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This act was only possible because of Niue’s extraordinary community. For years, the Niuean community worked together on the Niue Ocean Wide (NOW) project— led by a unique public-private partnership between the Government of Niue and a local non-profit Tofia Niue—to better understand their local environment and plan for a sustainable future. To aid in their efforts, the Niuean community enlisted support from National Geographic’s Pristine Seas program and the philanthropic organization Oceans Five. Now that Niue exceeds its commitments to the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) targets, they are calling on other nations in the region to follow suit. We will need more leaders like them to achieve 30% of the ocean protected by 2030!
Image: Manu San Felix, National Geographic Society Pristine Seas
Why This Matters: This may ultimately about all that oil and gas, but the conflict today is overfishing. China continues to use its military to prevent Vietnamese fishing boats from harvesting in the disputed areas.
We know that rising ocean temperatures are causing fish stocks to migrate to cooler waters, and now we have new evidence as to why. A study by German scientists found that juvenile fish and fish that are ready to mate are especially sensitive to changes in water temperature, and as a result, up to 60 percent of all species may be forced to leave their traditional spawning areas as waters warm.
Why This Matters: Fish populations need functional habitat to survive and procreate.
By Jean Flemma and Miriam Goldstein Historically, the ocean has been overlooked in the climate debate. That makes no sense. Ignoring the 71 percent of the planet that creates more than half the oxygen we breathe and has absorbed 90 percent of the excess heat created by climate change can hardly lead to a complete […]
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