Marine Sustainability questions how we as human societies can live within the environmental limits. Exponential growth and the pressure of human activities on the ocean is destabilising critical ecosystems and causing irreversible change, with catastrophic consequences for human wellbeing. Wider sustainability issues are exemplified in coastal and marine systems, where social and environmental change is rapid and difficult to quantify. In our articles we attempt to unpack how emerging challenges in coastal communities, especially those of Cornwall, can be tackled through transdiscplinary insights from research curated from across a broad spectrm of scientific and lay sources.

Shipwrecks: Underwater Islands of Biodiversity

Cornwall, a spear of rough-hewn granite thrusting out into the Atlantic, is unsurprisingly abundant in wrecks which contribute to the rich marine world around Cornwall’s coast. From the RMS Mulheim and Ben Asdale wrecked on the coast, to Shipwrecks sunk purposely like the Scylla off Rame Head all Cornwalls Wreck function as islands of biodiversity.

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10 Easy Ways to Reduce Our Plastic Waste

Whats better that popping a cork on some bubbly or a fine wine? Not much and especially not a plastic screw top. Bottle lids are one of the most common beach finds and one of the most lethal long-lasting choking threats for wildlife and our beloved pet dogs. Buying drinks with traditional cork stoppers is a great alternative, so feel good when you hear that pop.

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The Rationality Fallacy: Why We Make Poor Decisions For The Planet

In the past many scientists and economists presumed we were purely rational beings, self-promoting our own interests with perfect knowledge of the consequences of our actions. These assumptions are really influential: many world governments rely on our self-interest and perfect decision-making to change our behaviour, hoping rational arguments and penny-savings will alter our trajectory towards crisis.

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Why do Corals Prefer to Eat Plastic

A study in 2017, trying to understand why and how microplastics are getting in the marine food chain, found that when coral were offered plastic, sand and bacteria-covered plastic + sand they actually preferred the naked-plastic. They even retained the plastic for longer compared to the other food. They suspect that some types of plastic contain chemicals which stimulate the corals - which are tiny animals related to jellyfish - to feed. Or in other words, plastic is tasty for corals.

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Wet Revolution: Lakes are the Key to Green Electricity

Across the planet excess wind and solar power is being gathered and used to pump water uphill into lakes, so that when the wind dies and the sun goes down, the water can run back downhill through hydroelectric generators. This turns lakes into super-batteries capable of storing enough energy to power tens of thousands of homes.

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