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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Global treaty to tackle plastic pollution gains steam without US and UK

Karen McVeigh, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

More than two-thirds of UN member states have declared they are open to a new agreement to stem the rising tide of plastic waste.

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Norwegian Group Katapult Ocean Invests in ecoSPEARS Environmental Startup With NASA Clean Water Technology

ecoSPEARS Energy Solutions Plastics & Pollution

In the selection process, Katapult Ocean screened and interviewed a pipeline with more than 1,500 startups. Since 2018, Katapult Ocean has made 32 investments in exciting ocean impact companies from all over the world (17 countries and four continents). "Few options exist when it comes to eliminating persistent and emerging contaminants in soil, sediment, and oil - a problem which has grown with industry globally. ecoSPEARS is well-positioned to become the benchmark cleantech company for green remediation," said Jonas Skattum Svegaarden, CEO of Katapult Ocean.

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5 economic opportunities for a sustainable ocean economy

World Economic Forum Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

The ocean economy is one that has been overlooked by COVID-19 stimulus packages to date, write World Resources Institute experts. However, supporting the ocean economy has significant benefits, with every $1 invested returning $5.

Here are 5 ocean priorities can help its economic output and support the wider economy.

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Newcastle University study reveals how seaweed could change the way we wash our clothes

Ian Johnson, Press Association Plastics & Pollution

An enzyme made by bacteria living on seaweed is being used to make environmentally-friendly laundry detergents.


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Why science and innovation are crucial for a blue recovery

WORLD OCEAN INITIATIVE Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

The latest World Ocean Initiative webinar highlights recent developments in promoting ocean science, developing technological innovations and boosting financing instruments.

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How eight interventions could break the plastic wave

World Ocean Initiative Plastics & Pollution

By 2040 it is estimated that roughly 29m tonnes of plastic will leak into the ocean annually, equivalent to 50kg of plastic for every metre of coastline around the world.

This startling figure is at the centre of a two-year research project that highlights current failures to deal with plastic waste and urgently calls for system-wide change.

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How four investments could accelerate a sustainable ocean economy

World Ocean Initiative Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

A new report commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy outlines the four investments with the biggest potential to secure ocean health and wealth.


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ESG investors wake up to biodiversity risk

Billy Nauman Energy Solutions Plastics & Pollution

Damage to ecosystems including forests and coral reefs forecast to have devastating effect on global economy

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Why a sustainable blue recovery is needed

Dona Bertarelli & Mukhisa Kituyi Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Mukhisa Kituyi, secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and Dona Bertarelli, UNCTAD’s new special adviser for the blue economy, outline what the blue recovery agenda should include. Developing countries in particular can benefit.

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Oceans panel presses coastal states to invest in ‘blue recovery’

Fiona Harvey Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

Report says there are substantial economic benefits to be had from ocean conservation

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'Reef cubes': could these plastic-free blocks help save the ocean?

Douglas Broom Plastics & Pollution

Artificial reefs are vital in protecting offshore wind farms from strong tides, but existing defences often contain plastic, which could be harmful to marine life.

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Why Climate Investors May Be Missing Out On A Huge Investment Opportunity To Reduce Carbon

Rob Kaplan Energy Solutions Plastics & Pollution

Climate finance and circular plastic investing are going to need to come together to address the climate crisis in a comprehensive way. Only by looking beyond renewables and closing the gaps and improving the production of materials like plastics, aluminum and so on can we develop the kind of circular economy we need to solve both the climate and plastic pollution problems.

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5 Sustainable Alternatives to Plastics

Stuart Braun Plastics & Pollution

1.3 billion plastic bottles are sold daily around the world. And that's just the tip of the fossil-based plastic iceberg. 

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Scientists Discover Highest Concentration of Deep-Sea Microplastics to Date

Olivia Rosane Plastics & Pollution

Scientists have discovered the highest concentration of microplastics ever recorded on the seafloor—1.9 million pieces in one square meter (approximately 11 square feet) of the Mediterranean.

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Chemists develop fast-degrading plastic for cleaner oceans

Kevin Dickinson Plastics & Pollution

The researchers hope to develop a no-trace plastic to curtail marine pollution and ghost fishing.

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Satellites and AI team up to spot tiny ocean plastics

Prachi Patel Plastics & Pollution

Satellite images don't have high-enough resolution, but this technique overcomes that limit to reveal plastic litter much smaller than a meter.

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North America’s blooming ocean-tech innovation ecosystem

David Hume Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Guest blogger David Hume, marine energy manager with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the US, considers the role of innovation hubs in nurturing blue economy businesses.

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IUCN Issues Brief: Marine plastics

IUCN Plastics & Pollution

Plastic pollution is the most widespread problem affecting the marine environment. It also threatens ocean health, food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change. 

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A.I. is Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data

Tatiana Schlossberg, NYT Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

Machine-learning applications are proving to be especially useful to the scientific community studying the planet's largest bodies of water.

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To Study a Problem That’s Everywhere, They’re Getting Creative

Sarah Elizabeth Richards, NYT Plastics & Pollution

Dimitri Deheyn’s lab has become a hub of novel research on the microfibers found in our waterways and even the air we breathe.

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