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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First Woman and African To Lead World Trade Organizations Starts With Fisheries Subsidies

First Woman and African To Lead World Trade Organizations Starts With Fisheries Subsidies

The new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist from Nigeria, made ending fishing subsidies by governments her first priority on Monday, according to E&E News.  This has long been a priority for the WTO, but her decision also reflects the importance of women in promoting and ensuring sustainable fishing globally.

Why This Matters:  As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we wanted to shine a light on women’s contributions to the natural resource economy.

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Atlantic Ocean Currents Appear To Be Changing; So May Hurricane Season

Atlantic Ocean Currents Appear To Be Changing; So May Hurricane Season

In a little-noticed report that could have major implications for both the Eastern U.S. and Europe, scientists announced last week that Atlantic Ocean currents are thought to be 15% weaker than in 1950The Washington Post explained, saying that the “system of currents that includes the Florida Current and the Gulf Stream, is now ‘in its weakest state in over a millennium.'”

Why This Matters: We need to understand both these phenomena better to predict climate events.  They are quite a coincidence.

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