“Davos Economic Talks Showcase Oceans, U.S. Talks Shark Fin Ban … Again, Sea Cucumber Disappearing Act, Plastic in the Blue Hole, New Shark Species , Greenland Ice Melt and more…
A panel discussion at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on tapping into the ocean economy while protecting it from environmental collapse. The speakers are Salesforce Co-Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff, Generation Investment Management co-founder and former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and actress Michelle Yeoh. Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua moderates.
A bipartisan group of dozens of House lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would make it illegal to buy or sell shark fins. The bill, led by Del. Gregorio Sablan (D-Northern Mariana Islands) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), is meant to further crack down on shark finning, in which fishermen remove fins and release the rest of the animal into the ocean to die.
Scientists know the West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Amundsen Sea could play a pivotal role in future sea level rise, but many questions remain unanswered. An international drilling expedition, led by researchers from the University of Houston and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, will provide important clues through a detailed analysis of the ice sheet’s history. The International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 379 will leave Punta Arenas, Chile, for a two-month trip to Antarctica on Jan. 24. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and its international partners.
Editorial Question: How much is all our research drilling contributing to the warming of Antarctica?
5. Belize Great Blue Hole: World’s Biggest OCean Sinkhole Has Plastic At Bottom
Editorial Note: Plastic is everywhere; this is not a surprise. However, by highlighting famous locations that are plagued by plastic pollution we can better reach the public and help them realize the extent of the problem.
7. Singapore MP Urges Ban on Shark’s Fin from Public Service Events
8. Greenland’s Ice Is Melting Four Times Faster Than Thought—What It Means