Leading experts discuss new analysis exploring the current understanding of the ocean’s genetic diversity and what’s needed to ensure the ocean genome remains a pillar of the sustainable ocean economy.
Jane Lubchenco is one of the world's foremost ocean ecologists. Formerly the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, she is now a co-chair of the expert group for the High Level Panel for the Sustainable Ocean Economy.
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) accounts for nearly 20% of the world's fish catch. A "trusted traveller" border control-like system for the seas could help curb illicit fishing.
In this era of upheaval in the ocean, driven by climate change and other stressors, technological innovations offer a flood of new data and new capabilities for translating it into actionable information.
2020 will inevitably be a turning point for the environment. Key decisions on climate change, the ocean and biodiversity will determine if it is a turning point for the better or for the worse.
Climate scientists recently found that extreme heat is leading to more pre-term births, warming waters in New England are linked to a decline in fishermen, and unprecedented changes in the Arctic show the region is changing more quickly than anticipated. This post summarizes these and other studies published in December 2019.
Please join us on for the U.S. launch of two new “Blue Papers” about the ocean’s relationship with humanity.
Coral reef tourism, worth $35.8 billion globally every year, could experience revenue losses of over 90% based on the current trajectory of warming. Here's how ocean industries can try to avoid that kind of devastation.
This paper analyses the costs to Pacific countries of illegal trade in marine resources by looking at the loss in gross revenues from unreported catch, the impact across the fish value chain (economic impact), the loss to household incomes (income impact), and the loss in tax revenues (tax impact).
Join us for a presentation of the report, The Ocean as a Solution for Climate Change: 5 Opportunities for Action, which will show that the ocean and coastal regions can play a much bigger role in shrinking the world's carbon footprint and limiting global temperature rise than previously realized.
Ocean-based climate action can play a much bigger role in shrinking the world’s carbon footprint than was previously thought. It could deliver up to a fifth (21%, or 11 GtCO2e) of the annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions cuts needed in 2050 to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Statement by Andrew Steer, WRI President & CEO, following the conclusion of the UN Climate Action Summit where 66 countries indicated their intention to enhance the ambition of their climate plans by 2020.
A new analysis reveals that the ocean is not just a victim of climate change, it is also a powerful source of solutions. Given political will, appropriate policy and investment in technology, the ocean could be a new ally in the fight.
The international ocean community is converging at the UN headquarters August 19-30 for yet another round of negotiations on the treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing undermines our ability to manage fish stocks sustainably.
Plastic pollution and dying coral reefs may dominate the news, but beneath the surface, ocean conservation is making headway. Examples from Indonesia, Norway, Africa and more reveal signs of progress.
Despite a surge of regulation, single-use plastics continue to make their way into the environment. Here are five reasons why.
This webinar convenes world class experts to introduce new research examining the role of equity in securing a sustainable ocean economy – one that puts people at the center.
As part of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Virtual Summit, this panel will bring together governments, research institutions, civil society and the UN to explore the urgent need to protect, produce and prosper from the ocean in the face of a changing climate. It will explore opportunities to build resilience, harness innovation and ensure future livelihoods, food security and economic development.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer reflects on the Our Ocean conference's location in Indonesia this week—its unique relationship to the ocean, and how that ocean connects us all.