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Posted on February 26, 2018 - 10:14am, by raye
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Via New York Times

"The problem, in the argot of flood protection, is that the Army Corps of Engineers designed the new system to protect against the storms that would cause a “100-year” flood — a flood with a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year. And that, experts say, is simply insufficient for an urban area certain to face more powerful storms."

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Posted on February 26, 2018 - 10:03am, by raye
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Via New York Times

"A relentless succession of hurricanes and tropical storms — three last season alone — has accelerated the decay. In all, more than 2,000 square miles, an expanse larger than the state of Delaware, have disappeared since 1932."

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Posted on February 26, 2018 - 8:46am, by nwehner
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Via American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

"by Jay Austin, Senior Attorney and Editor-in Chief of the Environmental Law Reporter, Environmental Law Institute

For the past year or so, a steady refrain in environmental and regulatory law has been “can he do that?” – the ongoing reexamination of presidential and executive branch authority against a dizzying backdrop of reversals, revisions, and rescissions of Obama Administration policies and rules. My own attempts to answer this question included a look at last April’s Executive Order 13795 on “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” which attempts to extend the new watchword of “energy dominance” to the outer continental shelf."
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Posted on February 26, 2018 - 8:41am, by nwehner

Via NPR

""If the only thing Amazon ever published were reviews of the first three people who bought a product, then we'd have a very ineffective system for knowing what was good and bad," says Michael Eisen, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at University of California, Berkeley."

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Posted on February 23, 2018 - 3:20pm, by raye

Via Conservation International

"Voyagers in Samoa tap into their cultures’ traditions to connect with the ocean. The preferred means of travel? The Va’a (pronounce “vaka”), a canoe traditionally used by the Polynesians to travel across the Pacific Ocean. The Va’a is not just a means of transportation — it’s a way to connect with other cultures while learning to live in harmony with nature."

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Posted on February 23, 2018 - 9:45am, by raye
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Via NPR

"SkyTruth and its collaborators tracked most of the world's fishing vessels through an entire year by monitoring radio transmissions that most vessels now emit automatically in order to avoid collisions with each other."

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Posted on February 22, 2018 - 3:44pm, by raye
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Via The Nature Conservancy 

"Oceanic nations like Seychelles are among the most vulnerable to climate change because their economies are often almost totally reliant on marine resources. Failing to plan how to sustain those resources as the climate changes could eventually be ecologically and economically disastrous. 

By demarcating large areas to be both protected and properly managed, Seychelles is now better prepared for the unknown effects of warming and rising waters, ocean acidification, and increased and illegal fishing."

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Posted on February 22, 2018 - 11:45am, by raye
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Via UnderCurrentNews

"Japanese fishermen have caught 3,341 metric tons of juvenille bluefin tuna as of Feb. 14, or 98% of its 2017/18 season quota. With the quota running to the end of June, fishermen still have more than four months of the season remaining."

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