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14. Life below water

14. Life below water

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

Read our stories to learn more about SDG Goal 14: Life below water

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News

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Twenty-eight gharial hatchlings have been spotted in a tributary of Nepal’s Karnali river, the first sign of successful nesting in this waterway in almost two decades.
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Recent research has indicated that modifications to aspects of the water cycle are now causing Earth system destabilisation at a scale that modern civilisation might not have ever faced.
Mangroves in Australia
While climate change may bring some benefits to mangrove forests, the net effect will be strongly negative, researchers say. Mangroves are particularly vulnerable to stressors like sea level rise and cyclonic activity.
forest Papua, Indonesian New Guinea
The study called for more funding for projects that restore mangroves, coral reefs and urban greenery, but left room for more detailed country-level analyses.
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Opinion

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Once among the world’s worst nations for illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, Vietnam is battling to redeem itself after a yellow card warning from the European Union.
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It is a complex problem that requires creative solutions and lots of collaboration.
Graveyard of Staghorn coral
We’re barrelling towards catastrophic levels of global warming, and there’s not enough action. We need leaders who are serious about climate action and are willing to acknowledge that the problem is real.
Indigenous rangers programmes
With the scrutiny on climate change, the collapse of Australian ecosystems has received scant attention. But saving them is entirely possible.
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Videos

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Do children ask the toughest questions? This World Oceans Day, we get renowned oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle, founder of Mission Blue, to field questions from curious kids on the mysteries of the deep.
Dr Sylvia Earle
Exclusive In this exclusive interview to mark Earth Day, Eco-Business speaks to Dr Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and founder of Mission Blue, who draws the link between our climate crisis and the health of our oceans.
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Crowds descended on a beach at low tide again on Chinese New Year, despite intense media coverage of a similar occurrence in June last year.
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The origin of Covid-19 is believed to be a market selling live wild animals. Eco-Business asked Anbarasi Boopal of Singapore-based animal welfare charity Acres about the link between the exploitation of animals and pandemics, and what can be done to curb the illegal wildlife trade.
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Podcasts

Ice caps and a warming planet
"We have a choice about the speed of sea-level rise." The Eco-Business Podcast talks to climate scientist Professor Ben Horton about how close the world is to reaching crucial climate tipping points, and what can be done to stop runaway climate change.
Dr Sylvia Earle podcast
Exclusive Oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle speaks to Eco-Business in this exclusive podcast about the irreversible damage deep sea mining will cause, the link between the oceans and our global climate, and the role that we can all play in 'being at peace' with nature.
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EB Studio As a landmark treaty is thrashed out to tackle plastic pollution, the Eco-Business Podcast debates whether the world is ready to pay a premium for packaging that doesn't damage the planet.
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Why is there so much secrecy and controversy around sand extraction? Eco-Business speaks to Madhumitha Ardhanari to find out more about the narrative surrounding sand in Singapore, the largest importer of sand in the world.
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