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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Investing in plastic waste can reap rich rewards

Taylor Clayton, Business & Industry / World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

Investment in infrastructure for plastic re-use, collection and recycling offers promising returns and a viable path to end plastic pollution.

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11 innovations shaping global food systems from the water

Emily Kelly, World Economic Forum Fisheries & Aquaculture

UpLink, a platform for scaling innovation, unveils its third cohort of ocean innovators.

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Coral reefs: our underwater food factory

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Fisheries & Aquaculture

A guest blog from Carol Phua of WWF and Karl Deering of CARE on coral reefs & food security.

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A new review of the aquatic foods sector, or “blue” foods, shows how fisheries and aquaculture can play a greater role in delivering nutrition and improving food systems around the world.

Sonia Fernandez, World Economic Forum/ Futurity Fisheries & Aquaculture

A new review of the aquatic foods sector, or “blue” foods, shows how fisheries and aquaculture can play a greater role in delivering nutrition and improving food systems around the world.

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How fish can still be part of a more sustainable food future

Dave Little & Richard Newton, The Conversation Fisheries & Aquaculture

If you want to reduce your personal impact on the environment, cutting back on eating animal products is one of the simplest things you can do. But becoming vegan and eating only plants is unlikely to be an appropriate solution for everyone in the world.

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Google Is Now Helping Travelers Go Green

Julia Eskins, Bloomberg Tourism

The search giant’s new tools for finding sustainable hotels is one of several ways consumers can cut through all the industry greenwashing.

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What are blue carbon credits and how to maximise their impact

Whitney Johnston, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

As demand grows for blue carbon credits, the businesses driving this growth have a responsibility to ensure returns are net positive for nature and people.

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Ten ways to cut shipping’s contribution to climate change – from a researcher

Simon Bullock, The Conversation Shipping & Ports

To keep below the threshold of 1.5 degrees °C of warming – the goal of the Paris climate agreement – immediate reductions in carbon emissions are needed. 

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What Is the Environmental Cost of Bottled Water?

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

Is it better for your health and the environment to drink water from a plastic bottle or from a tap?

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This is how New Zealand is tackling plastic pollution

Farrelly, T. et al., World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

After banning plastic bags last year, New Zealand now proposes to regulate single-use plastic packaging and to ban various hard-to-recycle plastics and single-use plastic items.

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Ship recycling: building a circular economy for the high seas

World Economic Forum Shipping & Ports

A speaker blog for World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific by Sabrina Chao, president of BIMCO.

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We analysed data from 29,798 clean-ups around the world to uncover some of the worst litter hotspots

Roman, L. et al., The Conversation Plastics & Pollution

Coastal litter is a big environmental problem. But how does this litter differ around the world, and why? In the first global analysis of its kind, we set out to answer those questions using data collected by thousands of citizen scientists.

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Alt-seafood: how plant-based shrimp and scallops are blowing minds

Megan Howell, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

The plant-based seafood segment is moving far beyond soy and corn-based substitutions and can now offer seafood lovers the same taste and experience as the "real thing", according to Monica Talbert, CEO of the Plant-Based Seafood Co*.

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The prospects for offshore aquaculture: a Rabobank perspective

Rob Fletcher & Megan Howell, The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

Up to 10 percent of the global salmon supply could be produced in offshore systems by the end of the decade, according to a new report published by Rabobank today.

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Blue Carbon: A new frontier for ocean conservation

Dan Crockett, Blue Marine Foundation Energy Solutions

In June this year, immediately ahead of the G7, Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) held a one-day Blue Carbon Conference.

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'Momentous' Moratorium on Deep Sea Mining Adopted at Global Biodiversity Summit

Julia Conley, Common Dreams

A vote overwhelmingly in favor of placing a moratorium on deep sea mineral mining at a global biodiversity summit this week has put urgent pressure on the International Seabed Authority to strictly regulate the practice.

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Global seaweed farming accelerator launched

The Fish Site Fisheries & Aquaculture

A “new generation seaweed accelerator” has been launched this week, in a bid to increase organic seaweed aquaculture.

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Can We Protect the Ocean by 2030?

Tom Dillon, The PEW Charitable Trusts

Overfishing, global warming, and other threats are driving momentum to conserve 30% of the seas by 2030.

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The world’s biggest carbon-sucking machine is switching on in Iceland

Tim McDonnell, Quartz/WEF Energy Solutions

We have to start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to have any chance of averting the worst impacts of global warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said last month.

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Reusable containers aren’t always better for the environment than disposable ones - new research

Schmid, A.G., et al., The Conversation Plastics & Pollution

Our research set out to understand how many times you have to reuse a container for it to be the more eco-friendly choice, in the context of the takeaway food industry.

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