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A global campaign is underway to turn a huge area of the seas around Antarctica into the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary
From the iconic narrowboats meandering along picturesque British landscapes, to the bustling water traffic of Venice, canals offer a visual treat far removed from the modern stresses of daily life
Warm and humid conditions are found to be the trigger for a mysterious die-off of saiga antelopes
Overfishing and climate change are edging seabirds such as the Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet ever closer to extinction
East African countries are sharing shipping data in order to combat illegal fishing practices

Sofa conservation

How many elephants can you see? How many orang-utans are in that tree? New conservation projects are hoping the answers to these questions can help protect endangered species around the world
The ocean floor is being deformed under the weight of ever-increasing water from melting ice and redistribution of land water. This unexpected consequence of climate change also appears to be skewing global sea level data making it appear less severe
Progress on halting warming has not been great throughout 2017. For Marco Magrini, 2018 cannot be more of the same
Coral bleaching is widespread around the globe and as it becomes an increasingly frequently occurrence, our ocean’s reefs are heading towards a point of no return

No waste for Wales

Wales is the second best recycler in the world
A series of worrying reports by the Global Carbon Project has revealed that after three years of flat growth, global fossil fuel emissions are once again on the rise
While it was the impact on civilian populations that generated most of the headlines during the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa, humans weren’t the only species devastated by Ebola – the region’s ape colonies are desperately struggling to recover

Sylvia Earle

For Sylvia Earle there is one over-riding threat to humanity – the dramatic, rapid despoilment of our oceans. While she fears we are fast approaching a point of no return, the grand dame of the deep is not without hope
Iceland is a sparsely populated country with one of the most geologically and volcanically active landscapes in the world, perfect for capturing some of the most striking landscape images on Earth
Baltic seals and fish-eating bird populations are increasing and could be putting a strain on fish stocks
The UN has committed to completely stopping plastic waste from entering the ocean
The world’s most endangered marine mammal has just been thrown a long overdue lifeline
Sixty-two of the natural World Heritage Sites are now at risk from the impact of climate change, a number which has nearly doubled in just three years

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