Jessica Aldred

Jessica Aldred is special projects editor for chinadialogue, focusing on globally important environment themes including the ocean and biodiversity. She spent 10 years as deputy environment editor at the Guardian, and has nearly 20 years' experience working in the newsrooms of major media organisations in London, Sydney and Melbourne.

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Nature Conservancy Launches "Blue Bonds" for Ocean Preservation

By Jessica Aldred 2019-04-23 09:06:28

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has unveiled what it says is a pioneering US$1.6 billion scheme to scale up global ocean conservation efforts through “blue bonds”. The bonds will refinance and restructure debt for coastal and island countries in exchange for a commitment to protect at least 30% of their near-shore ocean areas, including coral reefs, mangroves and other important habitats. The scheme would help ensure the protection of an additional four million square kilometres of the world’s most biodiverse ocean...

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The Future of Deep Seabed Mining

By Jessica Aldred 2019-03-01 12:04:12

It’s one of the coldest, darkest places on earth, full of marine life – much of which is yet to be discovered – with a seabed rich in mineral deposits. In the last decade, the floor of the deep ocean that lies outside the jurisdiction of any one country has been increasingly explored. A number of parties are assessing the size and extent of mineral deposits that could provide raw materials for everything from batteries and...

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