Africa risks being the worst plastic-polluted place on earth within three decades overtaking Asia, says a continental network calling for African contributions to solving the growing threat of marine waste.

Plastics are increasingly polluting the seas and oceans and threatening marine ecosystems. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS

“Plastic pollution is…

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The prospects of harnessing ocean and other water resources for economic growth could be endangered if plastic pollution, overfishing and other maritime threats such as piracy are not properly tackled.

Polythene bags in Ngong River in Industrial area, Nairobi, as pictured on August 29, 2017, amid the country's…

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Fishing communities along Africa's coastline are at a greater risk of extinction as countries eye oceans for tourism, industrial fishing and exploration revenue to jumpstart their "blue economies," UN experts and activists said on Monday.

Fishermen land their boat at the beach near the coastal town of Joal-Fadiouth,…

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Every year, an estimated eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean. As the country with the longest coastline in the world, Canada is looking for ways to remove it.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has issued a call for made-in-Canada innovations to: help clean…

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Owners planning to install ‘emissions cheat’ systems to avoid having to buy cleaner, more expensive fuel

Thousands of ships are set to install “emissions cheat” systems that pump pollutants into the ocean to beat new international rules banning dirty fuel.

The global shipping fleet is rushing to meet…

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It kills millions of marine animals each year.

Divers from Ghost Fishing work to recover a massive fishing net abandoned a decade ago off the coast of the Aeolian Islands. 

While cities and businesses across the country move to cut down on ocean pollution by banning plastic…

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