Protecting the ocean from 5 big threats

There is only one global ocean — a vast body of water that covers 71% of the Earth. That ocean is geographically divided into five ocean basins: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Southern. A healthy planet needs a healthy ocean. The interdependency of the five basins and humans’ dependence on the marine environment will ...
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U.S. works to reduce plastic pollution

Plastic pollution affects every place on the planet, from the belly of an animal in remote Antarctica to the trees of the Sahel to the highest mountains in the Himalayas. It can take centuries to degrade. The world produces about 272 million metric tons of plastic waste each year. That’s close to the weight of ...
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NASA launches U.S.-European satellite mission to monitor global sea levels

A joint U.S.-European satellite mission will collect valuable information about rising sea levels. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite — named for the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division — launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on November 21. “The Earth is changing, and this satellite will help deepen our understanding of how,”  said Karen St. Germain ...
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Southeast Asian countries challenge China over maritime claims

Southeast Asian countries are pushing back against the Chinese government’s aggression in the  South China Sea . A recent example of this aggression occurred in early April when the People’s Republic of China (PRC) sank a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands. “This incident is the latest in a long string of PRC actions ...
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