Direct path to Indian Ocean in new land-sea trade corridor

The New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, a trade and logistics passage jointly built by western Chinese provincial regions and Singapore, recently launched a new transport route, creating the first direct link to the Indian Ocean. The route's first outbound rail-sea transport freight train left southwest China's Chongqing municipality on April 2.

It will first reach the Laotian capital Vientiane by railway and pass through Thailand via highways before arriving at Myanmar's Yangon, its final destination, a news agency reported.

The new freight service is estimated to take about 10 to 14 days to reach Yangon, cutting the logistics time by more than 20 days compared to the traditional route that goes to eastern coastal cities via the Yangtze river, and then out to sea, according to the corridor's operator.

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Confronting the Ocean-Climate Crisis or Towards an Ocean Solution for Climate Change

Adverse impacts from climate change are a reality across the globe and the recent COP26 summit recognized that we are facing a global climate emergency. As we continue to track environmental change and its consequences, there is a growing need to realize and embrace opportunities for climate change resilience and adaptation. Our ocean is one of our best defense mechanisms against the impacts of climate change.

Mr Joe Aitaro, Palau side lead coordinator for the Humerica Areas on Climate Change, introduces one of the six Our Ocean panels which will feature climate change mitigation and adaptation success stories, as well as provide a platform to find and commit to the solutions we need for a climate change resilient future.

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UNESCO promotes full launch of GenOcean Campaign

The GenOcean campaign will raise public awareness on the power of ocean knowledge and science to address ocean degradation, encouraging individuals to take action to restore and protect the ocean.

GenOcean will revolutionise the way we think and act towards the ocean, building strength in unity and a collective approach to ocean protection and restoration based on the latest science.

Mission

  • GenOcean will drive people to take simple actions in their daily lives towards restoring and protecting the ocean.
  • GenOcean will grow awareness in the public around ocean issues, communicated through people-led storytelling.
  • GenOcean will build knowledge and understanding in the public of ocean issues through ocean science.

 

Background

In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) (‘the Ocean Decade’) to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation and thus reverse declines in the state of the ocean system while catalysing new opportunities for sustainable ocean use.

The campaign will generate mass engagement in protecting and sustainably managing the ocean through science-driven solutions and provide a platform for committed individuals to tell their own story, influencing many others to take action.

GenOcean presents the opportunity for people to understand and appreciate the ocean as a key part of the solution to the planet’s sustainability and climate crises.

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Ocean Protocol (OCEAN) Trading Up 20.9% This Week

Ocean Protocol (OCEAN) traded up 3.9% against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 0:00 AM E.T. on March 27th. Ocean Protocol has a market cap of $382.23 million and $56.87 million worth of Ocean Protocol was traded on exchanges in the last day. During the last seven days, Ocean Protocol has traded up 20.9% against the dollar. One Ocean Protocol coin can now be bought for about $0.62 or 0.00001328 BTC on exchanges.

Here’s how similar cryptocurrencies have performed during the last day:

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Remote Indian Ocean reefs bounce back quickly after bleaching

Coral reefs in remote or protected areas can recover quickly after mass coral bleaching events, new research shows.

University of Exeter researchers are investigating "reef carbonate budgets" -- the net production or erosion of reef structure over time.

To study the impacts of climate change on reef functions, they examined 12 reefs in the remote Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean before and after the global coral bleaching event in 2015/16.

In 2018, the formerly thriving reefs were "shrinking," with coral cover and carbonate production down by more than 70% and erosion processes exceeding new coral growth.

When the researchers returned in 2021, all reefs were on a trajectory of recovery, although the speed varied from place to place.

Where key coral species returned quickly and the underlying physical reef structure had stayed intact, reefs showed a rapid transition back to positive growth only six years after the bleaching event.

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Global warming speeds up currents in the ocean's abyss

University of Sydney scientists have used the geological record of the deep sea to discover that past global warming has sped up deep ocean circulation. This is one of the missing links for predicting how future climate change may affect heat and carbon capture by the oceans.

University of Sydney scientists have used the geological record of the deep sea to discover that past global warming has sped up deep ocean circulation.This is one of the missing links for predicting how future climate change may affect heat and carbon capture by the oceans: more vigorous ocean currents make it easier for carbon and heat to be "mixed in."

"So far, the ocean has absorbed a quarter of anthropogenic CO2 and over 90 percent of the associated excess heat," said the study's lead author, Dr. Adriana Dutkiewicz from the EarthByte group in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney.

Microscopic marine organisms called plankton use this dissolved carbon to build their shells. They sink down to the seabed after they die, sequestering the carbon. These sedimentary deposits form the Earth's largest carbon sink.

The authors note that climate observations and models have been used alternatively to argue that deep ocean circulation may be slowing down or speeding up during global warming. This inconsistency is a problem for modeling future climate trends and the new study, published today in the journal Geology, helps resolve this controversy.

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