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BeMed unveils its 2021 awardees

BeMed unveils its 2021 awardees

BeMed continues to support, through its call for micro-initiatives, projects that aim to reduce plastic use and find alternatives, improve waste collection, raise awareness, engage stakeholders and help implement regulations.

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IHO and CIESM renew their cooperation

IHO and CIESM renew their cooperation

IHO and CIESM have renewed their Scientific Cooperation Agreement for the next 4 years. This will provide a framework for active cooperation between the two intergovernmental organizations dedicated to marine science, based in Monaco.

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When the science of the past sheds light on our future

When the science of the past sheds light on our future

The level of the world’s oceans was unchanging for 6,000 years but has been rising at such a rate since the industrial era that almost a metre more of land will be under water by the end of the century. The sea will cover certain atolls, wash over the fertile land of deltas and flood coastal cities, driving back coastlines that are home to 40% of the global population.

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Probing the depths of the Mediterranean

Probing the depths of the Mediterranean

For 20 years Laurent Ballesta dreamed only of exploring the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. In July 2019, the biologist, photographer and extreme diver, along with three companions, boarded a strange-looking steel vessel. Sometimes confined in a 5-square-metre pressurised habitat on the surface and at others equipped with diving suits and rebreathers and left to their own devices in the twilight zone, they endured a total of 28 days in a helium-rich atmosphere 13 times denser than the air at the surface. At depths of more than 100 metres, the aquanauts discovered a world that even the sun’s rays struggle to reach and yet that supports some of the world’s most beautiful ecosystems.

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Slowing down ocean acidification

Slowing down ocean acidification

It took almost a century of scientific exploration to identify a hugely complex phenomenon that is threatening the lungs of the Earth: ocean acidification. During the industrial age, high concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere have altered the chemistry of our oceans.

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Quiet Sea Odyssey Mission

Quiet Sea Odyssey Mission

In September 2019 the oceanographic team onboard Sphyrna Odyssey set off on the acoustic trail of Mediterranean cetaceans. Over six months, using two remote-controlled water surface drones developed by a company called Sea Proven, scientists recorded in very high definition the signals of large marine mammals off the eastern shores of the Mediterranean.

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