Water covers the majority of the surface of our planet. The ocean absorbs about a quarter of the CO2 that humans emit and marine plants produce most of the oxygen in the atmosphere. We are polluting the oceans with plastic waste, chemicals and acidification.
It can seem that the world is awash with bad news about the ocean, but there are also a few bright spots. Here are five stories about marine conservation and cooperation that made waves recently. Humpback Whales were hunted to extinction in the 19th and 20th century and making a comeback. the number of pregnant females was rising, from 36% in 2010 to 86% in 2014.
Numbers of shark population is increasing and North Sea cod is off the endangered list which is welcoming. Others news include Global cooperation is on the rise to protect seas.