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Report: High Seas Treaty Offers Historic Opportunity for Climate Adaptation
Report: High Seas Treaty Offers Historic Opportunity for Climate Adaptation

THE NEXT ECONOMY - In a new paper, scientists detail how the soon-to-be-ratified Treaty can help protect marine species as climate change continues to warm the oceans.

New Ways of Catching, Producing Seafood Could Boost Health of Aquatic Ecosystems
New Ways of Catching, Producing Seafood Could Boost Health of Aquatic Ecosystems

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - More conscientious catch methods and the rise of cultivated seafood could help take the pressure off of overfished marine ecosystems — whose health is critical for planetary health.

Nature Positive Initiative Aims to Promote Alignment, Integrity in Race to Save Global Biodiversity
Nature Positive Initiative Aims to Promote Alignment, Integrity in Race to Save Global Biodiversity

NEW METRICS - The NPI will clarify and standardize the term ‘nature positive;’ and drive synergies across the many actors supporting and implementing changes towards the goal of halting and reversing nature loss by 2030.

‘Big Build’ Brings Mars Closer to Goal of Restoring 1M Corals Worldwide by End of 2023
‘Big Build’ Brings Mars Closer to Goal of Restoring 1M Corals Worldwide by End of 2023

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The massive coral-restoration project took place in the Spermonde Archipelago, Indonesia — in the world’s most biologically complex marine ecosystem in the Coral Triangle — alongside Indonesian community partners.

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2 Biotech Startups Are 3D Printing ‘Fish’ to Give the Ocean a Rest
2 Biotech Startups Are 3D Printing ‘Fish’ to Give the Ocean a Rest

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Mycorena and Revo Foods have combined mycelium-based protein and 3D printing to create a potential win-win for seafood fans and overexploited fish populations.

Alarming IPCC Report Makes It Clear: We Can’t Wait to Invest in Nature
Alarming IPCC Report Makes It Clear: We Can’t Wait to Invest in Nature

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Nature-based solutions aren’t a silver-bullet climate solution, but neither is placing all bets on future technologies. If we don't invest in nature now, we can soon expect to spend far more on climate damage with far fewer paths forward.

Farming More Seaweed Could Be Sustainable Way Forward for Food, Feed, Fuel
Farming More Seaweed Could Be Sustainable Way Forward for Food, Feed, Fuel

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Seaweed has great potential as a superfood and a building block for products including plastics, fibers and fuel. Expanding seaweed farming could help reduce demand for crops on land and global GHGs from agriculture by up to 2.6B tonnes of CO2e per year.

WWF Tool Helps Companies, Investors Mitigate Biodiversity Risks Across Their Operations
WWF Tool Helps Companies, Investors Mitigate Biodiversity Risks Across Their Operations

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The tool includes over 50 biodiversity-relevant data layers that collectively provide a global, holistic picture of nature-related risk — the first-ever platform that brings together such a diverse range of data specifically for the purpose of analyzing biodiversity-related risks to corporates and investors.

Next-Gen Underwater Turbines Blow Wind Model Out of the Water
Next-Gen Underwater Turbines Blow Wind Model Out of the Water

CLEANTECH - Brazilian startup TidalWatt has rethought underwater turbines — theirs are 60x smaller and produce 3x as much energy as wind turbines, are harmless to marine life, and promote the formation of artificial reefs.

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Can Insuring Nature Encourage the Necessary Action to Protect It from Climate Risks?
Can Insuring Nature Encourage the Necessary Action to Protect It from Climate Risks?

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - COP15 again highlighted the importance of ensuring money moves in the right direction to bring about lasting environmental protection. One example is The Nature Conservancy’s recent purchase of a coral reef insurance policy to protect Hawai‘i’s marine environment from damage by hurricanes or tropical storms.

Record Number of Companies Recognize Biodiversity Risks, But Struggling to Turn Commitments Into Action
Record Number of Companies Recognize Biodiversity Risks, But Struggling to Turn Commitments Into Action

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - Self-reported data from over 7,700 companies that responded to questions on biodiversity through CDP’s climate change questionnaire shows they are ready to disclose on biodiversity, sending a powerful signal to negotiators ahead of COP15.

As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative
As 2022 Season Closes, World Surf League Reports Progress of ‘We Are One Ocean’ Initiative

WALKING THE TALK - In 2021, WSL launched WAOO to protect and conserve surf ecosystems around the world. Over the 2022 tour season, it collaborated with community organizations, indigenous groups, surfers and others on activations including replanting native coastal vegetation in Hawaii, removing plastic pollution from Indonesian waterways, and restoring coral reefs in Tahiti.

WWF, Ørsted Partner to Develop Offshore Wind Farms That Enhance Ocean Biodiversity
WWF, Ørsted Partner to Develop Offshore Wind Farms That Enhance Ocean Biodiversity

CLEANTECH - The unique partnership aims to advance offshore wind deployment that enhances ocean biodiversity, and drive a global shift towards addressing both climate and biodiversity goals.

‘Rivers Are Life’ Highlights Local River-Restoration Efforts with Potential for Global Impact
‘Rivers Are Life’ Highlights Local River-Restoration Efforts with Potential for Global Impact

FROM PURPOSE TO ACTION: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE TOGETHER - The platform highlights and connects individuals who are enacting river-beneficial solutions in their own communities. These 'River Heroes' represent efforts that start on a local scale but create ripple effects that expand beyond.

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This Startup Is Enhancing the Ocean’s Ability to Store Carbon, Reversing Acidification
This Startup Is Enhancing the Ocean’s Ability to Store Carbon, Reversing Acidification

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ebb Carbon’s pioneering carbon-removal technology combines with electrochemistry to accelerate the ocean's natural process of carbon removal, safely storing it for 10,000+ years, whilst simultaneously reducing ocean acidity — helping heal one of our strongest assets in the climate change fight.

New Vertical Aquaculture Technology Offers Sustainable, Profitable, Scalable Protein Source
New Vertical Aquaculture Technology Offers Sustainable, Profitable, Scalable Protein Source

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Housed in cargo containers, Atarraya’s ‘plug-and-play,’ AI-powered Shrimpbox delivers up to 10x the ROI of traditional poultry or swine farming, creating new opportunities for farmers — even in landlocked, highly populated areas.

Aqua Cultured Foods Aims to Eradicate Overfishing with Sushi That Isn’t Sushi
Aqua Cultured Foods Aims to Eradicate Overfishing with Sushi That Isn’t Sushi

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Despite over 80% of the world’s fish stocks being fully exploited or overexploited, global seafood demand is expected to jump another 30% by 2030. Aqua Cultured aims to deliver affordable, nutritious seafood alternatives to allow our oceans to recover.

4VI Creates New Model for Destination Marketing Organizations by Becoming a Social Enterprise
4VI Creates New Model for Destination Marketing Organizations by Becoming a Social Enterprise

WALKING THE TALK - Earlier this year, Tourism Vancouver Island evolved into a social enterprise called 4VI that supports communities, businesses, culture and environment. A social enterprise is a revenue-generating business that identifies a social benefit and directs its revenues toward it; in the tourism industry, this is a completely new way to operate.

Ørsted Trials Turning Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations Into Safe Havens For Corals
Ørsted Trials Turning Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations Into Safe Havens For Corals

CLEANTECH - The first-of-its-kind ReCoral by Ørsted project aims to implement a non-invasive approach for restoring the health of coral reef ecosystems by growing healthy coral colonies on the foundations of offshore wind turbines.

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Bumble Bee, Ocean Conservancy Join Forces to Rid the World’s Oceans of Ghost Gear
Bumble Bee, Ocean Conservancy Join Forces to Rid the World’s Oceans of Ghost Gear

REDEFINING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD FOR THE FUTURE - The seafood giant and the global nonprofit have expanded their ongoing partnership to not only clean hazardous fishing nets out of waterways, but to try and stop fishers — large and small — from discarding gear in harmful ways.

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