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Oceans: Major diplomatic coup for New Zealand as world's largest marine reserve finally gets the tick
New Zealand has pulled off a major diplomatic coup by securing the support of 25 countries - including an initially reluctant Russia - to create the world's largest marine sanctuary.
The marine protected area (MPA) in the Ross Sea, north of Antarctica, was jointly devised by New Zealand and the United States and will cover 1.55 million square kilometres of prized ocean. Roughly the size of France, it will be the world's largest marine reserve.
"New Zealand has played a leading role in reaching this agreement which makes a significant contribution to global marine protection," Foreign Affairs Minister McCully said today.
Agreement on the MPA was reached following talks at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart this week.
The MPA is one of New Zealand's major foreign policy objectives, and it has taken six years of diplomatic wrangling to get all 25 countries which govern the Antarctic to agree to the proposal.
Full story at www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11737669
#oceans #Antarctica #NZ #NewZealand #Russia #USA Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
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26 minutes ago ·
Get cosy this winter without overheating the planet!
IT’S hard to believe that it’s here already, that time when even the most stoic hold-outs must admit to themselves that summer’s gone for another year, the nights are drawing in … and the temperature’s inexorably heading south.
But finally caving in to reality and turning on the heating for the first time in months doesn’t have to feel like a defeat, not when your choice of energy provider can help play a small but nonetheless crucial role in the fight against climate change.
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There’s no one-shot, silver bullet solution with which to fight the problem but there are, fortunately, a lot of small ways everybody can play an important part.
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Read today's blog in full at eia-international.org/get-cosy-winter-without-overheating-planet
#climate #climatechange #winter #globalwarming Ecotricity
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38 minutes ago ·
BREAKING: IWC calls for urgent action to save the critically endangered vaquita
PORTOROŽ: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) today joined the chorus of international voices calling for urgent action to save the Mexican vaquita porpoise from extinction.
The Resolution on the Critically Endangered Vaquita, proposed by the USA and European Union, was adopted by consensus at the IWC’s 66th meeting in Slovenia.
It expresses deep concern over the vaquita and states that “only a permanent, complete and effective gillnet ban in all fisheries operating in the Upper Gulf of California will prevent the imminent extinction of the vaquita.”
The IWC urged Mexico to eliminate any exemptions to the ban which might facilitate illegal trade in totoaba and called on all countries to strengthen enforcement efforts against the illegal totoaba trade, in particular those where totoaba products are consumed or in transit, including the USA and China.
Clare Perry, EIA Oceans Campaign Leader, said: “This is an important call to arms from the IWC, the world’s foremost authority on whales, dolphins and porpoises.
“We have very little time to save this species from vanishing on our watch – this Resolution, following on from recent decisions and resolutions of CITES and the IUCN, should force all countries to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to prevent extinction.
“With fewer than 60 vaquita left alive on the planet, the species doesn’t have the time for us to dither and compromise.”
#IWC66 #Mexico #China #vaquita #porpoise
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21 hours ago ·