June 17, 2020 By Jacob Dykes Geographical
Marine protected areas cover 7.1 per cent of the Southern Ocean, but as some experts call for this to widen, a team of scientists are using tracking data to identify the biodiversity hotspots that most warrant protection.
June 8, 2020 By Elizabeth Claire Alberts Mongabay
Despite the rich biodiversity of the high seas, only about 1% are currently protected, while the rest lie beyond national jurisdiction. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea does provide some specification of what activities can and can’t be done in the open ocean, but experts say it doesn’t do enough to protect the high seas.
May 15, 2020 By Jimmy Thomson The Narwhal
Transformations of Arctic sea ice are altering the ferocity of storms, the deadliness of polar bears and even the ovulation of ringed seals, according to a new report from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the State of the Arctic Ocean. The broad, overarching study finds changes in ocean ice are influencing habitat and animals in the country’s North in unpredictable ways. These changes, largely due to climate change, are leaving natural systems in chaos.
May 13, 2020 Kong Lingyu chinadialogue
New marine biodiversity target a distant prospect, following failure of 2010 biodiversity targets and lack of high seas governance.
April 30, 2020 By Keith Anthony Fabro Mongabay
As the pandemic paralyzes Palawan’s tourism industry, resilient ecotourism communities embedded in biodiversity hotspots like Siete Pecados and PPSRNP have found sustainable ways to survive through the crisis, all while not having to abandon their environmental conservation initiatives.