This map identifies 415 eutrophic and hypoxic coastal systems worldwide. Of these, 169 are documented hypoxic areas, 233 are areas of concern and 13 are systems in recovery.
Plastic pollution and dying coral reefs may dominate the news, but beneath the surface, ocean conservation is making headway. Examples from Indonesia, Norway, Africa and more reveal signs of progress.
Despite a surge of regulation, single-use plastics continue to make their way into the environment. Here are five reasons why.
Resource Watch is an open data visualization platform with over 200 available data sets on topics ranging from climate change to human migration, deforestation to air quality, agriculture to energy and much more. Users can dive into curated topic pages of data, explore near real-time visualizations and create their own unique data visualizations by overlaying individual data sets.
WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer reflects on the Our Ocean conference's location in Indonesia this week—its unique relationship to the ocean, and how that ocean connects us all.
At worst, plastic bans can create unintended environmental problems. At best, they ignore the systemic issues creating waste in the first place.
There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the course the oceans are on, but Peter Thomson, U.N. Special Envoy for the Ocean, is optimistic. He joins WRI's Lawrence MacDonald and Kristian Teleki to discuss why a 2017 conference marked a sea change.
The ocean contributes $1.5 trillion to the global economy every year. But there's another reason to protect marine ecosystems—they’re crucial for curbing climate change.