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Ocean Elder, Portugal’s Father of Democracy, Mario Soares Dies at 92

In 1998, Mario Soares, former President of Portugal, organized the Independent World Commission on the Ocean, comprising leaders and experts from around to globe, to create an agenda for the #sustainability of the #ocean.

In the final report, "The Ocean Our Future", Soares wrote, "We need to forge a new ethico-political relationship between humanity and the oceans, a relationship with a political and juridical basis which creates an atmosphere of sharing and solidarity and which provides for a new universalism centered on knowledge of the oceans; a relationship capable of unifying the citizens of the world under one banner, a common, unique and irreplaceable asset: the sea which all the continents share."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38542535
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Top Ten Ocean Conservation Victories of 2016

2016 was a big year for the #ocean. Ayana Johnson writes in National Geographic's Ocean Views about 10 major successes for the ocean, including better fisheries management, marine protected areas (MPAs), ocean mapping, ocean zoning, and Ian Urbina's award-winning reporting for the The New York Times on slave labor in #seafood, bringing human rights abuses in industrial fishing into the light. Let's keep this progress moving into the years ahead!
Follow Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on Twitter at @ayanaeliza.

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/05/top-10-ocean-conservation-victories-of-2016/
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Top Ten Ocean Conservation Victories of 2016

2016 was a big year for the ocean. Ayana Johnson writes in National Geographic's Ocean Views about 10 major successes for the ocean, including better fisheries management, marine protected areas (MPAs), ocean mapping, ocean zoning, and Ian Urbina's award-winning reporting for the The New York Times on slave labor in seafood, bringing human rights abuses in industrial fishing into the light. Let's keep this progress moving into the years ahead!
Follow Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on Twitter at @ayanaeliza.

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/05/top-10-ocean-conservation-victories-of-2016/
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Our Top Five Ocean Stories of 2016

https://medium.com/@TheW2O/our-top-five-ocean-stories-of-2016-b0d47db10cdf#.73vixop1h

World Ocean Observatory wrote a lot about ocean and fresh water issues in 2016. It was a good year for ocean protection but it was also a devastating year for water rights and for the sustainable fresh water future on which we all depend. Here we offer a compilation of some of our best ocean, climate, fresh water, Arctic, and environmental stories published in 2016.

Best wishes for the New Year from the World Ocean Observatory team. 
We wrote a lot about ocean and fresh water issues in 2016. It was a good year for ocean protection but it was also a devastating year for…
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First Snow in the Sahara in 40 Years Captured in Photographs

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/sahara-desert-snow-first-40-years-rare-photos-atlas-mountains-algeria-karim-bouchetata-a7488056.html

Who says the climate isn’t changing?
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A Closer Look at NOAA’s Coastal Resiliency Grant Projects

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced $8 million in grants for a slate of new “resiliency projects”

More than half of the projects will focus on restoring floodplains, marshes, coral reef formations, and wetlands.

https://psmag.com/a-look-behind-americas-coasts-773168ca89a1#.ulzraftxz 
Photos from the various sites chosen for the NOAA’s coastal resiliency grants.
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A great article about the future of the #Arctic along with some stunning imagery by scientist and National Geographic photographer #PaulNicklen

"As a scientist, what I know about the Arctic is terrifying. Currently, it’s warming twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. As a photographer, I can observe and document these effects first-hand: receding glaciers, struggling wildlife populations, and cities impacted by rising sea levels.

And as the landscape changes, driven by climate change, I am watching the Arctic region become increasingly vulnerable. In particular, we should see the rapid disappearance of sea ice here for what it is: a sign of imminent and catastrophic change. The danger of an oil spill would deliver a fatal blow to this pristine and critically important ecosystem.

But — with the leadership of President Obama — we’ve taken a step forward." ~ Paul Nicklen Photography

http://bit.ly/2ifzc0f
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Ocean Exemplar: Barack Obama
Barack Obama, U.S. President (2008 - 2016)
Inspired by his childhood on and near the waters of Hawaii, President Barack Obama has done more to protect the ocean than any of his predecesors. During his tenure as President he safeguarded more of the ocean than any other president, and increased the amount of protected waters around the U.S. by four times [source]. His administration worked to improve American fisheries, to combat illegal fishing, and to create more national policy to protect the ocean. #thanksobama
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Sacred Places: Biodiverse Regions Around the Globe and Their Importance to Religion, Conservation, and Science

In this first #WorldOceanRadio episode of the New Year, host Peter Neill details a number of sacred places around the globe--on islands, along the shore, on the banks of rivers, lakes and streams--and the allies that these spaces have found in protective movements, enforcement, and international action. He outlines the relationship of biodiverse regions around the world to their sacred and scientific importance, and how conservation justifies protection while simultaneously meeting the goals of religionists and conservationists alike.

http://worldoceanobservatory.org/radio-item/sacred-places-special-new-year-edition
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Our Top Five Ocean Stories of 2015

https://medium.com/@TheW2O/our-top-five-ocean-stories-of-2016-b0d47db10cdf#.73vixop1h

World Ocean Observatory wrote a lot about ocean and fresh water issues in 2016. It was a good year for ocean protection but it was also a devastating year for water rights and for the sustainable fresh water future on which we all depend. Here we offer a compilation of some of our best ocean, climate, fresh water, Arctic, and environmental stories published in 2016.

Best wishes for the New Year from the World Ocean Observatory team. 
We wrote a lot about ocean and fresh water issues in 2016. It was a good year for ocean protection but it was also a devastating year for…
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At the Fishhouses (A Poem for the Holidays)

At each year’s end, we like to share “At the Fishhouses” by Elizabeth Bishop. This perennial favorite poem is not only relevant for the New Year, but also distills years of Bishop’s seaside meditations and evokes the clarity of meaning contained in personal encounters with the world ocean.

medium.com/@TheW2O/at-the-fishhouses-a-poem-for-the-holidays-79350f4d90a4#.v810x2cvj

Or listen to the World Ocean Radio audio podcast at worldoceanobservatory.org/radio-item/fishhouses-holiday-episode

Best wishes for the New Year from the World Ocean Observatory.
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A great article about the future of the #Arctic along with some stunning imagery by scientist and National Geographic photographer #PaulNicklen

"As a scientist, what I know about the Arctic is terrifying. Currently, it’s warming twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet. As a photographer, I can observe and document these effects first-hand: receding glaciers, struggling wildlife populations, and cities impacted by rising sea levels.

And as the landscape changes, driven by climate change, I am watching the Arctic region become increasingly vulnerable. In particular, we should see the rapid disappearance of sea ice here for what it is: a sign of imminent and catastrophic change. The danger of an oil spill would deliver a fatal blow to this pristine and critically important ecosystem.

But — with the leadership of President Obama — we’ve taken a step forward." ~ Paul Nicklen Photography

http://bit.ly/2ifzc0f
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