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Some 600 scientists gather in Barcelona to deal with issues faced by the world's oceans
News OCT 30, 2014

Some 600 scientists gather in Barcelona to deal with issues faced by the world's oceans

The 2nd International Ocean Research Conference is being held nine years after the first meeting: knowledge of the marine environment has progressed at an unprecedented rate during the past decade. One of the conference objectives is to put the world's oceans firmly on the international political agenda, which has focussed mainly on terrestrial carbon dioxide emissions, in the run-up to the climate change summit in Paris in 2015. Participants in the conference include Jane Lubchenco, a former member of President Obama's 'science dream team', and Daniel Pauly, a marine biologist and critic of modern fishing practices, among other experts. The UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the Oceanographic Society are organising the conference alongside the FNOB, who are working to enhance the role of the Barcelona World Race as a sounding-board for the environmental preservation of the oceans.

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News OCT 23, 2014

Oceanographic research ship Tara opens up to the public in Barcelona

The chance to see what an oceanographic research ship looks like inside and to find out what everyday life is like on board during an expedition to the Antarctic. That's what's on offer this weekend on board the legendary scientific schooner Tara, which will be moored at the city's Moll de la Fusta from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday. The ship will be open to the public in collaboration with Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB) and as part of the run-up to the II International Ocean Research Conference in November. The visit, which is free and takes place in the afternoon (3pm to 7pm), will also tell visitors more about the current state of the world's oceans and the need to protect them.

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