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# Oceans

This year
# Biodiversity
United Nations reach landmark agreement to protect ocean life
An agreement to protect marine life in the regions outside national boundary waters, known as the high seas, had been discussed for more than 20 years.
Last year
# debunked
Debunk: No, these maps don't show large areas of Irish cities that 'could be underwater’ by 2050
While the ‘stark images’ are alarming, they depict something else.
# Biodiversity
'The ocean is not a rubbish dump': UN tells leaders to take action on protecting seas
At the heart of a draft biodiversity treaty is a plan to designate 30% of land and oceans as protected zones by 2030.
# something in the water
Experts puzzled by unusual tidal activity off southern coast
Video footage shows the tide rapidly draining and flooding again.
# Oceans
Reaching 80% renewable target depends on 'offshore wind technologies', Taoiseach tells summit
Micheál Martin joined other leaders at the One Ocean summit in France this morning.
All time
# Unesco
Australia says it will oppose UN plan to list Great Barrier Reef as being 'in danger'
UNESCO released a draft report on Monday recommending the reef’s World Heritage status be downgraded because of its dramatic coral decline.
# Oceans
Irish teenager wins global science award for removing microplastics from water
Fionn Ferreira from Cork received a €45,000 bursary.
# bloom festival
'This will shock people': The underwater garden with a warning about plastics in our oceans
The garden is on show at Bloom Festival, which runs from 30 May to 3 June.
Blue Care: The healing power and potential of the deep blue sea
Reclaiming our connection with our watery origins in the ancient sea is an essential part of our human wellbeing and sense of identity and belonging as islanders, writes Easkey Britton.
# green and clean
Ireland set to ban plastic microbeads as Cabinet approves drafting of new law
Microbeads are mostly used in some soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs to exfoliate your skin.
# ocean rescue
Pacific dump of plastic waste is now bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined
Most of the dump is made up of tiny fragments of plastic smaller than 5mm.
# cold bias
It's official: The so-called hiatus in global warming is a myth
New research confirms a criticised 2015 study which overturned results of a “pause” in oceanic warming.
# Davos
There could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050