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Pioneering global framework for sustainable ocean finance launched at Our Ocean global summit

Bali, 29 October 2018 – The world’s first global framework to finance a sustainable ocean economy was launched at the Our Ocean conference today. The Sustainable…

Australia joins Clean Seas and pledges to recycle or compost 70 per cent of all plastic packaging by 2025

Australia becomes the latest country to join the movement to turn the tide on plastic, as Melissa Price, the country’s minister of the Environment, announces that…

Fungi research lifts lid on shy organisms that break down plastic

Could fungi help us deal with our plastic addiction? Scientists at London’s Kew Botanical Gardens think so. The first ever State of the World’s Fungi, produced by…

Guatemala joins the Clean Seas campaign and steps up efforts to beat plastic pollution

16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have signed up to the United Nations-led campaign to drastically reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. Guatemala pledged to increase the…

Want to turn the tide on plastic in sport? The Volvo Ocean Race shows how

It’s already billed as one of the world’s most challenging competitions, but this year the organizers of the Volvo Ocean Race added an extra dimension to the gruelling 45,000-nautical mile journey—…

Young Champions help stem marine plastic

On 26 September, UN Environment awarded the 2018 Champions and Young Champions of the Earth Awards. Two of the Young Champions, Miranda Wang and Miao Wang, are intervening to prevent marine plastic…

Flamboyant Flipflopi dhow seeks sea change in how we view plastic

Ben Morison’s epiphany came early one morning as he set out for a swim on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. The Kenyan tour operator counted 13 pieces of plastic, including bottles and flip flops, as he…

India sets pace in global race to beat plastic pollution

05 June 2018, New Delhi –India went big in their commitment to Beat Plastic Pollution today, with an announcement to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022. This unprecedented…

Swimming with a purpose

Glowsticks, jellyfish, vomit and a whole lot of swimming. Those are just some of the ingredients in endurance swimmer and UN Environment Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh’s latest effort to raise…

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 littering our oceans and coasts.…