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It took a decade to get to the negotiating table, and it could easily take another to finish the job, but UN talks in New York to safeguard life in the high seas finally begin in earnest Monday.

The stakes could hardly be higher, experts and diplomats agree.

Japan’s fleet known for capturing whales for research returned to shore this week and confirmed it killed more than 300 minke whales, including pregnant specimens, triggering international condemnation.

Every year, Japan undertakes what it has labeled as a scientific hunt for whales in the Southern Ocean. However, in 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled Japan should stop. Instead, Japan ignored the ruling last year and announced it would continue whaling while reducing the number of whales it would kill by two-thirds to 333.

On Thursday, Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research detailed that out of the 333 minke whales it killed, 230 were pregnant.

Belgium-sized area around northern islands of Darwin and Wolf will be off-limits for fishing in bid to conserve sharks and unique habitat.

Ecuador has created a new marine sanctuary in the Galápagos Islands that will offer protection to the world’s greatest concentration of sharks. Some 15,000 square miles (38,000 sq km) of the waters around Darwin and Wolf - the most northern islands - will be made off limits to all fishing to conserve the sharks that congregate there and the ecosystem on which they rely.

World Water Day 2016!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

With fresh water becoming increasingly scarce and gaining access to clean drinking water becoming more and more difficult everyday, it is time that we stop taking water for granted and save water where we can.

 

Here are some tips on how to #savewater as an individual around the household and outdoors.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Happy World Water Day!

From Alaska to Australia, an unprecedented heating of planet Earth is underway with rising temperatures across huge swathes of land mass and oceans.

Our planet went through a dramatic change last month. Climate experts revealed that February was the warmest month in recorded history, surpassing the previous global monthly record – set in December. An unprecedented heating of our world is now under way. With the current El Niño weather event only now beginning to tail off, meteorologists believe that this year is destined to be the hottest on record, warmer even than 2015.

A group of divers made a disturbing discovery last week while exploring near the remote island of Kokoya, in Indonesia. There, trapped inside cages on the shallow ocean floor, were two dugongs — rare marine mammals closely related to manatees.

There’s an estimated 311 million tons of plastic produced every year across the world. There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, it’s probably in our food, and will likely leave its mark long after we’re gone.

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