Tag Archives: Climate change

Planet at a Crossroads

GLORES at the World Conservation Congress

In just a few days’ time, team members at Marine Conservation Institute will be traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii to attend the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress from September 1-10th. The theme of the Congress is “Our planet at a crossroads”, and we couldn’t agree more. “The ecosystems that underpin our economies, well-being and survival are collapsing. … Continue reading Planet at a Crossroads

Envisioning Shades of Ocean Blue

Art revealing beautiful ocean places in need of conservation

From ancient1 to modern times, visual arts have sent powerful messages to audiences on the well-being of the natural world. The oceans are a source of inspiration for many artists, providing subjects such as marine life, seascapes and marine ecosystems negatively impacted by human activity. Like the tiles of a mosaic2, every element of the oceans work … Continue reading Envisioning Shades of Ocean Blue

How can marine protected areas save our oceans from climate change?

  The ocean is home to some of the world’s most astounding creatures, ecosystems and phenomena. From the breathtaking seascapes of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the haunting backdrop of the polar icecaps, the ocean supports a staggeringly high level of biodiversity. This biodiversity is what sustains us; from shellfish industries that support coastal economies … Continue reading How can marine protected areas save our oceans from climate change?

A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

Nearly 200 nations agree to combat climate change at historic COP21 meeting

From November 30-December 12, 2015, world leaders met in Paris, France for the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate. COP21, as said by President Obama, “could be a ‘turning point’ towards a low-carbon future.” The historic Paris climate agreement established a model for the world to … Continue reading A Grand Agreement, A Grand Achievement

SDG 14: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Women

A guest blog by Samantha Murray

Our vast, global ocean is a constant reminder of humankind’s fragility and impermanence. A moment at the mercy of a crashing wave demands respect for nature’s strength. A glimpse of a 40-foot humpback whale makes us feel impossibly small on our big, blue planet. And an encounter with a white shark takes us to another time, … Continue reading SDG 14: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Women

Marine Conservation Institute Asks Climate Negotiators at COP21 in Paris to Remember the Big Blue Sea

Because Oceans Matter

Washington, DC—December 02, 2015—Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in protecting marine biodiversity, asks climate negotiators at COP21 in Paris to remember that our planet is mostly ocean and that life on Earth depends on maintaining a healthy ocean. While there will be much discussion of keeping carbon emissions low enough to cap the rise of … Continue reading Marine Conservation Institute Asks Climate Negotiators at COP21 in Paris to Remember the Big Blue Sea

A Changing Ocean

How climate change is altering the world’s largest ecosystem

Climate change has had many names and connotations since I first learned about it. Originally, it was taught as “global warming” and the not-so-well understood implications of it seemed too far in the future to be concerned with in the present. In fact, I had many peers who welcomed the idea of a climate a … Continue reading A Changing Ocean

Big Blue Blog about BLOBS in the Big Blue

The BLOB, a large mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean along the West Coast of the US, has risen to the ranks of “household name” for many affected by its presence.  The BLOB resulted from a persistent ridge of high pressure over the eastern pacific which suppressed winds and storms that normally cool … Continue reading Big Blue Blog about BLOBS in the Big Blue

A Return To An Extraordinary Place

I have to blog.  It’s in my blood, even if nobody ever reads it.  But I just came back from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I could say I was there to see the maples, which are greener this week than Seattle’s maples are.  I could say I went there to see the street birds or the … Continue reading A Return To An Extraordinary Place

The Global Ocean Refuge System; a strategic way to protect vulnerable corals from climate change

New research dramatically underscores the need to accelerate establishment of marine reserves to help safeguard marine life from global climate change.  Our staff biogeographer, Dr. John Guinotte, co-authored an important paper published in this month’s issue of Nature Climate Change titled “Options for Managing Impacts of Climate Change on a Deep-Sea Community.” The paper presents … Continue reading The Global Ocean Refuge System; a strategic way to protect vulnerable corals from climate change