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Scientists from the World Conservation Society (WCS) have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change.

The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2016, a positive sign that recovery efforts are working. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C grade (54%) in the 2016 report card, one of the highest scores calculated by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES).

Scientists have just discovered massive amounts of a rare metal called tellurium, a key element in cutting-edge solar technology. As a solar expert who specializes in exactly this, I should be delighted. But here’s the catch: the deposit is found at the bottom of the sea, in an undisturbed part of the ocean.

A study authored by University of Delaware professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs — known as mesophotic reefs — near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean.

Global temperatures could break through the 1.5°C barrier negotiated at the Paris conference as early as 2026 if a slow-moving, natural climate driver known as the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) has, as suspected, moved into a positive phase.

Over a third of the worldwide increase in sea levels can be traced to the massive retreat of Greenland’s ice sheet. For the past twenty years, researchers have been observing with concern how climate change is melting the ice masses on and around Greenland.

In a world where terrorism and nuclear arms races abound, many Americans don’t link climate change and national security.

Update: On 9 May 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that will provide extra funds to create a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. The new law allows the state to borrow $800 million to cover Florida's half of the estimated $1.6 billion cost of the state-federal project.

On 28 April 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that directs the Department of Interior to streamline seismic regulations and expand offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, with an eye toward future energy exploration in marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic. The Order revokes numerous protections enacted under the Obama Administration.

Marine Conservation Institute, a leader in securing strong protection for the oceans’ most important places, denounced the President’s Executive Order to undertake a federal review of land and ocean monuments established by three previous presidents.

Russia will re-apply for its Arctic continental shelf expansion to a new UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) this summer (2017), Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi told RIA Novosti.

With global leaders heading to the United Nations or a major conference in June on the protection and sustainable use of the planet’s oceans, the UN has announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans.

The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) has become the major focal assembly to share research outcomes, management and policy issues, and discussions on the role of biodiversity in sustaining ocean ecosystems.

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will circulate the draft chapters of its global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for first review by experts, for a period of eight weeks, from 15 June – 15 August, 2017.

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) has opened fellowship opportunity for women from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute. The deadline for application is 19 June 2017.

Job Location: Chesapeake, Virginia

REMSA Inc. Coastal & Marine Division seeks skilled and experienced Independent Contracting Observers to monitor sea turtles, marine mammals, sturgeons, and birds.

NOAA seeks a Hydrologist in Charge for the National Weather Service Western Region in Sacramento, California. Payment of relocation expenses is authorized. The travel requirements are 25 percent or greater, domestic.

Okeanus Science & Technology, LLC has launched its online marketplace. Through SeaCatalog, suppliers of subsea survey and oceanographic equipment and products sell to a targeted audience of online customers.

The Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms presents a comprehensive series of contributions by leading researchers from many countries that describe, discuss and illustrate landforms on the high latitude, glacier-influenced seafloor. Included are submarine glacial landforms from modern, Quaternary and ancient glacimarine environments.

Spinlock, designers and manufacturers of rope holding equipment and personal safety products for leisure and commercial water users, will launch two new products for the commercial marine sector at Seawork International, Europe's largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition in June 2017.

Reygar has launched BareFLEET, a new fleet monitoring system that automatically gathers engine, navigational, motion and health data, including fuel efficiency, CO2 emissions, vertical heave motion, tower impact and push-on force, plus an indication of motion sickness.

On April 3, the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center launched the Vessel Information Verification Service (VIVS), a new online tool designed to allow commercial vessel operators and owners to verify the accuracy of their Automatic Identification System broadcasts.

Hydraulic systems specialist, Webtool, announces a gripping and lifting tool for recovering subsea umbilical and cable for offshore oil & gas and decommissioning projects. The Cable Retrieval Tool (CRT200), developed in consultation with international certification body and classification society, DNVGL, allows the safe and controlled recovery of damaged cable and umbilical.

From a childhood spent building sand castles to adolescent walks on the beach to adults enjoying family time, America’s beaches are synonymous with celebrating summer.

Dutch dredging giant Royal Boskalis Westminster and its Belgium based counterpart Jan De Nul have signed a joint venture contract valued at some €250m with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in India.

AECOM has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New England District valued up to $25 million over five years.

The winner of the All-Energy Marine Renewable Energy Investment Challenge sponsored by Atlantis Resources was announced 11 May 2017 at the end of the plenary session: ‘The effects of Brexit on the renewable and low carbon energy sectors.’

Van Oord has contracted Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) to manufacture and deliver a QTrencher 1600, which will be loaded on cable-laying vessel Nexus for work on offshore wind farms. SMD will manufacture the trencher at its Turbinia works in Wallsend, Newcastle, and supply it in the first quarter of 2018.

ECO magazine will attend a high-level United Nations Conference that aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity.

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