Climate change will make the oceans more acidic and could damage sharks’ skin. Increased acidity corrodes the sharks’ denticles – microscopic tooth-like scales that cover their skin – which may impair their swimming.

The puffadder shyshark is at risk of ocean acidification
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As CO2 levels in…

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The danger posed by single-use plastic products to human and animal health should never be underestimated.

Each year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean.

United Nations officials have been repeatedly urging everyone to give up the use of single-use plastic products such…

Read more: Global action needed to beat plastic pollution

Plastic debris is everywhere and has grabbed the attention of environmental policy makers and regulators. When this plastic breaks up into smaller particles – less than 5mm in size – they are called microplastics. In some cases, they can only be seen under a microscope.

Plastic washed up…

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A high-level panel on sustainable ocean economy has kicked off in Mombasa with government officials rooting for joint efforts in addressing several factors hindering the region from benefits of the blue economy.

Participants at the regional Western Indian Ocean meeting

Key guest at the regional Western Indian Ocean…

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Clad in diving gear or oilskins and gumboots, a team of scientists and activists spent weeks in the South Atlantic, enduring storms and choppy seas to check up on a place almost no-one has heard of.

Their mission: To monitor an underwater mountain for clues of global warming…

Read more: Atlantic haven is a test bed for planet’s sickly oceans

Food packaging is filling up landfills and polluting our oceans, where materials like plastic and polystyrene can take centuries to decompose.
But one company might have a tasty solution to cut down our use of plastic dishware.

South African startup Munch Bowls has created a biodegradable bowl made…

Read more: Here's one way to cut down on plastic pollution: Eat your bowl