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NEAT—a satellite-based technique to keep an eye on growing eutrophication threat to oceans

A carpet of algae, floating dead fish for as far as the eye can see, a stench so powerful it irritates the lungs and stings the eyes… these are some of the effects…

Towards sustainable desalination

Did you know that several countries, such as the Maldives, Malta and the Bahamas, meet all their water needs through the desalination process—that is, they convert…

Calling all Scouts: are you ready for the ultimate challenge? Prepare to turn the plastic tide

Hundreds of thousands of children across the world took to the streets in March to demand that governments move faster to protect the environment. The unprecedented…

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…

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…

Enroll in our massive open online course on marine litter

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.…

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…

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,…

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…

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…