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Protecting whales to protect the planet

Whales are known for being the largest and most intelligent creatures in the ocean. Now, marine biologists have discovered that they also capture tonnes of carbon…

Satellites record second lowest Arctic sea ice extent since 1979

The polar oceans are among the most rapidly changing oceans in the world. The yearly cycle of the build-up and melting of Arctic sea ice is one of the earth’s vital…

Towards resilience and risk reduction for coral reefs in Central America

Insurance payments for restoring a coral reef after it has been smashed by a hurricane may seem a bit far-fetched. Nevertheless, this is one of a raft of measures…

1,200 children descend on Belgian beach to fight marine litter

On a sunny morning, 1,200 school children, aged between 8 and 14, headed to the beach to undertake the biggest climate action event ever seen in the historic…

Marine heatwaves kill corals quicker than previously thought

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site, is one of the most iconic coral reefs. But it’s in serious trouble due to bleaching: a new Australian…

The Mississippi River Basin becomes the first ever river system in the world to join the UN Clean Seas campaign

18 September 2019, Memphis, Tennessee -- As the largest navigable river system in the world, cities and towns along the Mississippi River have come together to…

A Plan of Action for sustainable fisheries and oceans trade

Samba Lahy recalls the time when, as a young man, he used to go fishing with his parents off the coast of Tampolove, one of the fishing villages dotting the…

Young leaders around the world to join the fight against plastic pollution

Nairobi/London, 7 September 2019 - More young people around the world will be able to join the fight against plastic pollution after the UK Government announced an…

The transformers: UN Champions who dared to reimagine their worlds

A corporate titan with an unconventional agenda; the food specialists who looked outside the (takeaway) box; the ocean explorer whose name has become synonymous…

Golf’s championship takes a swing at single-use plastics

The small Scottish seaside town of St Andrews is replete with a rich history which includes a castle and Scotland’s oldest university, founded in 1413. In 1754,…