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Life Below Water

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] The percentage of power plants highly exposed to sea level rise is at its highest under a baseline scenario, increasing to 22% of assets by 2050 under RCP8.5. S&P Global Platts
  • [New] Until now, both sides have been trying to find a common policy, for example in how to handle human rights violations in Xinjiang, Chinese expansion in the South China Sea, and threats to the self-governing island of Taiwan. Council on Foreign Relations
  • [New] All the service branches are seeking to integrate to a level never seen before in response to the China threat - which is rapidly eroding a U.S. advantage around the Taiwan Strait and in the South China Sea. Stars and Stripes
  • [New] Even if emissions are reduced to limit warming to well below 2 °C, the global average sea level would likely rise by 0.3-0.6 m by 2100 and could rise 0.3-3.1 m by 2300. UN News
  • [New] Allied naval presence is expected to increase north of Australia - including in the contested South China Sea - as part of a coordinated tri-continental push against Beijing territorial aggression. ABC (Australia)
  • [New] From sea level rise to ocean acidification, to increased frequency and intensity of storms, climate change is projected to generate increasingly significant impacts on coastal systems, particularly in low-income contexts throughout the Asia-Pacific. World Fish Center
  • [New] If immediate action is not taken, then rising sea levels, droughts, water scarcity, and decreasing crop productivity will force around 216 million people to lose their homes and migrate by 2050. Mashable India
  • [New] A third, navy-heavy theatre, called the maritime command will be responsible for the security of the Indian Ocean Region; and an island command, already functional and called the Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC), would project power into the eastern Indian Ocean. Broadsword by Ajai Shukla - Strategy. Economics. Stuff.
  • [New] Located near a geological fault in an area facing the Sea of Japan, the Shimane nuclear power plant is protected by a wall reaching 15 meters above sea level built assuming a tsunami of up to 11, 9 meters could reach the site in the event of a major earthquake. The Bharat Express News
  • [New] The EDF provides €8 billion in co-financing over 2021-2027 for defence research and development in all operational and technological domains (land, sea, air, space, cyber, information, energy, materials, CBRN, etc.). Defence Industry and Space
  • [New] England's rivers, lakes and streams have some of the lowest water quality in Europe, and drastic action is now needed to restore them to enable wildlife to thrive, a damning new report has warned. The Independent
  • [New] The long-term effects of climate change, such as water scarcity, decreasing crop productivity and rising sea levels, could lead to millions of what it describes as climate migrants by 2050. Alaska Highway News
  • [New] China on Sunday launched a scathing warning at the United States for the deployment of independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Tulsa and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG) in the South China Sea, as it indirectly asserted that PLA warships will make an incursion in Hawaii. Republic World
  • [New] Heat, sea level rise and drought are all projected to increase in Australia the more the Earth warms. CNN
  • [New] Several countries close to Australia, including Pacific Island nations as well as Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, India and Indonesia, face significant threats from sea level rise, which is likely to increase displacement and forced migration. The New Daily
  • [New] The most vulnerable regions will be in the tropics and subtropics, including the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Peninsula, the southern part of North America's Pacific Coast, Hawaii and the Caribbean, the Philippines, Indonesia and much of the southern hemisphere. Eco-business
  • [New] Without immediate action to combat climate change, rising sea levels, water scarcity and declining crop productivity could force 216 million people to migrate within their own countries by 2050. NBC News
  • [New] The much-politicized pipeline will double Russia's gas exporting capacity to Europe via the Baltic Sea and allow Moscow to circumvent its political foe Ukraine as a major route for its lucrative gas exports to Europe. The Energy Bulletin
  • [New] Reduced agricultural production, water scarcity, rising sea levels and other adverse effects of climate change could cause up to 216 million people to leave their homes and migrate within their own countries by 2050.
  • [New] Despite opposition from the United States, Russia has just completed construction of a natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea that will bypass the more efficient existing pipelines transiting through Ukraine, posing serious energy security threats to Ukraine and Europe. United States Institute of Peace
  • [New] More recently, increased Chinese sabre rattling has provided a further wake-up call that nuclear-armed peer states - able to compete and challenge western militaries across air, land, sea, space and cyber - now constitute the main threat. Royal Aeronautical Society
  • [New] Temperatures on Earth will rise by about 1.5 degrees Celsius in two decades and warns that a near-2m rise in sea levels by the end of this century cannot be ruled out.
  • [New] By 2050, an estimated 800 million people will be at risk from storm surges, and 570 low lying coastal cities will face sea level rise of at least half a meter. Global Environment Facility

Last updated: 19 September 2021