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In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

  • [New] Both the war in Ukraine and the Red Sea attacks have revealed the increasing threat to commercial shipping posed by new technology such as drones, which are relatively cheap and easy to make, and difficult to defend against without a large naval presence. Media Outreach
  • [New] In the U.S., Florida will be the most affected state by sea level rise, with around 21% of its housing units projected to be in high risk flooding zones by the end of the century. Statista
  • [New] The annual flooded area of small island states due to sea level rise is expected to reach 30 square kilometers by 2100, a sixfold increase compared to the figure from 2020. Statista
  • [New] Existing land ice masses hold enough water to increase sea level by 65 meters, although it is forecast that under a very high greenhouse gas emissions scenario, the contribution of land ice to sea level rise would be around 30 centimeters by 2100. Statista
  • [New] Depending on the development of emissions, projected changes in sea level worldwide indicate a rise of between 38 and 77 centimeters by 2100, affecting coastal areas and marine ecosystems around the world. Statista
  • [New] The Umoja project cables are expected to go from Kenya to South Africa and then under the ocean to Australia with the goal of providing Africa with more reliable internet. PCMag UK
  • [New] The EU will support water cooperation at global level, by launching a new initiative with the International Network of Basin Organizations supporting peer-learning between Lake and River Basin Organizations. Environment
  • [New] Over the 21st century, low-lying semi-arid urban coasts are undergoing rising coastal erosion trends and increasing marine hazards, impacting a growing part of the world's global population 1, 2, 3. Nature
  • [New] In the short term, disruptions in trade in the Red Sea and a drought in the Panama Canal could lessen global trade and significantly increase costs in export logistics for CLMV countries. Fibre2Fashion
  • [New] The KNMI expects more drought, more heavy downpours, and a sea level rise of between 1.24 and 2.5 meters by 2100, depending on how much CO2 is emitted in the coming years. NL Times
  • [New] The total loss of Thwaites could cause average global sea levels to surge by more than two feet, and could cause sea levels to rise even more in some parts of the U.S. NPR
  • [New] Rising temperatures increase the likelihood of heatwaves across Asia and floods in the monsoon regions of Southeast Asia, and sea level rise will rapidly increase flooding in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific. ReliefWeb
  • [New] If the planet surpasses 1.5-2 °C of warming, irreversible impacts such as melting ice and sea level rise will significantly impact human and environmental sustainability. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • [New] Persistent geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and disruptions in the Red Sea, and escalating cost of freight continue to pose challenges to global trade. Economic Times
  • [New] There is little real chance that either the United States or China will commit themselves to risking nuclear war over the small reefs in the East China and South China Seas. Foreign Affairs Magazine
  • [New] In response to the Red Sea crisis, carriers have rerouted 80-90% of their Far East-Europe vessels south, through the Cape of Good Hope. Trade Horizons
  • [New] Prior to a southbound transit of the Red Sea, a multinational commercial vessel will loiter temporarily at the southern end of the Suez Canal, awaiting the passage of another southbound Chinese vessel. The Maritime Executive
  • [New] If plastic pollution affects negatively on marine biodiversity, seafood safety, and availability, it will create a severe economic impact at the global level, especially in developing countries or islands where marine and coastal fishery resources are a major food source. PubMed Central (PMC)
  • The combined effects of coastal subsistence and rising seas worsen flooding and threaten densely-populated cities worldwide. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Based on the IEA's Hydrogen Production Projects Database, projects linked to the North Sea could enable the production of 1.7 Mt per year of low-emissions hydrogen by 2030 from fossil fuel-based hydrogen projects equipped with carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). IEA
  • Based on the IEA's Hydrogen Production Projects Database, projects linked to the North Sea 2 could enable the production of close to 3 Mt per year of low-emissions hydrogen by 2030, accounting for almost 40% of Northwest Europe's potential output. IEA
  • The Black Sea and Romania can become providers of energy security and will contribute to Europe's industrial competitiveness. DNyuz
  • Under Xi Thought, China will adopt a tough line on territorial or maritime disputes, be it in the East China Sea, South China Sea, or China's western land borders. Time

Last updated: 26 May 2024



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