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Innovation abounds in plastic substitutes, but it’s behaviour change that will save our seas

It might have been the ubiquitous image of Peanut the turtle with a six-pack ring wrapped around its middle that did it: its shell bent horribly out of shape as it grew to…

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 poses the gravest…

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 and the excessive,…

Getting one step closer to sustainable tuna fishing

Did you know that 2 May 2017 is the first internationally recognized World Tuna Day? This is because in December 2016 the United Nations General Assembly voted to officially…

World Oceans Day: Citizen action, plastic bag bans helping clean up our oceans

Versova Beach in Mumbai was once an idyllic, palm-fringed strip of tropical urban coastline. These days, the remarkable thing about the beach is that you can actually see it…

Healers of the Ocean: Women in Asia-Pacific are critical to marine stewardship

The first UN Ocean Conference, which is being held in New York this week, is exploring new ways to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life Below Water). Most of the…

UN Environment launches second online course on marine litter

Want to learn more about one of our most pressing environmental issues? Then sign up for UN Environment’s second massive open online course. The enrollment deadline has been…

#CleanSeas: more than 800 people pledge to stop using cosmetics containing microbeads

Under UN Environment’s new #CleanSeas campaign, more than 800 people have already pledged to replace their personal care and cosmetic products that contain microbeads with…

Costa Rica expands protected seas and fosters efforts to fight marine pollution on World Oceans Day

Costa Rica, 8 June 2017 - On World Oceans Day, Costa Rica announces a new marine protected area on the country’s Pacific coast, contributing to the global goal of protecting…

Ocean Trash to Treasure: Tackling plastic pollution on Kenya’s coast

Picking up trash on a beach isn’t how most kids like to spend their weekends. But dozens of people – including local school children – turned up for a clean-up on Kenya’s…