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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Mangroves threatened by plastic pollution from rivers, new study finds

GRID-Arendal Plastics & Pollution

Mangrove ecosystems are at particular risk of being polluted by plastic carried from rivers to the sea. 

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Four themes that will shape aquaculture in 2021

Sarah Riddle, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

Sarah Riddle, director of business engagement at the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), looks at four key areas where the sector is likely to evolve during the next 12 months.

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Meet the next generation turning the tide on plastic pollution

Taylor Clayton, World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

The pandemic has exacerbated the already severe problem of plastic pollution. Here are eight young people from around the world who are leading the fight against our throwaway culture.

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Combined river flows could send up to 3 billion microplastics a day into the Bay of Bengal

University of Plymouth, Science Daily Plastics & Pollution

New research shows the Ganges River - with the combined flows of the Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers - could be responsible for up to 3 billion microplastic particles entering the Bay of Bengal every day.

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UN Hopes to Reduce Ocean Plastic Waste Within Five Years

Tiffany Duong, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

This month, a new era began in the fight against plastic pollution.

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11 innovations protecting life below water – and above it

Nathalie Chalmers, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

Solutions tackle a range of ocean challenges including coral reef restoration, scaling restorative aquaculture, unearthing technologies for marine protection and helping invest in nature-based solutions.

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Biofloc Technology- The new blue revolution in aquaculture

News Desk, Global Village Space Fisheries & Aquaculture

Considered as the new blue revolution in aquaculture, Biofloc technology is currently the most profitable technique being used by the fish farmers.

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Mangrove aquaculture to be supported by state-of-the-art environmental monitoring

Rob Fletcher, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

A new environmental monitoring initiative that aims to support shrimp and crab aquaculture in mangrove forests has officially been launched in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province.

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4 Ocean-based Solutions to Advance Climate Action Through NDCs

Eliza Northrop and Mario Finch, World Resources Institute Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Here are four areas that offer opportunities for ocean-based climate action in NDCs.

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Sustainable tourism key to Cumbria’s new carbon neutral plan

Lorna Parkes, The Guardian Energy Solutions Tourism

Ambition to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral county, by 2037, looks to reduce the impact of visitors, especially in the Lakes.

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Setting The Pace In Regenerative Tourism

Jeremy Swinfen-Green, Business Reporter Tourism

Tourism is an important part of the world’s economy and supports more than 300 million jobs, but it is often blamed for harming the environment and impacting local communities. It doesn’t have to be like that.

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How to solve the investment puzzle of clean energy transitions in the developing world

Fatih Birol and Roberto Bocca, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions

To meet accelerated emissions reduction goals, the share of clean energy in total energy investment needs to rise to two-thirds by 2030.

Efforts needed in 3 areas: managing legacy infrastructure transitions; better regulatory frameworks; new approaches to financing.

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Not RAS, not net pens: Salmon farm concepts redefine barriers

Lauren Kramer, Global Aquaculture Alliance Fisheries & Aquaculture

FiiZK, Kvarøy Arctic innovate with land-like cages at sea, sea-like cages on land.

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Plastic Pollution: We Need To Act Now

The ASEAN Post Team Plastics & Pollution

The problem has now been further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic as “a new wave of plastic pollution” is littering beaches and public spaces in the form of disposable masks and gloves, said Jack Middleton from Surfers Against Sewage, a movement tackling plastic pollution.

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Why Isn’t Kelp Catching On?

Hannah Selinger, The New York Times Fisheries & Aquaculture

It’s a superfood and good for the environment. So, what’s the problem?

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This Seagrass Traps Marine Plastic

Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

Researchers find the Mediterranean species of seagrass collects plastics in fibrous balls that form from its fallen leaves.

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What does the Biden presidency hold for ocean sustainability?

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

A major drive to promote offshore renewable energy, sustainable aquaculture and coastal restoration while redoubling international commitments is likely.

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Marine waste turned into beach cleaning equipment

Charley Adams, BBC News Plastics & Pollution

A charity dedicated to clearing the planet of rubbish two minutes at a time has created a beach cleaning station made out of marine litter.

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New Post-Consumer Plastic Waste Recycling Plant from TOMRA and Borealis

Ben Messenger, Waste Management World Plastics & Pollution

TOMRA and Borealis have begun operations of start of their advanced mechanical recycling demo plant in Lahnstein, Germany.

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Seagrass 'Neptune balls’ sieve millions of plastic particles from water, study finds

Agence France-Presse, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

Underwater seagrass in coastal areas appear to trap plastic pollution in natural bundles of fibre known as “Neptune balls”, researchers have found.

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