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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Acknowledging Blue Foods as Key to the Global Food Puzzle

The Economist Intelligence Unit Fisheries & Aquaculture

The role of aquatic foods – animals and plants cultivated or captured in marine and freshwater systems – in sustainable food systems is often underappreciated. The Blue Food Assessment team is looking to put that right, and commercial examples of how to make aquatic foods more sustainable in practice will help to make the case.

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Google Earth's new Timelapse feature shows chilling effect of climate change

Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN Business Energy Solutions

Google Earth users can now see the striking effect of climate change over the past four decades.

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A Blue Economy Extravaganza: Introducing Admiral Tim Gallaudet's New ASPN Podcast & The NSF Convergence Accelerator

Coastal News Today

On this two-part episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham introduce Admiral Tim Gallaudet, host of the new "American Blue Economy Podcast," coming out this month on ASPN.

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Enter the era of cell-cultured seafood

Lou Cooperhouse, Medium Fisheries & Aquaculture

In July 2018, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) held its first public meeting on the topic of “Food Produced Using Animal Cell Culture Technology.”

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The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it

The Guardian Staff Energy Solutions

Ahead of Earth Day, the Guardian is partnering with newsrooms around the world in a joint initiative calling on journalists to treat the climate crisis like the emergency it is.

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Airborne plastic pollution ‘spiralling around the globe’, study finds

Damian Carrington, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

Rising levels of microplastic pollution raise questions about the impact on human health, experts say.

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The rice of the sea: how a tiny grain could change the way humanity eats

Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian Fisheries & Aquaculture

Ángel León made his name serving innovative seafood. But then he discovered something in the seagrass that could transform our understanding of the sea itself – as a vast garden.

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The ocean is becoming more stable – here’s why that might not be a good thing

Phil Hosegood, The Conversation

If you’ve ever been seasick, “stable” may be the last word you associate with the ocean. But as global temperatures rise, the world’s oceans are technically becoming more stable.

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4 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Carole Excell, World Resources Institute Plastics & Pollution

A whopping 8 million tons of plastic winds up in the ocean each year, endangering wildlife and polluting ecosystems.

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'We Have to Act': Atmospheric CO2 Passes 420 PPM for First Time Ever

Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams

The concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide surged past 420 parts per million for the first time in recorded history this past weekend, according to a measurement taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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'A Remarkable Story of Resilience and Hope': Renewable Energy Smashes Records in 2020

Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Energy Solutions

Despite the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, according to data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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How data is transforming the way we care for the ocean

Bjorn Tore Markussen & Kristian Teleki, World Economic Forum

Turning commitments and ideas into the actions needed for a sustainable blue economy will require evidence and data.

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Blue Carbon California: Incorporating Blue Carbon Science into Climate Policy Solutions

Laura Anderson, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

California is home to a diversity of coastal ecosystems like tidal marshes, seagrass beds, and estuaries. These ecosystems provide flood and storm protection, healthy habitats for fish and birds, and recreational spaces. They may also play an important role in addressing climate change.

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US Cities Bought More Renewable Energy than Ever in 2020. Here's How.

Yuning Liu & Tatsatom Gonçalves, World Resources Institute Energy Solutions

Despite the immense obstacles, U.S. local governments bought more renewable energy in 2020 than ever before, according to new data from the Local Government Renewables Action Tracker.

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How can we better dispose of PPE so it doesn’t keep polluting our oceans?

Talib Visram, Fast Company Plastics & Pollution

It’s another sad reality of the COVID-19 era that some of the steps we’re taking to stay safe and combat the coronavirus spread are often in opposition to hard-fought efforts to curb the use of plastics for a cleaner planet.

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Ocean energy: An important ally in the fight against climate change

Rémi Gruet, World Ocean Initiative / The Economist Group Energy Solutions

A guest blog by Rémi Gruet, CEO at Ocean Energy Europe, the trade association for ocean renewables in Europe.

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Move over, corn and soybeans: The next biofuel source could be giant sea kelp

Diane Kim, Ignacio Navarrete & Jessica Dutton, The Conversation Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

Giant kelp, the world’s largest species of marine algae, is an attractive source for making biofuels. 

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“How do we build an aquaculture sector that is serious about SDGs 1 and 2?”

Rob Fletcher, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

The development of global aquaculture over the course of the next 20 years must be more focused on helping to reduce poverty and hunger – the first two, and most important, of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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Blue Carbon Sequestration: Benefits for Sub-National Climate Policy

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

Research Brief: California could serve as a model for “Blue Carbon” policies and practices by using carbon sequestration in coastal habitats to achieve its ambitious climate goals.

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Seagrasses Turn Back the Clock on Ocean Acidification

Kat Kerlin, UC Davis Fisheries & Aquaculture

Spanning six years and seven seagrass meadows along the California coast, a paper from the University of California, Davis, is the most extensive study yet of how seagrasses can buffer ocean acidification.

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