Opinion: 2020’s Top Ocean News Stories

December 21, 2020 By Callie Steffen, Emma Critchley, Douglas McCauley Mongabay
Marine scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, share their list of the top 10 ocean news stories from 2020.

Opinion: Our Oceans, Our Future

December 9, 2020 By Fabien Cousteau The New York Times
To conquer the dual, interrelated crises of Covid-19 and climate change we have to start small, and dream big.

Opinion: Five Priorities for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

December 2, 2020 By Jane Lubchenco, Peter M. Haugan & Mari Elka Pangestu Nature
Ocean ecosystems are under threat. They also hold solutions. Climate change is increasing sea levels and making the ocean warmer, more acidic and depleted in oxygen. The ocean has absorbed around 90% of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse-gas emissions and one-third of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activities since the 1980s.

Opinion: China’s Chance to Save Antarctic Sea Life

October 26, 2020 By John F. Kerry The New York Times
Twenty-four countries and the E.U. have agreed to create three marine parks, which would ban fishing and other industrial activity. But to become a reality, China must also agree.

Opinion: Treasure and Turmoil in the Deep Sea

August 14, 2020 By Steve H.D. Haddock and C. Anela Choy New York Times
The growing push to mine the seabed threatens the vast and rich ecosystem between the surface and the seafloor.

Opinion: Why Are Blue Whales So Gigantic?

July 31, 2020 By Eric M. Keen Scientific American
Dinosaurs were big, but these are the largest animals in the history of the planet—and we’re just beginning to understand the reasons for their size.

Opinion: Marie Tharp Pioneered Mapping the Bottom of the Ocean 6 Decades Ago – Scientists Are Still Learning About Earth’s Last Frontier

July 28, 2020 By Suzanne OConnell The Conversation
July 30 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Marie Tharp, a geologist and oceanographer who created maps that changed the way people imagine two-thirds of the world. Beginning in 1957, Tharp and her research partner, Bruce Heezen, began publishing the first comprehensive maps that showed the main features of the ocean bottom – mountains, valleys and trenches.

Opinion: Saving The Oceans With Advanced Transportation Technologies

July 1, 2020 By Rahul Razdan Forbes
Sustainability is driven by a carbon pipeline consisting of demand for energy, efficient delivery of energy to the end user, and finally dealing with the consequences of the process in the form of pollution. Virtualization, electrification, sequestration are powerful tools to accelerate the development of sustainable systems. Virtualization and electrification have powerful economic models which drive investment. However, sequestration is the least developed because it deals primarily with pollution.

Opinion: How Global Regulators Are Selling Out the World’s Largest Tuna

June 16, 2020 By Jennifer Telesca
Yale Environment 360 The international commission responsible for managing Atlantic bluefin — prized for high-quality sushi — is failing to protect this magnificent fish. The regulators’ focus on fishing industry profits points up the need to change the way we view, and value, the lives of wild creatures.

Opinion: Sustainable Bluefin Tuna? Not So Fast.

May 27, 2020 By Jennifer E. Telesca Hakai Magazine
Buying fish with a clear conscience isn’t easy these days. The ocean is so depleted and the demand so high that only half of the world’s seafood comes from the wild. The rest is farmed. Well-intentioned consumers want to know how to minimize harm through their purchasing power when at retailers such as Marks and Spencer, Walmart, and Whole Foods. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) offers one of several guides. I’m afraid it’s a sham.

Opinion: 8 Ways to Rebuild a Stronger Ocean Economy After COVID-19

May 12, 2020 World Economic Forum
Some of the COVID-19 stimulus packages that are being designed to recover land-based industries and communities are also exploring ways to leapfrog forwards into greener modes of operation. However, little is being considered for bluer modes of operations. Similar opportunities, however, await us in our ocean and on our coasts. Here are eight pathways for rebuilding an ocean economy that is both stronger and more sustainable after COVID-19.

Opinion: Ocean Wastelands

May 5, 2020 By Jordi Boada oceanographic
Deserts are among the most impressive landscapes on earth. The loneliness and vastness of terrestrial deserts have attracted explorers since ancient times, succumbing to their bleakness. But I never imagined deserts like this could exist underneath the surface of the ocean.

Opinion: A Healthy Ocean Can Help Fight Pandemics

May 4, 2020 By Torsten Thiele, Marie-Christine Imbert, Timothy Bouley chinadialogueocean
Covid-19 is forcing the world to rethink our economies, supply chains and science. Widespread inconsideration of biology and ecology in planning have in part led to the challenging circumstances we are now in.

Opinion: COVID Underscores the Urgency of Holistic Community-Based Approaches to Conservation

April 27, 2020 Alasdair Harris Mongabay
Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable communities in the Global South go far beyond the looming public health emergency.  The broader economic and environmental ramifications are of profound importance to biodiversity conservation. How the conservation movement responds will determine our relevance and credibility in the eyes of many communities who depend on nature for their survival.

Opinion: How Starfish, Snails and Salmon Fight Pandemics

April 17, 2020 By C. Drew Harvell The New York Times
Now the world is seeing the deadly path cut by a terrestrial pandemic, spread by a new coronavirus that has killed tens of thousands of people worldwide as it continues its sweep. If anything good is to emerge from this, it will be in the quest to better understanding pathogens and their hosts, to find nature’s best defenses and to apply these findings to engineer a safer world.

Opinion: We need a global movement to transform ocean science for a better world

April 15, 2020 By Linwood Pendleton, Karen Evans, Martin Visbeck PNAS
The current scale, pace, and practice of ocean scientific discovery and observation are not keeping up with the changes in ocean and human conditions. We need fundamental changes in the way that researchers work with decision makers to co-create knowledge that will address pressing development problems.

Opinion: The Most Remote Islands in the Atlantic Ocean Need Protection

March 30, 2020 Pew Charitable Trusts
In the remote waters of the South Atlantic Ocean lies the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, some 2,400 kilometres (1,491 miles) west of South Africa. A chain of four islands, Tristan da Cunha covers a small land area—about one-tenth the size of London—but it has an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) close to three times the size of the United Kingdom: 754,000 square kilometres (291,121 square miles).

Opinion: Taking a Stand to Save Earth’s Oceans

March 9, 2020 By Kendall Jones and James Watson Scientific American
Given the connected nature of the ocean, a piecemeal approach is doomed to fail. The success of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework depends on collective action. Our science shows that the necessary scale of action is now clear, both for the ocean and on land—but the fate of Earth’s biodiversity hangs on the willingness of governments and industry to act.