Breaking Waves: Ocean News

Washington Announces the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force
10/26/2010 - 14:54
Obama Administration officials today released the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force, which would establish a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination.  The Final Recommendations prioritize actions for the NOC to pursue, and call for a flexible framework for coastal and marine spatial planning to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes. Read more.
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The Experience Project: Stories of the Ocean
10/26/2010 - 09:48
Read and share stories about people's personal connections to the Ocean. The Experience Project
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Energy Needs Water: The IWA water & energy conference in Amsterdam.
10/21/2010 - 08:21
Did you know that water is essential for energy and fuel production and refinement? – During production of solar cells, biofuels, or for cooling water for coal or nuclear plants.  Energy needs water. Did you know that energy is essential for water services? – For abstraction of groundwater, pumping and water transfers through pipes and treatment for both drinking water and for wastewater treatment. Water needs energy. International interest in the constrained resources of both water and energy continues to grow. The 2nd Water and Energy conference co-organised by the International Water Association brings together leading experts to explore real solutions to the water and energy nexus. The conference focuses on innovation, demonstration and implementation within the water sector of energy production, improvements and efficiencies. The conference will be held from 10-12 November 2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Visit the IWA water & energy conference website for further details.    
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APEC Ministers Address Climate Change Impacts on Oceans and Fisheries
10/15/2010 - 15:10
Oceans-related Ministers of the members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) discussed climate change impacts on oceans at a meeting titled "Healthy Oceans and Fisheries Management towards Food Security," held from 11-12 October 2010, in Paracas, Peru. The meeting focused on four themes: sustainable development and protection of the marine environment; climate change impacts on the oceans; free and open trade and investment; and the role of oceans in food security. At the conclusion of the meeting, Ministers adopted the Paracas Declaration, which contains a section devoted to the "Impacts of climate change on the oceans." In the Declaration, Ministers express support for APEC economies to cooperate in gathering and sharing scientific knowledge on climate change and its impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems, fisheries and aquaculture. They also encourage APEC economies to increase efforts to improve the capacity of coastal communities, fishing industries, and resource managers to respond and adapt to climate change. APEC Ministers further commit to promote increased stakeholder participation and public awareness about climate change impacts on oceans and their resources, and to pursue efforts through appropriate APEC working groups and other APEC fora to improve understanding of the role of the oceans in climate change to support community resilience and planning for adaptation. APEC oceans-related Ministers are to convey the outcomes of the Paracas meeting to the first APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security, which will be held on 16-17 October 2010, in Niigata, Japan, and to the APEC Leaders' meeting scheduled in November 2010, in Yokohama, Japan.
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World Development Report 2010 Now Available: A Climate for Change in East Asia and the Pacific
10/15/2010 - 14:41
Produced by the World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Region, this booklet focuses on policy recommendations and steps already being taken in East Asia and the Pacific to reduce the sources of greenhouse gases (mitigation), adapt to changing weather (adaptation), and to develop financial and technological partnerships in the face of a pressing global challenge. Such topics as changes in land use and deforestation, vulnerable coastal populations, water availability, floods and disease are discussed at length in this informative and attractive volume. Download the booklet here.
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Exploring the link between sunlight and multiple sclerosis
03/23/2010 - 13:00
For more than 30 years, scientists have known that multiple sclerosis is much more common in higher latitudes than in the tropics. Because sunlight is more abundant near the equator, many researchers have wondered if the high levels of vitamin D engendered by sunlight could explain this unusual pattern of prevalence.
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Seafarers' scourge provides hope for biofuel future
03/23/2010 - 07:00
For centuries, seafarers were plagued by wood-eating gribble that destroyed their ships, and these creatures continue to wreak damage on wooden piers and docks in coastal communities. But new research is uncovering how the tiny marine isopod digests could hold the key to converting wood and straw into liquid biofuels.
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World has underestimated climate-change effects, expert argues
03/23/2010 - 04:00
The world's policymakers have underestimated the potential dangerous impacts that man-made climate change will have on society, say a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences.
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E-waste: Crude recycling methods used in developing countries contaminate air, water and soil, researchers say
03/22/2010 - 13:00
A proposed US ban on the export of electronics waste won't accomplish its goal of stopping crude methods of recycling "e-waste" -- especially junked computers -- that are resulting in environmental damage in developing countries, researchers say. A new paper calls into question conventional thinking that trade bans can prevent "backyard recycling" of electronics waste -- primarily old and obsolete computers -- in developing countries.
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Incorporating biofunctionality into nanomaterials for medical, environmental devices
03/22/2010 - 13:00
Researchers have discovered how to use atomic layer deposition to incorporate "biological functionality" into complex nanomaterials, which could lead to a new generation of medical and environmental health applications. For example, the researchers show how the technology can be used to develop effective, low-cost water purification devices that could be used in developing countries.
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