A (somewhat) better protected Arctic

January 25, 2017

Ocean advocates received an early Christmas present last year. On 20 December, the United States and Canada announced a series of measures to protect Arctic waters. This joint initiative must be put in specific national contexts: Barack Obama is now seeking to consolidate his environmental legacy before his departure from the White House, while Justin […]

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Cautious steps towards a new high seas agreement

September 9, 2016

Seeking to fill the gaps in the international legal framework for ocean governance, States gathered at the UN headquarters in New York (26 August-9 September) to discuss elements of an agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). Even if the discussions were generally productive, some contentious issues still remain, many of […]

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Oceans: what are the implications of the Paris Agreement?

May 31, 2016

The ocean moderates climatic global warming albeit through a profound alteration of its chemical and physical functioning, of its ecosystems and the services they provide to humanity (fisheries, aquaculture, coastal tourism, coastal protection, etc.). The levels of impact by the end of the century will depend heavily on the global trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions […]

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The ocean community is mobilising for COP21

February 25, 2015

With COP21 fast approaching, the “ocean community”—a network of scientists, NGOs and private sector representatives—is wondering how much scope it has to influence the negotiations. Its concerns are legitimate: oceans, like the atmosphere, play a central role in climate processes. As oceans absorb CO2 and some of the heat accumulated in the atmosphere, they help […]

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