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Posted on May 24, 2017 - 5:47pm, by abrown

Via Daily Sabah

"China sought to dispel concerns about its ambitions in mineral-rich Antarctica on Monday, with an official saying Beijing has no plans to start mining in the vast continent.

China's expanding activities in polar regions is a focal point as Beijing hosts the annual meeting of the Antarctic Treaty for the first time."

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Posted on May 24, 2017 - 5:02pm, by abrown

Via Phys.org

"Computer-led analysis of tourist snaps has estimated that coral reefs contribute $36 billion per year to the global tourist economy. Scientists used  techniques to study 20 million images uploaded to image hosting website Flickr."

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Posted on May 24, 2017 - 4:39pm, by abrown
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Via The Jordan Times

"The Aqaba Marine Park (AMP) is scheduled to join Jordan's network of nature reserves this year, becoming the country's first marine nature reserve, according to a consultant on coastal management and protection."

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Posted on May 23, 2017 - 4:58pm, by nwehner

Via Nature TechBlog

"Julia Stewart Lowndes, a marine data scientist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California at Santa Barbara, published a paper this week laying out the challenges her team faces as they try to share and reuse data on the world’s oceans. Here, some key lessons."

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Posted on May 23, 2017 - 4:56pm, by abrown
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Via The Island Packet

"More than 30,000 people have offered their thoughts about the country's protected areas, including ones near Hawaii, in the first five days of President Donald Trump's call for monument designation public comment."

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Posted on May 23, 2017 - 9:33am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"A new scientific analysis finds that the Earth’s oceans are rising nearly three times as rapidly as they were throughout most of the 20th century, one of the strongest indications yet that a much feared trend of not just sea level rise, but its acceleration, is now underway."

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Posted on May 22, 2017 - 6:14pm, by abrown

Via IISD

"In conjunction with the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, released three reports discussing marine biodiversity, environmental protection and invasive species in the region. The Ministerial Meeting was held in Fairbanks, Alaska, US, from 10-11 May 2017."

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Posted on May 22, 2017 - 5:18pm, by abrown

Via South China Morning Post

"Chen Jiliang says a transparent strategy of objectives on the polar regions would empower officials tasked with realising them, as well as end international speculation about China’s true aims"

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