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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

CARIS 2014 Keynote Speakers Announced

appointed director general of SHOM in June 2010. He is an officier de la Légion d’honneur and commandeur de l’Ordre national du mérite. Wendy Watson-Wright is the Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO).    Headquartered in Paris, IOC-UNESCO has the mandate within the United Nations system for ocean science, observations, data and information exchange and services, including global tsunami warning systems.  It is

IMarEST Becomes an Observer Organization at the IHO

of their staff, so the timing is excellent.” The IMarEST also has consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international  intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise are of particular use, for example, the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and

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ICS Supports GOC Environmental Objectives

caused by land based industry and agriculture, and preventing the acidification of the sea. ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe said, “The shipping industry is very fortunate in already having an established framework of global Conventions and rules that have been developed by the United Nations International Maritime Organization. For the most part these IMO rules are fully implemented and enforced worldwide and have directly contributed to the improvement of shipping’s environmental performance. However, shipowners are global citizens who will share the GOC’s concern about

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

Experts Assess Micro-plastics in Marine Environment

or fibers which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio-accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain. The experts form a key working group (WG-40) under the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), an advisory body that advises the United Nations (UN) system on the scientific aspects of marine environmental protection. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the Administrative Secretariat of GESAMP, which has, to date, produced more than 85 reports, including numerous in-depth technical studies contributing to the assessment

EDHEC-Risk Institute Welcomes Eight New Members

graduate and executive programmes remain at the forefront of developments in the marketplace. The eight new members are as follows:       Jacques Beyssade, Chief Risk Officer, Natixis     Suzanne Bishopric, Director, Investment Management Division, United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund     Sally Bridgeland, Chief Executive Officer, BP Pension Trustees     Nicolas Gaussel, Chief Investment Officer, Lyxor Asset Management     Peter Heng, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, NTUC

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Energy Treasure Chest Sea of Okhotsk is Russia's, UN Finds

A United Nations commission has officially recognized the Sea of Okhotsk enclave, off Russia’s southeastern coast, as part of the country’s continental shelf, informs Ria Novosti citing the Russian minister of natural resources. Russia will get exclusive rights to the area of 52,000 square kilometers, considered by the government to be an Ali Baba’s cave containing reserves of valuable minerals and other natural resources. The recession of Arctic sea ice in recent years due to global climate change has led to increased international legal maneuvering over the rights to exploit

Gondan Lays Keef for IMR Oceanographic Vessel

Research Vessel for the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) of Bergen, Norway. Several representatives from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation), IMR (Institute of Marine Research) and FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) attended as well as representatives of the shipyard management.   The contract of this oceanographic vessel was signed in March last year. This sophisticated ship was awarded to Gondan Shipyard through an international tender, in which it competed with eight Norwegian and a Spanish shipyard

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Seas Could Rise 6m Even if Govts Curb Warming -Study

when temperatures were around or slightly higher than today in ancient thaws in the past three million years, a U.S.-led international team wrote in the journal Science.   And the world may be headed for a repeat even if governments cut greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to a United Nations goal of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times.   "Present temperature targets may commit Earth to at least six metres sea level rise," the authors at the Past Global Changes project wrote. Some greenhouse gases can linger for centuries in the atmosphere

Liquid Robotics Adds Three to Strategic Advisory Board

Pacific Command whose mission was to preserve the security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region with an area of responsibility for over 3.4 billion people and half the surface of the earth.  General Walter “Skip” Sharp, United States Army (Ret.), former Commander of the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea – United States Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. As the Commander, General Sharp was responsible for the unified command structure for the multinational military forces supporting South Korea (the Republic of Korea or ROK).  Dr

Warming Could Make Oil-rich Gulf 'Intolerable' by 2100 - Study

per capita, would "benefit from mitigation efforts," Eltahir said.   He declined to elaborate on how such nations so dependent on fossil fuel exports and usage could best tackle climate change.   The paper, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, comes ahead of a United Nations summit on global warming in Paris where world leaders will try to secure a deal to curb global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).   Gulf nations have some of the world's largest reserves of oil and gas, and environmental groups consider the countries to be laggards

Global distribution of Large Marine Ecosystems.  Photo credit: NOAA, United Nations

UN Mulls Treaty for Maritime Biodiversity

United Nations has agreed to convene an intergovernmental conference aimed at drafting a legally binding treaty to conserve marine life and govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.  By calling to preserve vast areas threatened by pollution, overfishing and global warming, the eventual UN treaty would be the first to specifically address protection of marine life, says an AFP report.   But the agreement was reached only after a small group of countries engaged in fishing and ocean mining blocked a more rapid timeline during the discussions between experts from the

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Venezuela Releases Detained Survey Ship

nation’s exclusive economic zone, and the captain is banned from future work in Venezuelan waters and may need to report for future court proceedings. BBC reported than the nations’ foreign ministers were due to meet on Thursday in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss the ship's seizure. The United Nations has also been called upon to help solve the dispute. Source: Staff, BBC, nasdaq.com, Dow Jones Newswires

Rising Seas Menace 280 mln People Even with 2C Warming

science research group Climate Central.   Some 155 countries have promised cuts in their national greenhouse gas emissions as part of a climate deal due to be agreed at a Paris summit in December. But those reductions still add up to global warming of between 3 and 3.5 degrees Celsius, the United Nations Environment Programme said last week.   At 3 degrees, median sea-level rise of 6.4 metres (21 feet) would affect some 432 million people living below that level, the Climate Central report said.   "The outcome at Paris can point us toward losing countless great coastal cities

Dr. Bramley Murton preparing for a dive mission (Photo: NOC)

Science Expedition to Study Deep-sea Deposits

with developing scientific capability in the South Pacific Islands.”   The partnership spans industry, academia and policy makers and includes the University of San Paulo (Brazil), the University of Bath, the British Geological Survey, SOPAC and the South Pacific Island Communities, the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority, HR Wallingford, Gardline Ltd, and Soil Machines Division Ltd, Gateshead.   There will also be opportunities for students from NOC and IO-USP to participate in an exchange program

Keppel Forms Ocean Mineral Singapore

Lockheed Martin UK Holdings Ltd and Singapore-based private investment company Lion City Capital Partners Pte. Ltd. as minority shareholders. Seabed mineral harvesting beyond nations' territorial waters is administered by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. While harvesting polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor at depths of several kilometers has previously been considered uneconomic, the development of new technologies for the offshore oil industry and aerospace industry over the past decade has changed

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