTERS/Pauline Askin The Southern Ocean, also called the Antarctic Ocean is home to thousands of species and a complex ecosystem. With waves of up to 20 meters high and sub-zero temperatures, it’s not easy to study life there. New technologies are allowing scientists to learn more, including […]

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OCEAN/HUMAN RIGHTS – Tackling human rights abuses is critical to sustainable life at sea and on land (Priya Vithani, WEF)

As we recognize Human Rights Day, we must not forget abuses at sea. The vastness of the ocean makes it too big to police. Because our consumption habits influence activities at sea, the abuses taking place on the ocean are more closely connected to us than we would think. Here are four ways to improve […]