News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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‘Disaster’ deferred: Deep-sea mining talks postponed

By Max Marcovitch

August 1, 2023
After intense negotiations, discussions on commercial deep-sea mining have been postponed — at least for now. Environmentalists view the decision as a hopeful step toward protecting fragile marine ecosystems.
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How an extraordinary new effort is giving sharks ‘a fighting chance’

By Mary Kate McCoy

July 24, 2023
Earlier this year, three zebra shark pups became the first endangered sharks ever to be bred in captivity for the purpose of being released into the wild. They're part of a bold plan to bring sharks back from the brink of extinction.
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New study reveals seaweed’s hidden climate benefits

By Mary Kate McCoy

July 18, 2023
A new study found that seaweed forests may play a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought — absorbing as much climate-warming carbon as the Amazon rainforest. But not all seaweed forests are created equal.
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Study: Protecting the ocean benefits people and nature

By Will McCarry

June 22, 2023
Across the globe, marine protected areas help struggling fish populations and ecosystems recover and flourish. But what impact do they have on the people living nearby? A new study finds big benefits for both biodiversity and coastal communities.
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News spotlight: Just how big is the ocean plastic problem?

By Emma Cummings-Krueger

June 21, 2023
Every year, up to 10 million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans — an amount so large it’s hard to visualize. Two journalists from Al Jazeera found that if flattened, ocean plastic today would cover an area roughly the size of Jamaica.
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