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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Sustainable tourism key to Cumbria’s new carbon neutral plan

Lorna Parkes, The Guardian Energy Solutions Tourism

Ambition to become the UK’s first carbon-neutral county, by 2037, looks to reduce the impact of visitors, especially in the Lakes.

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Setting The Pace In Regenerative Tourism

Jeremy Swinfen-Green, Business Reporter Tourism

Tourism is an important part of the world’s economy and supports more than 300 million jobs, but it is often blamed for harming the environment and impacting local communities. It doesn’t have to be like that.

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How to solve the investment puzzle of clean energy transitions in the developing world

Fatih Birol and Roberto Bocca, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions

To meet accelerated emissions reduction goals, the share of clean energy in total energy investment needs to rise to two-thirds by 2030.

Efforts needed in 3 areas: managing legacy infrastructure transitions; better regulatory frameworks; new approaches to financing.

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Plastic Pollution: We Need To Act Now

The ASEAN Post Team Plastics & Pollution

The problem has now been further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic as “a new wave of plastic pollution” is littering beaches and public spaces in the form of disposable masks and gloves, said Jack Middleton from Surfers Against Sewage, a movement tackling plastic pollution.

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Why Isn’t Kelp Catching On?

Hannah Selinger, The New York Times Fisheries & Aquaculture

It’s a superfood and good for the environment. So, what’s the problem?

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This Seagrass Traps Marine Plastic

Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

Researchers find the Mediterranean species of seagrass collects plastics in fibrous balls that form from its fallen leaves.

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What does the Biden presidency hold for ocean sustainability?

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

A major drive to promote offshore renewable energy, sustainable aquaculture and coastal restoration while redoubling international commitments is likely.

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Marine waste turned into beach cleaning equipment

Charley Adams, BBC News Plastics & Pollution

A charity dedicated to clearing the planet of rubbish two minutes at a time has created a beach cleaning station made out of marine litter.

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New Post-Consumer Plastic Waste Recycling Plant from TOMRA and Borealis

Ben Messenger, Waste Management World Plastics & Pollution

TOMRA and Borealis have begun operations of start of their advanced mechanical recycling demo plant in Lahnstein, Germany.

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Help UK seas recover to deliver £50bn in benefits, report urges

Emily Beament, Yahoo! Finance Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Restoring the UK’s seas from their damaged state could give a £50 billion boost to the economy, create thousands of new jobs and help the climate crisis, a report says.

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Will 2021 Be the Year Offshore Wind Power Finally Takes Off?

Tara Lohan, The Revelator Energy Solutions

A presidential administration ready to tackle climate change may help — but it’s the years of planning that could really pay off.

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MSC: World Missing Out on Nutrition for 72 Million Due to Overfishing

Perishable News Fisheries & Aquaculture

The Marine Stewardship Council says the world is missing out on enough protein to meet the yearly needs of 72 million people, because not all fisheries have been sustainably managed.

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Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in the Arctic

Damian Carrington, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

The Arctic is “pervasively” polluted by microplastic fibres that most likely come from the washing of synthetic clothes by people in Europe and North America, research has found.

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More than 50 countries commit to protection of 30% of Earth's land and oceans

Patrick Greenfield and Fiona Harvey, The Guardian Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

A coalition of more than 50 countries has committed to protect almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt the destruction of the natural world and slow extinctions of wildlife.

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Seaweed could unlock entirely new industry in the Bay of Plenty

Shannon Redstall, Newshub Fisheries & Aquaculture

A state-of-the-art aquaculture facility at Waikato University is breeding seaweed to help researchers harness its full potential.

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Banks Called Out For Their Role In Financing Plastic Pollution

Mike Scott, Forbes Plastics & Pollution

The pressure to clean up plastic pollution faded in 2020 thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to a surge in the use of plastic in PPE and to keep food and other purchases safe.

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Why Plastic Pollution Is a Producer Responsibility

Alex Truelove, The Revelator Plastics & Pollution

We won’t be able to stem the tide of plastic waste until manufacturers are held accountable for their products.

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Oyster Farms Lead to Rise in Maryland Aquaculture

Michael Short, Delmarva Correspondent, Lancaster Farming Fisheries & Aquaculture

Aquaculture is on the rise in Maryland and much of that consists of growing oysters. Oysters are placed in mesh cages and then put in the water to grow until they reach market size. The Maryland Farm Bureau Winter Webinar Series focused on aquaculture on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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Muggi tray inventor keen to close the marine plastic pollution loop

Olivier Vergnault, In Your Area Plastics & Pollution

Serial inventor David Trotter, the man behind the Muggi trays is keen to use plastic from the sea and close the plastic pollution loop.

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The Don Quixote of Brooklyn, Tilting at Plastic Bags

Gabriel Cohen, The New York Times Plastics & Pollution

Captain Ahab hurled his harpoon at the Great White Whale. Don Quixote tilted at windmills with his lance. Taylor Mali, a poet in Brooklyn, has become known for wielding a long and pointy weapon at city treetops.

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