BY the year 2050 there will be more plastic rubbish floating in our oceans than fish unless we make some drastic changes to the way use and dispose of plastic materials.

This is the prediction from a report presented at this year’s World Economic Forum in Switzerland, which…

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The way in which human-made acids in the atmosphere interact with the dust that nourishes our oceans has been quantified by scientists for the first time. In the international study led by the University of Leeds, researchers have pinpointed how much phosphate "fertiliser" is released from dust depending…

Read more: Scientists shed light on the climate-changing desert dust fertilizing our oceans

The ocean is Earth's last unexplored frontier, with millions of unknown species lurking in its depths. Most of those animals, though mysterious, have recognizable features: eyes, teeth, fins. But one strange creature more closely resembles a giant, luminous condom adrift at sea. The glowing cylindrical structure floats in…

Read more: Giant Glowing Tubes Called Pyrosomes Are Some of the Ocean's Strangest Creatures

SENDAI, Japan—It’s a blustery day and I’m standing on a giant concrete seawall, staring over the water.

The seawall, as you might imagine, is a tall, sloped structure intended to keep the sea and the land somewhat apart. It stops the waves from beating down on the shore,…

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Three international institutions have announced an African Package for climate-resilient ocean economies at the ongoing COP22 in Marrakech. They are the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Bank and African Development Bank. The package, which is in the form of technical and financial assistance, is to mobilise $500-900…

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NATO has ended Operation Ocean Shield after a sharp drop-off in attacks by Somali pirates. The Royal Danish Air Force carried out the last Indian Ocean surveillance missions for NATO.The NATO operation had been one part of a highly successful coordinated international response to the threat of piracy…

Read more: Africa: NATO Ends Anti-Piracy Mission in Indian Ocean