‘ We used to be leaders ‘: the collapse of New Zealand’s landmark ocean park

Two decades since its creation the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is overfished and overrun with sea urchins Tiritiri Matangi is one of the pearls of New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf. For the past 35 years the island, which is within sight of Auckland’s skyscrapers, has been a protected nature reserve. Step ashore and you’re enveloped in […]

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Coastal states to Trump: why is Florida exempt from drilling and not us?

Ryan Zinke corroborated Florida would be exempt from massive offshore plan which other countries claim is simply a favor for Republican governor Rick Scott Governors of coastal countries have advised the Trump administration to scrap its plan to usher oil and gas drilling into almost all US waters, in an unusual bipartisan backlash against the […]

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Scottish anglers turn to food banks as Covid-1 9 devastates industry

Crisis destroys foreign sales of shellfish and supermarkets close fish counters causing slump during traditional Easter boom period Scottish fishermen are turning to food banks and welfare organisations, as the coronavirus crisis has led to plummeting demand for seafood, leaving many unable to work to feed their families. Worst-hit are lobster and crab fishermen in […]

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Octopus farming is’ unethical and a threat to the food chain’

Mass-breeding of the highly intelligent creatures is ecologically unjustified, a new study says Plans to create octopus farms in coastal waters round the world have been denounced by an international group of researchers. They say the move is ethically inexcusable and environmentally dangerous, and have called on private companies, academic institutions and governments to block […]

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How the chicken nugget became the true symbol of our epoch

The long read: This is what happens when you turn the natural world into a profit-making machine The most telling symbol of the modern era isn’t the automobile or the smartphone. It’s the chicken nugget. Chicken is already the most popular meat in the US, and is projected to be the planet’s favourite flesh by […]

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The plastic polluters won 2019- and we’re running out of time to stop them

Further steps have been taken to clean up beaches and seas in 2019 but much more needs to be done The beach at Muncar on the island of Java was revolting. The 400-yard wide, mile-long stretch of sand was feet deep in foul-smelling sauce sachets, shopping bags, nappies, bottles and bags, plastic clothes and detergent […]

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Back from the verge: the global effort to save coral from climate change

Underwater nurseries encouraging growth of coral fragments on fibreglass offer glimmer of hope for endangered ecosystems As an ocean early warning system, coral reefs have been sounding the alarm for years. They have been bleached white by marine heatwaves and killed off en masse by a combination of factors including pollution, overfishing, acidification and climate […]

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In Bolsonaro’s burning Brazilian Amazon, all our futures are being consumed | Eliane Brum

The rainforest might seem a remote place, but it is under attack as never before, says Brazilian journalist Eliane Brum The Amazon is the centre of the world. Right now, as our planet experiences climate collapse, there is nowhere more important. If we don’t grasp this, there is no way to meet that challenge. For […]

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The ecological misfortune that turned a vast Bolivian lake into a salt desert

What was once the countrys second largest lake is now a salt flat and the vanish waters are taking an indigenous communities way of life with them The remainder of an ancient ocean at the heart of South America is fast becoming a memory: a white expanse of salt stretchings for miles, with just a […]

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