Coasts and Oceans : Features

There are 54 documents in this section.

  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • Commentary: 20 years on - and time runs desperately short

    4 August 2012

    Twenty years after People & the Planet magazine was launched at the first Earth Summit to track progress in averting an environmental catastrophe - as the planet heats and its natural resources are plundered – Don Hinrichsen presents a sobering report card on the hesitant steps so far taken as time runs desperately short. 

  • COMMENTARY: Act now to save life in and above our seas

    27 December 2011

    Despite having signed up to designate a network of Marine Protected Areas around the British Isles by 2012, to save its marine wildlife, the UK government recently confirmed that the UK will not have a completed network of MPAs until at least 2015. In this Commentary, Kate Sugar calls for more urgent action. 

  • Our blue planet is now 'tragically in peril'

    16 June 2011

    Don Hinrichsen, Contributing Editor to Planet 21 and author of the recently published Atlas of Coasts and Oceans, has spent the last 20 years tracing the declining health of the planet’s coasts and seas. Here he makes a personal plea to those in power to act with greater vision and resolve to address the dying of the oceans.

  • Saving marine life in the Coral Triangle

    12 February 2011

    Covering a vast area of ocean surrounding the nations of Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon islands lies one of the richest and most bio-diverse areas of the planet, the Coral Triangle. 

  • Global warming to reduce fish catch

    18 November 2010

    Rising sea level is seen by many scientists as the most serious likely consequence of global warming.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Hawksbill turtles - keepers of the coral

    13 February 2010

    Timid and difficult to locate underwater, hawksbill sea turtles in their marine habitat have long managed to evade the efforts of researchers. But Rainer von Brandis struck it lucky when he found himself swimming among hawksbills in the Amirante Islands of Seychelles, and his subsequent study revealed that these graceful reptiles are vital to the maintenance of coral reef biodiversity.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Action needed to stop plunder of African fish stocks

    26 July 2009

    Every day hundreds of unlicensed fishing vessels enter African waters and trawl for shrimp, sardines, tuna, and mackerel. And, according to a study commissioned by the UK's aid agency, such trawlers are costing Africa some US$1 billion every year. Mary Kimani reports.

  • Ocean warnings grow but actions are far behind

    29 June 2009

    "Without healthy oceans, humanity would be doomed. Yet we keep on destroying our most precious resource before we even know what we are losing," wrote newsweekly Time in a special report.

  • Norway scores top marks for conserving cold corals

    26 June 2009

    In the run up to this week's meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Madeira, Norway was heavily criticised for its subsidized whaling industry, but Norway gets full marks from conservationists as one of the few countries to protect its deep cold water corals from overexploitation. Here Don Hinrichsen explains why this is so important in the battle to save ocean species..