Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish by 2030

Bad news for the oceans : according to the BBC : ” Many of the Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “ ” Data from more than 35,000 surveys suggests that habitats have declined by more than 50% since the… Continue reading Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish by 2030

New Caledonia and France create huge Marine Protected Area

More good news people ! New Caledonia – and France – are creating a marine protected area (MPA) of huge size : 1.3 million square kilometers : the parc naturel de la mer de Corail. This park will be amongst the largest MPAs in the world. Thanks to that, 16 percent of the waters under French jurisdiction are now… Continue reading New Caledonia and France create huge Marine Protected Area

IPCC fifth report is a stark warning

As you perhaps know, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is publishing in 2014 its fifth Assessment Report. If the fourth, published in 2007, was a strong warning against business as usual, the latest one is even more serious. Today the Working Group II considered ” the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems,… Continue reading IPCC fifth report is a stark warning

Fight deforestation to save coral reefs

As our world is just a huge jigsaw puzzle where every pieces are connected, solving an environmental issue might help solve another one. Ending deforestation on land would have indeed  an important positive effect to coral reefs growing near rivers. As Jaymi Heimbuch noted for Treehugger : ” The researchers found that mitigating erosion on… Continue reading Fight deforestation to save coral reefs

A globally significant risk of marine extinction

If my Wednesday post on the 19,000 endangered species didn’t put you down,  the findings of the International Programme on the State of the Oceans (ISPO) will. As the New York Times green blog notes : ” The state of the oceans is declining far more rapidly than most pessimists had expected, an international team… Continue reading A globally significant risk of marine extinction

Biodiversity year ended on high note

To the UNEP : ” A new international body aimed at catalyzing a global response to the loss of biodiversity and world’s economically-important forests, coral reefs and other ecosystems was born yesterday. “ Dubbed the “IPCC for Nature”, the new Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will have a tough job at protecting… Continue reading Biodiversity year ended on high note