Did you know that a species of bacteria that resides in the ocean is responsible for producing 10% of the oxygen that we breathe in? Now, a new study has found that the plastic polluting the world's oceans is negatively affecting the oxygen levels that these bacteria produce.…

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Cape Town - Conservation champions have praised recent steps taken by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to protect the environment, having gazetted three new marine protected areas (MPAs) within South African National Parks (SANParks).

The Addo Elephant National Park MPA, Robben Island MPA (to be managed by…

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It has been estimated that 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, with that number growing annually. Where is it all coming from?

Among other places, rivers. In fact, research suggests that a small number of rivers contribute a disproportionately large amount of plastic…

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Kenya and Tanzania are among eight countries in the Western Indian Ocean region that will benefit from a study assessing the vulnerability of coral reefs ecosystem.


Fish swim off a coral reef in Indian Ocean off the coastline of Mombasa. There is a massive decline of Coral reefs…

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Small-scale circular economy initiatives in Kenya will compete for $50,000 grants for a year for projects that aim to reduce the amount of plastic leaking into the marine environment.


A woman washes used plastic bags for re-use at the shores of a river on June 24, 2014 in…

Read more: $50,000 to support circular economy in Kenya

As of June 1, travelers to Tanzania will have to pack very carefully. The country announced the implementation of the second phase of its plastic bag ban on May 16. Visitors are advised to avoid packing or carrying any plastic bags as they’ll have to leave these at…

Read more: Africa is leading the world in plastic bag bans