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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Blue is the new green

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June 17, 2014

The oceans and seas surrounding Europe’s landmass are gateways to the world. However, as technology has advanced over the last two centuries, interests have gradually shifted from exploring the world by sea to investigating its contents. This has revealed the startling fact that oceans represent 99 per cent of all living space on the planet…

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