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BIG SEAS: Damaged coral could mean islands face giant waves

8 Mar 18 - Damage to coral reefs could mean that by 2100 some Pacific Islands could experience waves reaching the shore at more than twice the height of today’s seas.

Half of world's oceans now fished industrially

6 Mar 18 - Data gathered from more than 70,000 vessels shows commercial fishing now covers a greater surface area than agriculture.

Acid in oceans will soon get to work on reefs

1 Mar 18 - Many of the world’s coral reefs could begin to erode within 30 years as a result of increasing ocean acidity, according to new research.

Southern Ocean has history of storing carbon

1 Mar 18 - The Southern Ocean – the 20 million-square kilometre stretch of sea that encircles the earth south of the 60th parallel – released vast amounts of carbon dioxide the last time the Earth warmed, scientists say.

DiCaprio in deal to save chunk of Indian Ocean

26 Feb 18 - A foundation set up by actor Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the investors that worked on a deal that has led to the Seychelles creating protected areas "the size of Great Britain" in the Indian Ocean.

We're stuck with 1.2m sea level rise, say scientists

21 Feb 18 - The world is now locked into sea-level rise of up to 1.2 metres – and the number goes up 0.2m for every five years that emissions cuts are delayed, scientists say.

Sea level rise speeding up to 100mm per decade

19 Feb 18 - The rate of sea level rise is accelerating so fast that some coastal communities could confront an additional 100mm per decade by the end of the century

Plastics pollute most remote areas of the ocean

16 Feb 18 - Microplastics have been found in some of the most remote and uncharted regions of the oceans raising more concerns over the global scale of plastic pollution.

PLASTIC POISON: Market failure has put the world in peril

24 Jan 18 - Climate change is the result of the greatest market failure the world has ever seen.

Oceans under greatest threat in history, says Attenborough

7 Dec 17 - The world’s oceans are under the greatest threat in history, according to Sir David Attenborough.

Nations agree to ban Arctic fishing for 16 years

5 Dec 17 - Nine nations and the European Union have reached a deal to place the central Arctic Ocean off-limits to commercial fishers for at least the next 16 years.

Mangroves poorly equipped to survive changing climate

4 Dec 17 - New research shows that salt-water-loving mangrove plants are likely ill-equipped to cope with rising sea levels.

As oceans warm, kelp forests begin to disappear

23 Nov 17 - Kelp forests are being wiped out from Tasmania to California, replaced by sea urchin barrens that are nearly devoid of life.

WHALE TALE: 100 years of protection and still hurting

31 Oct 17 - For some whale populations, even 100 years of protection is not long enough to recover from the excesses of commercial hunting.

Corals clue to sudden bursts of ocean rise

25 Oct 17 - Fossilised corals off Texas show that in the past, sea level rose several meters in just decades, probably due to collapsing glaciers.

LOSING NEMO: When the anemone becomes the enemy

12 Oct 17 - The anemonefish – better known as Nemo after the children’s film Finding Nemo – is at risk from the impacts of climate change.

Marine life faces mass extinction by 2100

11 Oct 17 - Mass marine extinction may be inevitable if humans go on burning fossil fuels under the notorious “business as usual” scenario.

Attenborough: 'I remember being told plastic doesn't decay, it's wonderful'

27 Sep 17 - In his sequel to The Blue Planet, David Attenborough will focus on the threats to our oceans and explain why plastic pollution, climate change and overpopulation are problems too urgent to be left to...

DYING BREED: Our oceans are no place to be a senior fish

19 Sep 17 - Fishing has dramatically reduced the number of senior fish left in the ocean.

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