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Ocean debris, mostly composed of plastic, reaches remote Atlantic islands at ten times the levels found just a decade ago
A relocated military base in Okinawa, Japan will cause ‘irreversible’ damage to a rare ecosystem, say environmental groups
The Ocean Cleanup has launched System 001, a floating barrier designed to collect plastics from the ocean – but not everyone thinks that it’s a good idea
The world’s first full global analysis of beaches reveals the state of each continent’s coastlines
Officially declared the world’s ‘most overfished sea’, the Mediterranean is having a crisis beneath the surface
With the war against plastic gaining publicity and popularity, one question being asked is why the UK isn’t leading the charge?
Tourism might be an economic pillar for many countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, but the influx of holiday goers over the summer months is causing plastic levels in the aquatic environment to skyrocket
The world’s most biodiverse seagrass region – Indonesia’s Coral Triangle – faces ruin from rampant human activities
Ocean conservation group urges world governments to step up action on rule-breakers devastating the planet’s fish stocks
A deep-sea mission in the ocean around Bermuda confirms the existence of a new oceanic zone 

Suffocating oceans

An oxygen-deprived ‘dead zone’ in the Arabian Sea is much larger than scientists have previously expected
A new virtual reality experience, ‘BBC Earth: Life in VR’, takes us on an interactive and educational journey into the ocean depths
As Chile’s president leaves office, the country designates large expanses of ocean to become marine protected zones
Increasing interest in offshore aquaculture is dividing environmentalists

Into the blue

With the majority of the ocean still remaining undiscovered, a team of marine scientists is about to set forth on one of the most ambitious deep-sea research and education projects ever attempted

Belize's blue period

Belize bans offshore oil extraction to protect the second longest barrier reef in the world
With growing fears over the negative impacts of excessive sunscreen in marine environments, researchers are looking to nature for solutions
East African countries are sharing shipping data in order to combat illegal fishing practices

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