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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Eyes beneath the sea

August 29, 2014

The World Research and Innovation Congress – Oceans this year will exhibit the work of world-renowned marine life photographer Nuno Sá. In an exclusive preview interview, Sá discusses his work at the interface of science and art. Why has the underwater world been of particular interest to you? My initial training was actually in law. When I…

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Mercury rising

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August 22, 2014

Human activities have tripled the amount of mercury found in the upper ocean, according to a study published in Nature recently. Mercury is a naturally occurring and extremely rare, but toxic, element. While background environmental levels existed long before humans emerged, anthropogenic factors associated with the rise of industrial activity have increased the amount of…

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Art in action

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July 15, 2014

Yesterday, street artists descended on the streets of Lisbon and several other European cities to call for an end to deep-sea bottom trawling, while the Council of European Fisheries Ministers met in Brussels. Local artist David ‘JAE’ Antunes represented Portugal’s BLOOM association, a non-profit that promotes awareness and scientific research to conserve the marine environment,…

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