Reflecting on WRIC-Oceans

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October 23, 2014

Last week, the 15th and 16th of October, saw the first ever World Research and Innovation Congress dedicated to the ocean. Delegates came from far and wide to discuss the state of the ocean, and their individual efforts to protect it. Aptly held in the beautiful surroundings of the Lisbon Oceanarium, the key themes of…

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Climate forces fish to poles

October 14, 2014

According to a University of British Columbia (UBC) study, fish could be moving poleward at a rate of 26 kilometres per decade. These new investigations of the impact of climate change on fish stocks suggest large numbers of fish will be lost from the tropics within the next 35 years. The study, published in ICES Journal of…

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The cost of coral damage

October 10, 2014

A report released by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity warns that ocean acidification will cost us $1 trillion by 2100, the result of degrading tropical coral reefs. The oceans absorb approximately ¼ of our carbon dioxide emissions, something which has been directly reflected by their chemistry. Over the past 250 years, oceans have seen a 26…

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Ocean warming: severely underestimated?

October 9, 2014

Two studies recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change suggest ocean warming has been drastically underestimated. New data suggests our understanding of warming from 1970-2004 in oceans at the upper levels of the Southern Hemisphere needs to be accelerated. Oceans absorb 90 per cent of the excess heat on Earth, and the Southern Hemisphere accounts…

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Global wildlife populations have halved in 40 years

September 30, 2014

According the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) Living Planet Report 2014 – released today – global wildlife populations have halved in less than half a century. The biennial report highlights the pressing need to develop solutions to the intense pressure humanity is placing on natural resources. This, the tenth edition of the Living Planet Report, is based…

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New funding to study ocean acidification

September 22, 2014

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has released 11.4 million dollars in grants to study the effects of acidification on marine ecosystems. Acidification, the result of increasing carbon dioxide levels, may be happening today faster than any time in the past 300 million years – a truly startling finding. In recognition of concerns about acidifying…

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Maria Damanaki: Approaching five years as commissioner

September 19, 2014

Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will address the World Research and Innovation Congress-Oceans on 15 October in Lisbon. “When it comes to managing the seas and oceans we have to be smart; smarter than we have ever been.” Following a long and diverse career in politics, in November 2009 Damanaki was nominated…

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European Partnership Agreements – Halfway there!

September 9, 2014

The European Commission (EC) has now reached the halfway point in its Partnership Agreement. 14 Member States’ agreements have been adopted, with the rest to follow soon. Partnership agreements, made between the EC and individual EU countries, outline the EC’s plans to utilise the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) from now until 2020. More…

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Global priorities for ocean research

August 15, 2014

There are a plethora of issues damaging the health of the oceans, from acidification to biodiversity, but consensus on the most significant areas of research has previously been lacking. However, the findings of a survey published just this week has revealed the ocean issues that scientists around the world consider to be most important. Dr Murray Rudd,…

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