GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

5 Apr 2017
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GREEN4SEA Conference & Awards

5 Apr 2017
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Arctic

Challenges and opportunities emerging from the Arctic change

Α recently published report presents the European perspectives towards a changing Arctic and suggests how the European Union and its Member States can play a positive role in several policy areas. For the shipping sector, Europe should set ambitious targets and mandatory requirements for Arctic shipping and support environmental and security monitoring.

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New WWF guide helps ships avoid vulnerable Arctic species

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A new WWF-Canada guide, aiming to help mariners in the Hudson Strait to identify and avoid marine mammals, is being unveiled at a Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada meeting in Montreal. The Hudson Strait Mariner’s Guide is made up of two large posters to be hung on the ship’s bridge: a chart that will help mariners identify mammals and maps of marine mammal habitat in both summer and winter.

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WMO initiates “Year of Polar Prediction” project

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On May 15th 2017, the World Meteorological Organization officially launched the "Year of Polar Prediction", in Switzerland. From mid-2017 to mid-2019, scientists and operational forecasting centers from various different countries will work together to observe, model, and improve forecasts of the Arctic and Antarctic weather and climate systems.

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WWF publishes Arctic Council scorecard

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WWF issued its Arctic Council Conservation Scorecard, the first-ever assessment of national and joint implementation of Arctic Council commitments related to biodiversity and conservation. The scorecard corresponds to the long-year efforts of Arctic states to pursue conservation regarding safeguard efforts of the Arctic environment, through the Arctic Council.

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New report highlights impacts of ice melting

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A new report issued by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, warns that even if the world manages to keep global warming below the targeted 2°C threshold, some of the Arctic shifts, resulting from climate change, could be permanent. By 2030, the Arctic Ocean may be ice-free, pushing seas to more extreme heights.

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Arctic ice melting to cause trillion-dollar damage

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According to a new study, if the warming of the Arctic continues at the same pace, the ice melt could cost the world trillions of dollars by 2100, along with profound impacts on human health and safety. It is estimated that the cumulative cost of the changes unfolding in the Arctic could range from $7 trillion to $90 trillion.

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Oil spill response weaknesses reported in Arctic

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WWF-Canada reported that major weaknesses in response preparedness mean remote Arctic communities face an almost certain environmental catastrophe in the event of an Arctic shipping oil spill. Heavy fuel oil is the standard marine fuel for large ships and also one of the world’s most polluting fuels, and the most difficult to clean up.

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