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Ocean Experts Call for Greater Local Government Role in Fight Against Marine Waste

Athens, 1 October 2014 - Leading scientists and policymakers meeting in Athens this week acknowledged that marine litter remained a "tremendous challenge" in almost all…

Tanzanian Vice-President applauds seawall project in major push for climate adaptation

  On World Environment Day, the Vice-President of Tanzania marked the completion of an extensive seawall project in Dar-es-Salaam and called for further action on climate…

From birth to ban: A history of the plastic shopping bag

A rare novelty in the 1970s, plastic shopping bags are now an omnipresent global product, produced at a rate of one trillion a year. They are showing up in the darkest…

In the Galápagos, fighting the rising tide of plastic pollution

When the clean-up volunteers in the Galápagos Islands came across a soda can with a brand from Indonesia, they were hardly surprised. For months, they had been cleaning the…

10 ways the world of sport is tackling plastic pollution

From global sports bodies pledging to cut back on plastic to joggers picking up rubbish as they run, athletes, sports enthusiasts and clubs are joining forces to tackle the…

Latin American and Caribbean countries champion marine conservation

Several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are protecting millions of square kilometers of seas in some of the world’s most biodiverse zones. Marine protected…

Fishing for plastic from the sea

For the last 10 months, fishermen in Kerala, along India’s southern coast, have been engaged in a unique exercise. In addition to hauling in fish from their daily trips to…

NEAT—a satellite-based technique to keep an eye on growing eutrophication threat to oceans

A carpet of algae, floating dead fish for as far as the eye can see, a stench so powerful it irritates the lungs and stings the eyes… these are some of the effects of algal…

Towards sustainable desalination

Did you know that several countries, such as the Maldives, Malta and the Bahamas, meet all their water needs through the desalination process—that is, they convert seawater…

Calling all Scouts: are you ready for the ultimate challenge? Prepare to turn the plastic tide

Hundreds of thousands of children across the world took to the streets in March to demand that governments move faster to protect the environment. The unprecedented “…