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Goal 14: Life Below Water

Adopt an Endangered Animal - WWF. China: GEF Grant to Reduce Marine Pollution in the Huai River Basin. WASHINGTON, DC February 23, 2012 - Today the World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a grant of US$5 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the People’s Republic of China to help improve water environment and reduce pollution in the Bohai Sea through a pilot project in the Huai River Basin.

China: GEF Grant to Reduce Marine Pollution in the Huai River Basin

The Huai River Basin, which covers Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui and Henan provinces, is faced with the challenge to maintain the balance between socio-economic development and environmental protection. With rapid economic growth in the region, many river systems in the Huai River Basin have become increasingly polluted, rendering it one of the most polluted rivers in China. Consequently more and more nutrients and pollutants are discharged into the Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea, contaminating these international waters. Coastal cities such as Dongying City in Shandong Province are both significant contributors to and direct victims of such pollution. How to Clean Up the Pacific Ocean. No trash.

How to Clean Up the Pacific Ocean

Great Barrier Reef. Outstanding Universal Value Brief synthesis As the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem, the Great Barrier Reef is a globally outstanding and significant entity.

Great Barrier Reef

Practically the entire ecosystem was inscribed as World Heritage in 1981, covering an area of 348,000 square kilometres and extending across a contiguous latitudinal range of 14o (10oS to 24oS). The Great Barrier Reef (hereafter referred to as GBR) includes extensive cross-shelf diversity, stretching from the low water mark along the mainland coast up to 250 kilometres offshore.

This wide depth range includes vast shallow inshore areas, mid-shelf and outer reefs, and beyond the continental shelf to oceanic waters over 2,000 metres deep. Overfishing WWF. Overfishing occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction.

Overfishing WWF

Gathering as many fish as possible may seem like a profitable practice, but overfishing has serious consequences. The results not only affect the balance of life in the oceans, but also the social and economic well-being of the coastal communities who depend on fish for their way of life. Billions of people rely on fish for protein, and fishing is the principal livelihood for millions of people around the world. For centuries, our seas and oceans have been considered a limitless bounty of food. However, increasing fishing efforts over the last 50 years as well as unsustainable fishing practices are pushing many fish stocks to the point of collapse.

14 Why it Matters Goal 14 Life Below Water 3p. Overfishing. Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Global Compact China Summit Promotes Business Cooperation to Achieve SDGs. 22 August 2016: In partnership with its China network, the UN Global Compact convened a one-day 'China Summit' in Beijing to promote awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encourage companies to cooperate in addressing common challenges.

Global Compact China Summit Promotes Business Cooperation to Achieve SDGs

The Summit brought together around 500 participants from the East Asia region, including representatives of business, government, youth, academia and civil society. According to UN Global Compact, around 300 businesses have joined the Global Compact China Network since its inception in 2011. Addressing the Summit, UN Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo commended Chinese firms for their role in promoting sustainable growth and encouraged them to play a bigger role in helping other countries achieve the SDGs.

Coral bleaching. History of the Ocean. When the Earth formed about 4.5 billion years ago...

History of the Ocean

The ocean is not just where the land happens to be covered by water. The sea floor is geologically distinct from the continents. It is locked in a perpetual cycle of birth and destruction that shapes the ocean and controls much of the geology and geological history of the continents. Geological processes that occur beneath the waters of the sea affect not only marine life, but dry land as well. The processes that mold ocean basins occur slowly, over tens and hundreds of millions of years. . Coral Bleaching on the Reef · Great Barrier Reef · Australian Marine Conservation Society.

In the first few months of this year, the Great Barrier Reef experienced the worst coral bleaching event in recorded history.

Coral Bleaching on the Reef · Great Barrier Reef · Australian Marine Conservation Society

As a result, almost a quarter of our precious Reef is now dead, tragically in the far northern section which was the most pristine. The world has suffered three major bleaching events that were unheard of before now. The first major event was in 1998, then 2010, and now 2016. This year’s event has already become the longest on record and is predicted to last until the end of 2016. Coral bleaching is caused directly by climate change. Experts say that corals can recover, if we give them a chance, but we are fast running out of time. What is coral bleaching? When corals become stressed, they expel the tiny colourful algae that live within their transparent tissue.

China Fishing Industry. Oceans Are for Everyone - United Nations University. Mary Frances Davidson This article is part of UNU’s “17 Days, 17 Goals” series, featuring research and commentary in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 25-27 September 2015 in New York City.

Oceans Are for Everyone - United Nations University

Goal #14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Whether you live on the coast, or on a landlocked mountaintop, the world’s oceans and seas impact your life. Oceans play a vital role in regulating the earth’s temperature and climate patterns, acting like a giant solar panel that soaks up heat from the sun and distributes it across the earth through a complex system of currents. The next time you take a deep breath of fresh air, thank an ocean. Oceans cover roughly 70% of the Earth’s surface, and contain an estimated 50%–80% of life on our planet. Endangered Sea Turtles Burned In BP Spill Clean-up. A recent Los Angeles Times article confirmed that sea turtles are being burned in the efforts to clean up the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Endangered Sea Turtles Burned In BP Spill Clean-up

But according to a shrimp boat captain hired by BP and the Coast Guard to rescue sea turtles, workers are being actively blocked from their rescue efforts by the oil company and it’s 21,000 contractors. Sea Shepherd Australia - More Pilot Whales Slaughtered in the Faroe Islands. Details Pilot whale slaughtered at the Hvannasund grind. Photo: Axe ZaalFor the third time this year, pilot whales have been slaughtered in the Danish Faroe Islands. The ordeal began at 7am today when a pod of 40 pilot whales was reported to local authorities off Skálatoftir, on the island of Borðoy. The pod was then driven by 12 Faroese boats to Hvannasund for slaughter.

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</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD2207">quantserve</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD2209">. Oceans, Whales & Seafood. Help protect marine life. Half the oxygen we breathe comes from our oceans. One of our world’s most stunning features, they cover more than 70 percent of the planet, comprise 99 percent of its habitable space, and house the greatest diversity of major plant, animal, and microbial species, from the simplest to the mightiest on earth. Their importance to all life cannot be underestimated.

Oceans regulate the climate, produce half of the earth’s breathable oxygen, and are a huge source of food. Fishing Disputes Could Spark a South China Sea Crisis. The simmering maritime disputes and land grabs in the South China Sea have long been seen as a battle over its potentially vast undersea deposits of oil and natural gas. That’s not quite true: There is a sometimes violent scramble for resources in the region, but it’s more a fight for fish than for oil. The latest evidence came Tuesday, when Indonesia blew up 23 fishing boats from Vietnam and Malaysia that it said were poaching in Indonesian waters. It wasn’t the first time Indonesia’s flamboyant, chain-smoking fisheries minister, Susi Pudjiastuti, has literally dynamited her way to international headlines: The country demolished 27 fishing boats in February and has scuttled more than 170 in the last two years. The maritime disputes between China and its neighbors over who controls what part of the South China Sea are increasingly coming to a head — not with bristling gunboats but with trawlers.

In a clear signal to China, the U.S. “They are being escorted by Chinese coast guards. Water Bottle Pollution. If your family is like many in the United States, unloading the week’s groceries includes hauling a case or two of bottled water into your home. On your way to a soccer game or activity, it’s easy to grab a cold one right out of the fridge, right? But all those plastic bottles use a lot of fossil fuels and pollute the environment. In fact, Americans buy more bottled water than any other nation in the world, adding 29 billion water bottles a year to the problem. In order to make all these bottles, manufacturers use 17 million barrels of crude oil. That’s enough oil to keep a million cars going for twelve months. China to spend $330 billion to fight water pollution -paper. Corals Are Dying on the Great Barrier Reef.

Ocean Acidification and Pollution. What happens when crude oil spills into the sea? National Geographic Freshwater 101: Pollution. As technology improves, scientists are able to detect more pollutants, and at smaller concentrations, in Earth’s freshwater bodies. Containing traces of contaminants ranging from birth control pills and sunscreen to pesticides and petroleum, our planet's lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater are often a chemical cocktail.

New Study Shows Plastic in Oceans Is on the Rise. 60% of China’s underground water 'not fit for human contact' - Beijing. China’s Other Pollution Problem: Water. GRID-Arendal - Large Graphic. Image 3. Image 2. Uk.businessinsider. This water and soil turned red after being contaminated by industrial waste from a closed dye factory in 2014.Stringer/Reuters If you woke up tomorrow and suddenly discovered that your local river had turned blood red and that an awful, caustic smell had permeated your air, you would be alarmed, right? For residents of Wenzhou, China, and millions like them in China's rapidly industrializing and growing cities and towns, this has become a reality. In April 2015, China issued a water pollution and prevention action plan, which outlined how China would improve its water quality by 2020. New ‘Water Ten Plan’ to Safeguard China’s Waters. China’s most comprehensive water policy to date, which will ultimately transform China’s environment & economy.

What happens when crude oil spills into the sea? Image. Save The Oceans, Save the World: Why We Should Really Care About Life Under Water. Pacific Environment : Species under Threat. Species under Threat Sea turtle Turtles Hawskbill Sea Turtle. The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures. SDG 14: Life below water. A local fisherman’s boat in the waters off Atauro Island, Timor-Leste. China's new weapon against water pollution: its people. Sustainable Development Goals.