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A model city in Japan is helping Asian cities go green

Without dissolved oxygen, fish cannot survive. Healthy water normally contains between 7-8 mg/l of the gas. Less than 5 mg/l is dangerous to marine life. And if the level…

A small island with big plans: The Kingdom of Bahrain commits to environmental sustainability

In June 2019, the Kingdom of Bahrain revealed its plans to ban plastic bags. The move took many by surprise. Ahmed Rajab, a photographer in Bahrain for the Gulf Daily News,…

Running plastic pollution out of town step by step

Sam Bencheghib is passionate about adventure and the environment. The 22-year-old athlete and environmental activist’s voice is enthusiastic and exuberant about his quest to…

Samoa makes history with the first green Pacific Games

They have been dubbed the “Miracle Games”. After the original host country withdrew, many were wondering if there would be a 16th iteration of the Pacific Games at all in…

An orphaned dugong becomes a social media influencer in Thailand

“We got lucky she appeared when she did. We were about to get off the water when she popped up out of nowhere,” explains Alex Rendell, a Thai actor and conservationist, and…

UN Environment partners with Schurmann family for ambitious new “Voice of the Oceans” expedition

UN Environment and the Schurmann Family have signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing their partnership The Clean Seas campaign advocates will embark on their fourth…

The Dominican Republic embraces sustainable tourism

As awareness of the climate and biodiversity crises grows, international, environmentally conscious visitors are increasingly valuing countries that invest in keeping their…

Dive professionals on the front line of coral reef protection

Interview with JJ Harvey, Director of The Reef-World Foundation, about the charity’s new Dive Guide e-Course—a free online course to train dive guides on best environmental…

The Caribbean addresses the scourge of plastic pollution

“Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste. Microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy. From remote islands to the Artic, nowhere is untouched. If…

Bittersweet nature of nitrogen calls for better management practices

Nearly 80 per cent of the air we breathe is nitrogen, a harmless inert gas. However, nitrogen also combines with other atoms to form chemical compounds—known as “reactive…