Seabird patrols to self-healing buildings: the 15 conservation stories to watch in 2021

In their latest scan of emerging global biological conservation issues, experts assess the 15 most urgent risks society needs to address
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Seagrass 'Neptune balls’ sieve millions of plastic particles from water, study finds

Underwater seagrass in coastal areas appear to trap plastic pollution in natural bundles of fibre known as "Neptune balls", researchers have found.


Baby sharks emerge from egg cases earlier and weaker in oceans warmed by climate crisis

Baby sharks will emerge from their egg cases earlier and weaker as water temperatures rise, according to a new study that examined the impact of warming oceans on embryos.


'Loophole' will let UK continue to ship plastic waste to poorer countries

Post-Brexit regulation doesn't match new EU rules to tackle ocean pollution, despite UK being Europe's largest plastic waste producer.


More than 50 countries commit to protection of 30% of Earth's land and oceans

A coalition of more than 50 countries has committed to protect almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt the destruction of the natural world and slow extinctions of wildlife.

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Janis Searles Jones: Zero carbon shipping is a Biden-Harris win for the taking

The ocean is a powerful source of solutions that can help us reduce national and global emissions to tackle climate change.

Opinion: Why plastic pollution is a producer responsibility

We won’t be able to stem the tide of plastic waste until manufacturers are held accountable for their products.

What to expect from NOAA under the Biden administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's focus on weather forecasting and climate science is likely to be a high priority under President-elect Joe Biden.


'Blood test' can pinpoint overheated, unhealthy corals

Researchers have found a new way to identify heat-stressed corals. The work could help scientists pinpoint the coral species that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change.


Child labour, toxic leaks: The price we could pay for a greener future

Our mission to create cleaner living using natural resources could itself cause widespread environmental harm, scientists now warn.


Bali's beaches buried in tide of plastic rubbish during monsoon season

Tourist drawcards Kuta and Legian beaches are being overwhelmed by up to 60 tonnes of plastic rubbish every day.


Deep-sea ‘gold rush’: Secretive plans to carve up the seabed decried

A Greenpeace report warns against granting licences to 'deeply destructive' industry with opaque oversight, and calls for a global ocean treaty.


Calls from the deep: Do we need to Save the Whales all over again?

Fifty years ago, a hit album proved whales "sing" – and led to one of the great environmental success stories. But soon it could all be for nothing.


Coral survivors show some cope better with heatwaves

The pressing concerns of climate change have placed the long-term health of the world's coral reefs in jeopardy. However, new research inspires hope as some corals managed to survive a recent and globally unprecedented heatwave.


Twenty-four ways to turn outdoor passions into citizen science

Heading into the new year, consider collecting scientific data while skiing, hiking, surfing, biking and partaking in other adventures.

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