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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


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


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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UNEP Launches Wastewater Video Series

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A new United Nations “Wastewater: A widespread threat and missed resource” video has been created and is being officially launched today – portraying the impacts of wastewater on coastal communities and ecosystems, and the benefits of improving its management. This new video is part of a series of innovative ocean awareness videos titled Two Minutes on Oceans with […]

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Global community discusses sustainable development of Small Island Developing States

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The international UN conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) recently convened to discuss the sustainable development of SIDS with government leaders, businesses, scientists and civil society. Climate change has particularly profound implications for the development of SIDS, affecting their food security, livelihoods, and economies noted FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Graziano da Silva also said that coping with climate […]

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Small Island Developing States & Local Solutions

Small Island Developing States

The international conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) starts today in Samoa under the theme “Island Voices, Global Choices“. It aims to provide a platform to establish new, genuine and durable partnerships between SIDS and the rest of the world on various issues including sustainable economic development, oceans, food security and waste management, sustainable tourism, disaster risk reduction, and […]

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New Global Watercourses Convention for Transboundary Cooperation

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A new global framework treaty on fresh water and transboundary cooperation officially entered into force this month. The world has over 276 transboundary freshwater lake and river basins and only 40% of them are governed by agreements, which makes this Convention significant. Furthermore, 40% of the world’s population depend on transboundary freshwater resources, according to the […]

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Pugh to Swim Seven Seas for One Reason

Pugh Swims the Seven Seas

Lewis Pugh has announced his next global campaign Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for One Reason which aims to raise awareness about the importance of creating Marine Protected Areas. Pugh will become the first person to undertake long distance swims in each of the Seven Seas, including the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North Sea. These are some of […]

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