Global warming is making the world's oceans sicker, depleting them of oxygen and harming delicate coral reefs more often, two studies show.

The lower oxygen levels are making marine life far more vulnerable, the researchers said. Oxygen is crucial for nearly all life in the oceans, except for…

Read more: Low oxygen levels, coral bleaching getting worse in oceans

The world’s oceans are sick, and getting sicker every day.

This 2017 photo provided by NOAA shows bleached coral in Guam.

Two new studies show the warming of Earth’s atmosphere is removing oxygen from ocean waters and harming coral reefs.

Oxygen is necessary for all life in the…

Read more: Several Studies Show Oceans Face Serious Threats

We know our oceans and coastlines are choking on plastic. We’ve all seen plastic bottles, food wrappers and plastic bags polluting beaches, and been horrified by the stories of marine creatures like seabirds and whales starving when their stomachs become packed full of plastic, Sandton Chronicle reports.

Scientists…

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After the City of Cape Town spends at least half a billion rands to build desalination plants, the “purified” seawater these produce will have been cleared of little more than floating nappies and junk before it is declared safe to drink — despite the presence of organisms such…

Read more: Researchers warn 'purified' Cape Town sea water will be contaminated

The groundbreaking results, announced at the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong Ocean Summit, found microplastics in the Southern Ocean close to the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone.

Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover. Ocean Summit. Patrick Yeung, Project Manager Oceans Conservation WWF © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race…

Read more: Microplastic particles found in Antarctic waters during the Volvo Ocean Race

Plastics are the scourge of the ocean, with millions of tons annually finding their way into the world’s open waters and then into the stomachs of marine life.

 

In an effort to help save the oceans from plastic pollution, the Ocean Basket restaurant chain is no longer…

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