The scourge of ocean microplastics

Tiny particles of plastic (less than 1 mm diameter) are now entering the human food-chain through our consumption of seafood. The issue of plastics reaching the ocean is not new, but over the past few years our understanding of the impacts has increased dramatically. A 2014 study showed that Europeans consume approximately 11,000 microplastic particles … More The scourge of ocean microplastics

The use of drones to protect mangrove coastline

Mangroves are a type of forest-like ecosystem that occur on sheltered tropical coastlines around the world. They typically consist of shrubs or trees in brackish coastal waters, and create a vital form of protection for the coastlines on which they exist. They have suffered from systematic deforestation over the past few decades, typically for timber … More The use of drones to protect mangrove coastline

Sea level rise has [not] stopped: how the climate sceptics choose ‘facts’ to support their unjustified conclusions

I was staggered (although shouldn’t have really been surprised) to stumble upon this blog post stating that sea level rise has stopped globally in the last year. I mean I work in the UK’s National Oceanography Centre – surely I’d have heard about something as important as that, right? Editor note: Since commenting on the … More Sea level rise has [not] stopped: how the climate sceptics choose ‘facts’ to support their unjustified conclusions

Brits show a staggering lack of understanding when it comes to rip currents – do you know better?

Beaches form one of the British holidaymaker’s favourite destinations. Kids often ask to spend their days paddling, building sandcastles, and eating ice cream. They are also an extremely dangerous place if you don’t know (or don’t understand) the hazards. The RNLI is the UK body responsible for the provision of lifeguarding services on beaches, and … More Brits show a staggering lack of understanding when it comes to rip currents – do you know better?