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Waterways

Video Story: Emission-Cutting Deal Pushes Change in the Shipping Industry

According to the World Ocean Review, shipping by sea is responsible for about 3 percent of the world's total carbon emissions.

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Waterways

Russian Arctic sea route expected to see ‘explosive growth’ in cargo shipping

Russian Arctic sea route expected to see ‘explosive growth’ in cargo shipping Year-round cargo navigation is expected along Russia’s Northern Sea Route (NSR) in the near future, according to NSR’s developer Rosatom. It expects rapid growth of cargo turnover on the route.

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Science

Deepwater Corals Thrive at the Bottom of the Ocean, but Can’t Escape Human Impacts

When people think of coral reefs, they typically picture warm, clear waters with brightly colored corals and fishes. But other corals live in deep, dark, cold waters, often far from shore in remote locations. These varieties are just as ecologically important as their shallow water counterparts. They also are just as vulnerable to human activities like fishing and energy production.

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Advocacy

How we're eating the plastic we put in the ocean

Broken-down plastics in the ocean are finding their way into our diets – while also harming the marine systems that are crucial for our survival. Nearly 13 million tonnes of plastic waste ended up in the world's marine environment every year and the volume of microplastics appeared to be on the rise.

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Energy

Opinion: The first shots in the climate wars

In launching their now successful protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s gas hike, the French gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) have revived their country’s reputation for rebelling against monarchial rule. It may well foreshadow a bitter, albeit largely avoidable, battle over how to address the issue of climate change.

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Advocacy

Five ways you can help save our oceans

ish stocks under pressure, climate change-driven acidification and a rising tide of plastic pollution: we're hearing more about the plight of our oceans. But what can we do about it? As we head to the beach for our first summer swim, Jacob Anderson of the Sir Peter Blake Trust shares five easy things we can do to help protect our precious marine environment.

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Fisheries

WATCH: Calls for tighter regulations on scallop dredging after footage captures floorbed destruction

CALLS are being made for stricter regulation of the scallop dredging industry after footage was captured of a protected seabed near Oban which has been illegally dredged.

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Property

Is ‘Climate-Positive’ Design Possible?

Advocates say we could design city buildings and neighborhoods that cancel out more carbon than they emit, with the right policies and mindset.

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Engineering

State-of-the-art flood mapping technology to be used in Western Isles

The impact of climate change on Scotland’s most flood prone communities is projected to place more than 169,000 homes and businesses at risk of flooding by 2080.

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Advocacy

World Bank Commits US$4B to Blue Economy

The World Bank has disclosed that its Blue Economy portfolio has reached US$4.1 billion, and an additional US$1.5 billion in the pipeline will be invested in member countries that are harnessing its potential.

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Engineering

Changing climate means growing demand for ‘adaptation finance’

A mismatch between the growing climate crises and underinvestment in mitigation solutions such as renewable energy means more investment will be needed to boost the resilience of agriculture, put up seawalls and sure up water supplies.

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Waterways

Maersk aims for carbon neutrality by 2050

Maersk has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050 but says an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required to meet this goal.

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Tourism

Tourism association pulled out of Airbnb working group after two meetings

A working group report on the regulation of online accommodation sharing websites like Airbnb and VRBO has input from just about every relevant stakeholder—except the tourism industry. Province’s report is missing industry input because the industry walked away from the table, says former TIANS member.

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Advocacy

QIA, feds lay groundwork for Inuit benefits deal on marine area

The Canadian federal government and the Inuit of Nunavut’s Qikiqtani region are moving closer to settling the details of how Inuit will benefit from Nunavut’s new national marine conservation area. (Note, Nunatsiaq News is the newspaper of record for Nunavut and the Nunavik territory of Quebec. Published since 1975, it reaches 52 eastern Arctic communities and 70,000 readers a week).

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Federal

Raytheon wins two Canadian Arctic radar contracts worth $30M

Raytheon Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of the huge American defence contractor, Raytheon Co., has won two contracts worth a total of $30 million from the Canadian Department of National Defence, the company said Dec. 4.

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Science

Greenland ice sheet melt 'off the charts' compared with past four centuries

Surface melting across Greenland's mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018, in the journal Nature.

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Fisheries

Norway cuts 2019 king crab quota by 20%

Norway has reduced its 2019 fishing quota for male king crab by 20%, or 350 metric tons.

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Local

New Parasite Decimates Giant Clam Species

With rapid efficiency, a mysterious parasite is seeking out and killing a giant species of clam found only in the Mediterranean Sea. Unless scientists can find a way of stopping it soon, they say the mollusk could go extinct.

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Property

Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says

Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says

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Fisheries

World's strangest sharks and rays 'on brink of extinction'

Some of the world's most unusual sharks and rays are on the brink of extinction because of threats such as commercial fishing, scientists have said.

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Waterways

Union of Greek Shipowners and Nunavut Fisheries Association join Arctic Economic Council

The Arctic Economic Council (AEC) says it welcomed Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) and Nunavut Fisheries Association (NFA) from Canada as members to the pan-Arctic business community.

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Fisheries

Opinion: A fish story that connects trade and development

U.S. soy farmers know that investment in developing economies today builds U.S. soy’s customers for tomorrow. In the simplest terms, children in Pakistan and elsewhere require nutrients to learn and grow, and people of all ages need sustained access to affordable, nutritious food to contribute productively to local and global communities.

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Federal

The final frontier: who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ransom-hungry pirates, polar explorers, offshore oil giants - the race for the riches of the world’s final frontier is on. From Thailand to Alaska, the battle to tap ever-dwindling resources from minerals to fish is spurring new conflicts over who has the right to the treasures of the deep seas.

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Science

Pulses of sinking carbon reaching the deep sea are not captured in global climate models

A new study shows that pulses of sinking debris carry large amounts of carbon to the deep seafloor, but are poorly represented in global climate models.

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Recreation

Surf therapy helping young people with mental health

Organizers of a mental health initiative with a difference are hoping a pilot scheme offering surf therapy for young people can soon be rolled out full-time.

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Advocacy

Almost 30 pilots and humpbacks beach themselves on Australian coast more than 145 died New Zealand

A large number of whales have beached themselves on the coastlines of Australia and New Zealand in the past week.

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Science

Millions of years ago, whales lost all their teeth and sucked in their snacks

Whales some 33 million years ago were not polite diners. They lacked teeth, so like powerful, prehistoric vacuums, they sucked down entire fish and squid, swallowing them whole.

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Engineering

Report calls for action on coastal erosion in Rosslare

A multi-million Euro plan to tackle the urgent problem of coastal erosion in Rosslare, in order to save buildings, land and infrastructure, was outlined to councillors and members of the public at separate meetings in Wexford and Rosslare.

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Property

Beach Road: The Rising Sea and the Reshaping of New Zealand

New Zealanders love the coast. We’ve spent decades building stuff hard up against it - underground and on the land. But it’s getting too close. Right now, the sea is advancing on the tens of thousands of people who live within 50cm of the high tide mark. And it won’t stop.

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Science

Threatened tropical coral reefs form complex, ancient associations with bacteria, researchers say

In a comprehensive study of healthy corals published Nov. 22 in the journal Nature Communications, a team of scientists from the University of Washington Bothell, Pennsylvania State University and Oregon State University report that coral bacteria are a surprisingly diverse bunch — and that different sections of the coral body can host unique communities of bacteria.

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Science

Tribal people face disproportionate impact from climate change

A new climate report released Friday by the Trump administration predicts significant -- and expensive -- impacts on the planet as a result of climate change. The threats from weather-related catastrophes are already clear: Stronger and more frequent hurricanes, deadly heat waves, and more intense destructive wildfires.

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Waterways

$1.7bn Thai port project attracts 18 bidders

Country's big bet on its future faces stiff challenge from global trade tensions

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Energy

Colombia Puts a Tax on Carbon

In Colombia, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, the government introduced a tax on fossil fuels of $5 USD per ton of carbon dioxide by late 2016. The regulation was set to start working in 2017.

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Advocacy

Channelling Innovative Finance for Coral Restoration

Anthropogenic influence on coral ecosystems is tremendous. Corals are dying because of bleaching, disease and weakness. This is due to ocean warming and acidification caused by climate change. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report paints an ominous picture of coral’s future, projecting a 99 percent decline by 2050. Urgent action is critical to prevent dire consequences.

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Engineering

World's Largest Dredger 'Athena' Pumps 5 Million m3 of Sand at Anaklia

On November 7, the world’s largest dredger ship, Athena, completed its large-scale works at Anaklia Port. A record-breaking amount of sand was pumped from the seabed. At this stage, the marine works of Anaklia Port are almost finished.

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Fisheries

Canadian-owned land-based fish farm goes bankrupt

A Canadian-owned land based fish farm in Iowa has gone belly-up with over US$100 million in debt, adding to the litany of failed businesses that try to grow fish on land. VeroBlue Farms (VBF), which had recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facilities near Webster City in Hamilton County, owes $98,943,246.22 in unsecured debt to its top 20 creditors and another $6 million in secured debt, according to its bankruptcy petition.

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Advocacy

Chile fishers brace for fallout after massive mining port is approved

The iron ore export terminal was approved for an area rich in marine resources that artisanal fishing communities rely on, and is just 29 kilometers from the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve and the Choros and Damas Islands Marine Reserve. The project’s approval went practically unnoticed at a time when attention was focused on a debate over the planned construction of another mining port, Dominga, just 5 kilometers to the south. Once completed, the Cruz Grande port will serve 75 ships a year carrying away 13.5 million tons of iron ore — less than 300 meters from fishing sites that hundreds of families rely on for their incomes.

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Engineering

Business and communities should plan now for climate change

Environment Agency Chair, Emma Howard Boyd is calling on businesses and communities to prepare as latest UK climate change projections are published.

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Fisheries

Ocean Shock: Fishmeal Factories Plunder Africa

NOUADHIBOU, MAURITANIA — This is part of "Ocean Shock," a Reuters series exploring climate change's impact on sea creatures and the people who depend on them.

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Fisheries

World's fastest shark speeding toward extinction

The shortfin mako is at risk due to failure to halt overfishing, with EU ‘most to blame’ The world’s fastest shark may be swimming towards disaster after a major fisheries body failed to address continued overfishing of the highly vulnerable species, conservationists have warned.

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Engineering

Norfolk village battling coastal erosion named ‘climate chaos frontline’

UK - A Norfolk village disappearing into the sea has been named as on the national frontline in the fight against the devastating effects of climate change.

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Engineering

Beijing plans an AI Atlantis for the South China Sea – without a human in sight

Urged by President Xi Jinping to dare to do something that has never been done before, scientists say challenges could give China huge technology lead

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Waterways

Fuel Cells For Marine Vessels Market 2018: Promising Growth Opportunities With Global Key Companies

Fuel Cells For Marine Vessels Market 2018: Promising Growth Opportunities With Global Key Companies

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Science

Arctic Beluga Among Whale Species Recorded In Irish Waters In New Research

The Beluga whale — a species mainly found in the Arctic Circle — has been recorded in Irish territorial waters as part of a groundbreaking three-year research project into our offshore habitats for marine wildlife.

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Federal

FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT RELEASED BY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future—but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur. Americans increasingly recognize the risks climate change poses to their everyday lives and livelihoods and are beginning to respond

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Recreation

VIDEO: New York surfer survives brutal wipeout at Nazare big-wave contest

Professional surfer Will Skudin of New York survived one of the more brutal wipeouts of the Nazare Challenge, a big-wave contest held Friday by the World Surf League in Portugal.

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Advocacy

OPINION: The Blue Economy for the Blue Planet

NEW CALEDONIA, Nov 20 2018 (IPS) - We live on a “blue planet” where water covers around 75 percent of the Earth’s surface. Without water we would simply not survive as a species. As we strive to find pathways to and take action for inclusive sustainable development, we must ensure that our ocean, our seas, rivers, lakes, waterways and wetlands, together with their invaluable biodiversity, are preserved, sustainably used and integrated into development programming.

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Tourism

Horror shark attack and fatality statistics show how deadly Australia’s beaches can be

After a spate of recent shark attacks, new analysis shows the spots you’re most likely to come face-to-face with a man-eater this summer.

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Advocacy

Cities are sinking — and experts say we're not doing enough to save them

The ever-expanding, online archive of natural disaster footage has produced some surreal and disturbing images. Key points: IPCC found 0.5-degree difference in warming could mean a 10cm sea-level rise by 2100.

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Science

Rising seas give island nation a stark choice: relocate or elevate

Climate change means the low-lying Marshall Islands must consider drastic measures, including building new artificial islands.

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Property

Your own personal slice of paradise: From idyllic beaches to crystal waters perfect for snorkelling with turtles - the Australian islands that are up for sale

These are the amazing and exclusively hidden island locations that are up for sale right now The Australian island's range from white-sanded beaches of Whitsundays to Victoria's Mornington Peninsula While some are enormously expensive, One island is no more than the median price of Sydney property

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Fisheries

Seychelles Issues World’s First Blue Bond to Fund Fisheries Projects

JAKARTA, Oct 31 2018 (IPS) - The Republic of Seychelles announced on Monday that it has issued a 10-year blue bond to finance fisheries projects, making it the world’s first country to utilise capital markets for funding the sustainable use of marine resources. Seychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton told IPS that the bond was officially issued Oct. 9 and that its sales have so far raised 15 million dollars from three institutional investors: Calvert Impact Capital, Nuveen, and Prudential.

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Fisheries

Report Finds Investing in Healthy Coral Reefs Could Generate Billions

The study finds there is a “strong business case” for both the private and public sectors to increase investments in the protection, preservation and enhancement of coral reefs. The study titled, ‘The Coral Reef Economy,’ finds a shift to improved coral reef health could unlock an additional US$35 billion in Mesoamerica and an additional US$37 billion in Indonesia through coastal development, commercial fisheries and tourism.

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Waterways

Transport Canada lifts mandatory speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the marine environment, including marine mammals, and ensuring navigational safety for mariners, fishers, recreational boaters and all users of Canada’s oceans and waterways. Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, lifted the mandatory speed restriction for vessels in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to ensure ships can operate safely in winter months.

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Science

Large wormlike pyrosome sea creature stuns New Zealand divers

A pair of divers captured amazing footage of a surprise encounter that left them “incredulous and elated” that such a creature existed.

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Science

Largest waves in the world right now batter boats and offshore oil rigs in Newfoundland

Workers on an oil rig peered through dense fog and reported that the waves were cresting higher than 25 metres

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