Environmental Science

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Science provides a critical foundation for effective environmental conservation measures. Pew pursues a diverse portfolio of scientific projects to answer key questions and provide practical data.

Pew’s experts develop, support, and communicate scientific research and technical analyses that explain critical emerging issues, inform policy, and advance solutions to conservation problems.


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  • What Is Illegal Fishing?

    Every second, criminals steal 1,800 pounds of fish from our oceans. Not only does poaching damage marine ecosystems, this piracy also hurts legitimate fishermen, who rely on a healthy ocean. What are the different types of illegal fishing? How this crime can make waves throughout the ocean and around the world. Watch and learn! Read More

  • What Are Ocean Zones?

    To the naked eye, our oceans look like a huge, endless expanse of water. In actuality, they’re divided into zones and areas, similar to how land is segmented into countries and states. From your country’s shores to the lawless high seas, see how the vast global ocean is made up of smaller zones. Read More

  • What Is Marine Debris?

    Marine debris is all the manmade stuff that ends up in the oceans—from soda cans and plastic bottles to sunken ships. There’s marine debris in every ocean on Earth, and all that junk can kill and injure sea life, impede navigation, leach chemicals, and even end up in our food. Read More


The Environment Science project develops and supports scientific research that help to explain critical emerging issues, inform policy and advance solutions to conservation problems.

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Kymberly Escobar

Director, Communications