The next decade, 2021-2030, has been marked as the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Wastewater, plastic and over-fishing, are some of the many issues threatening the world's oceans. This despite the fact that the role of oceans in climate regulation is vital and nearly three billion people depend directly on it for their livelihoods. A better understanding of ocean ecosystems and their impact on humans and climate is therefore essential and requires a coordinated, integrated and continuous global observing system. This was the motivation behind setting up the AtlantOS, an in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observation System for better management and sustainable exploitation of its maritime resources. With an estimated budget of € 20.65m for 4 years (April 2015 – Jun
The UN Agriculture Agency Chief has called on world’s Mayors to make global commitments local realities. It is important to make “global commitments local realities,” José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), announced in a meeting while discussing common challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as climate change and food security. The special event where this announcement was made, From Global Issues to Local Priorities, was co-hosted by María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly, alongside Mr. Graziano da Silva. About 68 per cent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050 – mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia, where hunger and poverty are highest. Mr. Graziano
Sea Shepherd is an international non-profit marine conservation movement which was founded by Paul Watson in 1977. It has now become a worldwide movement with independent national and regional entities in over 20 countries, united by a common mission and a fleet of 11 ships on campaigns around the world. On 11 February, Sea Shepherd was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) by the President of Liberia Dr. George Manneh Weah during the 62nd anniversary celebration of Armed Forces Day in Monrovia, the National Capital. The DSO is the highest military award given by the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia, recognizing exceptional service to the Republic of Liberia. Captains Alex Cornelissen and Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd Global’s CEO and Directo
Bluewater, a world leader in developing innovative water purification technology and solutions, has called the UN Climate Change Agreement in Katowice, Poland, a landmark that will benefit planetary and human health. "The Katowice agreement provides a solid roadmap with a set of rules for the international community to address the environmental challenges contributing to issues such as water scarcity and single-use plastic pollution," said Bluewater founder and CEO Bengt Rittri. The Bluewater top executive said the Katowice Conference sent a loud and inspirational signal on climate action, although gaps on issues such as cutting carbon pollution deeper remain as the world further mobilises to battle to greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Rittri said the latest climate science leaves
A pioneering Finnish nano satellite has now reached space equipped with the world's smallest infrared hyper-spectral camera. The photos with infrared data taken from the satellite provide new solutions for monitoring and managing the effects of climate change. The hyperspectral camera is a trailblazing innovation from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The Reaktor Hello World nano satellite was launched into space on 29 November 2018 by the Finnish space technology startup Reaktor Space Lab. In the past, hyper-spectral imaging - the simultaneous collection of the optical spectrum at each point in an image - was feasible only with larger, exorbitantly priced satellites. The larger satellites also came with significant restrictions: a single satellite provides new data only whe...
Glacial melt-water is a critical resource for millions of people around the world. It is equally important in Northern India as it is in many other parts of the world. One place which relies heavily on the glacial melt-water is the Andean highlands of Bolivia, Chile and Peru. Glacial melt-water comprises about 61% of water supply in La Paz (Bolivia) and 67% in Huaraz (Peru). During a drought year, this proportion can reach 85% in La Paz and 91% in Huaraz. If current trends continue, some of the lower-altitude glaciers of the tropical Andes could lose between 78 and 97% of their volume by the end of the century, reducing the region's available freshwater resources. This alarming analysis is from the Andean Glacier and Water Atlas that has been launched by UNESCO and the Norwegian GRI...
In the United Kingdom, it is clear that the Government is encouraging the acceleration towards being one of the world's most eco-friendly countries. To help it achieve its goal, UK has recently launched a document titled: Clean Growth Strategy to push the UK towards a lower-carbon future. Created by the country's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Clean Growth Strategy is a comprehensive account of how the United Kingdom will amend its everyday processes — both domestically and commercially — to hit its eco-friendly target. Here, we've brought together the essential points that show how the strategy's key features will change UK's homes and businesses. The Clean Growth Strategy: what does it mean for the UK? For several years, the UK has tried t
We live in an interconnected world today where within a matter of a few hours, an infectious disease can spread around across the globe. This calls for all human beings to prepared and alert so any kind of impending epidemic can be safely avoided. With the resolve to save human lives, Vital Strategies has developed a website, PreventEpidemics.org to clearly display each country’s ability to find, stop and prevent epidemics, and to empower people who want to make their community safer. PreventEpidemics is the world’s first website to provide an overall score for a country's ability to find, stop and prevent diseases. It also allows the user to keep up to date with news of disease outbreak in all parts of the world through a map based interface. Funded by philanthropic organizat
A recent analysis of water supply in United States by the Environmental Working Group has found that tap water supplies to more than 14 million Americans is contaminated with a cancer-causing industrial solvent TCE. TCE or trichloroethylene is linked to liver and kidney damage, and to cancers like leukemia. It has also been linked to birth defects, though the EWG fears that the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will attempt to downplay important evidence that TCE exposure causes heart defects in developing fetuses. The analysis is published in a Report which is co-authored by Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG’s senior science advisor, and Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., and highlights the detection of TCE across the U.S. and the health effects of exposure through drinking water. Under th
Leading researchers from more than 50 countries will share the latest science concerning climate change impacts on ocean ecosystems at the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans at Washington D.C., USA between 4th and 8th June, 2018. Co-organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this International Symposium, takes place every three to four years. Recognizing the ocean's valuable contributions to people’s livelihoods and health, the Symposium this year will provide a unique forum for scientists and experts to shar