A House committee listened to experts on why ocean science is critical to understanding the changing climate and why better land use could be a major part of mitigating climate change.

Scientists laid out strong arguments for Congress to take tougher action on climate change at a hearing…

Read more: Scientists Say Land and Ocean Are Key to Tackling Climate Crisis

Former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has called on the government to urgently pursue the maritime economy as an economic growth driver.

Motlanthe was speaking at a memorial service in honour of ANC veteran and anti-aparheid activist Professor Ben Turok, who died in December at 92.

Former cabinet ministers…

Read more: Look to the ocean for economic growth': Motlanthe presses new agenda

In a throwback to the biblical plague of locusts which God inflicted on the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Horn of Africa is once again experiencing an invasion that is wreaking havoc on food security in the region.

“They will pose a threat to the pasture areas and of…

Read more: Locusts threaten food security in Horn of Africa

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…

Read more: As our oceans become more acidic they may corrode the skins of sharks

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…

Read more: Lagos beaches have a microplastic pollution problem