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UN Research Warns of Toxic Side Effects of Desalination

The fast-rising number of desalination plants worldwide—now almost 16,000, with capacity concentrated in the Middle East and North Africa—quench a growing thirst for freshwater but create a salty dilemma as well: how to deal with all the chemical-laden leftover brine. In a UN-backed paper, experts estimate the freshwater output capacity of desalination plants at 95 million cubic meters per day—comparable

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U.K. Calls for 30% Of Global Oceans To be Designated Protected Areas

The environment secretary of the U.K., Michael Gove, last month called for one-third of the world’s oceans to be designed as marine protected areas by 2030. Globally, less than 10% of the world’s seas are currently designated as marine protected areas (MPAs)—one of the most important ways to protect precious sea life and habitats from damaging activity. Currently, global targets for

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UN Makes a Business Plan for Sustainable Ocean Management

The United Nations Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business launched on June 8, World Oceans Day, at UN headquarters in New York. The three-year program convenes leaders in ocean industries along with the UN, world governments, academia and civil society to work toward the sustainable use of the oceans. Lloyd’s Register, which has joined as a founding member of

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Palau to Host the 2020 “Our Oceans” Conference

The Republic of Palau will host the 2020 edition of the Our Oceans conference, an event designed as a forum for ocean leaders to commit to positive changes related to marine protected areas, climate change, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, sustainable blue economy and maritime security. The Our Oceans event held in 2017 in Malta resulted in 433 tangible and measurable

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