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Ocean Policy News
September 28, 2020

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Marine Heatwaves Are Human-Made

Heatwaves in the world's oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence. This is what researchers are now able to demonstrate. Marine heatwaves destroy ecosystems and damage ...

Corona-Induced CO2 Emission Reductions Are Not Yet Detectable in the Atmosphere

The impact of the corona pandemic will reduce worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by up to eight percent in 2020. Cumulative reductions of about this ...

40% of O'ahu, Hawai'i Beaches Could Be Lost by Mid-Century

The reactive and piecemeal approach historically used to manage beaches in Hawai'i has failed to protect them. If policies are not changed, as much as 40% of all beaches on O'ahu, Hawai'i could be ...

Humans' Construction 'Footprint' on Ocean Quantified for First Time

In a world-first, the extent of human development in oceans has been mapped. An area totaling approximately 30,000 square kilometers - the equivalent of 0.008 percent of the ocean - has been modified ...
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Indigenous Knowledge Still Undervalued

New research has found that Indigenous knowledge is regularly underutilised and misunderstood when making important environmental ...

Heating Our Climate Damages Our Economies: Study Reveals Greater Costs Than Expected

Rising temperatures due to our greenhouse gas emissions can cause greater damages to our economies than previous research suggested, a new study ...

Strategy for Sustainable Aquaculture, the World's Fastest Growing Food Sector

As the population grows, and the global standard of living improves, humanity's appetite for seafood is increasing. In 2020 seafood consumption reached an all-time high, with an average of 20kg ...

Extensive Gas Leaks in the North Sea: Abandoned Wells

At abandoned oil and gas wells in the North Sea, considerable quantities of the potent greenhouse gas methane escape uncontrolled into the water. These leaks account for the dominant part of the ...

Plastic Flow Into Ocean Expected to Triple by 2040, Action Could Stem Tide More Than 80%

A new analysis finds that without immediate and sustained action, the annual flow of plastic into the ocean could nearly triple by 2040. The study also identifies solutions that could cut this volume ...

Scientists Urge Caution, Further Assessment of Ecological Impacts Above Deep Sea Mining

A new study argues that deep-sea mining poses significant risks, not only to the area immediately surrounding mining operations but also to the water hundreds to thousands of feet above the seafloor, ...

Aquaculture's Role in Nutrition in the COVID-19 Era

A new paper examines the economics of an aquaculture industry of the future that is simultaneously environmentally sustainable and nutritious for the nearly 1 billion people worldwide who depend on ...

Distorted Passage of Time During the COVID-19 Lockdown

A survey conducted in the U.K. suggests that social and physical distancing measures put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacted people's perception of how quickly time ...

Scientists Offer Roadmap for Studying Link Between Climate and Armed Conflict

Climate change -- from rising temperatures and more severe heavy rain, to drought -- is increasing risks for economies, human security, and conflict globally. Scientists are leading an effort to ...

How to Bring Conservation Messaging Into Wildlife-Based Tourism

A new study suggests that wildlife-based tourism operators should be key partners in educating and inspiring tourists to take informed conservation action. The study introduces a toolbox of ideas for ...

Plastic Recycling from Europe Is Being Dumped in Asian Waters

New research has for the first time quantified the volume of plastic from European countries (EU, UK, Switzerland and Norway) that contributes to ocean littering from exported ...

New Opportunities for Ocean and Climate Modelling

The continuous development and improvement of numerical models for the investigation of the climate system is very expensive and complex. At GEOMAR a new modular system has now been presented, which ...

Artificial Night Sky Poses Serious Threat to Coastal Species

A study shows the presence of artificial light originating from cities several kilometers away (also known as artificial skyglow) disrupts the lunar compass species use when covering long ...

New Species Extinction Target Proposed for Global Nature Rescue Plan

A scientist proposes a prominent political target to give discussions of species conservation more vigor. Together with a group of experts from other research institutions, he proposes to limit ...

The Many Lifetimes of Plastics

Many of us have seen informational posters at parks or aquariums specifying how long plastics bags, bottles, and other products last in the environment. They're a good reminder to not litter, ...

Recovery of Sea Otter Populations Yields More Benefits Than Costs

Researchers have created a new model to evaluate the long-term economic benefits of top predator recovery, using sea otter recovery along the west coast of Canada as a case ...

Plastic in the Deep Sea: Virtually Unaltered After a Quarter of a Century

Even in the most remote regions of the oceans plastic debris can be found. Usually it is impossible to determine how long they have been lying on the seabed. Up to now, this has also hampered ...

Island 'Drowning' Is Not Inevitable as Sea Levels Rise

An international study suggests islands composed of gravel material can evolve in the face of overtopping waves, with sediment from the beach face being transferred to the island's ...

Antarctic Sea-Ice Models Improve for the Next IPCC Report

All the new coupled climate models project that the area of sea ice around Antarctica will decline by 2100, but the amount of loss varies considerably between the emissions ...

Scientists Warn Against 'Greenwashing' of Global Coastal Developments

An international team of scientists has said the artificial structures and reclaimed land that are now commonplace in coastal urban areas all over the world are often poor surrogates for the natural ...

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