High seas fisheries: what role for a new international instrument?

The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) has released a new discussion paper on fisheries to coincide with the second session of the PrepCom for a new agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The discussion paper, High seas fisheries: what role for a new international instrument?, is available here: http://www.iddri.org/Publications/High-seas-fisheries-what-role-for-a-new-international-instrument


This discussion paper is accompanied by a short brief, An overview of vulnerable marine ecosystem closures, available here: http://www.iddri.org/Publications/An-overview-of-vulnerable-marine-ecosystem-closures
We are interested in hearing your comments and feedback, which would help us to further develop these proposals.
Two previous publications may also be of interest to those following the negotiations:

Awesome Oceans

About 70% of our planet is covered by oceans and seas: large, full of life and mysterious. They are a source of food, way of transportation, oxygen producer, and more.

This illustrated explainer video shows the fascination of the ocean, but also it biggest threats.

Virtual Polar Film Festival from September 19 to 22, 2016 with Free Streaming During and After the Event


Organizers have assembled a set of short films, and some longer ones,
around a set of four themes: the cryosphere, polar biology and ecology,
polar regions in the global context, and the human dimension. Each night
scientists with relevant expertise will be watching the films and
available to answer questions via Twitter using #PolarFilmFest.

Event schedule:

– Monday, 19 September: “Frozen Worlds: the cryosphere.” These films
include glaciers, sea ice, permafrost, brinicles, and more.
– Tuesday, 20 September: “Partly Frozen, Mostly Cute: polar ecology and
biology.” These films include penguins, polar bears, Arctic foxes,
sharks, and more.
– Wednesday, 21 September: “Climate and Connections: polar regions in
the global picture.” These films talk about the roles the polar regions
play in the global climate system.
– Thursday, 22 September: “People at the Poles: the human dimension.”
The last day of the film festival explores how people live, work, and
play in the polar regions.

All short films are available for free streaming.

Further information including an event schedule, links to view the
films, and locations and times for various in-person and virtual watch
parties; is available on the Polar Film Festival website:

COASTAL & MARINE 16-2: Recalling ICZM – Insights from the Baltic

The BONUS BaltCoast project published the first out of three special issues of the Coastal & Marine Magazine. “Recalling ICZM – Insights from the Baltic” gives an introduction to the BONUS BaltCoast project, as well as to a Systems Approach Framework for the sustainable management of the Baltic Sea, which is implemented by the project. The issue sets a special focus on the re-analysis of ICZM case studies in the Baltic Sea Region.


Climate Politics and Impacts for Global Climate Action: Conservative media bias is inflating American climate denial and polarization

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate and Global Change

The outcome of the US election will affect US and global climate politics.

A new study by a team of sociologists at Oklahoma State University has found political polarization on climate change is growing in the United States. Today’s Republicans are less likely than they were a decade ago to accept that the effects of global warming have begun, that humans are responsible, and that there is a scientific consensus on these questions. Democrats and independents are slightly more likely to answer these questions correctly today than a decade ago.


Global warming views by party controlling for education and era. Illustration: Dunlap et al. (2016)

Climate change is now more polarizing in the US than abortion or gay marriage. At the same time, climate denial has become the norm among Republican policymakers, as they’ve grown increasingly anti-environment.

League of Conservation Voters’ environmental voting scores U.S. Congress – by chamber and party. Photograph: Dunlap et al. (2016).

Public perception and priorities are also heavily influenced by the media. A 2013 study found that conservative media consumers are more likely to distrust scientific experts and reject climate science realities.

Relatedly, a new report by Media Matters on climate coverage in major American newspaper opinion pages found pervasive misinformation in the Wall Street Journal.

Out of 93 climate-related opinion pieces published in the Journal during the time period examined, 31 featured climate science denial or other scientifically inaccurate claims about climate change (33 percent)

A study last year found that the WSJ’s biased climate coverage extended beyond its opinion pages to its news coverage as well. And during the time of the scandalous #ExxonKnew revelations, Media Matters found that the WSJ was a constant apologist for the oil company.


Further Information

The Political Divide on Climate Change: Partisan Polarization Widens in the U.S.


Guardian News Arcticle

Eye on Earth Webinar on: The International Society for Digital Earth

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An Eye on Earth Webinar on: The International Society for Digital Earth
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The new normal of global warming: Ice loss labelled as ‘extreme’ 10 years ago is now considered common place

  • In March, the Arctic Ocean recorded a low maximum extent
  • Rapid ice loss continued through May, and is now greater than average
  • Nasa says it is now ‘used to these kinds of low levels of sea ice’
  • They are designing a laser system to measure ice thickness from space

In March, the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas recorded a low maximum extent, with rapid ice loss continuing through May.

While this rate of ice loss would have been considered extreme 10 years ago, Nasa now says it’s ‘kind of used to these low levels of sea ice’ and it should be considered the ‘new normal.’

The space agency is now preparing a new method to measure the thickness of sea ice, in the hopes of better understanding the changes in the Arctic.