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IMA > 2023 > December

Increasing Ambition for Climate Change: Integrating Ocean-Climate Action

Prepared by: Ruqayyah Thompson (Research Officer), Institute of Marine Affairs This month, while countries are preparing to conclude the first-ever global stocktake at the twenty-eight session of the Conference of Parties (COP 28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the outlook appears daunting with the window for achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement quickly closing. The main goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit global average temperature increase to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the increase even further to 1.5°C. While records do not imply that the world has exceeded the 1.5°C...

Colourful Connections: Unravelling the Threads of Significance in Nature’s Diverse Palette

Crayons are some of the first writing instruments we are given as children as we learn about the world around us. I’m sure everyone can remember their first pack as they sat in their desks at primary school. Every basic set would have red, green, blue, orange, yellow purple, with some fancy shades thrown in between depending on the extent of your crayon collection. Colours were some of the earliest ways in which we learned about the world around us, drawing first a factually incorrect yellow sun, inaccurate birds, green stick trees, and scribbles that served as ocean waves. Nature regales us with its...