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Shared seas, shared actions for the sustainability of our oceans

On 16 February 2017, UN Environment organized the side event “ Achieving SDG 14 through the Regional Seas programmes from regional to global: shared seas and shared…

Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey Video Series to be Showcased on Ocean Today Kiosks for World Oceans Day

The United Nations Environment Programme and nationally-syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey announced their collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

Wetlands for Our Future: Act Now to Prevent, Stop, and Reverse Wetland Loss

Gland, Switzerland, 2 February 2015- Latest research shows that 64% of wetlands worldwide have been lost since 1900, and that 76% of populations of…

Plastic and Microplastics in our Oceans – A Serious Environmental Threat

Marine litter causes economic adversity for coastal communities and negatively affects the health of both marine life and human beings. It’s a global problem that…

Largest beach clean-up in history lays waste to marine litter

When the young Indian lawyer and his 84-year-old friend reached the edge of one of Mumbai’s largest beaches, they stared out in disbelief at the vast blanket of rotting…

Marine Litter Legislation – A toolkit for Policymakers

Well-crafted laws alone cannot solve the problem of marine litter, but they are an important piece of the puzzle. This toolkit provides an overview of existing marine…

Turning turtle on the illicit wildlife trade

By Lewis Pugh is an endurance swimmer and the UN Environment Patron of the Oceans

When I picture my father's time in the South Pacific, I see turtles.

In…

UN declares war on ocean plastic

23 February 2017 – UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics…

New research predicts the future of coral reefs under climate change

5 January 2017 - New climate model projections of the world's coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that…