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10 December 2009

Delegates at the UN Climate Summit were today shown that the world’s oceans are becoming acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the last 55 million years, threatening disaster for marine life.

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07 December 2009
The United Nations Climate Change Summit (COP15) is taking place in Copenhagen from December 7-18th, and on this page you will find information and materials relating to Seas At Risk's work there on GHG emissions from shipping.  

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04 December 2009

The UN General Assembly calls upon all high seas fishing nations to intensify their efforts to protect vulnerable deep-sea life in the international waters of the world’s oceans.

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01 December 2009

With the coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty today, the decision-making procedure under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has changed significantly.

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01 December 2009

VOICE and a number of Irish environmental NGOs and the Minister for the Environment John Gormely came together on the steps of the Dail on the 29th of October to launch the first branch of the international campaign 10:10.

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27 November 2009

Environmental NGOs working on GHG emissions from marine and aviation bunkers have published a joint position ahead of the Copenhagen climate change summit.

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25 November 2009

A European Parliament resolution on the EU strategy for the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change has upped the stakes on targets for marine bunker emissions.

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24 November 2009

The forthcoming climate negotiations in Copenhagen provides the world's leaders with the opportunity to reach an agreement that is truly a show of leadership.

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23 November 2009

The Lisbon Treaty has important effects on the way fisheries measures will be adopted.

The way fisheries decisions will be taken once the Lisbon Treaty comes into force on 1st December 2009 will change.

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15 November 2009

ICCAT slashes blue fin tuna quotas by a third, thereby rejecting a complete ban.

Environmentalists are bitterly disappointed at ICCAT's decision to not place a complete moratorium on fishing blue fin tuna, which is an endangered species.

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21 October 2009

The Dutch government has urged action on marine plastic debris.

The Dutch delegation presented a note to EU Environment ministers in at the Environment Council in Luxembourg on 21st October.

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15 October 2009

The European Commission has published a progress report on the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). The report evaluates actions undertaken since 2007 to date, and outlines strategic policy orientations of the future of the IMP.

Once again the Commission places considerable emphasis on the economic potential of maritime sectors, particularly shipping and energy generation. The current financial and economic crisis provides yet an incentive to fully exploit the potential of our seas.

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02 October 2009

MCS kicked off a campaign on 28th June called Raising A Stink, in association with the Sunday Times, to stop raw sewage from combined sewer overflow pipes from polluting UK beaches.

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02 October 2009

Legambiente has uncovered a terrifying story linked to the illegal disposal of toxic and radioactive waste at sea.

The story has returned to the fore over the last few weeks after the wreck of a ship was found carrying 120 barrels of suspected radioactive waste, sunk off the Calabrian coastline (Cetraro, Cs).

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02 October 2009

MCS and the UK environmental law foundation ClientEarth have lodged a complaint with the Aarhus Committee in Geneva against the UK Government concerning failure to deliver access to justice in the environment, as required under the Aarhus Convention.

The Aarhus Convention deals with the right to information and access to justice on environmental matters and applies to members from 43 countries in Europe. The complaint was heard in Geneva on Thursday 24 September 2009. The compliance committee of the treaty must decide whether the European court was right to deny WWF access to court over the cod quota, particularly as the WWF was a member of a statutory EU body, a regional advisory committee, at the time. Aarhus says that NGOs should have the right to go to court to challenge decisions on “specific activities” if the NGOs have played a part in the decision-making process. A decision in MCS's favour will lead to a reform of the rules covering the costs and timing of Judicial Review, broadening access to the courts for NGOs wanting to mount legal challenges to state authority decisions affecting the environment. A decision will be made within approximately three months. Photograph by Ates Omer.

Link to Charles Clover article on the issue Information on the Aarhus Convention from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Simon Barnes in Saturday's Times on the issue Summary of the case in The Sunderland Echo
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16 September 2009

Environmental organisations present at the Ministerial gathering of 47 countries from five continents emphasize the fisheries ministers’ recognition that “a new scenario for the seas and the oceans” is urgently needed.

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05 August 2009

Marine scientists from California are venturing out into the Pacific to find out more about the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch".

A research vessel carrying a team of about 30 researchers, technicians and crew members embarked on Sunday on a three-week voyage from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, based at the University of California at San Diego.

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30 July 2009
Marine pest species costing billions in damage to fisheries, coastal communities and infrastructure are spreading as the world’s shipping nations continue to largely neglect bringing into effect an international treaty setting out requirements for consistent handling and treatment of ships’ ballast water.  

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20 July 2009

July was the hottest month for the world's oceans in almost 130 years of record-keeping. The average water temperature worldwide was 17 Celsius, according to the National Climatic Data Center, the branch of the U.S. government that keeps world weather records. June was only slightly cooler, while August could set another record, scientists say. The previous record was set in July 1998 during a powerful El Nino in the Pacific.

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17 July 2009

President Sarkozy has announced France's support for a ban on international trade of bluefin tuna. Monaco and the UK have supported France's position.

The backing of two major EU countries for a ban on the international bluefin tuna trade has instantly given weight and momentum to the campaign by Monaco to have the bluefin listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) next year.

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