New Study Finds Warming Waters Pushing Tuna Away from Reliant Pacific Nations

New Study Finds Warming Waters Pushing Tuna Away from Reliant Pacific Nations

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study released by Conservation International found that tuna populations will likely be pushed from the waters of 10 Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) due to climate change. For nations that rely on tuna as a source of food and income, the consequences could be devastating. Conservation International urges the global […]

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Container Ship Burns, Sinks, Unleashing Plastic and Oil on Sri Lankan Shores

Container Ship Burns, Sinks, Unleashing Plastic and Oil on Sri Lankan Shores

A container ship off the coast of Sri Lanka that has been burning for 13 days has now begun to sink. Officials say that this could be the worst ecological disaster in the nation’s history, as plastic “snow” pellets wash up on beaches and oil spills into the ocean. 

Why This Matters: Experts worry that pollutants from the burning ship, including dangerous chemicals, oil, and microplastics, could have wide-reaching impacts beyond the immediately affected zone.

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Interview of the Week: Aulani Wilhelm of Conservation International click button

Interview of the Week: Aulani Wilhelm of Conservation International

This week, as part of our special Earth Month series of interviews, we sat down with Aulani Wilhelm, the Senior Vice President for Oceans at Conservation International (CI). 

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Japan Announces Plan To Release Treated Water From Fukushima Plant Into the Ocean

Japan Announces Plan To Release Treated Water From Fukushima Plant Into the Ocean

Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, the Japanese government announced that it will release treated radioactive water from the destroyed plant into the ocean beginning in 2023. The decision to dump more than 1 million metric tons of contaminated water into the Pacific ocean has upset local fishers and surrounding countries. 

Why This Matters: A decade after a 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami led to a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the decision to release water into the ocean is just one part of the prolonged decommissioning of the plant.

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New Study: Protect 30% of Ocean by 2030, Boost Fisheries, and Sequester Carbon click button

New Study: Protect 30% of Ocean by 2030, Boost Fisheries, and Sequester Carbon

new study published in Nature by 26 authors from around the world details the overlooked benefits of ocean protections that would be secured if countries protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 — and provides a blueprint of the best areas for conservation. 

Why This Matters: Protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030 could ensure the health of key biomes while also boosting ocean-reliant economies, many of which need a jumpstart due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Portraits of Change: Climate Change Is Challenging Fishing in the U.S. click button

Portraits of Change: Climate Change Is Challenging Fishing in the U.S.

This week, we have featured this series of videos by the Environmental Defense Fund about the impacts climate change is having on the ocean as observed by the people who live and work there — fishermen and women. Their stories have been compelling and provided a sense of the ways that climate change is harming and shifting global fish stocks. 

Why This Matters:  On Tuesday, pursuant to President Biden’s climate executive order, NOAA announced: “an agency-wide effort to gather initial public input” on “how to make fisheries, including aquaculture, and protected resources more resilient to climate change.

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