Ocean conservation efforts took a significant step forward on Friday when a measure to protect 30 percent of the world's oceans by 2030 passed during a major meeting in Hawaii.
HONOLULU, Hawaii, Sep 10 2016 (IPS) - A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans as “highly protected” areas by 2030, but delegates said opposition from China, Japan and South Africa had seriously undermin ...
Things are looking up for conservation of the world’s oceans. A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 per cent of them as “highly protected” areas by 2030.
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 10 September 2016 (IUCN) – The IUCN World Conservation Congress closed today in Hawaiʻi, setting the global conservation agenda for the next four years and defining a roadmap for the implementation of the historic agreements adopted in 2015.
Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention on 8 September 2017. The BWM Convention is a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species through ships’ ballast ...
It is a famous, gentle giant of the African savannah, but the giraffe's genetics have just revealed that there is not one species, but four.
Editorial: As agriculture is the mainstay of the nation's economy, maintaining the bio diversity and the ecosystem is critically vital. Also, the production of food and industrial crops and the development of the livestock sector heavily rely on the natural resources,with which they are interrel ...
A conversation between Ocean Conservancy’s CEO Andreas Merkl and Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and navigator of the iconic Hōkūle’a, as Hawaiʻi hosts the IUCN World Conservation Congress
Until a few years ago, mackerel were unknown in Greenland's cold waters.
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MIDWAY ATOLL — Seventy-four years ago, a naval battle off this remote spit of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean changed the course of World War II.
Hall, an architect from Light Earth Designs, was yesterday presenting Rwanda's current urbanisation and Green Cities Development Plans, at the ongoing Global Green Growth Week 2016, at JeJu Island, South Korea.
Shipping routes across the Arctic are going to open up significantly this century even with a best-case reduction in CO2 emissions, a new study suggests.
[MANILA] Economies in the Asia-Pacific region cannot sustain their present dynamic growth “unless water is brought into the equation” as the region faces a “crisis” in securing and managing the prime resource.
An increase in water temperatures is having a profound effect that, with hidden stores of frozen methane thawing out, will soon start to feed on itself
This week, conservation takes center stage as 6,000 global experts dive deep into the issues that will define the physical future of our planet. And with the all the far-reaching impacts of these decisions affecting the long-term sustainability of our planet, it’s a gathering that cannot come so ...
Scientists from NOAA and the Bishop Museum have published a description of a new species of butterflyfish from deep reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The study was published today in the scientific journal ZooKeys.
The world’s largest ocean research and protection area, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, was launched in Hawaii on 31 August amid criticisms of its impact on trade and fishing innovation.
At three times the size of California, the scope of the Papahānaumokuākea reserve has also highlighted how little of the world’s oceans are protected
IUCN report warns that ‘truly staggering’ rate of warming is changing the behaviour of marine species, reducing fishing zones and spreading disease
The World Conservation Congress - the largest environment decision-making forum - is taking place in Hawaii. Ocean and climate change are high on the agenda.
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 5 September (IUCN) – Ocean warming is affecting humans in direct ways and the impacts are already being felt, including effects on fish stocks and crop yields, more extreme weather events and increased risk from water-borne diseases, according to what has been called the most ...
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6 - 8 September 2016, Dili, Timor-Leste
Countries from around the Pacific Ocean met to discuss ways of protecting the shrinking supplies but were unable to come to any agreement, officials say
As the sun begins its seasonal descent in the Arctic sky and temperatures drop, the summer melt of sea ice is slowing down. In the next few weeks, the span of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice will reach its annual low.
The World Conservation Congress opened up its 10-day conference Thursday on Honolulu's Waikiki Beach.
Despite global evidence that confirms a healthy environment is critical for helping alleviate poverty, building more inclusive economies and underpinning sustainable societies, the world’s biodiversity is continuing to decline.
A new predictive tool, which for the first time combines human perception of the environment with land-use planning and socioeconomic data, could help governments mitigate the impact of climate change in developing countries.
BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- As pollution piles up in the ocean and on shore, seabirds are paying the ultimate price.
As African States, we are fully cognisant of the contribution of oceans and seas to our development.
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 30 2016 (IPS) - The high seas – oceans which fall beyond the jurisdiction of any country – make up about two thirds of the world’s ocean and half of the total surface of planet earth.
Small-scale fishers hope technology will convince ministers that there are enough stocks to feed communities sustainably
29 August 2016 – Ahead of the world’s largest forum for the adoption of conservation policies on protected areas, two United Nations experts on environment and indigenous peoples today highlighted that effective and sustainable conservation requires respect for human rights.
Sweden is already an environmental leader with its electric roads and plans to be 100% fossil fuel-free by 2050, but they’re not stopping there. The trailblazing Scandinavian nation also recycles 99 percent of its waste, with only a measly 1 percent going to landfills. A process called waste-to- ...
A unique study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will provide valuable new insights into the concentrations of microplastics in the open ocean from surface to the sea bed.
A group of elephant seals in Antarctica has helped show how freshwater from melting ice shelves affects a key part of the engine that drives the circulation of the world's oceans.
Continents and oceans in the northern hemisphere began to warm with industrial-era fossil fuel emissions nearly 200 years ago, pushing back the origins of human-induced climate change to the mid-19th century.
An international team of researchers have shown that vulnerable coral populations in the eastern tropical Pacific have been completely isolated from the rest of the Pacific Ocean for at least the past two decades.
In December 2015 in Paris, the world's leaders agreed to keep global average temperature rise well below 2°C above pre-industrial values.
Scientists have discovered two new species of bioluminescent deep-sea fish off New Zealand.
As the National Parks Service turns 100 this week, we look at how receding ice, extreme heat and acidifying oceans are transforming America’s landscapes, and guardians of national parks face the herculean task of stopping it
Tanzania has a target of attaining middle income status by 2025. Various strategies have been developed to facilitate achievement of the national target namely through the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 (TDV), Second Five Years Development Plan 2016 to 2021 and the global Sustainable Developme ...
Sea level changes in the Pacific Ocean can be used to estimate future global surface temperatures, according to a new paper.
PERTH, Australia, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Though the factors triggering rising seas may be harming the planet's marine species, more ocean water isn't necessarily a bad thing. New research suggests for some coral reef systems it may be beneficial.
UNEP-EC- WS Regional Ocean Governance
Significant reductions in carbon emissions could be achieved by sustainable forestry practices in the tropics, researchers say — but so far, the world is not taking full advantage of this opportunity to mitigate global warming.
Developers hope the tool, that enables anyone with internet access to track fishing vessels worldwide, will create greater transparency in the oceans
The Native village of Shishmaref in western Alaska will face a vote on Tuesday, deciding whether they wish to stay where they have lived for generations or to relocate in an effort to escape the effects of climate change. The barrier island village is finding it harder and harder to hunt for foo ...