Category: Scientific news

The Ocean revealed, a new scientific book about the Ocean

The ocean covers 70% of the surface of our planet, it plays a major role in regulating the Earth’s climate and is home to a multitude of species, many of which we have yet to discover. The ocean is crucial for the functioning of life on Earth. With global change, many issues have emerged, and the consequences of these in…

Cyclones and climate change

After the dramatic consequences of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Jose, this year in 2017, understanding the origins of such extreme events is of growing importance.  What is the nexus between cyclones, the Ocean, and climate change? Tropical cyclones, also called hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean[1], are violent perturbations, or atmospheric depressions. The “eye” at the centre of the…

French Polynesia: a climate refuge for the survival of coral reefs in the future?

A new model predicts that French Polynesia will serve as a climate refuge for the survival of coral reefs in the future New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems. These high-resolution projections,…

New scientific items to understand our Ocean

 The importance of the Ocean in climate change negotiations has been considered only until very recently. The following texts point to a change in mindset. They show that this planetary environment has at long last been given its rightful place in climate issues. Concerns such as the role that the ocean plays for the climate and the impacts of climate change…

First French American Climate Talks: FACTO

A joint initiative between the Ocean & Climate Platform and the Embassy of France in the United States, the first FACT-O conference was held at Miami Dade College to raise awareness on climate change impacts on coral reefs and ocean biodiversity. Not only that, but what better opportunity now than to visit Tara, the boat that anchored in Miami after crossing the Atlantic…

The IPCC emphasizes the ocean as a major issue and dedicates a Special Reports to the latter 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), gathered in Nairobi from April 11 to 13 during its 43rd plenary session, set its work program for the 6th assessment cycle. The Ocean is a major priority, with a Special Report, dedicated to interactions between climate, ocean and the cryosphere. This Special Report on the Ocean, one of the major lines of the Ocean & Climate Platform’s advocacy, was officially requested by Monaco…