Oceans & Coasts

UNEP Warns of Collapse of Antarctic Ice Bridge [viewed]

© UNEP7 April 2009: According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), the collapse of an ice bridge linking the Wilkins ice shelf to two Antarctic islands may indirectly influence sea level rise, as the decay of the ice shelf will reduce the stability of the glaciers that are feeding it.

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IMO Publishes Revised Regulations and Technical Code on Air Pollution from Ships [viewed]

© IMO31 March 2009: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published the revised Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) containing the Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, and the revised nitrogen oxides (Nox) Technical Code 2008, which were adopted by IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee in October 2008, with an entry into force date of 1 July 2010.

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UNCTAD Releases Report from Expert Meeting on Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge [viewed]

March 2009: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the report of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport and Trade Facilitation, which was organized around the theme “Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge” from 16-18 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNESCO IOC Holds Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups for Tsunami Warning Systems [viewed]

© UNESCO IOC31 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) organized the Global Meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Groups (ICG) for Tsunami Warning Systems, which convened from 24-27 March 2009, in Paris, France.

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Ramsar STRP to Consider Climate Change and Wetlands [viewed]

Ramsar STRP to Consider Climate Change and Wetlands

March 2009: The Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands will hold its 15th meeting from 30 March-3 April 2009, in Gland, Switzerland. Participants are scheduled to establish a number of Thematic Work Area Working Groups and to identify their core membership, including one on “wetlands and climate change” to be chaired by Max Finlayson (Australia). 

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Polar Bear Meeting Highlights Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2009: Representatives from the five parties to the 1973 Polar Bear Conservation Agreement – Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the US – met from 17-19 March 2009, in Tromsoe, Norway.

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WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans [viewed]

WMO International Polar Day Focuses on Polar Oceans

17 March 2009: Polar Days are a part of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, a scientific initiative organized through the International Council for Science and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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IMO Intersessional Meeting Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency for Ships [viewed]

16 March 2009: The second intersessional meeting of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Working Group on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships took place at IMO headquarters in London, UK, from 9-13 March 2009. The meeting brought together over 200 experts and focused on technical and operational measures to reduce GHG emissions from ships. A report from the meeting will be presented to the 59th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 59), to be held in July 2009.

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PEMSEA's EAS Congress to Consider Climate Change Adaptation through Integrated Coastal Management [viewed]

The East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress

March 2009: The East Asian Seas Region Ministerial Forum, to be held in Manila, the Philippines, from 26-27 November 2009, as part of East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2009, will address climate change adaptation through integrated coastal management (ICM).

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UNESCO Meeting Formulates Recommendations on Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic [viewed]

Confronting Climate Change in the Arctic

13 March 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held an international experts meeting on “Climate Change and Arctic Sustainable Development: scientific, social, cultural and educational challenges,” which convened from 3-6 March 2009, in Monaco. The meeting brought together experts in the social and natural sciences, ethics, education and international affairs who sought the local expertise of indigenous peoples in drafting a set of 66 recommendations for follow-up action.

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