Posts Tagged ‘Oceans’

Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Relocation in the Face of Climate Change

September 11, 2012 Leave a comment

By Alyssa Johl and John Crump*

Alaska PNG

Two different parts of the world, one common problem

This week, community leaders from two small villages in very different parts of the world will meet on Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to discuss a common problem:  their need to relocate as a result of climate change.  The communities of Newtok, Alaska, and the Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea, are among the first in the world to choose relocation as the best means of adapting to the effects of a changing climate and ensuring their cultural survival. Read more…


The Ocean is not a Waste Dump!

May 2, 2011 1 comment

Hana Heineken, Law Fellow

The ocean is vital to the survival of all life on this planet: it is the source of our rainfall, it regulates are climate, it provides us with food, and it serves as the home of countless marine animals. I think we can all agree that the ocean is fundamental to our enjoyment of life. Unfortunately, industrialization has produced massive amounts of garbage, and countries have been struggling for decades to properly manage the waste. People’s backyards and the ocean itself have become waste dumps.

In 1989, countries signed the Basel Convention and agreed to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of generating and managing hazardous wastes. The Convention was in response to the outflow of hazardous wastes from developed countries to developing countries, caused by polluters seeking to lessen the costs of proper waste management. State Parties to the Basel Convention and the Basel Convention Secretariat have been  improving waste management practices around the world, particularly in developing countries, but new waste streams have created new challenges.

Among these new waste streams is shipbreaking. Read more…