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  • 10/10/10 - A Global Day for Work on Climate Action

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 8, 2010

    On Sunday, 10/10/10, over 6600 events in support of climate change solutions will be taking place in 188 countries. International climate action organization 350.org and partners are coordinating a “Global Work Day” to take a stand against climate change and help out our local communities.

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  • Success of the Census for Marine Life

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 7, 2010

    The Census of Marine Life, the results of which were presented this week, was an incredible effort that took 2700 scientists from 80 nations over ten years (and 9000 days at sea!) to complete. This project, which also included the participation of more than 600 institutions, including the World Register of Marine Species, is one of the best examples of scientific collaboration.

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  • Mission accomplished in the Gulf of Mexico

    Author: Xavier Pastor
    Date: October 5, 2010

    Oceana’s first expedition in the Gulf of Mexico to evaluate the long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe has concluded. For two months scientists, divers, ROV operators and support personnel on board the Oceana Latitude, sailed close to 4,000 miles - practically the distance from Miami (Florida) to Mallorca. Our team of divers completed 24 dives, and collected hundreds of photographs and hours of video footage.

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  • Last Call for Climate Talks in Tianjin

    Author: Brussels Office
    Date: October 4, 2010

    Today is the first day of the interim talks for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Tianjin, China. This meeting is the last opportunity for negotiations before the official UNFCCC summit in Cancun from November 29 through December 10th 2010.

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  • Jellyfish Invaders

    Author: Brussels Office
    Date: October 1, 2010

    Yesterday, we attended Invasion of the Jellyfish, an interesting meeting hosted by the European Parliament’s Seas and Coastal Areas Intergroup. It sounds like the name of a low-budget 80s horror movie, but it’s unfortunately the growing reality in coastal waters around the world.

    Here’s a quick download on what you need to know about the “Rise of Slime” - as Dr. Tom Doyle, one of the guest speakers called it:

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  • OSPAR’s disappointing wrap-up

    Author: Brussels Office
    Date: September 29, 2010

    Well we can’t say we are too surprised, but it’s still incredibly frustrating that OSPAR member states choose to continue endangering the health and future of an ecosystem on which millions of Europeans depend.

    Good news first – European countries agreed to create six new marine protected areas. This is an historic decision because they are the first MPAs created beyond national jurisdiction (in the high seas).

    Bad news? Where do we begin?

    Six is simply not enough – not enough high seas protection, and not enough surface area coverage.

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  • Another day at OSPAR

    Author: Brussels Office
    Date: September 22, 2010

    It has been a busy few days for us at OSPAR. So far the meetings we’ve assisted have been incredibly interesting, but the entire process is exhausting and rather intense: we’ve been getting back to our hotel at around 23h and waking up very early in the morning to prepare for meetings. The delegates look more exhausted than we do - no doubt because their negotiations have been going on into the wee hours of the morning.

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  • OSPAR kicks off today in Bergen, Norway

    Author: Brussels Office
    Date: September 20, 2010

    Today marks the beginning of the OSPAR Commission meeting in Bergen, Norway.

    In case you are wondering what this actually is, we thought we’d give you a bit of background on the Commission and what it is that they do.

    OSPAR is the result of the 1992 unification of two international Conventions related to the protection of marine environment: the Oslo convention adopted in 1972 which regulates dumping waste at sea and the Paris Convention, adopted two years later and focusing on land based sources of pollution.

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  • A few days in the Alabama Alps

    Author: Xavier Pastor
    Date: September 18, 2010

    If you’ve been keeping up with the ship's log, you'll notice that these past two weeks have been as equally intense as the others. The departure of Oceana workers from Alaska and Washington and their hydrocarbon sensors was immediately compensated by the arrival of a new group of Spanish divers and the underwater robot (ROV) to Gulfport, Mississippi. Then we begin a new phase of the expedition: the visual exploration of the seabeds in the areas whose surface waters had been covered by oil for weeks.

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  • An Education on Overfishing

    Author: Brussels Office
    Date: September 17, 2010

    A lot of people often ask what they can do to learn about the state of the oceans – there is so much information out there, it can certainly be a daunting task to sort through it all.

    That’s why we decided to pull together some of our favorite books and movies on marine issues. This list is by no means an exhaustive one, its just a couple of ideas to help get you on track.

    ­For the Bookworm:

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