Looking to the oceans for answers to the climate crisis

Three new reports examine the potential of blue carbon pathways to act as natural climate solutions. By Kristin Kleisner, Monica Moritsch and Jamie Collins To address the climate crisis we need to explore every avenue possible, investigate innovative solutions, and even look to the oceans for answers. The oceans already serve the planet as a […]

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Ocean Protection Around Hawaiian Islands Boosts Far-Flung ‘Ahi Populations

Native Hawaiians cherish the thin strand of atolls stretching 1,000 miles northwest from the archipelago’s largest islands—Hawai’i, Oahu and Maui—toward Midway Atoll as central to their creation beliefs and representative of the Hawaiian concept of kinship between humans and the natural world.  Research published Thursday in the journal Science shows that protections of the area […]

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Heat-sensing drone cameras spy threats to sea turtle nests

Sea turtles lumber from ocean to shore to lay their eggs in the sand. In some places, this effort is protected by humans who patrol beaches on foot, warding off poachers, predators and naïve tourists. But might there be a more effective way? Researchers used thermal infrared sensors mounted on drones to monitor sea turtle […]

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The mystery of narwhal behavior, solved by chaos theory

Narwhals are chaotic. At least, that’s what researchers thought until they developed a new math-based method to detect patterns in their seemingly irregular movements. Narwhals (Monodon monoceros) are known as the unicorns of the sea due to their distinctive single tusk, which is actually a feeling, enlarged tooth with up to 10 million nerve endings. […]

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Tech solutions to meet the challenges of a changing ocean

By Janelle Hangen and Huff McGonigal Climate change will continue to have serious impacts on oceans, fish stocks and fishing communities. If we continue to emit carbon at the current rate, landings of sustainably caught fish will decline by as much as a 25% by the end of the century due to shifting stocks and […]

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To solve our food problems, we must look to the oceans

By Christopher Free and Willow Battista Earlier this spring, 1.5 million livestock died in the Horn of Africa. The immediate culprit was a severe, prolonged drought spurred by the growing effects of climate change. It’s a sign of weakening food systems in a warming world. But while land-based food systems are carbon-intensive and increasingly unstable, […]

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For fisheries in the Caribbean, life revolves around the climate… and our climate resilience

By: Eduardo “Lalo” Boné Morón, Senior Manager, EDF Cuba Oceans Program Juan Carlos Duque, Project Manager of the Biological Corridor in the Caribbean of UNEP José “Pepe” Gerhartz, Conservation Specialist of the CBC Secretariat “Life revolves around the climate,” says José Luis “Pepe” Gerhartz, a senior conservation specialist from the Caribbean Biological Corridor Initiative, or […]

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Supporting climate-resilient fisheries during the UN Decade of Ocean Science

By EDF’s Jacob Eurich and Kristin Kleisner, and Kathy Mills, Gulf of Maine Research Institute Fisheries, including the systems for harvesting, processing and marketing blue foods, are an important pillar of many economies, supporting hundreds of millions of livelihoods. Small-scale fisheries and aquaculture produce more than half of the global fish catch and two-thirds of […]

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The oceans’ twilight zone? More important than you can imagine!

By Douglas Rader, Jamie Collins and Edith Widder, CEO & Senior Scientist, Ocean Research & Conservation Association People of a certain age will recall being mesmerized—perhaps terrified!—by a television series called “The Twilight Zone,” which ran 156 episodes from 1959 to 1964. The show, which focused on people’s experiences at the edge of reality, is […]

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