OCEANS

Omura’s whales are one of the least known and most elusive species of whale. A team of biologists have made the first ever field observations of a population just off the coast of Madagascar

Water report

Humanity’s impact on the health of the planet’s oceans has been laid bare in a new report by the WWF

Sound argument

Designating quiet marine areas could help protect sea ecosystems and broaden our understanding of them, research says

Whale watching

An aerial drone fitted with analytical equipment is helping marine scientists assess the health of endangered whale species

High seas and high storms

The east coast of the United States could face increased coastal flooding from the combined effect of sea-level rise and an increased intensity of storms

Lost coast

The North Slopes of Alaska, the United States’ most northernmost coastline, is eroding at some of the fastest rates in the country

Rolling in the Deep

A newly discovered reef in southern Australia, said to rival the Great Barrier Reef, has been located after a robotic vehicle captured footage at previously unexplored depths
The land is sinking around the Chesapeake Bay, worsening the effects of rising sea levels. Geographical investigates why this is happening and why it concerns the US capital
Plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean can produce ‘cloud-brightening’ gases. Geographical takes a closer look at what this means to our atmosphere
A sheltered archipelago in the western Pacific offers a glimpse at the future of a more acidic ocean. Corals are thriving, though are more vulnerable to being worn away

Cleaning up Korea

Large-scale oil spills once dominated shipping incidents, but following a five-year low in tanker accidents, most of today’s spills are small-scale releases coming from non-tankers
A greater understanding of the mysterious plankton responsible for bioluminescence has helped scientists predict plumes in the ocean
Five years ago, between April and July 2010, over 4.9 million barrels worth of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico. Geographical looks at how the local environment has attempted to recover from this incident
The Pacific North West’s isolated, low-lying cities are at risk from stronger storm surges
Conservationists paint a bleak picture for the future of the world famous reef, but a new study suggests all is not lost
Human pressure is adding significant plastic pollution to the Mediterranean Sea, with total estimates ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 tons

Vanishing coast

Trinidad and Tobago is losing its coastline, a problem for an island nation where 70 per cent of the population lives near the edge

New land ahoy

A recent volcanic eruption in Tonga caused a new island to emerge from the sea. But how unique an event is this? And will it last?

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