Quick Dips
Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Climate Change Could Bring Back Wind As The Future Power Source For Ocean Cargo Ships

Bob Woods, CNBC Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

Climate change could bring back wind as the future power source for ocean cargo ships.

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How Trade Can Help End Plastic Pollution

Soumyajit Kar, World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

Government representatives are currently meeting in Uruguay to kickstart the first Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC) on reaching an internationally binding treaty to end plastic pollution that the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) promised to deliver by 2024, otherwise known as the UNEA 5.2 resolution.
It is the first time the world will see multilateral action against plastic pollution on such a large scale as the transboundary nature of plastic pollution becomes increasingly evident.

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How Ocean Data Innovation Is Changing How We See The Sea

Kate Wing, David Millar, Aaron Roan Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

The next wave of transformation in ocean understanding will come from improving our ability to discover and connect this data, giving us a clearer picture of what’s happening under the waves and envisioning new ocean solutions.

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How To Shift The Ocean Narrative For A Sustainable Blue Economy

Martin Koehring, Economist Impact Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

A blog by Martin Koehring, head of Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative and keynote speaker at the 30th anniversary of the John Nurminen Foundation

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Ocean Investing Coming Into Focus

Nasdaq Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Oceans and other bodies of water cover a vast majority of Earth, but a case can be made that investors’ portfolios are too dry when it comes to sustainable ocean investing concepts.

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Decarbonisation of Shipping: The Challenges of Getting into Action

Andreas Nordseth, World Ocean Summit Shipping & Ports

A guest blog by World Ocean Summit speaker Andreas Nordseth, director-general of the Danish Maritime Authority

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New Wood Chip Carrier Will Collect Ocean Microplastics

Marine Technology News Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

News story on a new wood chip carrier which will collect ocean microplastics.

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California lawmakers are ready to decarbonize the shipping industry. The technology isn’t there yet.

Joseph Winters, Grist Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

Experts say getting to net-zero will require more research and government support.

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UKHO Seabed Mapping data to help drive maritime trade and growth in Cayman Islands

Marine Technology News Shipping & Ports

Seabed mapping survey sheds light on the shape of the sea floor and habitat areas in surrounding waters, supports the islands’ sustainable blue economy and enables safe navigation.

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Financing a green shipping sector

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Shipping & Ports

Experts at the 9th annual World Ocean Summit explore investment opportunities for sustainable maritime trade & transport.

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How sea journeys are becoming more sustainable

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Shipping & Ports

Electrification, futuristic designs and energy efficiency are transforming ocean travel.

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Strategy session: financing shipping decarbonisation

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Shipping & Ports

The shipping industry is essential for global trade and yet also responsible for around 2.5% of greenhouse-gas emissions (GHGs), which could rise by 50-250% by 2050 if shipping is not decarbonised, according to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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‘Black carbon’ threat to Arctic as sea routes open up with global heating

Karen McVeigh, The Guardian Shipping & Ports

As climate crisis allows new maritime routes to be used, sooty shipping emissions accelerates ice melt and risk to ecosystems.

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Revealed: ships may dump oil up to 3,000 times a year in Europe’s waters

Paddison, L. et al., The Guardian Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

Collaborative investigation shows ships regularly discharge ‘bilge’ water illegally instead of treating it, with toxic effect on marine life.

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The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation and the Global Maritime Forum sign knowledge partnership to accelerate shipping decarbonisation

Global Maritime Forum Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) and the Global Maritime Forum have signed a partnership agreement to support and accelerate the transition of the global maritime industry to a low-carbon future.

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Transforming Shipping for Climate, People and Nature

Billecocq, I.B. et al., United Nations Foundation Shipping & Ports

Transforming global shipping is a critical part of reaching the Paris Agreement target of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C and building zero emissions, resilient global supply chains that billions of people rely on.

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Rethinking global supply chains for the energy transition

Joisa Saraiva & David G. Victor, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

We need to rethink global supply chains in order to support the energy transition.

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‘Nurdles are everywhere’: how plastic pellets ravaged a Sri Lankan paradise

Zinara Rathnayake, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports

The country’s golden beaches have turned black as debris released from a sunken ship continues to wreak environmental and economic havoc.

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Catching up with an Ocean Changemaker

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Shipping & Ports

Leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) for carbon-neutral shipping? Challenge winner Casimir Morobé of Toqua tells us how winning has impacted his start-up.

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Antarctica’s unique ecosystem is threatened by invasive species ‘hitchhiking’ on ships

Arlie McCarthy, The Conversation Shipping & Ports

The best way to protect against this is to prevent any non-native species arriving in the first place.

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