Ocean Policy News
June 26, 2022

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Humans Responsible for Over 90% of World's Oil Slicks

Scientists mapping oil pollution across the Earth's oceans have found that more than 90% of chronic oil slicks come from human sources, a much higher proportion than previously ...

Including All Types of Emissions Shortens Timeline to Reach Paris Agreement Temperature Targets

Looking beyond carbon dioxide emissions to include other human-generated pollutants, like methane, nitrogen oxide and particulate pollution, changes ...

Scientists Show That at Least 44 Percent of Earth's Land Requires Conservation to Safeguard Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

New research reveals that 44 percent of Earth's land area -- some 64 million square kilometers (24.7 million square miles) requires conservation to ...

Bringing Order to the Chaos of Sea Level Projections

In their effort to provide decisionmakers with insight into the consequences of climate change, climate researchers are bringing order to the large amount of sea level projections, translating ...
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Mangrove and Reef Restoration Yield Positive Returns on Investment for Flood Protection, Study Shows

Restoration of mangroves and coral reefs can be a cost-effective solution for coastal flood reduction in more than 20 countries across the Caribbean. Researchers used methods from the risk and ...

Rural Areas Near Coast Will Bear the Brunt of U.S. Sea-Level Rise

A new analysis using highly detailed elevation maps of the Chesapeake Bay suggests that North America's extensive areas of low-lying rural land will allow coastal marshes to persist or even ...

California Shellfish Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

Researchers interviewed California shellfish growers to find out how they perceive ocean acidification, and to learn what strategies they think will help their operations adapt to changing ...

Urbanization Linked to Poor Ecological Knowledge, Less Environmental Action

A new study highlights a sharp contrast between urban and suburban ways of thinking about coastal ecosystems. The authors of the study used statistical and cognitive science techniques to analyze ...

Study Supports Stronger Conservation Efforts Appalachians and the Gulf Coast, US

Study of Campanula americana supports strengthening conservation efforts in glacial refugia areas because of their high genetic diversity. Conservation of those areas in the southern Appalachians and ...

Dolphin Bycatch from Fishing Practices Unsustainable, Study Finds

An international team of researchers have developed a method to assess sustainable levels of human-caused wildlife mortality, which when applied to a trawl fishery shows that dolphin capture is not ...

How to Balance Economic Development Goals With Environmental Conservation

An international study gives fast-growing nations a simple, inexpensive guide to inform planning and decision-making to help balance economic development goals with environmental conservation and ...

Protecting Species for the Good of Global Climate

Until now, measures to protect climate and biodiversity have often been developed in parallel. However, this is now considered outdated because many approaches can protect both climate and ...

Urgent Action Required to Protect World's Coral Reefs from Disappearing Within Three Decades, Warn Experts

Environmental scientists have published a series of significant recommendations to protect, conserve and study the world's coral reefs -- the 'canaries in the coal mine' of climate ...

New Evidence Suggests California's Environmental Policies Preferentially Protect Whites

Asian and Hispanic communities experience significantly more air pollution from economic activity compared to predominantly white neighborhoods across the state of California, according to new ...

Where Storm Surges Are Increasing the Most

Extreme storms, like Sandy or Xaver, don't happen often but when they do, cities need to be prepared. That's why researchers have developed a new method to determine where extreme events, ...

To Save California's Whales, Put Overlooked Threats Into Policy

Current whale-protection policies in California rarely address the overlapping, compounding stressors facing whale ...

New Study Reveals Extent of Labor Abuse and Illegal Fishing Risks Among Fishing Fleets

A new modeling approach combines machine learning and human insights to map the regions and ports most at risk for illicit practices, like forced labor or illegal catch, and identifies opportunities ...

Delicate Balance of Coral Reef Processes Creates Management Challenges

An international team of researchers has quantified five critical ecological processes on more than 500 coral reefs worldwide to understand how these processes relate to each other, what may ...

Citizen Divers Aid Understanding of Fish in the Salish Sea

Citizen scientists are increasingly playing crucial roles in understanding fish populations, according to a new study. Over the past 20 years, volunteers have helped monitor more than half of the ...

Win-Wins in Environmental Management Hard to Find

When a booming marine fishery can increase its shrimp catch while also reducing unintentional bycatch of turtles --t hat's an example of what environmental scientists and managers call a ...

Studies of Endangered Animals on Border of China and Vietnam Stress Need for Transboundary Conservation

A series of studies on endangered species that make their homes on the border of Vietnam and China underscores the growing importance of transboundary conservation efforts in the face of climate ...

Industrial Discharge Is the Dominant Mercury Source in Korea’s West Coast

Researchers have used mercury (Hg) stable isotopes to verify the Hg sources in the sediment and fish along the west coast of ...

How Inland and Coastal Waterways Influence Climate

Most global carbon-budgeting efforts assume a linear flow of water from the land to the sea, which ignores the complex interplay between streams, rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries, mangroves and ...

Stemming the Tide of Invasive Species in Great Lakes

New research shows that a bi-national regulation targeting ships entering the Great Lakes since the mid-2000s has been remarkably effective in reducing a large proportion of the invasive species in ...

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