Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral reefs, according to an international team of scientists.


Coral reef.

Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral reefs, according…

Read more: Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs

The coffee-colored atmospheric swirl, captured by satellites last week, blew across the ocean all the way to Houston. Originating in the Sahara Desert, the air dominated weather across the Atlantic and beyond. It is, quite simply, kryptonite for hurricanes.

"The dust is the marker of the extremely dry…

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It’s been estimated that around eight million metric tons of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year, and now a new study shows that 90 percent of that can be traced back to ten major rivers in Asia and Africa.

The world’s plastic problem has quickly…

Read more: 90 percent of ocean plastic waste comes from Asia and Africa

Recently discovered fossil worm burrows reveal that, in the right sediment, life can survive far deeper than imagined


Sandstone outcrops in the Karoo Basin, in southern South Africa. Photograph: David Hodgson/University of Leeds

Blue Planet II gave us a glimpse of the weird and wonderful life that swims…

Read more: Terrawatch: clues of unexpected creatures in the ocean depths

With HRM suddenly facing a torrent of plastic waste with no place to sell or hide it, maybe it should do what New York did for decades — dump it offshore. By night, if need be. Out of sight, out of mind. The sea is so big!

I’m…

Read more: Ocean of plastic choking the food chain

Two announcements touching on Kenya’s maritime security may have disappeared somewhere in the labyrinth of heated political exchanges, but they are too crucial to ignore.

In the first, the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) disclosed that the National Treasury had agreed to allocate funds for financing…

Read more: Kenya needs tight laws to protect its rich ocean wealth