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  • Blue growth, but at what cost?

    Author: Hanna Paulomäki
    Date: June 18, 2014

    Blue Growth is a new strategy recently launched in the EU, wherein seas and oceans are seen as drivers of the European economy. It represents about 5.4 million jobs and is expected to generate a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year. Shipping, coastal and cruise tourism, offshore wind, shipbuilding, aquaculture and blue biotechnologies are considered to be some of the most promising sectors of the Baltic Sea maritime economy.

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  • Deep sea mining-who will win the battle?

    Author: Agata Mrowiec
    Date: June 12, 2014

    Commercial deep-sea mining operations are set to become a reality by 2016 in the Pacific Ocean, and will have a negative impact on our planet that we cannot even begin to measure. According to official statistics, only 3 % of the oceans are protected (IUCN), and we have only explored about 1% of ocean floor (NOAA).

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  • IT’S WORLD OCEANS DAY: DON’T FORGET THE BAMBOO CORALS

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: June 6, 2014

    Fish, squids and corals full of organisms whose names you can’t even begin to pronounce - our oceans are brimming with life. Yet sometimes it seems that many on land have forgotten that life once began in the ocean and still plays a big role in maintaining the balance on this planet. Even in this modern day, despite all the scientific evidence and policy achievements, there is a lot to be done in order to safeguard many of our key marine species and ecosystems

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  • Introducing our New Climate Change Series

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: June 2, 2014

    Have you heard the most recent climate change news? The World Meteorological Organization just announced that in April, CO2 levels in the northern hemisphere reached an average of more than 400 ppm (parts per million is a ratio of CO2 molecules to all other molecules in the atmosphere).  While this is not the first time levels that high have occurred, it is the first time scientists have seen a whole month of levels that high.

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  • Save the Oceans, Feed the World: Alexandra Cousteau joins the fight

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: May 26, 2014

    Last week, Oceana senior advisor Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, spoke to several audiences in Spain about how we can save the oceans to feed the world. It is a message we must share with anyone who will listen (and many who still refuse to).

    There are 7 billion people on the planet, and the UN estimates that number will reach 9 billion by 2050.

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  • Three Years in the Baltic: Finding Solutions to Restore a Threatened Sea

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: May 9, 2014

    It’s been three years since Oceana set up shop in Copenhagen to work exclusively on restoring the Baltic Sea, one of the most polluted and threatened seas in the world.

    Here is the catch: On paper, the Baltic region is leagues ahead of most of Europe when it comes to designating marine protected areas. On paper, 12% of the Baltic Sea is protected, which means on paper, the region has met and surpassed the goal laid out by the UN to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020.

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  • Deep-sea sharks: Poorly known, poorly managed

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: May 7, 2014

    The intriguing species that live in the deep-sea, hundreds of metres below the ocean’s surface, are some of the least suitable fish in the world for supporting commercial fisheries. Physiologically, they have adapted to life in a cold, dark environment where resources are patchy and in scarce supply. As a result, biological processes happen on a much slower timescale for many deep-sea fish than for species that live in shallow waters; they grow slowly, they begin to reproduce at a late age, and can live for many years.

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  • EU’s Most Wanted

    Author: Peter Pierrou and Allison Perry
    Date: April 29, 2014

    A new report released by the European Commission paints a broad overview of European fisheries. Here are some key facts for you:

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  • 10 facts you might not know about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    Author: Peter Pierrou
    Date: April 24, 2014

    1.- The combined size of the world’s MPAs exceeds the size of Europe. While that might sound like a very large area, the MPAs in fact cover less than 3 percent of the world’s oceans according to IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature).

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  • The Acidification of the Mediterranean Sea: Secondary effects of the rise of CO2

    Author: Helena Alvarez
    Date: April 15, 2014

    Oceans play a fundamental role in regulating Earth’s temperature and the natural greenhouse effect that maintains life as we know it. They are able to do so by acting as a “carbon sink” and absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2).  However, due to our rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions, too much carbon gets into the oceans, lowering their pH and resulting in a phenomenon known as ‘ocean acidification’.

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