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Intelligent drones crack down on illegal fishing in African waters

Young entrepreneur Badr Idrissi never waited to be told what to do. Instead, he looked for innovative solutions to problems. He would often take the family TV or…

Lewis Pugh tackles “Everest of swimming” to highlight plight of world’s oceans

When a man who has swum in the world’s coldest waters, and whose nickname is the Human Polar Bear, says that he’s about to embark on the toughest swim of his career…

China’s trash ban lifts lid on global recycling woes but also offers opportunity

China’s decision to ban imports of foreign waste, including some plastics, has reverberated around the world, with recycling operations in other countries…

Rising sea-levels - How to stop a city from sinking

When William Buco, father of five, moved to Dar-es-Salaam thirty years ago the coastline was unrecognizable to today. He could sit on the beaches and picnic with…

Xiamen Marathon runs towards plastic-free future with #CleanSeas

The Xiamen Marathon, seeing 35,000 runners every year, is implementing a plastic plan that will reduce plastic waste by 50 percent. It is the first international…

Lewis Pugh completes epic "protest swim" along English Channel with urgent plea to save our seas

At the end of a brutal, record-breaking swim along the length of the English Channel, Lewis Pugh slapped his hand down on Dover's harbour wall before punching the…

A shark scientists’ guide to conservation

Gibbs Kuguru is an award-winning shark researcher and conservationist. After spending years researching sharks off the coast of South Africa, Gibbs has moved to…

Latin America wakes up to the problem of plastic straws

Straws seem harmless: slim, measuring no more than 20 centimeters, they adorn cocktails, juices and soft drinks. But they are also among the top ten plastic items…

The Minamata Convention on Mercury celebrates its first anniversary

One year ago, on 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and…

UN information sharing platform speeded response to worst oil spill in Northwest Pacific

Incheon, Republic of Korea, August 2018 – The world’s biggest oil spill at sea in decades, early this year off the coast of China, was met with a speedy response…