Quick Dips
Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Recycled regatta: world heritage site highlights plastic pollution crisis

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

When environmentalists on a Seychelles atoll decided to race boats made from ocean litter, they had 500 tonnes to pick from.

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ESG Book aims to 'disrupt' sustainability sector with free data

Huw Jones, Reuters

HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Swiss Re have thrown their support behind ESG Book, a new environment, social and governance (ESG) data platform launched on Wednesday to 'disrupt' the market with a free "public good" service for companies and investors.

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Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

Karen McVeigh, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous.

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Nobel-winning stock market theory used to help save coral reefs

Karen McVeigh, The Guardian

A Nobel prize-winning economic theory used by investors is showing early signs of helping save threatened coral reefs, scientists say.

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Reframing tourism to address plastic pollution

UNEP Plastics & Pollution Tourism

At the intersection of greater environmental awareness, stricter public health measures and the return of the tourism industry lies an enduring threat: plastic pollution.

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Together we fight: Protecting the ocean and combating climate change

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Shipping & Ports

A guest blog from World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific speaker Kitack Lim, secretary-general of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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Saving our seafood

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Fisheries & Aquaculture

Experts at the 8th World Ocean Summit explore new ideas and lessons learned around sustainable fisheries.

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Women in blue foods: Overlooked and undervalued

Rebecca Short, World Ocean Initiative / World Economic Forum Fisheries & Aquaculture

Women account for more than half of annual small-scale catches across the Pacific, and their role in aquatic food production is linked to the better provision of food and economic benefits among children and vulnerable people.

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COP26 event highlights aquaculture’s role in transforming food systems

The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

As world leaders met in Glasgow last week for COP26, panellists from GSI, DNB, IDH and Ivey Foundation showcased why and how aquaculture can play a key role in reducing climate impact.

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Offshore aquaculture offers a climate change solution, but can farms withstand severe weather events?

Jodi Helmer, Global Seafood Alliance Fisheries & Aquaculture

‘Massive oil rig-like structures that were once the realm of science fiction are now made manifest’.

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Could Seaweed Snacks Help Restore the Oceans?

Tiffany Duong, EcoWatch Fisheries & Aquaculture

When Palmer cofounded 12 Tides with Pat Schnettler, they wanted to address some of the dire challenges facing the ocean — coastline destruction, pollution and overfishing.

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Will WTO members act now to end harmful fisheries subsidies?

Peter Thomson, World Economic Forum Fisheries & Aquaculture

Every year over $20 billion of taxpayers’ money funds harmful fisheries subsidies around the world.

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Travel Industry Takes Crucial First Step Toward Combating Climate Change

Ceylan Yeginsu, The New York Times Tourism

More than 300 travel companies, tourism boards and countries have signed the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism, the first step for a shared road map to cut carbon emissions.

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New deal to decarbonise shipping isn’t enough – here’s how global trade can reach net-zero

Wim Naudé, The Conversation Shipping & Ports

Much of the world has been left disappointed by the Glasgow Climate Pact, the outcome of the COP26 climate conference. Scientists say it will not lead to the decarbonisation required to limit global warming to less than 2°C in the coming years.

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NOAA identifies prime places for aquaculture

The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

NOAA has released two Atlases compiling the best available science to inform the identification of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOAs) in the Gulf of Mexico and Southern California.

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COP26: ocean action is climate action

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group

Five key takeaways from the Glasgow climate talks.

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Why 24/7 clean energy beats carbon offsetting

Luiz Avelar & Ynse De Boer, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions

Post COP26, more companies will feel the pressure to decarbonize operations and one increasingly popular claim is 100% renewable energy – but so is the word ‘greenwashing’.

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3 ways policymakers can make EV batteries more sustainable

Benedikt Sobotka & Mathy Stanislaus, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions

The Global Battery Alliance brings together public-private stakeholders to enable battery scale up that contributes positively to climate goals.

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How plastic and chemical pollution contribute to the climate crisis

Clean Seas Team, Marine Conservation Society Plastics & Pollution

It's a common misconception that marine pollution and the climate crisis are completely separate issues – but they're actually fundamentally linked.

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How a New Program Is Restoring Oyster Populations

Carol Kaufmann, The Pew Charitable Trusts Fisheries & Aquaculture

A creative collaboration taps unused oysters to help clean up New York Harbor.

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