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A marine turtle in the Red Sea, Egypt

Multiple ocean stresses threaten “globally significant” marine extinction

An international panel of experts warns in a report released today that marine species are at risk of entering a phase of extinction unprecedented in human history. …  

20 Jun 2011 | News story

Western gray whale

Western gray whale makes unexpected journey

In October 2010, a team of scientists from Russia and the United States satellite tagged a western gray whale off Sakhalin Island, Russia. This is the first individual from the Critically Endangered western gray whale population to be tagged and tracked using telemetry. This whale, nicknamed Flex by researchers, has now been successfully tracked for over four months, revealing its long and unexpected migration route. …  

17 Feb 2011 | News story

Platform

New oil platform off Sakhalin – whale scientists will have a say

The oil and gas company Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) announced on December 4th its intention to begin planning for construction of a third offshore oil and gas platform in the Piltun-Astokh field along the coast of Sakhalin Island, eastern Russia. As this platform would be located near the primary feeding ground of the endangered western gray whale population, Sakhalin Energy requested the advice of an independent panel of scientists, convened by IUCN, to minimize risks to the whale population. …  

07 Jan 2011 | News story

Katarina Gjerde

Reversing the fate of the oceans

IUCN's High Seas Policy Advisor, Kristina Gjerde, studies the law of the high seas - the 64% of our ocean that lies beyond national legislation. She recently gave a TED Talk presentation outlining some of the problems facing the open oceans and what can be done about them. Stunning photos show the hidden worlds that Gjerde and other lawyers are working to protect from trawling and trash-dumping, through smart policy making and a healthy dose of PR. …  

30 Nov 2010 | Video

Whale photo

Saving western gray whales: Ask your questions before 6 December!

Business has joined forces with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to protect the critically endangered western gray whale population. You are invited to send us your questions on this unique collaboration to save the whales. …  

26 Nov 2010 | News story
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Coral bleaching in 2010 around Mayotte in the Indian Ocean

Fading fast: 2010 expedition examines the worrying state of Indian Ocean coral reefs

IUCN scientists were part of a recent expedition, Tara Oceans, to investigate coral bleaching on the reefs of Mayotte, an island that lies to the north west of Madagascar. The team found that bleaching here, which was first reported in March this year, is the worst seen in the Indian Ocean. …   | French

15 Oct 2010 | News story

Tail fin of Western Gray Whale

IWC greatly concerned about Russian oil exploration impacts on Western Gray Whales

At the International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting in Agadir, Morocco, scientists warned that a seismic survey planned off Sakhalin Island by the Russian petroleum company Rosneft could seriously threaten the critically endangered Western Gray Whale population. 

25 Jun 2010 | News story

Western Gray Whale and ship.

Can scientists and oil consortium save endangered whales?

Survival and recovery of the Western Gray Whale population depends on continued and strengthened collaboration among scientists, governments and industry. The 8th meeting of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel, held in Geneva on 16-18 April 2010, promoted this crucial multi-stakeholder dialogue and led to the development of new recommendations to minimize industry impacts on endangered whales. 

23 Apr 2010 | News story

Adélie Penguin

Antarctica and climate change

Previous to the Antarctic Treaty Meeting of Experts scheduled for the 6–9th of April 2010 in Svolvær, Norway (link), the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) released the results of two studies on the impact of climate change on species. …  

13 Apr 2010 | News story

Antarctic Temp Trend 1982-2004

The next 50 years in Antarctica

1 December 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in Washington DC. To acknowledge this milestone, experts in the field of international governance attended the Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance symposium, hosted at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. …  

08 Dec 2009 | News story

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