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Ocean Policy News
May 21, 2019

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A survey of plastic pollution on Australia's Cocos (Keeling) Islands has revealed the territory's beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of plastic debris. ... read more
Infrastructure development and other human-made changes have already fragmented or disrupted two-thirds of Earth's longest rivers. Dams and reservoirs are the leading ... read more
Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, ... read more
Carbon released into the atmosphere by the increasing loss of Arctic permafrost, combined with higher solar absorption by the Earth's surface due to the melting of sea ice ... read more
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Leveraging Scientists' Perceptions for Successful Interactions With Policy Makers

Creating new policies that deal with important issues like climate change requires input from geoscientists. Policy makers, media outlets, and the general public are interested in hearing from ... read more

Federal Subsidies for US Commercial Fisheries Should Be Rejected, Analysis Concludes

A pending rule change proposed by the US National Marine Fisheries Service would allow the use of public funds to underwrite low-interest loans for the construction of new commercial fishing vessels. ... read more

Climate Panel Disbanded by Trump, Now Regrouped, Releases Its Report

A federal advisory committee started meeting in 2016 to explore how to make the National Climate Assessment more usable for communities who want to take action. President Trump dismissed the panel in ... read more

Research Investigates Impact of Climate Change on Glacier-Fed Rivers in Peru

Remote communities in the Peruvian Andes, as well as communities downstream, depend on the water from melting glaciers and mountain ecosystems to provide them with food and power, and to support ... read more

Achieving Paris Climate Target Could Net Additional Billions in Fisheries Revenue

Achieving the Paris Agreement global warming target could protect millions of tons in annual worldwide fisheries catch, as well as billions of dollars of annual revenues for fishers, workers' ... read more

Identifying the Common Ground for Sustainable Agriculture in Europe

Agriculture is critical to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals. New research shows that researchers, policymakers, and farmers in Europe currently have different, often conflicting ... read more

High CO2 Levels Can Destabilize Marine Layer Clouds

Computer modeling shows that marine stratus clouds could disappear if atmospheric CO2 levels climb high enough, raising global ... read more

Ecosystem Responses to Dam Removal Complex, but Predictable

In the United States, the removal of dams now outpaces the construction of new ones -- with more than 1,400 dams decommissioned since the 1970s -- and a new study suggests that the ecosystem effects ... read more

How to Save a Seabird

A new study outlines more than a decade of success in reducing seabird bycatch in Alaska's longline fisheries, and where there's still room for ... read more

Fishing and Pollution Regulations Don't Help Corals Cope With Climate Change

A new study reports that protecting coral reefs from fishing and pollution does not help coral populations cope with climate change. The study also concludes that ocean warming is the primary cause ... read more

What Rising Seas Mean for Local Economies

High-tide flooding resulting from climate change is already disrupting the economy of Annapolis, Md. As sea levels rise, the impacts are expected to get worse for coastal ... read more

Artificial Intelligence to Boost Earth System Science

A new study shows that artificial intelligence can substantially improve our understanding of the climate and the Earth ... read more

Munitions at the Bottom of the Baltic Sea

The bottom of the Baltic Sea is home to large quantities of sunken munitions, a legacy of the Second World War -- and often very close to shore. Should we simply leave them where they are and accept ... read more

Climate Change and Infertility -- A Ticking Time Bomb?

Rising temperatures could make some species sterile and see them succumb to the effects of climate change earlier than currently thought, scientists ... read more

Endangered Sharks Being Eaten in UK

Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have ... read more

To Solve Pollinator Health Crisis, State Governments Are Key

For the first time, researchers have catalogued every pollinator protection policy enacted by state governments from 2000-2017. The resulting database of information allows everyone from legislators ... read more

How to Send a Finch Extinct

An endangered Queensland bird is at risk of extinction because environmental legislation is failing to protect its habitat, according to a University of Queensland-led study. Researchers reviewed ... read more

Extreme Weather and Geopolitics Major Drivers of Increasing 'Food Shocks'

Global food production is suffering from an increasing number of 'food shocks,' with most caused by extreme weather and geopolitical crises. An international study looked at the incidence ... read more

Climate Change Tipping Point Could Be Coming Sooner Than We Think

A new study confirms the urgency to tackle climate change. While it's known that extreme weather events can affect the year-to-year variability in carbon uptake, and some researchers have ... read more

Mangrove Patches Deserve Greater Recognition No Matter the Size

Governments must provide stronger protection for crucial small mangrove patches, experts ... read more

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