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Protecting oceans: Scientists close to creating mobile marine protected areas Last Updated on 2012-02-16 00:00:00 Scientists could soon be able to create marine protected areas in the world’s oceans that move according to where threatened species swim. That was one of the surprising new advances discussed at the opening of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) conference in Vancouver Thursday, a prestigious gathering of more than 8,000 scientists from around the world. The advances in oceanography come on the heels of technological improvements in biologging, the practice of tracking animals using electronic tags and monitoring. Over the past decade or so, the tags have shrunk to pea-sized and satellite and remote-sensing software as well as electronic ocean modelling have all improved. “We’re getting to the point where we can design a habitat in three dimensions,” Stanford University marine biology professor Larry... More »
Landmark Texts on Protecting Coral Reefs, Mitigating Ill Effects of Chemical Munitions Dumped at Sea Last Updated on 2010-12-21 00:00:00 General Assembly Adopts Landmark Texts on Protecting Coral Reefs, Mitigating Ill Effects of Chemical Munitions Dumped at Sea In Addition to Passing 40 Drafts Recommended By Second Committee, Acts on Two Generated Directly by Plenary December 21, 2010 (MMD Newswire) -- The General Assembly today adopted landmark draft resolutions setting forth strategies to protect coral reefs and mitigate the ill effects of chemical munitions dumped at sea, while declaring international years and decades for the promotion of sustainable energy, water cooperation and biodiversity. Acting on the recommendation of its Second Committee (Economic and Financial), the Assembly took action on 17 draft resolutions on sustainable development out of a total 40 development-related texts, in addition to three draft decisions. It also adopted two plenary-generated drafts. The texts relating to sustainable... More »