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Ocean scientists call for pause to start of deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining

Over 300 academics from six continents on Thursday, June 24, 2021 called on countries and governments to press pause on plans to open up the deep sea to mining. Scientists insist that health of oceans depends on halting plans to begin deep-sea mining The cadre of leading ocean experts in a statement argue that far too little is known about ...

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Urgent climate action needed to safeguard world’s oceans, says UN report

Ocean

Governments need to take the world’s oceans more strongly into account while considering how to curb greenhouse emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Image in the report on the Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue showing the potentials of different sectors and technologies for mitigation This is the key conclusion of a report published by UN Climate Change on Friday, ...

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Groups create Blue Nature Alliance to protect planet’s ocean

Healthy Oceans

A new ocean conservation initiative is underway to catalyse the protection and conservation of 18 million square kilometres of the ocean (7 million square miles) over the next five years – an area twice the size of the continental United States and larger than the continent of South America. Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one ...

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Reactions trail Biden’s target to protect 30% of U.S. lands, oceans by 2030

Joe Biden

U.S. President Joe Biden took the next leap in pursuing his climate agenda Wednesday, January 27, 2021, signing the latest in a spate of environment-focused executive orders. One of the most ambitious goals buried in the order he put forward is to conserve nearly a third of US land and ocean waters by 2030. US President Joe Biden In a reaction, Campaign ...

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Stakeholders seek investment in human capital to harness oceans’ $24 trillion resources

Marine ecotourism

Senior Lecturer, Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Dr Kayode Olubiyi, on Saturday, July 25, 2020 advocated proper education of Africans on the wealth of oceans. Marine ecotourism. Photo credit: Octavio Aburto Olubiyi made the advocacy at a webinar to celebrate the African Union Day of Seas and Oceans. The webinar had the theme: “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”. ...

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Geoengineering threatens oceans, say campaigners

Peter Thomson

Members of a global coalition formed by 195 organisations on 45 countries are raising the alarm about the threat of geoengineering to delicate, life-sustaining ocean ecosystems worldwide. Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean The Hands Off Mother Earth (HOME) Campaign is calling on civil society and government officials worldwide to vigorously oppose marine geoengineering experiments. A ...

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Civil society urges G20 to address global challenges

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The Civil20 (C20) Summit concluded in Hamburg, Germany on Monday, June 19, 2017 with over 300 civil society groups from around the world urging the world’s largest and richest countries, the G20, to commit to firm and immediate action on global challenges like climate change, inequality and regulation of financial markets. This comes three weeks ahead of the G20 Summit ...

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Ocean Conference: Countries agree on decisive actions to restore marine health

Ambassador Peter Thomson

The 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously agreed to a set of measures that will begin the reversal of the decline of the ocean’s health as the five-day Ocean Conference came to a close in New York on Friday, June 9, 2017. The outcome document, together with more than 1,300 commitments to action, observers say, marks a breakthrough ...

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Climate action needed to protect world’s oceans – UNFCCC

Patricia Espinosa

The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from June 5 to 9, which is being attended by the UN’s top climate change official, Patricia Espinosa. The Ocean Conference highlights the necessity of adopting integrated approaches to better monitor the ...

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Global marine protected area target to be achieved by 2020 – CBD

cristiana pasca palmer

With recent commitments made by governments around the globe, the world is on track to protect over 10% of the globe’s marine areas by 2020, announced Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This target was agreed by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010, and was also adopted by Member States ...

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