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Dive into the oceans with Google Earth

Very little is known about oceans. That’s why very little - less than one percent - of the Earth’s oceans are protected, compared to 12 percent of the land surface. ‘Ocean in Google Earth’, launching today, lets virtual voyagers find out what marine species live where and discover marine protected areas, one of the best tools for protecting our oceans. …  

02 Feb 2009 | International news release

Jen Palmer

The Society for Conservation Biology Elects IUCN Marine Program Officer to Board of Directors

IUCN US is proud to announce that Jennifer Palmer, our resident Marine Program Officer, has been elected to sit on the Society for Conservation Biology’s Board of Directors - Marine Section. …  

15 Jan 2009 | News story

GCRMN

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network: Looking to the Future of the World's Coral Reefs

As the International Year of the Reef came to an end, it seemed fitting to announce the release of ‘Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008’, an international report that reminds us that our work on global coral reefs has only just begun. …  

15 Jan 2009 | News story

Whitetip Reef Shark over Palau coral reef

A monumental decision for the oceans

President Bush today will formally designate three areas in the Pacific as Marine National Monuments. IUCN has been one of the major partners of the U.S. Government in the creation of these marine protected areas. The scientific and technical advice provided by IUCN to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has paid off, as it will result in the creation of the world’s largest ocean protected area covering 195,280 square miles. …  

06 Jan 2009 | International news release

Gatokai Island, Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

IUCN welcomes Obama's choice

IUCN welcomes Dr. Jane Lubchenco as the future head of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA, an active government agency member of and partner with IUCN, is a branch of the US government with a mission to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet economic, social, and environmental needs. …  

24 Dec 2008 | News story

Marine

Making blue energy green with E.ON

IUCN’s Global Marine Programme and Energy, Ecosystems and Livelihoods Initiative are initiating research into the ecosystem and livelihood implications of marine-based energy alternatives. This work is intended to inform policy and practice of governments, the private sector and the conservation community and will be supported by the Swedish government and the energy company E.ON. …  

15 Dec 2008 | News story

Pillar coral in Marine Protected Area, Bahamas

Fifth of corals dead: only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN

The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status. …  

10 Dec 2008 | International news release

Dead porites

A fifth of corals dead say new IUCN reports

The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status, launched today by IUCN as part of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network. If current trends in carbon dioxide emissions continue, many of the remaining reefs may be lost over the next 20 to 40 years with alarming consequences for some 500 million people who depend on coral reefs for their livelihoods. To listen, click here. 
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10 Dec 2008 | Audio

Tuna ensnared near the mouth of a fish trap

Failure to act will push bluefin tuna fishery to extinction says IUCN

Monday’s decisions taken by the inter-governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of Atlantic tunas will push the North Atlantic Bluefin Tuna closer to commercial extinction. …  

26 Nov 2008 | News story

St Lucia Marine Protected Area, South Africa

Protected areas in the oceans a matter of great urgency say scientific community

More protected areas in strategic ocean locations need to be set up and benefit from proper enforcement in order to address the rapid degradation of the world’s marine environment. …  

21 Nov 2008 | News story