Reports and Books
World Ocean Review 2, The Future of Fish – The Fisheries of the Future
World Ocean Review(WOR)

Our first World Ocean Review (WOR) was published more than a year ago. This status report took a comprehensive look at the seas and encapsulated the current state of ocean science. It was read by almost 70,000 people, who either obtained a hard copy in German or English from non-profit organization maribus, or downloaded it as a PDF file from our homepage at www.worldoceanreview.com. Its readers included teachers, students, scientists and interested laypeople. Moreover, the WOR received intense media attention, with TV (e.g. “Tagesschau”, the German evening news), online (e.g. “Spiegel Online” ), radio and print coverage. It was also presented personally to members of parliament in Brussels, and to Federal Chancellor Merkel in Berlin. The feedback we received was all positive, with many people commending its mix of scientific excellence and readability. The original WOR was a world first in that it was comprehensible to all, but also provided a sound basis for media debate, policy developments and lectures. It is maribus’ aim to publish a World Ocean Review each year. The first edition focused on the broad picture, while subsequent WORs will take a more in-depth look at individual aspects of the oceans. Interrelationships which are frequently presented in an abbreviated and simplified form will be thoroughly investigated and presented in all their complexity. Nonetheless the close cooperation between world-leading research scientists and “mare” magazine journalists guarantees that the articles will be straightforward and easily understood by all. They will provide a knowledge base for policy-makers and journalists wishing to hone their awareness of the problems involved. This new report (WOR 2) focuses on fish and their exploitation. Fish have always been a vital source of life for mankind – not only as a food. Fish are still an essential element of the daily diet in most regions of the world. At the same time fisheries provide a livelihood to entire coastal regions and still have great economic clout. All this, however, is in jeopardy and is coming under close scrutiny. Fish stocks are declining worldwide, entire marine regions are considered overfished, and some species are on the Red List of Threatened Species. It is not our intention with this World Ocean Review 2 to press the panic button. But by pointing out the true facts surrounding fish stocks and fisheries we seek to come to grips with an extremely complex situation. Only sound knowledge – not alarmism, nor appeasement – will save these vitally important inhabitants of the world’s oceans.


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2013
Reports and Books
Resource efficiency: economics and outlook for China
United Nations Environment Programme

China's rate of economic development and social progress in recent decades has been extraordinarily rapid. As is generally the case when a nation industrializes and urbanizes, Chinas rapidly improving material standards of living have come with a greatly increased per capita demand for natural resources, and a corresponding increase in the environmental pressures associated with extracting, processing, and using these natural resources.


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2013

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Reports and Books
Global Mercury Assessment 2013: Sources, emissions, releases, and environmental transport
United Nations Environment Programme

This report presents sources of mercury emissions to air and water. It presents estimates of anthropogenic emissions to air from various sources based on data from 2010 and estimates for releases to aquatic environment. The report also presents the latest information on atmospheric and aquatic chemistry , fate and transport. It is an overall summary report for the policy makers based on a technical background report.


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2013
Reports and Books
2013 ECOREA;Environmental Review 2013
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Over the last half a century, Korea has transformed itself from an agricultural country to a highly industrialized country. During the process, various environmental challenges have emerged. The Environment Administration was established in 1980 in response to those challenges and upgraded to the Ministry of Environment in 1990


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2013
Reports and Books
Africa's adaptation gap
United Nations Environment Programme, African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), Climate Analytics

This report is a stark analysis of where Africa stands in relation to its adaptation goals and is a cautionary indicator of what may happen should the emissions gap remain - necessitating additional adaptation. The report was accomplished to inform policymakers of the shortcomings and opportunities for adaptation to Climate Change in Africa. The results demonstrate how delaying action now will assuredly result in exponential costs down the road.


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2013