Baby North Atlantic Right Whales are sadly rare — this species of whales is on the brink of extinction with the death rate exceeding the birth rate — the population is now hovering at about 400. In early January, local scientists off the coast of Georgia were encouraged to spot 27-year-old female Derecha with a […]Continue Reading 286 words
Maria Devaney is the Founder of Blue S.O.S., which organizes next-gen consumers behind ocean-friendly brands in the fashion, beauty, technology, and travel industries. ODP: This year, the theme of the World Economic Forum was sustainability. The fashion industry has a role to play. What did the industry announce this week about its sustainability effort? MD: […]Continue Reading 699 words
At the end of December, an appeals court in Washington, D.C. upheld the designation by President Obama of the first national “monument” in the Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Monument off the coast of Cape Cod, an area teeming with unique and endangered wildlife (such as North Atlantic Right Whales) and due to its topography of deep canyons and extinct volcanic peaks.
Why This Matters: This is a clear win for the conservation of natural resources. The area covered by the monument is full of ocean wonders and is as deserving of protection as similarly precious places on land — like Yellowstone or Yosemite.Continue Reading 577 words
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In 2019, the ocean finally got its due — from a growing public determination to end ocean plastic pollution (think straw bans) and the increasing scientific recognition that the ocean has taken the brunt of climate emissions and now is rapidly changing in ways that are impacting people all around the world today (like sea-level rise and historic/chronic flooding jeopardizing places from Houston to Venice), the ocean as an environmental cause finally got the attention it deserves.
Why This Matters: The ocean connects everyone on the planet, and globally there is tremendous support for protecting it — we are called the “blue planet” for a reason.Continue Reading 872 words
Ocean literacy is key to understanding and protecting our planet. There is only one ocean and our language should reflect this. Will you join us and #droptheS? @DefraGovUK @EU_MARE @NOAA #oneoceanoneplanet pic.twitter.com/FNcPRTBJtT — Marine CoLABoration (@Marine_CoLAB) September 10, 2019 Thanks to FOP, and world-renowned marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, we are making a major correction to […]Continue Reading 148 words
By David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia
This past week, world leaders gathered in Norway to focus on the health of our oceans at a critical time. For island nations such as the Federated States of Micronesia, threatened as never before by climate change, seriousness of purpose isn’t elective, it’s existential.
For me and for the country I am privileged to lead, the climate crisis is not abstract. It is not tomorrow’s far away challenge. We are just 1% dry land. Fly to Norway over the western Pacific and dotted below in the blue ocean are the more than 600 islands and islets that make up the Federated States of Micronesia.
For us, there is no climate and resilience plan without sustainable oceans at its heart.Continue Reading 633 words
In advance of the sixth Our Ocean Conference later this week, the Ocean Conservancy released its latest report on ocean plastics recommending content standards for recycled products to increase the demand for them and that they impose fees on producers depending on the amount of packaging material they put on the market or their plastic recycling/recovery targets in order to increase single-use plastic collection.
Why This Matters: It is significant that a group of companies that are responsible for much of the plastic that is sold — companies like Dow, Starbucks, and Coca-Cola — were part of this effort and stand behind these recommendations. They know they have a problem. But it will take their action — urging Congress and state and local legislatures to enact the necessary laws and ordinances — to make their recommendations a reality.Continue Reading 471 words
The IPCC Oceans report released on Wednesday painted a dire picture of the health of the ocean today. The ocean is a carbon sponge and has absorbed 93% of the excess heat caused by climate change and it is reaching a breaking point according to the IPCC. But another panel that was formed last year […]Continue Reading 351 words
According to the Scripps Institute, healthy coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on earth and provide our planet with valuable and vital ecosystem services. Not to mention they’re a source of food for millions and also protect coastlines from storms and erosion. But scientists recently discovered that a warming […]Continue Reading 306 words
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Stephenne Harding is the Senior Director of the Campaign for Nature at the National Geographic Society and is also part of a coalition of environmental groups working to conserve at least 30% of the ocean by 2030. She spoke to ODP from a key meeting of the United Nations in Kenya happening this week. ODP: What is […]Continue Reading 753 words
Hawai’i is known for its beautiful beaches, powdery sand, and crystal clear ocean waters. But it is also a hub in the Pacific for trash from Asia, including microplastics, derelict fishing gear, and even debris from the 2011 Fukushima tsunami in Japan. Local residents are not taking it sitting down! Organizations like Hawaii Ocean Ambassadors […]Continue Reading 504 words
Bright and undaunted teenagers may just save us yet! Fionn Ferriera had the ingenious idea to use magnets to filter microplastics from water and he found that when he did, they removed at least 85%. Using a magnetic liquid called ferrofluid, which adheres to plastic and then is attracted to the magnets and removed from the water.Continue Reading 220 words