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IB Geo - Oceans

Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In

The nets, with holes smaller than mosquitoes, trap much more than traditional fishing nets do and could wipe out stressed fish populations in Africa.

The most successful marine reserve in the world

With more than 200 species of fish and nearly 7,000 hectares of protected bay, Mexico’s Cabo Pulmo has become a model for marine conservation.

Rice and palm oil risk to mangroves - BBC News

The threat posed by the development of rice and palm oil plantations to mangroves in South-East Asia has been underestimated, a study suggests.

Citelighter is the fast, fun, and easy way to do research

Find, capture, organize, and cite information from anywhere on the web. Never write another bibliography again!

What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea? | Howard W French

The long read: China’s startling attempt to assert control over vast waters has alarmed nearby countries and escalated tensions with the US. Howard W French reports from Hainan, the island at the heart of Xi Jinping’s expansionist ambitions

Pacific Oceanscape

The ’s 30,000 islands and islets face rising sea levels, ocean acidification and depleted fish stocks. Conservation International is working to protect the region's livelihoods, biodiversity and cultural value.




Both elegy and warning, Midway explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as mirror of our humanity.

A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes

For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher.

How A Boulder Ecologist Plans To Save Fish With Maggots

Phillip Taylor, the founder of Mad Agriculture, wants to use fly larva to convert Boulder's food waste into protein for animals. Doing so could alleviate the need for unsustainable fish meal.

France becomes first country to ban all plastic cups and plates to save environment

France has passed a new law to ensure all plastic cups, cutlery and plates can be composted and are made of biologically-sourced materials. The law, which comes into effect in 2020, is part of the Energy Transition for Green Growth – an ambitious plan that aims to allow France to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change.  Although some ecologists’ organisations are in favour of the ban, others argue that it has violated European Union rules on free movement of goods.

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The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.

The hills are alive with the signs of plastic: even Swiss mountains are polluted

Major study finds microplastics in soil across Switzerland and scientists warn urgent research is needed into impacts on food safety as other countries may be worse affected

The plastic pollution problem is in plain sight.

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