The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America was a bombshell that will be commented on and written about for many months and years to come. While we are still pondering what the consequences of this election will be for the world, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Trump administration will not be a proponent of stronger environmental regulation and may even try to undermine the environmental acquis in the US.
The Blue Eco Forum organised by ENT Foundation, Seas At Risk member, together with Coastal & Marine Union and eco-union, took place end of November at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona. About 350 people attended the event and participated in plenary debates, workshops and exhibitions which counted on the presence of experts and key stakeholders from the Euro-Mediterranean political, economic and social world.
8 June is the United Nations day for World Oceans. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘healthy oceans, healthy planet’, yet developments during 2016 have shown just how much more needs to be done to preserve our seas from the effects of human activity.
Paris - The Oceans were front and centre of the climate debate this week at the COP21 climate talks in Paris. Special events both inside and outside of the main negotiation zone highlighted the crucial role played by the world’s seas in regulating our climate and mitigating the effect our greenhouse gas emissions are having.
Surfrider Foundation has with over 20 other organisations launched a new network, the "Ocean and Climate platform", ahead of the Cop 21 climate negotiations due to take place next year in Paris.
The platform is made up of NGOs and research institutes and currently all members are France-based organisations of national, local or European scope, but the platform is eager to open up further to non-French based European and international members. You can find more information on the platform here (French)
The protection of the world’s oceans look set to be given greater prominence at Rio+20, but the recently published draft outcome document needs significant strengthening if this important opportunity is to result in the urgent actions that are needed to save our seas.
Last week’s COP17 conference on climate change ended with a deal made in extra time that promisingly prolongs the fate of the Kyto Protocol but does nothing to ensure the deep, immediate cuts in GHG emissions that are needed to protect our oceans now.
Four UN agencies concerned with the protection of the marine environment have outlined their joint proposals to improve the management of coastal areas and oceans with the goal of achieving deliverable actions at next year’s Rio +20 conference.
Almost 20 years since the first “Earth Summit” was held in Rio de Janeiro, preparations are now well underway for the 2012 anniversary conference. With UNEP identifying “global ocean collapse” as a key emerging issue for the event, Rio+20 must deliver to save the seas.
Speaking in Berlin on the marine environment and next year’s Rio +20 conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel compared the current economic troubles to the crisis being faced by the world’s oceans. At the same conference, the Seas At Risk Executive Director called for German leadership.
At the June Fisheries Council meeting, EU Fisheries Ministers outrageously backed out of their international commitment to end overfishing by 2015 and chose to oppose the Commission’s proposals that would result in more sustainable fisheries.
A study by American space agency NASA has concluded that polar ice sheets are losing mass at an accelerated rate and much faster than previously predicted, further highlighting the need for immediate measures to mitigate the effects of global warming.