Marine and Polar

13A-069-022 Tagging oceanic manta rays 2, Socorro Islands, Mexico _ Josh Stewart, SOS Save Our Species, Manta Trust

To have healthy oceans we need healthy marine wildlife

According to the United Nations, World Oceans Day is about a healthy planet being based on healthy oceans – so true and in so many ways! The ecological pressures on Earth’s oceans are as diverse and daunting as the storms that can roll across its blue horizons. But there is hope rolling in the deep! Days like today can catalyse, unite and promote efforts to save these, our blue lungs, from ourselves. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Collecting benthic organisms for ocean acidification pertubatino experiments, Svalbard, Norway

Heralding the next era of action on ocean acidification

Ten years on from when research into ocean acidification started in earnest, the leading scientists in this field have decided that time has come to reflect on what has been learned and to determine a course of action to tackle this very serious threat to our oceans. The Monaco Ocean Acidification Action Plan, launched today in Paris sets out to do just that. The Plan marks the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the continuing leadership of Monaco on ocean acidification issues. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

All levels of the marine web of life have a role to play in the carbon cycle

IUCN joins the Ocean's Call for the Climate

Heads of State, key personalities and 54 environmental organisations, including IUCN, today joined the "Call of the Ocean for the Climate", the starting point of a broad mobilization to encourage the public and decision-makers to give greater consideration to the oceans in climate negotiations. …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

First complete assessment of European marine fishes highlights major threat from overfishing

A total of 7.5% of all European marine fish species are threatened with extinction in European waters, according to the European Red List of Threatened Species published today by IUCN and the European Commission. While some species are recovering, marine management has been less successful for many other commercial fishes: 40.4% of European sharks, rays and chimaeras face an elevated risk of extinction. …  

03 Jun 2015 | News story

Albino turtle hatchling, Vamizi Island, Mozambique

Rare albino turtles hatch on Vamizi Island

Even after long years of nesting monitoring, there are still things that surprise us all. For the first time on Vamizi Island in Mozambique, on the turtle monitoring project that started over 10 years ago, four albino green turtle hatchlings were found on the island's most successful nesting beach, two of which were still alive. What was even more interesting about these hatchlings, was their red eyes (lack of pigmentation), a common consequence of albinism. …  

28 May 2015 | News story

World Ocean Day event

World Ocean Day to be marked by preparations for the Paris climate conference

World Oceans Day, June 8, 2015, will bring together scientists, political decision-makers, civil society and youth to elaborate, promising ocean-sensitive actions and strategies to mitigate climate change and its socioeconomic impacts. …  

22 May 2015 | News story

Fiddler crab

All species great and small must be preserved

The paper, “The Importance and Benefits of Species”, released today in the journal Current Biology, advocates a conservation philosophy that all species are important, no matter their direct use by humans, apparent value, intelligence or attractiveness. The default setting for our relationship to all species on Earth should be “Conservation”, not trying to develop arguments for why a species should be saved through its current perceived usefulness to humans. …  

20 May 2015 | News story

Heron in Los Katíos National Park, World Heritage site, Colombia

IUCN recommends action for natural World Heritage in danger

Key recommendations by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, on new and threatened natural World Heritage sites are released today ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting which takes place in Bonn, Germany from 28 June to 8 July. IUCN recommends that Colombia’s Los Katíos be withdrawn from ‘in-danger’ status. It also recommends inscription for a new site in Jamaica and major extensions to two listed sites in Viet Nam and South Africa. A second batch of reports is due at the end of May. …   | French | Spanish

15 May 2015 | News story

Octopus vulgaris, Cap de Trois Fourches (Maroc)

Discover the biological richness of ”Cap des Trois Fourches” in Morocco

The Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) and the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, in collaboration with theHaut-Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification  Moroccan (HCEFLCD) in Morocco, have just released a new publication dealing with the "Cap des Trois Fourches" on the Mediterranean coasts of Morocco. …   | French

11 May 2015 | News story

Participants of the Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being for Latin America and Caribbean

Blue Solutions of Latin America and the wider Caribbean Region

For the second time now, the Blue Solutions Initiative convened a Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-Being. This time it was held in Cancun, Mexico (April 2015) for participants from Latin America and the wider Caribbean Region. …   | Spanish

22 Apr 2015 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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