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Back to the future as innovators seek plastic alternatives

When Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite in 1907, it was hailed as “the material of a thousand uses”. The production of synthetic plastics took off over the…

Managing wastewater to support coral reef health, resilience

Coral reefs provide food and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people around the world, support more than a quarter of all marine life, and protect communities and…

A global venture to make Green Fins standards on sustainable diving the social norm

21 November 2018: PADI, the world’s largest diving association has joined forces with the Reef World Foundation, supported by UN Environment, to promote sustainable diving…

The dugong’s tears: Madagascar’s gentle giants bounce back

How community action is helping vulnerable marine mammals stage a comeback in Madagascar. Life is slow in Andranomavo. Here, surrounded by mudflats and mangroves, time is…

First global multi-agency operation highlights widespread marine pollution crime

Lyon, France, 13 November 2018 – An international law enforcement operation against maritime pollution has revealed hundreds of violations and exposed serious cases of…

New e-portal for the protection of the Caspian marine environment

A new, upgraded, online platform was launched on 8 November 2018 to support joint action under the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the…

Billions to be gained in coral reef investment, new analysis shows

Investing in coral reefs to prevent their current rate of decline could net $37b for Indonesia, $35b for Mesoamerican Reef by 2030, case studies show Without urgent…

Sailors take to the seas to “turn the tide on plastic”

As the only woman to have sailed around the world three times nonstop, five times in total and twice solo, Dee Caffari is not short of accolades. But for the next eight…

Managing waste to protect Haiti’s mangroves

For small island nations like Haiti, wetlands are critical: they protect the coastline from natural disasters, support livelihoods and help to ensure that locals have enough…

UN Environment supports massive beach clean-ups on Panama’s coasts

The Month of Oceans, which has been celebrated for in Panama for 13 years, aims to raise awareness about the urgent need to change the way we treat oceans. This year’s event…