Kenya’s ban on plastic carrier bags will set it among the few countries to implement this revolutionary policy, affording it a high table seat among global icons of environmental protection.

It may sound radical but this move has driven home the message that Kenya is serious about protecting…

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But not all of its residents are thriving. A grim reality lies behind the idyllic landscapes: the birds that live on the island are facing death by ocean plastic.

Dr Alex Bond, a bird curator at the Museum, has been documenting threats to the island's bird life since…

Read more: The chicks choking on a toxic diet of ocean plastic

South Africa currently has a network of 23 marine protected areas (MPAs) covering only 0.4% of the oceans around South Africa.


LIFE THREATENING: Drilling into the sea floor as part of oil exploration produces intense vibrations which have a negative impact on marine life. Picture: Steve Benjamin/AP.…

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Cigarette butts have long been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over 32 years.


Cigarette butts collected during the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup in Oregon.

Environmentalists have taken aim at the targets systematically, seeking to eliminate…

Read more: Plastic straw ban? Cigarette butts are the single greatest source of ocean trash

Bringing the ocean into schools and schools to the ocean is a credo that has served Seaquaria Ocean Education since it was created in 1995.

The program, part of the non-profit World Fisheries Trust, puts aquariums into schools to give students a close-up look at life in an…

Read more: Tanks of life connect schools with ocean

Trace metals in the atmosphere have a hefty impact on marine life, according to a new paper.

The sources of these aerosol particles include volcanoes, wildfires, and desert dust, and the burning of fossil fuels. After being spewed up and undergoing chemical reactions in the atmosphere, they often…

Read more: Metal in the air really messes with ocean life