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Last year, 23 metric million tons of seafood certified as sustainable was sold worldwide to the tune of $11.5 billion, accounting for 14 percent of global production, according to a study published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

That marks a dramatic rise from just a decade earlier, when only 500,000 metric tons, or 0.5 percent of the global seafood production, was considered sustainable, the Canadian non-profit research group said.

To qualify as sustainable, seafood must either be caught in the wild or farmed in a manner that helps sustain the species harvested and the well-being of the oceans, as well as the communities that depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

A new U.N. report says the supposed greener technology is anything but.

A prediction that the world’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 is likely to intensify the push for sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives.

The now-permanent rules are just common sense, really.

As California enters its fifth year of a prolonged and particularly punishing drought, the state’s two largest reservoirs, Oroville and Shasta, are at more than 90 percent capacity.

Ethiopia is in the middle of the worst drought in 50 years. It’s the sort of shock to the system we are likely to see more of with climate change. But Ethiopia is also home to a successful experiment to make the land more resilient to drought. If we are going to adapt to our changing world, it’s experiments like these that will show us the way.

Worldwide, fishing has historically been a critical source of food and jobs, and given its importance, many governments support their local industries with subsidies to keep fisheries competitive in the global market. Now, fish stocks are collapsing after more than half a century of decline.

As such, is it still wise to use taxpayer money to fund fisheries subsidies?

Mexican authorities faced calls Monday to ban all fishing in the upper Gulf of California or permanently prohibit gillnets to save the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, from extinction.

Concerns about the vaquita's fate rose on Friday when scientists warned that only 60 of the sea creatures were left and could vanish by 2022 even though the navy has been patrolling their habitat. In reaction, the World Wildlife Fund called for a full fishing ban in the vaquita's northwestern Mexico refuge.

Earth Day: Facts & History

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet's environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.

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