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22 03 2021 | 10:28

One of the largest ecosystems on Earth lives beneath the seafloor and eats radiation byproducts.

That's pretty metal! Researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography report that a whole ecosystem of microbes below the sea dines not on sunlight, but on…

03 03 2021 | 10:19

Dozens of dolphins found dead on Mozambique beach.

The bodies of about 100 dead dolphins have been found on an island off the coast of Mozambique. Eighty-six more carcasses were found on Bazaruto Island, north of the capital Maputo, on Tuesday,…

26 02 2021 | 09:45

UK Considers Banning Bottom-Trawlers in Marine Protected Areas.

In a possible victory for UK oceans, four key areas of the seabed off England may soon be off-limits to bottom-trawlers.

25 02 2021 | 07:14

A 10-Step Plan to Save Our Seas.

The year 2050 has been predicted by some to be a bleak year for the ocean. Experts say that by 2050 there may be more plastic than fish in the sea, or perhaps only plastic left.

18 02 2021 | 10:21

Researchers rethink life in a cold climate after Antarctic find.

Scientists surprised by marine organisms on boulder on sea floor beneath 900 metres of ice shelf. The accidental discovery of marine organisms on a boulder on the sea floor beneath 900 metres (3,…

03 02 2021 | 10:10

Extraordinary voyage: on the trail of the trillion-tonne runaway iceberg.

Amid fears of huge damage to marine ecosystems from the giant A68a berg, British researchers are setting sail to assess its impact.

03 02 2021 | 08:41

Why are ocean warming records so important?

If we want to understand global heating, we have to examine ocean temperature trends. As if 2020 could get any worse, the latest research showed that oceans hit their highest recorded temperatures,…

27 12 2020 | 07:35

Young Champions Of The Earth: Lefteris Arapakis - Fishing for plastic.

Lefteris Arapakis comes from a long line of fishers. For five generations his family has plied the bountiful waters off southern Greece, netting the same cod and red mulls that have sustained Greeks…

17 12 2020 | 12:06

Discarded masks infecting oceans as side effect of Covid pandemic.

'Significant portion’ of billions of masks and gloves used each month end up in seas. The pale blue of a mask is easy to spot among the dry-brown reeds.

15 12 2020 | 07:52

Deadliest plastics: bags and packaging biggest marine life killers, study finds.

Wide-ranging review finds whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds at mortal risk from marine debris. Plastic bags and flexible packaging are the deadliest plastic items in the ocean, killing wildlife…

13 12 2020 | 07:39

Global Treaty Needed to Halt Deep Sea Mining, Greenpeace Investigation Concludes

  Deep sea mining is leading private mining firms and arms companies to carve up the seabed in plans that should be halted by an international ocean treaty, argues a new report from Greenpeace.

13 12 2020 | 06:47

US plans to protect thousands of miles of coral reefs in Pacific and Caribbean.

Proposals cite climate change as most severe threat to US reefs, which may be in danger of disappearing in some places.

13 12 2020 | 06:24

The world’s ocean is bearing the brunt of a changing climate. Explore its past and future in our new series.

Oceans 21 is a Conversation international series examining the history and future of the world’s ocean. Five profiles open our series on the global ocean, delving into ancient Indian Ocean trade…

13 12 2020 | 06:12

State of Great Barrier Reef deemed ‘critical’ for first time along with dozens of the world’s natural wonders.

Some of the most cherished world heritage sites are under increased threat from the climate crisis. The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, has been determined to be…

07 12 2020 | 07:32

Global sustainable fishing initiative agreed by 14 countries.

Governments to reduce pollution in oceans and end subsidies that contribute to overfishing. Governments responsible for 40% of the world’s coastlines have pledged to end overfishing, restore…

07 12 2020 | 07:03

World leaders are waking up to the ocean’s role in a healthy planet.

Fourteen nations have made an unprecedented and welcome commitment to use marine ecosystems sustainably. It is equally important to establish a system to hold them to account. Next year sees the…

30 11 2020 | 07:51

Seagrass: Another Vital Carbon-Sequestering Ecosystem Threatened by Climate Change.

Two decades ago scientists and volunteers along the Virginia coast started tossing seagrass seeds into barren seaside lagoons. Disease and an intense hurricane had wiped out the plants in the 1930s,…

29 11 2020 | 07:19

World's Most Remote Island Creates Largest Atlantic Ocean Sanctuary.

In the South Atlantic Ocean, a tiny island of 250 people has made a significant contribution to global marine conservation by protecting a huge swath of ocean under its control.

28 11 2020 | 08:19

Ghanaians devastated by illegal fishing try hand at citizen sleuthing.

Crucial fish stocks could disappear within five years without urgent action, so desperate fishers are using a new smartphone app to log alleged crimes. Illegal and destructive practices by…

20 11 2020 | 17:03

Which Countries Are Responsible for All That Ocean Plastic?

A new study gives the U.S. the bronze medal China and Japan are among the “ many, many countries “ flooding U.S. beaches with plastic waste.