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We Need President Obama to Save Whales from Navy Exercises

Posted July 25, 2014 by Zak Smith in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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This week, the Natural Resources Defense Council launched a petition drive asking President Obama to protect whales from deadly sonar and explosives. It’s action the world’s marine mammals desperately need. At home, the Navy is engaged in exercises that...continued

Navy War Games May Be Disrupting More than Just Animals in Hawaii

Posted July 21, 2014 by Zak Smith in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The Navy’s day-to-day training activities wreak havoc on the marine life unfortunate enough to be nearby. This is doubly true for their war games. And now, whales and dolphins may not be the only mammals impacted, as the latest...continued

EPA Takes the Next Critical Step Toward Protecting Wild Salmon and Stopping the Massive Pebble Mine

Posted July 18, 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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally proposed limitations that would block the massive, ill-conceived Pebble Mine project -- the controversial proposal to mine gold and copper at the headwaters of the pristine Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery in Alaska that faces...continued

The National Ocean Policy Turns Four

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

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This July 19, the National Ocean Policy turns four! It marks four years of improved ocean governance and greater collaboration between the more than 20 various federal entities tasked with overseeing more than 140 laws that manage ocean issues –...continued

Blue Whales, Collateral Damage, and the U.S. Navy's Avoidable War on Whales

Posted July 1, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today is the publication date for Joshua Horwitz’ War of the Whales, a true story brilliantly told about the U.S. Navy’s decades-long war on whales and other marine mammals by its reckless use of high intensity active sonar. The book...continued

Testing California's Waters

Posted June 25, 2014 by Alisa Valderrama in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Summary: Stormwater runoff from our urban and suburban environments is a primary source of beach water pollution in California  -  yet California cities and agencies are constrained by state law from raising money to fix the problem. As a result,...continued

How Clean is Your Favorite New York or New Jersey Beach?

Posted June 25, 2014 by Johanna Dyer in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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It’s (finally) summertime! And you know what that means: people all over the New York and New Jersey region are grabbing their towels and flip-flops and heading to the states’ beaches for relief from the sweltering heat. But unfortunately, every...continued

Icelandic Whalers Draw Blood, Kill the First Fin Whale of the Season

Posted June 18, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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In the face of international condemnation, yesterday Icelandic whalers kicked off the 2014 commercial whaling season by killing an endangered fin whale. Fin whales are known as the "greyhound of the sea" for their speed.  They are the world’s second largest...continued

Obama Takes Bold Action to Protect Marine Life in the Pacific Ocean

Posted June 17, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Reviving the World's Oceans

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This is great day for anyone who has ever marveled at wide-open seas and rich ocean life. President Obama announced plans to protect a vast stretch of the central Pacific Ocean home to coral gardens and underwater mountain ranges. This...continued

Government Fails to Protect Great Hammerhead Shark

Posted June 13, 2014 by Brad Sewell in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In March 2013, NRDC submitted a petition to list the northwest Atlantic population of the great hammerhead shark as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  After conducting a scientific review, the government has announced that it will not propose...continued

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