Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.
A family of fishes that makes up over half of the oceans’ fishy biomass is ingesting plastic particles that now number in the trillions in Earth’s marine environments. Due to these fishes key place in the food web, they aren’t the only ones eating microplastic.
Looking at 60 years of catch data from the world’s 25 largest fisheries, new research analyses whether a single nation having a dominant position over managing and harvesting a particular fish stock is a barrier or benefit to sustainable management of that fishery.
Australia’s environment minister says the Great Barrier Reef’s health has ‘some real negatives’ following the release of an important report.
There’s a big difference between knowing about the ocean and knowing the ocean, reflects UNU-INWEH’s Professor Peter Sale in a thought-provoking article about the things that go through his mind when he’s conducting underwater research.
Technology can buy us time in a failing environment, but ultimately it will not save us. To be effective, environmental policies need support from all levels of society: from national ministries to local communities. These are just two of the messages from UNU-MERIT Prof. René Kemp for World Environment Day.
Economically beset Greece got a stay of execution from the European Central Bank ahead of its controversial referendum this weekend. Whilst headlines abound regarding the chances and impact of the nation exiting the eurozone, UNU-MERIT’s Howard Hudson asked senior researcher Dr. Thomas Ziesemer for insight on the situation.
Humanitarian responses and relief need to be quick, effective and correctly focused to be able to save as many lives as possible. UNU-EHS’s Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson discusses Nepal’s recent earthquake and some important new disaster risk reduction approaches that are key to a future where the impact of such occurrences doesn’t continue to mount.
Why are poor countries poor and rich countries rich? How are wealth and poverty related to changes in health, life expectancy, education, population growth and politics? UNU Prof. Adam Szirmai’s new book takes a long-term broad interdisciplinary perspective that gives an empirical basis along which to judge these questions.
In our efforts to sustainably manage and use natural resources, humans are attempting to measure the value of the benefits that we get from ecosystems. UNU’s Robert Blasiak looks at some fascinating examples from antiquity of cultural linkages with the sea that underscore the diversity of what the oceans provide to people.
Brazil and the United States announced a joint effort to address climate change and boost renewable energy during a visit this week by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to the White House. Brazil also committed to restore and reforest 12 million hectares — an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania — and to eliminate illegal deforestation.
Brendan Barrett discusses popular city ranking indexes and what they do and do not mean, and then gives a glimpse of the kind of liveable city ranking that he would like to see.
In world’s first climate liability suit, a Dutch court has ordered the state to cut emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change.
Equipped with the latest research and measurements of various anomalies, scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios of coastal flooding as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.
With a young Bangladeshi girl’s survival of a powerful cyclone on her mind, UNU researcher Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson argues that no one should need luck to survive a disaster. Which is why, she explains, the Gibika research-to-action project is bridging gaps in vulnerable communities’ preparedness.
UNU’s Ana Mosneaga, lead researcher for the Fukushima Global Communication Programme, reports how the recently adopted Sendai Framework, while falling short of expectations on many fronts, took some important steps towards integrating lessons from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The current wave of international terrorism has seen an influx of disenfranchised youth joining the ranks of militant groups. This feature examines why and shows how the solution lies in treating the world’s youth as peacebuilders in a system that prioritises progressive youth policies and investment.