For Oceans Day, 15 Stories from Five Seas

Last year, the conservation action theme of World Oceans Day was focused on “encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter.” This year, the conservation action theme is “preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.” I wondered, do I really need to write a brand-new introduction for this year’s collection of ocean-related stories from Hakai Magazine—isn’t last year’s still …

‘Referendum on democracy’ – Thailand’s first elections in years

Bangkok, Thailand – Thailand is preparing for its first election since 2014’s military coup, but with a system designed to weaken political parties and ensure the military’s continuing role, few expect the vote to resolve divisions that have plagued the country for two decades. Nearly 52 million Thais are eligible to vote in the March 24 polls, which will be the first under …