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Trash Weighing More than 100 Planes Collected During 30th International Coastal Cleanup

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Trash weighing more than 100 Boeing 737 planes - totalling over eight million kilograms – was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. This is according to a a new report released at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. For over 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy has been organising the annual International Coastal [...]

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Shark Spotters Programme nets Gold Innovation Award for beach tourism

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The City of Cape Town-funded Shark Spotters Programme has been awarded the Gold – Innovation Award in the Best for Beach Tourism Category at the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016, held on Thursday 7 April 2016. Judges were looking for organisations that showed leadership in responsible tourism policies and practices in a beach setting, positive [...]

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Addressing Africa’s water and sanitation challenges

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Water and sanitation challenges that confront Africa are not new on the continent. Thus, the 18th African Water Association (AfWA) International Congress and Exhibition that took place in Kenya last week (22-25 February) raised my curiosity with the theme “sustainable access to water and sanitation in Africa”. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the conference and noted [...]

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Project Everyone – engaging the world in ensuring a sustainable future

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Project Everyone is an ambitious new campaign which aims to share news and information about the global sustainable development goals with 7 billion people around the world – in just 7 days! Project Everyone was founded by Richard Curtis (film maker and founder of Comic Relief) and its aim is to make the global sustainable development [...]

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Scuba divers to help save marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean

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A new conservation campaign is reaching out to scuba divers in the Mediterranean to assist with the monitoring and identification of marine invasive species - which pose a threat to the region’s biodiversity. Scuba divers will be able to upload information and photographs of invasive species to an online platform called MedMis, which will map locations and help [...]

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Do your cosmetics contain microplastics that threaten ocean health?

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You may not have ever heard the term ‘microplastics‘ before, but these tiny particles of plastic are contained in many cosmetic products and land up in the global oceans where they can cause harm to marine life, with unknown effects on humans who then consume seafood. Microplastics are tiny pieces or particles of plastic (many [...]

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Protecting oceans is good for the economy and the planet

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New research commissioned by WWF shows that protecting oceans is good for both the economy and the planet – yielding potential increases in jobs, resources and services. The research shows that for every dollar spent on establishing areas of marine protection (knowns as Marine Protected Areas or MPAs) –  that there could be at least a [...]

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Take the #BetterBagChallenge for healthy oceans

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Today is World Oceans Day which brings people together around the world in celebrating through actions towards protecting our shared oceans which connect us all. The oceans provide us with so many goods and services that we often take for granted – like regulating climate, providing food to millions of people each year, producing oxygen we need to breathe, [...]

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Technology transfer to boost sustainability of water supply and sewerage services

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The World Water Tech Investment Summit in London last month was a gathering of technology providers, venture capitalists, private equity firms, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors. The goal of the Summit was to pool ideas and experiences from around the world to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies by both municipal and industrial water [...]

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IUCN study shows critical conservation needs of Mediterranean freshwater biodiversity

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) presents alarming findings from the most comprehensive freshwater biodiversity assessment in this part of the Mediterranean region. The study aims at raising the current low profile of freshwater biodiversity conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean, promoting integrated water resource management practices, and providing a reliable and up-to-date data [...]

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