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With up to 12 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans every year, marine plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. It is a…

There’s a lot of bad news in the UN Global Environment Outlook, but a sustainable future is still possible

Article by Pedro Fidelman, Senior research fellow, The University of Queensland The Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), the most comprehensive environmental assessment…

Tackling the environmental scourge of single-use plastics through legal and voluntary approaches

Marine litter leads to ecosystem degradation and costs economies billions of dollars every year, and the agricultural and fisheries sectors approximately 15 per cent of…

Mountain hero Will Gadd explores beneath the Greenland ice cap

Will Gadd is a UN Environment Mountain Hero and the 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. He’s the first person to ice climb up the Niagara Falls. The Canadian…

Diving to protect the ocean

Jessea Lu is China’s freediving Champion. Freediving is a sport that requires little in equipment compared with scuba diving. All you need is a mask, a snorkel, fins and…

Beyond a paper exercise: giving teeth to marine protected areas

Pair trawling is when two ships travel in parallel several hundred metres apart towing a huge net which indiscriminately scoops up marine animals in its path. Our planet’s…

Paradise lost? Travel and tourism industry takes aim at plastic pollution but more action needed

 With some of the world’s most beautiful beaches paying a heavy price for our plastic addiction, the travel and tourism industry is taking action to reduce its plastic…

Tranquil trailblazer: Flipflopi dhow to take its plastic revolution on Indian Ocean tour

As a metaphor for the back-to-basics simplicity needed to stem the toxic tide of plastic pollution engulfing the world’s seas, the image of a dhow sailing boat sliding…

Getting smart at securing seas

When Ali Tewa started fishing after leaving school in 1990, the waters around Lamu County in southern Kenya were teeming with fish. “Back then you could go to fish for about…

No fishing allowed in Ascension Island’s new marine protected area

Ascension Island, in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is getting a new marine protected area twice the size of the United Kingdom (UK). Full protection of 443,000 square…