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World first: Dhow made from plastic waste to sail along Africa’s coast to raise awareness about single-use plastic

World first expedition in a boat made from plastic waste and flipflops 6 stops along the African coastline to inspire communities on how to repurpose their own plastic waste…

Fate of corals hangs in the balance

In November 2018, a new coral reef communication effort involving inter-governmental organizations, international conservation organizations, and private foundations was…

Plastic recycling: an underperforming sector ripe for a remake

While there is no silver-bullet solution to the toxic tide of plastic surging into our oceans, recycling must form part of the answer. The problem, many experts say, is that…

Best of 2018 - our readers' pick

Every year, UN Environment publishes a myriad of content hoping to give you, our readers, a glimpse of what we do. We cover a wide range of environmental issues such as…

Don’t let party-time plastic give our planet a holiday hangover

We’ve all been there. Slumped on the sofa, regretting those extra chocolates, feeling slightly sick and very full. But hey, we’ve worked hard all year and we deserve our…

How to banish the ghosts of dead fishing gear from our seas

In August, around 300 endangered sea turtles were found dead off the southern coast of Mexico, trapped in what was believed to be an abandoned fishing net. The deaths of the…

Remote island of Rapa Nui combines traditional knowledge with science to tackle environmental challenges

Waves break furiously against the coast and cliffs of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, the most remote inhabited island on the planet. Camilo Rapu, Director of the…

Pioneering sea-cleaning system hits snag but Ocean Cleanup team vows to fix problem

After four weeks in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the first results are in for Dutch inventor Boyan Slat’s hugely ambitious attempt to clean up the enormous marine dump…

UN Environment commits to support a sustainable blue economy

Nairobi, 29 November 2018 – Aiming for a better planet and a sustainable economy, UN Environment, together with over 100 delegations, presented various commitments at the…

All-female crew racing for Clean Seas

In a bid to promote ocean health and sustainability, and encourage stronger female representation in Australian sailing, the first all-female professional crew to enter the…