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The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2020 Science Without Borders® Challenge! This annual art contest inspires students from all over the world to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues. The theme for this year's competition is "Take Action: Conserve Coral Reefs," and scholarships of up to $500 will be awarded to the winning entries.

Exactly two months before the 25th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25) begins, the Because the Ocean initiative has released today its new report: Ocean For Climate: Ocean-Related Measures in Climate Strategies (Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans, Adaptation Communications, and National Policy Frameworks).

UNFCCC COP25 will take place in Santiago, Chile 2nd-13th December, 2019.

In the preamble to the new report, COP25 President Carolina Schmidt, Environment Minister of Chile says:

This move forms part of an ambitious plan from the Chamber of Diving & Watersports (CDWS) to improve sustainability practices within the marine tourism sector around the country. The Green Fins initiative will be implemented nationally in the South Sinai Governorate from September and the Red Sea Governorate from March 2020.

Egypt is a popular holiday destination with 11.3 million tourists visiting in 2018 and 8.3 million in 2017. There are approximately 500 businesses providing diving and snorkelling activities in the Red Sea and an estimated three million divers and snorkelers visiting the region each year.

Off the coast of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a group of scientists is tearing a reef apart in a feverish attempt to save some of its coral.

They are battling a fast-moving, lethal disease that researchers say is unprecedented in the speed with which it can damage large numbers of coral species across the Caribbean Sea. Breaking their cardinal rule to never touch the coral, the scientists are removing diseased specimens to try to stop the disease spreading and save what remains.

As conservationists grapple with unprecedented levels of coral reef bleaching in the world's warming oceans, scientists in the Indian and Pacific Oceans used the most recent El Nino of 2016 (the warmest year on record) to evaluate the role of excess heat as the leading driver of coral bleaching.

The findings were, in a word, complicated, according to marine researchers from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups. Specifically, the WCS-led study revealed a more complex view than current standard predictions of coral bleaching events caused primarily by heat stress; rather, the scientists found that bleaching is driven by a variety of stressors, and each region responds differently.

On Wednesday the 25th September 2019 the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, detailing the impact of climate change on the world's ocean.

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