The main cause of coral bleaching is rising ocean temperatures - even a 1°C rise can begin the coral starving process. In 2016, we saw the largest ever recorded coral bleaching event - between 29 and 50 percent of Australia's Great Barrier Reef was lost. Learn more about the importance of reefs for marine life, and the potential solutions here.
It is estimated that around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic finds its way into our oceans each year. It causes problems in the open water, and on our shores. Nearly 700 species are directly impacted by this man-made time bomb. It is notoriously difficult to breakdown, and once it does, microplastics wreak havok with marine ecosystems, and eventually the foodchain. Find organisations and initiatives to help here, as well as recommended books, reports and studies on the subject.
Access to water that is safe for human consumption maybe something people take for granted. Billions of people around the world lack access to it, and is responsible for thousands of deaths every week. Problems are worsened by pollution, desertification, and lack of infrastructure. We cover the issues and the solutions here.