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An Unprecedented Opportunity to Protect Two-Thirds of the World's Oceans

Posted September 16, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Reviving the World's Oceans

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I started working to protect the oceans soon after I joined NRDC four decades ago. Over the years, I have witnessed devastating setbacks like the Exxon Valdez and BP oil spills. I have also welcomed promising developments, such as the...continued

Bobby Andrew to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine

Posted September 15, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Nuclear Weapons, Waste and Energy, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today we are running the final in a series of ads in Washington, D.C. urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine. The ads in Politico feature Alaskans from Bristol Bay explaining, in their own words, why it’s...continued

Stringing a lei of action around the world

Posted September 10, 2014 by Brendan Guy in Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming

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In many island cultures, a flower lei is presented to a person upon arrival or leaving an event as a sign of affection. Participants at the UN Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference in Samoa received leis, locally known as ula, upon their arrival...continued

Bristol Bay to EPA: Stop the Pebble Mine Now

Posted September 8, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This week we’re running a series of ads in Washington, D.C. urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine. The ads in Politico feature Alaskans from Bristol Bay explaining, in their own words, why it’s essential that EPA...continued

Court Ruling Could Require BP to Pay Billions in Fines for Gulf Oil Spill Restoration

Posted September 5, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans

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A federal judge ruled on Thursday that BP acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This decision could result in the company paying an estimated $18 billion in fines. And the vast majority of that...continued

Latino Leaders in California Legislature Steer Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Bill onto Governor Brown's Desk

Posted August 30, 2014 by Linda Escalante in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans

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After several attempts to pass a California statewide ban on  flyaway single-use plastic bags, our state Assembly and Senate have made proud history by voting to turn our Golden State into the first of the 50 states to ban these...continued

Even in Deepwater Canyons, America's Corals At Risk

Posted August 18, 2014 by Ali Chase in Reviving the World's Oceans

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At the beach this summer, gazing out over the waves from the shoreline, it's hard to imagine the underwater world that lies just below the blue expanse: Partly because it’s so other-worldy, and partly because we just don't know...continued

"No Blue, No Green" -- New Sylvia Earle Film Shows Power of Protecting Our Oceans

Posted August 15, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Reviving the World's Oceans, The Media and the Environment

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In a beautiful new film released this Friday on Netflix, oceanographer and explorer Sylvia Earle describes her underwater adventures. She also explains why she is driven to protect wild oceans the way we now protect wild lands. Her goal,...continued

Keep the Arctic Ocean and Other Special Waters off the Auction Block for Drilling

Posted August 14, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans

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Friday marks the deadline for comment on which ocean waters should be considered for oil and gas leasing. The Obama Administration is creating the next five-year leasing program, but don’t let the name fool you. This is not a short-term matter....continued

Now Showing: Pebble Mine's Disastrous Future at BC's Mount Polley Mine

Posted August 7, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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In the early morning of August 4, 2014, a major breach occurred in an earthen dam built to contain millions of tons of mining waste – called “tailings” -- at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in central...continued

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