Ocean Neutrality Brief

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Scientists Say Ocean Circulation Is Slowing. Here’s Why You Should Care.

Hotter summers in Europe, changing rainfall in the tropics, hurricane risks along the U.S. coast: If Atlantic currents keep weakening, we'll feel it. …

Plastic Bag Found at the Bottom of World's Deepest Ocean Trench

Planet or Plastic?<p>Even one of the most remote places on Earth couldn't hide from the scourge of plastic trash.<p>The Mariana Trench—the deepest point in the ocean—extends nearly 36,000 feet down in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. But if you thought the trench could escape the global onslaught of …

Pollution

Record levels of microplastic found in Arctic sea ice

The most abundant material we found was polyethylene, used in plastic bottles, packaging and other single-use products, says llka Peekan, Sea Ice Ecologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute.

The Arctic

Documentarian Fabien Cousteau is pointing the way to healthier oceans

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think it Is

It’s not all bottles and straws—the patch is mostly abandoned fishing gear.<p>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a …

Pollution

22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It)

By Nicole D'Alessandro<p>It seems nearly impossible to escape plastic in our every day lives, doesn't it?<p>And we can't escape plastic pollution, …

When It Comes to Climate Change, the Ocean Never Forgets

If climate change were just a flirtation with disaster—that is, the world acted decisively and cut emissions, and the amount of atmospheric carbon …

What Are Microplastics and Why Are They In My Bottled Water?

A new study has show invisible plastic particles in 93 percent of bottled water<p>An alarming new study has shown that most of the bottled water …

Greenland Is Literally Cracking Apart and Flooding the World

Visit Greenland on the right summer day, and you could see a 12-billion-gallon lake disappear before your very eyes.<p>Glaciologists saw this happen for …

Microplastic flakes found in 'almost all' bottles of mineral water on sale

Researchers testing brands of bottled mineral water for traces of microplastic have found that ”almost all were contaminated to some degree” with …

Plastic trash is killing coral reefs. Here’s how we can still save our oceans.

Plastic bag suffocating a coral. Photo: Rich Carey<p>In 2016, members of our research team were surveying the health of coral reefs along a 200-mile …

Conservation

British river has worst recorded microplastic pollution in the world, study finds

A British river has the worst microplastic pollution in the world, researchers have found, with levels even greater than hugely built-up areas such as in South Korea and Hong Kong.<p>Geographers at The University of Manchester are calling for tighter regulations to prevent plastic entering waterways …

Plan launched to build World Ocean Headquarters at Fornebu - Research Expedition Vessel

- Norway is a world-leading marine and maritime nation, and has the opportunities and prerequisites for taking on a global leadership role for the …

A Look Back: Scientist Dedicates Career to Sea Turtles in Hawai‘i

George Balazs with a nesting green turtle in the French Frigate Shoals in the 1970s. Credit: George Balazs<p>After 48 years studying green sea turtles …

Our acid oceans will dissolve coral reef sands within decades

Carbonate sands on coral reefs will start dissolving within about 30 years, on average, as oceans become more acidic, new research published today in …

Ocean Acidification

Scientists To Gather Data On Alaska’s Kachemak Bay For Ocean Acidification Monitoring

The researchers hope to understand more about ocean acidification, which could have a negative impact on marine animals and organisms.<p>Researchers are …

Ocean film festival to visit Launceston

Picture: Supplied<p>of<p>Ocean Film Festival<p>Pictures: Supplied<p>Nine short films about the ocean: its power, beauty and the life within it.<p>The Ocean Film …

Polar melt may shut down the Atlantic current that warms Europe

The ocean current that gives western and northern Europe a relatively mild climate might be at greater risk of shutdown than we thought. If the North …

Tiny Satellites to Make Crucial Arctic Climate Measurements For the First Time

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the planet, but major questions remain, including how quickly sea ice will retreat, and how …

Low Sea Ice Amid Arctic Warming : Image of the Day

acquired February 2018<p>Arctic sea ice reaches its maximum extent each March, following months of growth during usually frigid and dark autumn and …

Environmentally-Friendly Drones Sail Away for Science

The Mars Rover might be the most famous autonomous vehicle teaming up with human scientists today, but another type of drone is helping researchers …

About Project KAisei

The Plastic Vortex<p>T<p>he “Plastic Vortex,” or what is sometimes referred to as the “garbage patch,” is within an area that is technically referred to as …

Answering the Ocean’s Call

Answering the Ocean’s Call: Stewardship of Our Ocean, Our Future is a World Ocean Day event on the historic SS LILAC. Speakers included:<p>Mary …

Future of humanity at risk as world's oceans choked up by gigantic plastic problem

Australia's majestic coastlines and the world's oceans are in grave danger of becoming a "toxic plastic soup", a leading conservation body has warned.<p>…

LEGO Will Launch Its First Ever Sustainable Collection Made From Sugarcane

Later this year, LEGO is due to release its first ever set of sustainable elements in a bid to reduce their plastic waste. Made with a plant-based material sourced from sugarcane, the bioplastic collection is the first step towards the company's ultimate goal to produce all of their products and …

India must lead the charge in preserving threatened ecology

Erik Solheim, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was in Delhi recently to announce, along with the Union …

5-9 June 2017 Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

As a member of the Community of Ocean Action, you can contribute in several ways.<p>Register Voluntary Commitments<p>The Ocean Conference Registry of …

Canada to use G7 presidency to push environmental 'zero plastics waste charter'

Canada will use its presidency of the G7 to try to persuade the world's richest and most industrialized countries to adopt ambitious goals for …

Ocean Neutrality Initiative

<b>The Ocean Neutrality Initiative</b> is a coordinated collaborative process of inquiry, which aims to identify the core challenges, major areas of action, …