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World Oceans Day 2017: "Our Oceans Our Future"

8 June 2017, New York, United States of America

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Cyclone Debbie: Experts fear damage to Great Barrier Reef

The cyclone struck the Queensland coast as a category four storm, carrying winds of up to 263km/h (163 mph). Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said some damage on land was not as widespread as first anticipated. Marine experts said they expected to find damage to the reef's ecosystem, alt ...

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Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed

Warming sea waters - caused by climate change and extreme climatic events - threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human communities that reefs support warn scientists at Exeter University

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Seabed conditions key to survival of juvenile cod, haddock and whiting

Links between seabed type and quality are closely related to the abundance and size of young commercially fished species such as cod, haddock and whiting.

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'Devastating' coral loss in South China Sea - scientists

Scientists are warning of another "devastating" loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures.

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Treasure or tragedy – our ocean commons

The sea was a bit too choppy for my liking. But there was a volcano erupting inland. The sea looked like a safer option! I took the plunge and jumped off the boat with my snorkel and fins.

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Stop treating oceans as "waste swimming pool" - U.N's FAO chief

OSLO, March 24 (Reuters) - The world must stop treating the oceans as a "waste swimming pool" for pollution, a senior U.N. official said on Friday at the debut in Oslo of a $65 million research ship to help developing nations manage fish stocks.

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Humanity at the core as UN readies for first-ever Ocean Conference

22 March 2017 – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous island, Viti Levu, killing at least 44 people, and grounding flights to and from the Pacific Island nation.


World Water Day 2017: "Water and Wastewater"

22 March 2017, New York, United States of America

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Sea otters ahead of dolphins in using tools

Sea otters may have been using stone tools for thousands or even millions of years, according to scientists.

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Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide

Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study.

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Sea turtles of São Tomé: Selling what can’t be sold

Sea turtles have the dubious honor of being one of the few animals that rank high globally on both the charisma scale and the dinner menu.

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Haddock from UK waters removed from sustainable seafood list

It is among the most popular fish in the UK, but haddock may soon be off the menu in some fish and chip shops because of dwindling stocks.

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50 years needed to restore Raja Ampat coral reef destroyed by cruise ship: Indonesian minister

JAKARTA - It will take 50 to 100 years for the Raja Ampat coral reef destroyed by a British cruise ship to be restored, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan told reporters on Friday (March 17).

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Twenty-three countries unite in Abu Dhabi to conserve the dugong

ABU DHABI // Delegates from 23 of the 40 countries that the dugong calls home have gathered in the capital to find better ways to protect the illusive sea animal.

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Rapid global loss of life-sustaining coral amid ocean warming alarming scientists

SOUTH ARI ATOLL, MALDIVES – There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves.

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Great Barrier Reef bleached for unprecedented second year running

Reef authority says findings of aerial surveys show enough to confirm another mass coral bleaching event, after last year’s dramatic death rate

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Caribbean Gearing Up for Marine Resources Treaty

BELMOPAN, Belize (IDN) – The countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been fine-tuning their positions ahead of the next United Nations preparatory meeting to establish an international legally-binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources.

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The way forward for reducing marine pollution

The Ocean Conference taking place this June at UN headquarters is a unique opportunity to promote and accelerate action, partnerships, commitment and progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, Life below water.

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East Africa: Indian Ocean Can Be the Key Driver of Economies

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma says more innovative ways need to be developed to use oceans sustainably for food, transport, trade and other activities.

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Air pollution could actually be helping our oceans to absorb greenhouse gases

A new study has found evidence to suggest that iron particles produced by industry and cities are being dissolved by man-made air pollution and washed into the sea.

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Bacterium protects sponge host from arsenic poisoning: Study

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a bacterium that plays the role of arsenic detoxifier in the sponge it calls home. The bacterium is Entotheonella and its common host is Theonella swinhoei.

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Government of Myanmar unveils new plan to protect marine wildlife and resources

The Government of Myanmar and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) announced today a comprehensive plan to protect the country's diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species—and other marine resources.

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