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Supermaterial Made From Seaweed Could Replace Bubble Wrap

As a civilisation we are blanketing our planet with plastic. One of the most frightening illustrations of this fact is a prediction that by 2050, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish. Amazingly, a smart solution for reducing our reliance on plastic, and protecting marine life, could come from those very oceans as well.


A New Florida Pier Is Designed To Face The Reality Of Rising Seas

There’s no polite way to put this: Florida is screwed. And we’re starting to see the state’s infrastructure adapt to the reality of climate change.


We Could Double The Number Of Edible Fish In The Ocean By 2050

Time and again, our appetite for tasty seafood pushes our favourite species to the brink of collapse. We’ve seen it with North Atlantic cod, Pacific bluefin tuna and Peruvian sardines. But it doesn’t have to be this way. A new study finds that the majority of the planet’s fisheries could be sustainable within ten years, and commercial fish stocks could double by 2050 — if the world adopted a few common-sense management strategies.


These Award-Winning Underwater Photographs Are Dazzling

It’s often said that we know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of Mars. Looking at the 2016 winners of the UK’s Underwater Photography Contest, I can’t help but agree. Life beneath the sea is as alien and entrancing as any ancient, dust-blown crater on the Red Planet.


Lab-Grown Coral Is The Latest Hail Mary Plan To Save Earth's Reefs

Earth’s coral reefs are dying so quickly that some scientists say they will be gone by mid-century. But now, there’s a desperate attempt afoot to save these incredible organisms from extinction: in vitro fertilisation.


Microsoft Wants To Build Data Centres Underwater

“50% of us live near the coast,” Microsoft says. “Why doesn’t our data?”


We're Emptying the Oceans of Fish And Filling Them With Plastic 

Two reports out this week paint an alarming future for Earth’s oceans. The first one, published by the Wold Economic Forum, finds that by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight. The second, which appears in Nature Communications, reveals that our nets have raked in far more fish over the past 60 years than we realised.


We Know Exactly Where All The Heat From The 'Global Warming Hiatus' Went

You might remember hearing about the global warming “hiatus” a few years back — a pause in Earth’s inexorably rising temperature, which some used as evidence that climate change is a hoax. But scientists are now completely sure that the pause never happened. And we know exactly where the missing heat wound up.


Thanks To El Niño, Rare Tropical Storms Signal A Wacky Start To 2016

For the first time since records began, two tropical storms — one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific — have appeared at the same time in January. Named Alex and Pali, these storms are being fuelled by unusually warm surface waters. On their own, these early storms are rare occurrences. This is first hurricane to form over the Atlantic since in January since 1938, according to NASA. But the fact that they’re appearing at the same time in January is altogether unprecedented. Normally, a converging event like this wouldn’t happen until July.


Here's The Most Complete Ocean Floor Map Ever Made

What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think.


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