European winner of the Goldman environment prize switched from journalism to activism to tackle the destructive practice of deep-sea bottom trawling It was a vampire squid that inspired the European winner of this year’s Goldman environmental prize to successfully challenge the devastatingly unsustainable practice of bottom-trawling. More than a decade before Blue Planet, Claire Nouvian […]

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Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows Degradation of the worlds natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planets ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental examine ever undertaken by […]

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Half of world’s oceans now fished industrially, maps expose

Data gathered from more than 70,000 vessels proves commercial angling now covers a greater surface area than agriculture More than half the world’s oceans are being fished by industrial ships, new research reveals. The maps based on feedback from more than 70,000 boats depict commercial angling encompass a greater surface area than agriculture, and will […]

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‘Coral bleaching is getting worse … but the biggest problem is pollution’

Conservationists are battling to save the 700 -mile Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean suffering the effects of mass tourism and global warming The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the largest hurdle reef in the western hemisphere- an underwater wilderness stretching over 700 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. One of the […]

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Half of world’s oceans now fished industrially, maps expose

Data gathered from more than 70,000 vessels shows commercial fishing now covers a greater surface area than agriculture More than half the world’s oceans are being fished by industrial vessels, new research reveals. The maps based on feedback from more than 70,000 ships present commercial fishing covers a greater surface area than agriculture, and will […]

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UN poised to move ahead with landmark pact to protect high sea

Waters outside national boundaries are currently unregulated, were destroyed by overfishing and pollution. 140 countries back the motion to establish a treaty The world’s oceans are defined for a long overdue boost in the coming days as the United Nations votes for the first time on a planned treaty to protect and govern the high […]

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The country set to cash in on climate change

Record temperatures threaten traditional ways of life in Greenland but as the sea ice retreats, new mining, fishing and tourism investments possibilities are helping communities to adapt Asked if he is fearful about the impact of climate change, Tnnes Kaka Berthelsens response is typical of many Greenlanders. We are more concerned about the Maldives, he […]

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The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare

Australias natural wonder is in mortal threat. Bleaching caused by climate change has killed almost a quarter of its coral this year and many scientists believe it could be too late for the remainder. Use exclusive photographs and new data, a Guardian special report investigates how the reef has been devastated and what can be […]

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WWF buys shark fishing licence on Great Barrier Reef to scrap it

Conservation group tries help to pay for the $100,000 licence which lets proprietor drag 1.2 km nets along duration of the reef A conservation group has taken the unusual step of buying a commercial shark fishing licence on the Great Barrier Reef, and will retire it, saving the sharks that it would otherwise be used […]

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