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China Plumbs Ocean Depths for Cobalt

.Nautilus this week agreed a $600,000 loan to shore up its balance sheet. It was not immediately available for further comment.While Nautilus wants to mine Papua New Guinea's territorial waters, international waters are regulated by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), an agency set up by the United Nations to manage the seabed and protect the marine environment.China, is in pole position in international waters as the holder of four of the 29 deep sea ISA exploration contracts granted so far, more than any other nation.Along with Glencore, the country already dominates world cobalt supplies, mostly

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Fish and Chips Under Threat

national dish be a thing of the past, but we'll be facing other catastrophic problems for our planet," said Geoff Brighty, technical director of Plastic Oceans UK.Plastic Oceans' FutureFishandChips campaign is the latest in a string of global efforts by environmental groups and the United Nations to pare back single-plastic use that is also clogging landfills. Big brands from Coke to Kellogs have also pledged to cut all plastic waste from their operations as public pressure mounts for manufacturers and retailers."When you look at how much plastic is now believed to be entering into

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Interview: TMA's Michael Jones on BlueTech Week

that are critical to develop needed technical workers and the entrepreneurs of the future, and of the growing BlueTech Cluster Alliance, which promotes collaboration among 10 BlueTech clusters from eight countries today.10th Annual Blue Tech Week at-a-glanceNovember 5-9, 2018, San Diego, Calif.“United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – Industry Solutions”Seven events in five days500+ attendees representing senior executives from academia, industry and governmentTech Expo with around 40+ table-tops ($600 per company, not including registration)80+ speakers100+ companies (95 companies

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Pope Urges Action Against Plastic in Oceans

prayer day "for the protection of creation" that is celebrated with other Christian denominations.The pope addressed about 100 business leaders invited to the Vatican for the occasion, saying that "each of us has to be responsible for others and for the future of our planet".United Nations figures show eight million tonnes of plastic -- bottles, packaging and other waste -- enter the ocean each year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain.Scientists have urged tougher restrictions on plastic waste. In December, almost 200 nations agreed to limit plastic pollution

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

map of the world ocean floor by 2030, making the information available to all. If that's not enough: The World Maritime University (WMU) and The Nippon Foundation late last year announced to operationalize the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute (Ocean Institute), a concrete response to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 14 - the Ocean Goal- that commits governments to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.No. 2The United States Navy & Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval OperationsThe

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Fugro’s Millar to Serve on IHO-IOC GEBCO Guiding Committee

by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) to serve on the Guiding Committee of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Project.GEBCO is a nonprofit organization operating under the joint auspices of the IHO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It aims to provide the most authoritative portrayal of global ocean depths and the undersea feature names.The 14-member Guiding Committee is responsible for overseeing the work of GEBCO’s subcommittees and ad hoc working groups

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Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030

oceans as a forgotten frontier."The project is a collaboration between Japan's philanthropic Nippon Foundation and GEBCO, a non-profit association of experts that is already involved in charting the ocean floor. GEBCO operates under the International Hydrographic Organization and UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency."We are not driven by profit, we are driven by science," Bindra said."There's unanimity within the scientific and the mapping community that a map is essential."Still, the ocean economy is expected directly to contribute $3 trillion to the world economy

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Efforts to Curb Plastic Litter in Oceans are Working

the Thomson Reuters Foundation.   "If we think a bit more wisely about plastic, especially the single use items we use in our daily life, we can make big changes," said the marine scientist at Britain's governmental Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.   United Nations figures show 8 million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - enter the ocean each year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain.   Scientists have urged tougher restrictions on plastic waste. In December, almost 200 nations agreed to limit plastic pollution

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IMO: Nitrogen in the Oceans Needs Further Study

reaches the oceans by 50%, on top of natural processes, according to a new report which assesses the magnitude and impacts of anthropogenic atmospheric nitrogen inputs to the ocean.  The study by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a United Nations advisory body, provides a new estimate of the extent that human beings are altering the cycling of nitrogen in the oceans. Extra nitrogen is reaching the oceans through rain or dust fall, as a result of fossil fuel burning and intensive agriculture.   The natural process of nitrogen fixation

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Philippines Bans Foreign Research Ships

to operate there.   There was no clear explanation for the about-face by the mercurial Duterte, who has cultivated warm ties with China, ostensibly to attract loans and investments and lessen Manila's dependence on the United States.   The area of focus is Benham Rise, which the United Nations in 2012 declared part of the Philippines' continental shelf. Manila last year renamed it "Philippine Rise".   "Let me be very clear about this: the Philippine Rise is ours and any insinuation that it is open to everybody should end with this declaration," Duterte told

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Philippines' Duterte Green Lights China's Sea Research

.   Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna.   The United Nations declared Benham Rise, off the Pacific coast, part of the continental shelf of the Philippines in 2012. Manila last year renamed it the “Philippine Rise”.   Though China does not lay claim to the area, the lingering presence of its vessels for several months in late 2016 triggered

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Britain Bans Microbeads; Lawmakers Urge More Action on Plastic

“will be working with industry to explore how we can reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste.”   Eight million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, says the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).   If current pollution rates continue, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050.   In December, all l93 countries that are members of the United Nations signed a U.N. resolution to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates

Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School   of Marine Science. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Margaret Leinen: Putting the Oceans in Focus

Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School of Marine Science in her keynote address said that there are many positive signs regarding the interest, focus and funding for the health and future of the world's oceans.   "To see the United Nations focus on the oceans is a real game-changer for all of us," sadi Leinen. "For the first time in, forever, the focus is on the oceans."   Leinen served as a keynote speaker at the Teledyne event, which has attracted 270 registrants worldwide for a discussion on topics and

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Teledyne Optech Environmental Monitoring In Focus

; at the Teledyne CARIS International User Group Conference in Ottawa, Canada.   “CZMIL has proved to be ideally suited for rapid environmental assessment and small-object detection,” Marthouse said. “Both the upcoming MTS/IEEE Oceans ‘17 conference and the recent United Nations Ocean Conference during the week of June 5 underline the urgent requirement to more critically monitor our oceans and coastlines. At Teledyne Optech, we were pleased to be part of this ongoing effort.&rdquo

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Musician Cody Simpson is 'Ocean Advocate' for UN

 To mark World Oceans Day on May 8, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)   named Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.  “I grew up by the ocean and the beach,” said  Simpson during an event held at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean. Just as you should in yours.”   According to UNDP, Simpson will kick off off his new role as part of The

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SoCal Tech Focus: Energy Sales

detection and warning systems. It operates as deep as 3000m and in temperatures as low as two degrees Celsius. It features a scalable design from 14 to 42 cells resulting in energy output flexibility from 360 to 900 Watt-hours (Wh). In addition, by using alkaline cells, the new system requires no United Nations (UN) transportation testing or certification.   “This pack designed by Energy Sales will reduce our costs for short term applications,” said Chris Siani, Sr. Electrical Engineer at APL/UW. “Load and pressure tests done at my lab show that this battery pack design operates

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New Alkaline Battery System for the Oceanographic Market

and warning systems. The PTBS operates as deep as 3000 meters and in temperatures as low as two degrees Celsius. It features a scalable design from 14 to 42 cells resulting in energy output flexibility from 360 to 900 Watt-hours (Wh). In addition, by using alkaline cells, the new system requires no United Nations (UN) transportation testing or certification.   "We worked with Energy Sales on this novel battery solution in our position as an Oceanography hub and have the resources needed to design, test, and review new battery approaches to powering oceanographic sensor systems. This pack designed

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