It's time they came out of their shells. It seems the world's largest molluscs, the giant clams of the Indo-Pacific coral reefs, have been doing a huge amount of good work we knew little about.
From Florida to the Costa del Sol, costly sea defences are accelerating beach erosion and will ultimately fail to protect coastal towns and cities from rising tides, say experts
A new study on tropical shallow-water soft corals, known as gorgonians, found that the species were able to calcify and grow under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations.
NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- If you've been wondering where the most the most genetically distinct group of humpback whales in the world are, don't fret, scientists have been asking themselves the same question.
The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms.
2 - 4 December 2014, Baltimore, United States of America
Human-induced changes to Earth's carbon cycle -- for example, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification -- have been observed for decades.
UTRECHT, Netherlands, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Scientists had always assumed gray seals only preyed on fish. Though there had been the odd sighting of what looked to be seals attacking porpoises, there was no conclusive corroborating physical evidence.
Background Document on the Preparation of Practical Guidance on Preventing And Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Compilation of Submissions by Parties, Other Governments and Relevant Organizations to Support the Discussions of the Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84092 (2014-134)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; relevant organizations; and indigenous peoples and local communities
Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.
DNA analyses link outbreak along North America's Pacific Coast to a densovirus.
Japan said Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting real science, not hiding a commercial hunt behind a veneer of research.
TOKYO — Amid warnings that rising sea levels caused by global warming could lead to the disappearance of some entire island states, two tiny uninhabited islets in the Pacific are at the forefront of Japanese research into the preservation and regeneration of coral reefs.
We may be overestimating the extinction risk of individual marine species on coral reefs but this is no cause for complacency, scientists warn.
This could muddy the waters. Australia has announced it will not allow the dumping of dredged up material inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Ocean acidification might alter climate-relevant functions of the oceans' uppermost layer, according to a study by a group of marine scientists.
In an ocean popularity contest, jellyfish would rank near the bottom. They sting. Their increasing population blooms clog power plant intakes, kill farmed salmon and frighten swimmers. Experts warn of the jellification of the oceans.
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84084 (2014-128)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the North-East Indian Ocean region; FAO; IMO; SACEP; BOBLME; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84008 (2014-129)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points in the North-West Indian Ocean and adjacent gulf areas region; FAO; IMO; ROWA; CMS Office – Abu Dhabi; PERSGA; ROPME; AGEDI; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations/initiatives
Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/JL/JG/84009 (2014-130)
To: CBD National Focal Points; SBSTTA Focal Points; other Governments; FAO; IMO; ISA; IOC-UNESCO; UNEP-WCMC; UNEP-ROWA; CMS Office – Abu Dhabi; AGEDI; GOBI; PERSGA; ROPME; BOBLME; SACEP; other relevant regional seas conventions and action plans; relevant regional fisheries management organizations; indigenous peoples and local communities; and other relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives
Research by marine scientists into Great Barrier Reef fish populations remind us of the need to protect the tiny creatures in a vast ocean
The threat to dolphins, porpoises, whales and sharks from boat tours, windfarm construction and fishing nets around British shores has prompted conservationists to call for legal protections of hotspots to preserve such ‘marine megafauna’.
Inadequate controls and monitoring off Italian coast could lead to collapse of swordfish population in next three years, warn conservationists
Australia's Academy of Science says an Australian government draft plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will not prevent its decline.
Scientists warn the government’s strategy is likely to prove ineffectual as ‘unless Australia cuts back on carbon dioxide emissions we won’t have much of a Great Barrier Reef left’
The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.
Some species 'may not last the century' as rich eco-systems are threatened by industrial emissions
Chambers are being set up by Australian scientists under Antarctic sea ice to test the impact of ocean acidification on marine life.
This month, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity released a report updating the impacts of ocean acidification on marine life.
Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. But this depiction could not be further from reality.
BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its mar ...
TABOGA, Panama, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - Fermín Gómez, a 53-year-old Panamanian fisherman, pushes off in his boat, the “Tres Hermanas,” every morning at 06:00 hours to fish in the waters off Taboga island. Five hours later he returns to shore.
The epaulette shark displays physiological tolerance to elevated carbon dioxide in its environment after being exposed to carbon dioxide levels equivalent to those that are predicted for their natural habitats in the near future.
16 - 17 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea
Protection of biodiversity in India has a long tradition with some remarkable success when it comes to terrestrial ecosystems. Similar efforts for marine areas along the coast proved to be much more difficult, mainly because of the enormous pressure on natural resources exerted by an ever increa ...
Projects where local fishers manage marine areas to ensure sustainability are being replicated across the Indian Ocean
This side event will showcase some progress in West Africa towards Aichi Targets achievement. Species and habitats have been facing increasing pressure in West Africa: Overexploitation, critical habitat destruction, pollution, urbanization, growing extractive industry, and uncontrolled tourism ...
The Roundtable with Donors and Partners will feature the joint initiative of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and the Partnership for Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia in supporting efforts in South East and East Asia to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity targets through integrated ...
This group of global NGOs will jointly showcase the wealth of instrumental material they have been long developing to contribute on the implementation of the CBD. A variety of valuable policy support tools and methodologies have been developed by the CBD, its Parties and its partners, to help i ...
This side event will highlight the efforts of the GEF partnership to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of coral reef and associated ecosystems and the achievement of the related Aichi Targets and provide an overview of programming opportunities within the GEF-6 biodiversity stra ...
This event will review and consolidate on the experiences, tools and guidance on addressing the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity, and provide inputs to the forthcoming CBD Expert Workshop on this issue in December 2014.
The event will share information on coral reef planning and management approaches that safeguard or enhance coral reef resilience to increasing threats from climate change. Through presentations and panel discussion the event will review experiences and progress made, and discuss further actions ...