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Life Below Water

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

  • [New] Rafting events that were rare in the past could alter ocean ecosystems and change invasion dynamics on a global scale, furthering the urgent need to address the diverse and growing effects of plastic pollution on land and sea. CBS News
  • [New] Planning for annual bilateral infantry exercises with South Korean troops is close to finishing and will take effect from 2023, while information sharing with India over the Indian Ocean is increasing. Australian Financial Review
  • [New] The Strait of Malacca could become a high-risk passageway in the event of a potential conflict either in the South China Sea or the India-China border. Foreign Policy
  • [New] AI has been used to predict global temperature changes, model storms, oceanic events, cloud changes, and extreme weather events. Medium
  • [New] The rice-growing areas of South China are close to sea level and will be inundated, including major cities such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Nanjing and Hangzhou. Richard Stallman
  • [New] Not only are polar bears in danger of becoming extinct by 2100, but atmospheric carbon dioxide is at its highest level for 800,000 years and sea levels are continually on the rise. Biofriendly Planet | For a Cooler Environment
  • [New] Extreme weather events, droughts, water and food shortages, and rising sea levels are exacerbating numerous conflicts in different regions of the world, thereby threatening global peace, security, and stability. Qatar-Tribune
  • [New] Countries in Southeast Asia, such as Singapore, are especially vulnerable to environmental risks such as rising sea levels, higher heat stress levels and reduced rainfall. Site Selection
  • [New] An increase in the speed of the current could decrease the Southern Ocean's capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide, which could intensify climate change as a result. Forbes
  • [New] Global temperatures will induce more surface melting and melting from the ocean, with the losses outweighing the increases in snow accumulation, similar to 2021. The Independent
  • [New] In the long term, shipping commerce will benefit from the opening of the Northwest Passage for longer periods of the year due to the loss of Arctic sea ice. NOAA
  • [New] The global atmospheric temperatures will increase by 2-4 °C by the year 2100, mostly due to human activities; which may also lead to rising sea levels by 2.5m by 2100 due to the melting of glaciers and thermal expansion within the earth's crust.
  • [New] Recognized on a global scale for its potential to mitigate climate change, seaweed has a role to play in securing global food systems, supporting ocean ecosystems, and creating jobs with potential for economic growth. The Fish Site
  • [New] Low seasonal snow cover, the loss of summer Arctic sea ice as well as the melting of glaciers and ice sheets will be exacerbated by further rises in global temperature. New Frame
  • [New] The world has already warmed at least 1.1 degrees Celsius, and researchers warn that a temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius or more could trigger dangerous tipping points such as the melting of vast ice sheets and massive sea level rise. The Washington Post
  • [New] Today's announcement will unlock the potential for a thriving Scottish tidal power sector, with the cash boost supporting marine technologies which could benefit the whole of Scotland and the rest of the UK. GOV.UK
  • [New] Climate change will lead to higher physical risks from higher temperatures, intense droughts, storms, floods, rising sea levels, among others. BusinessWorld Online
  • [New] Coastal communities in many parts of the world face a double threat from climate change: sea-level rise and more frequent extreme-rain events. Pulitzer Center
  • [New] Sea level rise and land subsidence - induced flooding are projected to have severe impacts on highly populated Asian deltaic cities. Science Direct
  • [New] The planet's largest coral reef system is worth an estimated $4 billion a year in tourism revenue for the Australian economy, but is at risk of losing its coveted world heritage status because warmer oceans brought about by climate change have damaged its health. Phys Org
  • [New] China's vulnerability to sea level rise is especially acute, with more than 550 million people living in China's coastal provinces. House of Commons
  • [New] As the world's second-largest economy, a great trading power with a rapidly growing navy, and a massive geopolitical ambition, China is bound to get, sooner than later, a permanent naval presence in the Indian Ocean that will profoundly alter India's security environment. The Indian Express

Last updated: 05 December 2021