The brief: Sea levels are rising

The brief: Sea levels are rising
It now seems clear that the climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realize. Greenhouse gas emissions have overheated the Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing heat waves, hurricanes, and other extreme weather. What is happening in the ocean As oceans heat up, the water rises in part because warm water expands but also ...

The brief: biodiversity crisis

The brief: biodiversity crisis
Humans have always benefited from nature’s generosity, but they don\'t seem to care as much for it. It is now time to rethink this one-sided relationship. Human actions are destroying nature and causing biodiversity loss at an alarming rate. This is happening in addition to a ferocious climate crisis.

The brief: Recovery of life in the oceans

The brief: Recovery of life in the oceans
According to a recent study, “substantial” recovery of life in the oceans could be achieved by 2050 if major threats such as climate change are dealt with. Value of oceans Oceans are important sources of food, water and clean energy and key for tackling global warming. Indeed, they store heat and carbon. However, many marine species, habitats ...

The brief: Greening and Maritime Transport

The brief: Greening and Maritime Transport
As we have already written, maritime transport plays a key role for the European economy. Indeed it transports approximately 80% of external trade and ensures smooth and efficient trade flows in and out of the European Union. Let’s look at the so-called green initiatives regarding this sector. Value of maritime transport Within the complex European framework with ...

The brief: Marine Litter

The brief: Marine Litter
Litter is a major threat to marine biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. This is especially true in the Mediterranean Sea.  For this reason, in this article we will be looking into this situation and what can be done. The challenges regarding litter Plastic pollution represents a transboundary problem. Thus, it requires global coordination and long-term multiple ...

The Brief: Renewable energy for maritime transport

The Brief: Renewable energy for maritime transport
Renewable energy for maritime transport is fast-growing, together with the blue sector, with considerable potential in terms of technological development and employment opportunities. According to the UfM, in the Mediterranean Sea, Floating offshore wind technology is considered the most suitable, given that it can be deployed in deeper waters. This technology allows for the exploitation ...

The brief: Climate change and implications for well-being

The brief: Climate change and implications for well-being
We have written about climate change in previous articles. This phenomenon is damaging ecosystems throughout the world with serious implications for human well-being. According to important research, quantifying the benefits of reducing emissions requires understanding the costs. However, the unique and non-market nature of many goods provided by natural systems makes them difficult to value. ...