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#101354
2014-10-09

Climate Change Has Raised Ocean Acidity by a Quarter

Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned on Wednesday.

Side Event
#3236
COP 12
2014-10-08

Presentation and discussion of the book on "Governance for Fisheries and Marine Conservation".

Two editors of the book and several of its authors will be presenting the book followed by questions and discussions by the audience. The book is coming out this month and will be officially launched in Oslo, Norway, August 26 2014.

Side Event
#3232
COP 12
2014-10-08

Updated scientific synthesis on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity

This event will provide the details of the updated scientific synthesis on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine and coastal biodiversity, as requested by COP 11 (decision XI/18).

Side Event
#3250
COP 12
2014-10-08

MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING IN PRACTICE – TRANSITIONING FROM PLANNING TO IMPLEMENTATION IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS

ABSTRACT: Marine spatial planning (MSP) can cover a broad range of initiatives that aim to maintain the use of resources and ecosystem services through careful planning of available coastal or ocean space - essentially any effort that attempts to reconcile more than one sector’s development obje ...

News Headlines
#101308
2014-10-08

Ocean acidification causes US$1trn of damage a year – study -

As well as warming the atmosphere, carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and cars dissolve in the ocean, making it more acidic. - See more at:

News Headlines
#101311
2014-10-08

Zooniverse: Floating Forests

Most algae and animals that live on the seafloor can be sampled only by SCUBA divers or dredging up samples from the deep.

News Headlines
#101318
2014-10-08

Mystery of Ocean Heat Deepens as Climate Changes

When British Capt. James Cook undertook his second voyage in the Southern Ocean in 1772, scientists on board measured the temperature 183 meters below the surface. It was colder than at the surface.

News Headlines
#101324
2014-10-08

Global economy to lose billions without action to stop ocean acidification, UN report warns

8 October 2014 – The global economy could be losing as much as $1 trillion annually by the end of the century if countries do not take urgent steps to stop ocean acidification, says a United Nations report launched today in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea (ROK).

News Headlines
#101326
2014-10-08

U.S. initiates prototype system to gauge national marine biodiversity

NOAA, NASA and the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) have joined together to support three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales.

News Headlines
#101327
2014-10-08

Scientists sound alarm over ocean acidification

Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food, scientists warned on Wednesday.

News Headlines
#101328
2014-10-08

Acid damage to coral reefs could cost $1 trillion

Ocean acidification is set to cost us $1 trillion by 2100 as it eats away at our tropical coral reefs.

Side Event
#3231
COP 12
2014-10-07

Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas in World Oceans

This event will update the results of seven regional EBSA workshops held in various regions around the world, convened by the CBD Secretariat together with various global and regional partners, involving more than 100 Parties and other Governments.

News Headlines
#101294
2014-10-07

Saving Peru's sea turtles and marine birds: conservationists and fishermen partner to tackle bycatch

Marine conservationists often view fisheries as an enemy of sorts, vacuuming up fish with little thought to the long-term consequences and using equipment that also ends up killing other species, i.e. bycatch like sea turtles and marine birds.

News Headlines
#101298
2014-10-07

Great Barrier Reef dredge approval was ‘suicide’ for reef authority

Coral reef expert says Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has lost its credibility and budget cuts left it unable to protect the world heritage site

CBD
Meeting
#5416

Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Partnership Meeting

3 - 4 October 2014, Seoul, Republic of Korea

News Headlines
#101195
2014-10-02

Global ocean health gets a D on latest report card

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- On their latest report card, the world's oceans were docked points for overfishing, pollution, climate change, and weak environmental protections, ultimately earning a D grade.

News Headlines
#101196
2014-10-02

UN meeting hears call for greater marine protections as plastic waste accrues in oceans

1 October 2014 – The steady build-up of garbage in the world’s oceans is a “tremendous challenge” and a growing threat to the planet’s marine ecosystems with the potential for “significant socio-economic consequences,” the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) heard today.

News Headlines
#101198
2014-10-02

Coral reef winners and losers as water temperatures rise

Contrary to the popular research-based assumption that the world's coral reefs are doomed, a new longitudinal study paints a brighter picture of how corals may fare in the future.

News Headlines
#101204
2014-10-02

Satellites detect 'thousands' of new ocean-bottom mountains

It is not every day you can announce the discovery of thousands of new mountains on Earth, but that is what a US-European research team has done.

News Headlines
#101181
2014-10-01

35,000 walruses haul out of ocean, crowd Alaskan shore

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Hauling out is a technique most typically employed by biker gangs, fleeing the scene on their hogs in the aftermath of a bar fight, but it's also a move occasionally made by walruses fed up with warming waters and the lack of sea ice.

News Headlines
#101150
2014-09-30

New UN report warns of ‘devastating’ effects from ongoing destruction of mangrove forests

29 September 2014 – The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.

Notification
#2252
2014-09-26
Action by
2014-11-28

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop for South America, 23-27 February 2015 – Lima, Perú

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/83526 (2014-122)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela; regional seas conventions and action plans; regional fisheries management organizations; and other relevant regional organizations/initiatives

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News Headlines
#101101
2014-09-26

Finding a level playing field for mangroves

BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them.

News Headlines
#101023
2014-09-19

Whaling commission shifts toward conservation agenda

Portoroz, Slovenia - The 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ended today with a landmark decision to impose better controls over any future whale hunts conducted for the purposes of so-called scientific research.

News Headlines
#101005
2014-09-18

We Can Save Coral Reefs

Parrotfish eat algae and seaweed. These brightly colored fish with beaklike mouths inhabit coral reefs, the wellsprings of ocean life.

News Headlines
#100931
2014-09-15

First ban on shark and manta ray trade comes into force

All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated from now on, in a significant step forward for conservation.

News Headlines
#100832
2014-09-10

Kerala to Prepare Databank of Marine Ecosystem

Thiruvananthapuram: Claimed to be the first of its kind initiative in the country, a marine biodiversity map of Kerala's coastline is being prepared by the State Biodiversity Board to create a databank of marine ecosystems and traditional knowledge of the fishermen folk community.

News Headlines
#100849
2014-09-10

Pacific walrus population declines

Scientists are working to get an accurate count of the Pacific walrus population before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decides if the species should be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 2017.

News Headlines
#100788
2014-09-08

How Much Danger Do Ship Strikes Pose to Blue Whales?

A new study suggests that blue whale populations are not as vulnerable to ship strikes as previously thought, but experts say, 'not so fast.'

News Headlines
#100790
2014-09-08

New Plan Avoids Mud Dumping in Barrier Reef Park

BRISBANE, Australia — The government of Australia’s Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

News Headlines
#100768
2014-09-05

California blue whales bounce back to near historic numbers

Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels

News Headlines
#100755
2014-09-04

Australia cancels plan to dump dredge in Great Barrier Reef

A consortium of companies—North Queensland Bulk Ports, GVK Hancock and Adani Group—have announced they are giving up on a hugely-controversial plan to dump five million tonnes of dredged sediment in the Great Barrier Reef. The plans ran into considerable opposition from environment, conservation ...

News Headlines
#100760
2014-09-04

SAMOA: New partnerships seek to protect world's oceans

3 September 2014 – Fishermen in coastal Samoan villages say there are less fish than there used to be and worry that the fish populations will soon disappear altogether, but participants at a United Nations conference on forming partnerships with small island developing states are vowing to prev ...

Notification
#2238
2014-09-02

Selected Experts for the CBD Expert workshop to Provide Consolidated Practical Guidance and a Toolkit for Marine Spatial Planning, 9 to 11 September 2014, Montreal, Canada

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JMQ/83496 (2014-108)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; United Nations specialized agencies, including UNEP, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and International Maritime Organization; the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-STAP); regional organizations, including Large Marine Ecosystem programmes; other relevant organizations; and indigenous and local communities

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News Headlines
#100718
2014-09-02

How corals stir up their world

Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.

News Headlines
#100723
2014-09-02

'Dredge spoil will speed decline of Great Barrier Reef'

Australia's iconic reef is under threat from pollution and climate change. Jon Day, recently resigned as the reef's Director of Heritage Conservation. He told DW that plans to dump spoil will put the reef at risk.

News Headlines
#100706
2014-08-29

Tiny Beads Found In Shampoo And Exfoliants Are A Threat to the Sydney Harbour

Tiny pieces of plastic used in toothpastes, shampoos, shower gels and exfoliants have been found in the Sydney Harbour and could pose a threat to marine animals and humans as they are toxic in nature, reported Daily Telegraph.

News Headlines
#100587
2014-08-25

New Antarctic atlas offers index of marine life

The most complete audit ever assembled of Antarctic sea life is to be published this week.More than 9,000 species, from single-cell organisms to penguins and whales, are chronicled in the first Antarctic atlas since 1969. The book will be launched by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Researc ...

News Headlines
#100591
2014-08-25

Hundreds of sea-floor methane plumes spotted by sonar

Bubble streams off the US East Coast could be methane-rich ices warming and releasing the potent greenhouse gas.

News Headlines
#100575
2014-08-22

Jamaican coral reefs get a helping hand

Jamaica may be known for its sun and sea, but under the waves the country is batting to rebuild its coral reefs. Manmade reefs have begun to see success after the island's corals were decimated by disease and pollution.

News Headlines
#100576
2014-08-22

Dumping Ban Urged for Australia’s Iconic Reef

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - Increased effort is needed to protect Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, which is in serious decline and will likely deteriorate further in the future, according to a new report. “Greater reductions of all threats at all levels, reef-wide, regional and l ...

News Headlines
#100541
2014-08-20

'If we don't change now we will lose the reefs'

A major study has found Caribbean coral reefs could disappear in 20 years. DW spoke to Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

News Headlines
#100524
2014-08-19

Scraping the Seafloor for Fish Harms Biodiversity

Fishing boats have dragged nets across the seafloor in pursuit of bottom-feeding fish and crustaceans since the Middle Ages. In recent decades, motorized fishing fleets, powered by government subsidies, have taken heavier nets deeper and farther offshore. The annual haul from international water ...

News Headlines
#100499
2014-08-18

Government scientists 'warned against dumping' in Great Barrier Reef park

Scientists were opposed to dumping millions of tonnes of dredged sediment but they were overruled

News Headlines
#100506
2014-08-18

Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?

REYKJAVIK, Aug 18 2014 (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.

News Headlines
#100487
2014-08-15

40% of the Indian coast is subjected to coastal erosion

The ministry of environment and forests through the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai in association with the Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai has conducted a study regarding "assessment of shore line change for the entire coast of mainland India, ...

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