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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
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

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
The UN has committed to completely stopping plastic waste from entering the ocean

Lewis Pugh: In the zone

In February 2015, maritime lawyer and cold water swimmer Lewis Pugh swam in the sub-zero Antarctic waters of the Ross Sea. His subsequent meetings with top Kremlin officials helped break the ice on a 17-year-long proposal to establish a Marine…

Mapping coral

Knowing where past coral reefs existed is a crucial component in understanding the health of existing reefs, and hypothesising which ones will still exist in the future
Numerous low-lying Pacific islands have disappeared under rising seas
In this exclusive film for Geographical, see how an unusually thriving sea urchin population could hold the answer to a mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades
An investigation into shark fins and ray gills sold in global markets reveals the majority are from species of high conservation concern
A study of various fish populations has found dramatic reductions in the proportion of older fish, something that spells trouble for the overall stability of population
Shipping traffic can increase lightning strikes, according to a pioneering study by the American Geophysical Union

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