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Two Roads Diverged in a Blue-Green Wood: Supporting Mangrove Protection

By Student Delegate Mariah Harrod The Seychelles’ updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) aims to preserve coastal marine environments for climate mitigation. The new NDC singled out mangrove forests for these protections and hinged its more ambitious targets upon international support. … Continue reading

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Seagrass: A Blue-Green Investment in our Future

By Student Delegate Mariah Harrod This past summer, the Government of Seychelles amended its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to set stronger safeguards for its coastal wetlands. The updated NDC sought protection and restoration for seagrass and mangroves, in particular, committing … Continue reading

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Sea Level Rise is Happening Now, and We Have Options

By Student Delegate Isabella Smith Reports about sea-level rise worldwide are quite grim. A study done by Cornell University estimates rising seas could result in two billion climate refugees by 2100. And this is not just a distant, future issue … Continue reading

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Out with the Old, in with the Blue: What the Biden Administration means for U.S. involvement in future international climate negotiations

By Student Delegate Jessica Griswold  As U.S. poll workers vigorously counted presidential votes on the evening of November 4, 2020, the Trump administration secured its official withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Just one year ago, Trump’s withdrawal announcement left many … Continue reading

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SBSTA Convenes Ocean-Climate Dialogue

By Student Delegate Andrea Salazar The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), on December 2, convened a dialogue on Ocean and Climate Change to consider how to strengthen adaptation and mitigation actions. Although mention of COVID-19’s effects on … Continue reading

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Highlights from Oceans Action Day and World Fisheries Day

By Student Delegate Marissa Pizaña Two decades ago, small-scale fishers from across the world formed a global movement—protecting nature and their human rights. The World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) continue to convey the message that “fishing communities are being hit … Continue reading

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Reef Rescuers raise 40,000 corals in nurseries

By Student Delegate Suhasini Ghosh  Coral reefs are a valuable part of the marine ecosystem. Local economies and thousands of marine species rely on coral reefs for survival. However, coral reefs are in danger of disappearing due to the rise in atmospheric … Continue reading

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Climate Smart Agriculture in Small Island Developing States

By Student Delegate Paige Beyer Small island developing states (SIDS) are often characterized by their size, remoteness, and bountiful marine resources. Highly dependent on fisheries for food, these island nations face agricultural limitations resulting in a heavy reliance on imports. … Continue reading

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Seaweed Sweeping Women contribute to Circular Economy in the Seychelles

By Student Delegate Andrea Salazar  Seaweed has become increasingly more problematic than promising in some parts of the world. Dense ½ meter mounds of seaweed have washed up on the beaches of Caribbean and Atlantic States. If this trend makes … Continue reading

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The Kids are (All)Right: How the Youth are Inspiring Change

By Student Delegate Paige Beyer  On August 20, 2018 Greta Thunberg skipped school. Alone, she sat outside the Swedish parliament for the entirety of the school day with a hand-painted sign: school strike for climate. What started as a singular … Continue reading

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