Oceans

In the Glacier’s Belly

“Thwaites glacier is huge and contains vast amounts of ice above sea level that, if transported into the ocean, would affect global sea level significantly” researcher Dorotea Iovino on retreat and ice melt in West Antarctica. A NASA-led study has found that a giant, growing cavern two-thirds the area of Manhattan is contributing to the rapid melting of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier. Comment by Dorotea Iovino, CMCC scientist at the ODA – Ocean modeling and Data Assimilation Division

Arctic Report Card 2018: effects of persistent Arctic warming continue to mount

Continued warming of the Arctic atmosphere and ocean are driving broad change in the environmental system in predicted and, also, unexpected ways. New emerging threats are taking form and highlighting the level of uncertainty in the breadth of environmental change that is to come. A report tracking sea ice, snow cover, air temperature, ocean temperature, the Greenland ice sheet, vegetation and ecosystem changes during the 2018 calendar year.

Fish is life: insights from The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018

Fish is life: insights from The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018

Since 1961 the annual global growth in fish consumption has been twice as high as population growth, demonstrating that the fisheries sector is crucial in meeting the goal of a world without hunger and malnutrition. Data and in-depth analyses on global fish production, consumption and marketing rates, together with some first attempts at quantifying the possible future scenarios regarding the linkages of fisheries and aquaculture both to climate change and to other challenges, such as pollution. The current state of these two key sectors worldwide up to 2018 in the new FAO report.

Plastic pollution, from the Ocean to the Sea - Marine Litter Plastic Pollution Sustainability Ocean

Plastic pollution, from the Ocean to the Sea

Ocean plastic pollution is not only a global problem, but something that we are extremely affected by in the Mediterranean Sea region. With the devastating effects of plastic pollution realized, action is being taken to study, quantify, and better understand where discarded plastic is ending up and how this is harming nature, ecosystems, and ultimately humans. The realization of the downside to our societal dependence on this material has even lead to a social movement to address this problem and communicate change.

Reasons to be positive about the future of the Ocean

There are growing threats to oceans, yet positive trends are kicking in, and prospects may be more optimistic than the current figures suggests. “We have a plan,” – United Nations Special Envoy Peter Thomson explains to Foresight – “and we are working to put it into practice.”

Small Island States at the Forefront

From immediate emergencies to slower onset problems, Small Island States are those most affected by the combined impacts of climate change and the degradation of oceans’ health. Sitting at the international negotiations they claim the keywords for the future: consistency, ambition. And urgency.