The global ocean covers about 71% of the earth's surface and contains approximately 97% of all water on the planet.

In some ways, the ocean is more important now than it ever has been before. The planet is warming and more carbon dioxide is being released into the…

Read more: Africa: How Microscopic Ocean Organisms and the Earth's Temperature Are Linked

CAPE TOWN — According to a National Geographic article, dated January 2015, there were 5.25trn pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibres per square kilometre litter the deep. Five Asian countries are reported…

Read more: African coastline threatened by a tsunami of plastic

As the global shipping industry continues to tackle the menace of plastics waste on waters, facts have emerged that about $13 billion are lost to damage caused to the marine ecosystem by plastic pollution.

This, according to stakeholders is posing threat to the realization of the blue economy…

Read more: Marine plastic pollution costs $13b damage yearly

he Western Indian Ocean, comprising nine African countries and Réunion (an island under France), has a 10,000 km stretch of coastline with crystal clear waters and rich coral reefs. But these marine and wildlife ecosystems, which are interdependent with the health, food security and national economies of over…

Read more: Africa must act against ballooning Indian Ocean plastic patch

Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Paraguay have  joined the UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign, bringing the number of countries now involved in the world’s largest alliance for combating marine plastic pollution to 60.

The three nations signed up during the Fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi…

Read more: Three Countries Commit To Clean Seas Campaign

The Kouga Municipality has announced that it will trial South Africa’s first plastic road.

Horatio Hendricks, executive mayor of Kouga Municipality, said the local authority had entered a partnership with Scottish company MacRebur and South African civil engineering experts to build ‘the first plastic road’ in Jeffrey’s Bay.…

Read more: South Africa to trial new ‘plastic road’ – made from recycled materials