oceans

First-ever Oceans Advocate makes a splash in NY

The new Oceans Advocate, globally-acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson, learned how to swim before he could walk.

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Lack of ocean science could threaten planet’s wellbeing: UNESCO

The lack of scientific data on the oceans is a key missed opportunity for development and a potential threat to the planet, the UN said on Thursday.

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FEATURE: Relationship with ocean vital part of Trinidad and Tobago culture

Oceans comprise roughly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface and play an essential role in human well-being, producing half the oxygen necessary for life on the planet. They also serve as the backdrop for another important component of a well-rounded life: recreation.

FEATURE: Climate change and the world’s oceans

The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from 5 to 9 June.

Ocean Conference to see action on sea pollution, fish stock depletion

Tackling challenges such as marine pollution and dwindling fish stocks will top the global agenda next week when Heads of State, civil society representatives and the private sector convene at UN Headquarters to spur action to improve the state of the world’s oceans.

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FEATURE: UN-backed projects in the Caribbean highlight connection between life on land and life below water

The vital role of the world's oceans in human well-being and development is being highlighted next month as the United Nations hosts a global conference aimed at protecting these resources.

Saving the "blue heart" of the planet: the Ocean podcast

Sylvia Earle, perhaps the world’s best known woman marine scientist, literally fell head over heels in love with the ocean as a little girl.

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FEATURE: UN’s mission to keep plastics out of oceans and marine life

There will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, according to figures cited by the United Nations.

News in Brief 23 February 2017 (PM)

UN launches global campaign to rid oceans of plastic

A global campaign has been launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to rid the world’s oceans and seas of plastic.

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Cargo ships hit “hundreds” of whales every year: conservationist

The number of whales hit by cargo ships annually is “in the hundreds”, according to one expert in the field, taking part in a panel discussion at UN Headquarters on Thursday.

Dr Howard Rosenbaum is the director of the Ocean Giants Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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