Our oceans are teeming with life.
But such life is also facing pressures: global warming, pollution, overextraction of resources. Here, an automatic compilation of DW content on marine life.
East Africa's population is on the rise. It’s expected to nearly double in the next three decades, growing to 870 million. With more people, comes the need for more homes, roads, shops — essentially, more of everything. As the construction industry booms in East Africa, so does the demand for building materials. This is placing a heavy burden on one of the earth's most ubiquitous resources: sand.
One of the Great Lakes of Africa, Lake Malawi covers almost one third of the area of the entire country of the same name. It has long since been a major food source for the region. But for years, fish stocks have been dwindling and now climate change is playing its part in further damaging livelihoods in this impoverished country.
The Humboldt Current along the Pacific coast of South America is a giant marine ecosystem. The upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water made famous by Humboldt is a lifeline for fish. It also impacts global weather and is highly sensitive to climate change.
Japan is currently the object of criticism for its decision to leave the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling. At the same time, the whale watching business is beginning to gain traction around the island of Hokkaido.
Tomas Diagne has spent the past 25 years working to protect not only turtles, but their cousins the terrapin and the tortoise, which are collectively known as chelonians. His home in Senegal doubles as the African Chelonian Institute. Here they research, breed, and reintroduce turtles, tortoises, and terrapins into the wild.
Next month, Japan will resume the controversial practice of commercial whaling for the first time in more than 30 years - a move that has sparked widespread international condemnation. But it remains to be seen if it will increase the popularity of the expensive meat in the few fishing villages where it is still sold.