"The rural town of Penzance, Cornwall, has been working extremely hard to rid its beaches and streets of single-use plastics and, according to the non-profit Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)which is coordinating this campaign, nearly one hundred other communities around the country are striving for similar status."
"A University of Exeter survey has found turtles are being tangled up in lost fishing nets, plastic twine and nylon fishing line, as well as six pack rings from canned drinks, plastic packaging straps, plastic balloon string, kite string, plastic packaging and discarded anchor line and seismic cable. Turtles were also discovered entangled in discarded plastic chairs, wooden crates, weather balloons and boat mooring line."
Via The Guardian
"Overfishing and climate change are pushing some of the world’s most iconic seabirds to the brink of extinction, according to a new report. The study reveals that kittiwakes and gannets are among a number of seabirds that have now joined the red list of under-threat birds drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)."
"Any day now, President Trump’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, is going to propose a new draft program that will tell us which U.S. coasts are on the chopping block—to be opened up for the oil industry. At risk are the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico."
Via The Guardian
"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said there are only about 450 North Atlantic right whales left and 17 have died in 2017. The situation is so dire that US and Canadian regulators need to consider the possibility that the population will not recover without action soon, said John Bullard, north-east regional administrator for NOAA Fisheries."
"It’s the first new species of branching coral discovered in more than three decades and was confirmed by legendary coral biologist Charlie Veron who during his career has discovered 20 per cent of the world’s coral species."