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Signals from the South; Humpback Whales Carry Messages of Antarctic Sea-ice Ecosystem Variability

Southern hemisphere humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) rely on summer prey abundance of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) to fuel one of the longest-known mammalian migration on the planet. It is hypothesised that this species, already adapted to endure metabolic extremes, will be one of the first Antarctic consumers to show measurable physiological change in response to fluctuating prey availability in a changing climate...

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World's Low Oxygen: Scientists Reveal Dangers and Solutions in Broadest Study Yet

In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water bodies, including estuaries and seas, low-oxygen sites have increased more than 10-fold since 1950. As the Earth warms, scientists expect oxygen levels to continue dropping in both of these zones. 

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Global gathering to tackle coral reef crisis

Current and emerging leaders converged in the Great Barrier Reef to learn and share ideas for tackling the crucial challenge of protecting coral reefs as part of the 2017 International Coral Reef Management and Leadership Program.

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Climate Adaptation Methodology for Protected Areas (CAMPA)

Climate change poses serious threats to many coastal and marine systems, including those being managed as protected areas. Yet people responsible for the management of coastal and marine protected areas (CMPAs) do not have to wait and see their sites deteriorate, but can take active steps to minimise the detrimental impacts of climate change. The following manual describes an approach – Climate Adaptation Methodology for Protected Areas (CAMPA) – for developing climate adaptation measures in CMPAs. 

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Issues Brief - Marine Protected Areas and Climate Change

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – areas of the ocean set aside for long-term conservation aims – are the only mainstream conservation-focussed, area-based measure to increase the quality and extent of ocean protection. MPAs and their network offer nature-based solution to support global efforts towards climate change adaptation and mitigation.

SPREP Job Vacancies

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) invites applications from interested and suitably qualified persons for the following positions:

1) CLIMATE CHANGE RESILLIANCE - Oceanography Officer (Previously known as Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System Officer)

2) ISLAND AND OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS - Threatened and Migratory Species Adviser

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Applications Close: Friday 12 January 2018



To succeed, large ocean sanctuaries need to benefit both sea life and people

There is growing concern that the world’s oceans are in crisis because of climate change, overfishing, pollution and other stresses. One response is creating marine protected areas, or ocean parks, to conserve sea life and key habitats that support it, such as coral reefs.

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