Quick Dips
Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

The climate emergency is here. The media needs to act like it

The Guardian Staff Energy Solutions

Ahead of Earth Day, the Guardian is partnering with newsrooms around the world in a joint initiative calling on journalists to treat the climate crisis like the emergency it is.

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Airborne plastic pollution ‘spiralling around the globe’, study finds

Damian Carrington, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

Rising levels of microplastic pollution raise questions about the impact on human health, experts say.

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The rice of the sea: how a tiny grain could change the way humanity eats

Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian Fisheries & Aquaculture

Ángel León made his name serving innovative seafood. But then he discovered something in the seagrass that could transform our understanding of the sea itself – as a vast garden.

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The ocean is becoming more stable – here’s why that might not be a good thing

Phil Hosegood, The Conversation

If you’ve ever been seasick, “stable” may be the last word you associate with the ocean. But as global temperatures rise, the world’s oceans are technically becoming more stable.

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'We Have to Act': Atmospheric CO2 Passes 420 PPM for First Time Ever

Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams

The concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide surged past 420 parts per million for the first time in recorded history this past weekend, according to a measurement taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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'A Remarkable Story of Resilience and Hope': Renewable Energy Smashes Records in 2020

Kenny Stancil, Common Dreams Energy Solutions

Despite the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, according to data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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How data is transforming the way we care for the ocean

Bjorn Tore Markussen & Kristian Teleki, World Economic Forum

Turning commitments and ideas into the actions needed for a sustainable blue economy will require evidence and data.

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US Cities Bought More Renewable Energy than Ever in 2020. Here's How.

Yuning Liu & Tatsatom Gonçalves, World Resources Institute Energy Solutions

Despite the immense obstacles, U.S. local governments bought more renewable energy in 2020 than ever before, according to new data from the Local Government Renewables Action Tracker.

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How can we better dispose of PPE so it doesn’t keep polluting our oceans?

Talib Visram, Fast Company Plastics & Pollution

It’s another sad reality of the COVID-19 era that some of the steps we’re taking to stay safe and combat the coronavirus spread are often in opposition to hard-fought efforts to curb the use of plastics for a cleaner planet.

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Ocean energy: An important ally in the fight against climate change

Rémi Gruet, World Ocean Initiative / The Economist Group Energy Solutions

A guest blog by Rémi Gruet, CEO at Ocean Energy Europe, the trade association for ocean renewables in Europe.

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Move over, corn and soybeans: The next biofuel source could be giant sea kelp

Diane Kim, Ignacio Navarrete & Jessica Dutton, The Conversation Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

Giant kelp, the world’s largest species of marine algae, is an attractive source for making biofuels. 

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Seagrasses Turn Back the Clock on Ocean Acidification

Kat Kerlin, UC Davis Fisheries & Aquaculture

Spanning six years and seven seagrass meadows along the California coast, a paper from the University of California, Davis, is the most extensive study yet of how seagrasses can buffer ocean acidification.

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NASA measures direct evidence humans are causing climate change

Jeff Berardelli, CBS News Energy Solutions

It may come as a surprise, given the extensive body of evidence connecting humans to climate change, that directly-observed proof of the human impact on the climate had still eluded science. That is, until now.

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Food waste helps secure future fish

The University of Western Australia Fisheries & Aquaculture

Human food scraps could be used to create high-quality food for farmed fish, leading to a more sustainable global fish economy, according to a team of researchers at The University of Western Australia.

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Implementing SDG 14 with the Communities of Ocean Action

United Nations (DESA)

On 30 March 2021, UN DESA organized an online webinar to follow up on the over 1,600 voluntary commitments forged since 2017 in support of Ocean Action by governments and diverse stakeholders, and to understand the impact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had on their implementation.

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New surveys reveal heightened concern about ocean pollution

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

The Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed more than 1,000 global executives and 3,000 consumers.

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Plastic pollution disproportionately hitting marginalized groups, UN environment report finds

UN News Plastics & Pollution

Vulnerable communities disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental degradation caused by plastics pollution, and action is urgently needed to address the issue and restore access to human rights, health and well-being, according to a new UN report published on Tuesday.

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Most Economists Agree: Benefits of 'Drastic' Climate Action Outweigh Costs of Status Quo

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams

"People who spend their careers studying our economy are in widespread agreement that climate change will be expensive, potentially devastatingly so."

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How Virtual Reality Can Inspire Generation Cleanup

Julia Hansen, The Ocean Opportunity Lab (TOOL)

Can we bring people away from their COVID-couch and closer to the ocean? How can we use Virtual Reality (VR) and innovative technology to engage the public in ocean conservation? 

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Targeted ocean protection could offer 3X the benefits

Harrison Tasoff, Futurity / World Economic Forum

A new study is the first to map ocean areas that, if strongly protected, would help solve climate, food, and biodiversity crises.

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