Month in Review: Happy Headlines of December 2022

Every Friday on social media, World Ocean Day posts happy headlines to celebrate work happening around the globe for our one shared ocean!

Happy December! As 2022 wraps up, here are some exciting climate headlines from around the world to end the year on a high note. 

Week of 2 December

U.S to Pay Millions to Move Tribes Threatened by Climate Change

In one of its biggest actions to help relocate communities impacted by climate change, the United States will give two Native tribes in Alaska and another in Washington a total of $25 million each to relocate to safer areas. Read more here. 

Promising Technology: The Floating Solar Panels that Track the Sun

In the Netherlands, new solar technology is utilizing floating systems in order to create more space for solar fields. These floating arrays move to follow the sun, maximizing energy. Read more here. 

Credit: Carl Court/ Getty Images


Fishers in Flores Sea Opt to Limit Harvest of Overexploited Sea Cucumbers

In Indonesia’s Sapuka island, fishers have added regulations to their sea cucumber harvests to help decrease overexploitation from decades of intense harvest. The sea cucumbers play a vital role in the area’s marine ecosystem. Read more here.

Floating Wetlands Are Helping to Clean Up Urban Waters

Researchers are installing new artificial islands in cities to help with water pollution levels. The islands, filled with various plants, help attract more wildlife while absorbing contaminants in the water. Read more here. 

Week of  9 December

Fish Eggs Return to Bangladesh’s Halda River Following Conservation Efforts

The river serves as an important marine ecosystem and has now made a comeback after nearly all fish eggs disappeared from the area years ago. Efforts to prevent overfishing have allowed fish to breed in the area again. Read more here.

Once Devastated Pacific Reefs See Amazing Recovery and Rebirth

In the Southern Line Islands, previously destroyed corals have now made a shocking recover, in part due to “crustose coralline algae” that help coral larvae attach to build new reefs. Read more here. 

Trudeau Announces $800M for Indigenous-led Conservation Initiatives

The Canadian Prime Minister announced the funds would be distributed over seven years for a number of Indigenous-led projects to help protect large amounts of lands and water. Read more here. 

Credit: The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

Expanding offshore wind power would have ‘multitude of benefits,’ report suggests

A new report from Maryland analyzing the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind has found a wide range of benefits to adding wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City in the Atlantic. Read more here. 

Week of 23 December

Nearly Every Country Signs On to a Sweeping Deal to Protect Nature

Roughly 190 nations, aiming to halt a dangerous decline in biodiversity, agreed to preserve 30 percent of the plant’s land and seas. The United States is not officially a participant. Read more here. 

U.S Bans Shark Fin Sales

The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act represents a multiyear effort by lawmakers, under pressure from animal-rights and ecological organizations such as the Animal Welfare Institute and Oceana, to ban the trade of shark fins. Read more here. 

Freezing Great Barrier Reef Coral Could be a ‘Game-Changer’ Against the Threat of Climate Change

A successful trial by scientists working on the Great Barrier Reef to freeze and store coral larvae could help rewild reefs threatened by climate change. Read more here. 

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