Society of Master Mariners

HERE ARE 11 WEIRD DISEASES YOU CAN CATCH FROM ANIMALS

30 JUN 2019 Illnesses that can pass from animals to humans are known as zoonotic. They’re surprisingly common: More than six out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people are actually contracted from animals, according to the CDC. Zoonotic diseases are typically spread through contact with animals or animal waste, though …

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DRAFT OF NEW U.N. LAW OF THE SEA AVAILABLE

29 JUN 2019 The initial version of the new legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine life in areas beyond national jurisdiction is now available from the U.N. The legally binding biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) agreement will create new international high seas regulation on environmental impact assessments …

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EU ACTIVATES BARTER MECHANISM FOR IRANIAN TRADE

28 jun 2019 After extended diplomatic talks on Iran’s threat to exceed nuclear treaty limits, the European Union announced Friday that it was finally launching an alternative financial mechanism to facilitate international commerce with Tehran, circumventing U.S. sanctions.  The barter mechanism, INSTEX, is part of Europe’s attempt to salvage the Joint …

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