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Michael Jasny, Senior Policy Analyst, Vancouver, B.C., and Santa Monica

Michael Jasny

I grew up in an industrialized part of New Jersey, unconcerned about environmental issues (or, indeed, nature) until I read one of John McPhee’s books on geology and had an embarrassingly late conversion experience.  I’ve been to law school and graduate school, the latter in English literature, and dabbled in human rights law before coming to NRDC.  In the last few years I’ve focused on marine mammal conservation, so my 8-year-old knows A LOT about whales.

Recent Posts

NRDC Petitions to List Endangered Gulf Whale

Posted September 18, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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 Under the definition of “in harm’s way,” there should be a photo of the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s (pronounced BROO-dus) whale. This forty-foot whale—cousin to blues and humpbacks, and the only great whale known to reside in the Gulf—is in desperate...continued

War of the Whales

Posted July 1, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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On March 15, 2000, a seldom-seen species of deep-diving whales began stranding along the coast of Great Abaco Island, in the northern Bahamas.  That event—the first naval sonar mortalities to be witnessed by humans—and the struggle that followed to determine...continued

Right Whale Agreement Announced Today

Posted May 7, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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This morning, together with our colleagues at National Wildlife Federation and Conservation Law Foundation, we announced an agreement with Deepwater Wind, a major offshore wind developer, to safeguard North Atlantic right whales during the initial phases of development off southern...continued

Greek Mass Stranding Investigation Begins; One Whale Pregnant

Posted April 11, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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On the island of Crete, biologists have begun studying the bodies of whales that perished during the recent mass stranding.   They’ll be looking for tell-tale signs of sonar pathology: bleeding around the brain, lesions in organ tissue, and damage...continued

Update on Greek strandings: More whales

Posted April 7, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week, I wrote about a mass stranding of beaked whales off Crete while the Greek, U.S., and Israeli navies ran exercises offshore – the latest in a long line of whale strandings associated with naval training.  At the...continued

Milestone in Ocean Noise Fight

Posted April 4, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday was a milestone in the fight against ocean noise pollution.  After five years, the International Maritime Organization adopted guidelines to reduce underwater noise from commercial ships. These are voluntary guidelines, not mandatory code, but their passage is a big...continued

U.S. Navy Implicated in New Mass Stranding of Whales

Posted April 2, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday afternoon, while the U.S. and other navies played war games somewhere offshore, Cuvier’s beaked whales began stranding along the southern coast of Crete.  Those on the scene knew right away what they were dealing with, for yesterday’s strandings...continued

Lawmakers, NRDC: Protect Marine Mammals from Hearing Damage

Posted March 19, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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For whales, hearing loss is a serious health problem.  This is because they use sound for virtually everything they do to survive in the wild—to feed, find mates, avoid predators, maintain bonds, and orient themselves in the darkness of the...continued

Obama Opens the East Coast to Seismic Blasting; Drilling to Come

Posted February 27, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today the Obama administration released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement on oil and gas exploration off the east coast.  And not surprisingly, it is a capitulation to the forces of drill-baby-drill.  Within months, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will...continued

California Sea Otters Targeted in Defense Authorization Bill

Posted November 6, 2013 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The Senate will shortly be considering a provision that would allow the U.S. Navy to injure and kill California sea otters, without complying with the core wildlife statutes protecting this threatened species.  Recently, the House added language to this year’s...continued

A Seismic Vote in Europe

Posted October 10, 2013 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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While the U.S. Congress fiddles, other legislative bodies are managing to get something positive done.  Yesterday, in Strasburg, Germany, the European Parliament voted in favor of a new statutory provision that would require the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments...continued

Oil and Gas Surveys Harm Shellfish, Too

Posted October 3, 2013 by Michael Jasny in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Marine mammals, fish, crustaceans, octopus and squid.  The list of marine species threatened by intense noise pollution continues to expand, not surprisingly given the vital importance of sound to the ocean environment.  Now shellfish are the latest taxa to...continued

Death in a Lagoon

Posted September 26, 2013 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Sometimes good science takes time.  Yesterday, more than five years after the fact, a report was released about a mysterious mass stranding of whales that made international news in its day but has since been all but forgotten.  Few...continued

Settlement in the Gulf

Posted June 20, 2013 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Here’s a recipe for an environmental train wreck: Take one of the world's most powerful industries, allow it to conduct harmful activities for years without obtaining the basic authorizations required by law, and produce a wealth of science making...continued

Death and Denial

Posted May 6, 2013 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  On June 9, 2008, at least 60 dolphins stranded along the coast of Cornwall, England, in what was by far the largest common dolphin mortality ever seen in UK waters.  For hours, rescuers tried to lead them back to...continued

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