10 September 2020

Climate change has not stopped for COVID19. Greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are at record levels and continue to increase. Emissions are heading in the direction of pre-pandemic levels following a temporary decline caused by the lockdown and economic slowdown. The world is set to see its warmest five years on record – in a trend which is likely to continue - and is not on track to meet agreed targets to keep global temperature increase well below 2 °C or at 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

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4 September 2020

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and UN Global Compact join forces to mobilize the private sector ahead of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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20 August 2020

Venkatraipur and Noliasahi in the Odisha State (India) are the first communities in the Indian Ocean region to obtain Tsunami Ready international recognition, the golden standard of tsunami preparedness awarded by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.

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16 July 2020

In the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the IOC and the Tara Ocean Foundation have concluded a partnership agreement and will lead joint projects that will contribute to scientific research, international cooperation, data sharing as well as public awareness. This agreement should make it possible to place research and ocean science as essential prerequisite in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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30 June 2020

With enthusiastic responses from 21 Member States of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS), the Capacity Assessment of Tsunami Preparedness Status Report 2018 highlighted considerable progress across all components of the IOTWMS, including the operational tsunami service framework in the Indian Ocean comprising of 3 Tsunami Service Providers (Australia, India, Indonesia) and National Tsunami Warning Centres of 25 Member States.

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30 June 2020

On the occasion of World Hydrography Day, The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, which aims to facilitate the complete mapping of the global ocean floor by 2030, has announced the inclusion of 14.5 million square kilometres of new bathymetric data in the latest GEBCO Grid. Nearly a fifth of the world’s entire ocean floor has now been mapped, with the new data equating to an area twice the size of Australia.

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18 March 2020

Working across silos in ocean science can be challenging, but the Ocean Decade will lead to new opportunities to share and use knowledge, says Marie Alexandrine Sicre, SCOR President.

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13 March 2020

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and partners in Cabo Verde (IMar, Ministry of Maritime Economy, OSCM) organised a 3-day workshop aimed at improving the capacity of North-West African countries to better understand the impacts of climate change on the Canary Current marine ecosystem with the goal of achieving the sustainable use of marine resources.

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11 March 2020

New York / Geneva, 10 March 2020 - The tell-tale physical signs of climate change such as increasing land and ocean heat, accelerating sea level rise and melting ice are highlighted in a new report compiled by the World Meteorological Organization and an extensive network of partners.

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