UN developing treaty for conservation of ocean marine life

Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press Published Friday, June 19, 2015 9:06PM EDT Last Updated Friday, June 19, 2015 9:11PM EDT The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Friday giving a green light to develop a new treaty for the conservation of marine life in the high seas. The resolution, adopted by consensus on Friday, launches the first global treaty process related to the oceans in over two decades and the first on the protection and sustainable use of animal and plant life in sea areas beyond the territorial jurisdiction of any country. It authorizes a preparatory committee to meet in 2016 and 2017 and make recommendations on provisions for a legally binding legal instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea -- and the General Assembly. It says the 193-member world body will decide in 2018 on convening a formal treaty negotiating conference. The resolution follows...
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Future technology ‘cannot rescue’ mankind from climate change, say experts

Technology will not “come to the rescue” and reverse greenhouse gas emissions, experts have warned. In a new report, a group of prominent European scientists has emphasised the importance of focusing on reducing emissions in order to meet global warming targets. Technologies that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere have been singled out as a major component in the struggle to keep the global temperature rise below the 2C decided in the Paris climate agreement . However, the new report has highlighted the shortcomings of these technologies, describing expectations placed on them as “seriously over-optimistic”. 10 photographs to show to anyone who doesn't believe in climate change “We cannot trust technology to come to the rescue,” said Professor Michael Norton, co-author of the study and environment programme director at the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC). “However the models do suggests that every tool in our toolbox may be necessary in the...
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Australia to Deploy New Research Drones

Saildrones By MarEx 2018-01-24 17:13:41 Australia's research body CSIRO will be deploying new unmanned ocean surface drones, Saildrones, for the first time in Australian waters.The cooperation with San Francisco-based ocean technology start-up Saildrone will expand CSIRO’s network of marine and climate monitoring systems around Australia, collecting more information about sea-surface temperature, salinity and ocean carbon.The Saildrones are solar and wind powered and can be at sea for up to 12 months at a time where they can be tasked to assist in science missions including conducting stock assessments, uploading data from subsurface sensors or responding to marine emergencies. They can be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world and are equipped with both automatic identification systems (AIS) and ship avoidance systems to alert and avoid other ocean users.CSIRO Research Group Leader Andreas Marouchos said the partnership would see the organization manage a fleet of three Saildrones deployed from the CSIRO...
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300 dead sharks found on roadside may be work of Mexican cartels

MEXICO CITY — Residents in western Mexico were mystified when the carcasses of 300 sharks were found dumped by a roadside in their town, which lies about 150 miles from the sea. The shark carcasses were gutted and had their fins removed. They were found in the township of Yurecuaro in Michoacan state, which has a problem with gangs and drug cartel violence. The office for environmental protection said Wednesday the thresher sharks had apparently been legally fished in the northern states of Sonora and Sinaloa and were being taken by truck to Mexico City. But it said thieves intercepted the truck, stole it and dumped the frozen shark carcasses by the roadside. Thresher sharks are not a protected species in Mexico. Original link Original author: Associated

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