Microplastics, which are particles measuring less than 5 mm, are of increasing concern. They not only become more relevant as other plastic marine litter breaks down into tiny particles, they also interact with species in a range of marine habitats. A new study takes a look at how global climate change and the impact of changing ocean circulation affects the distribution of marine microplastic litter.
"Recent record numbers of reported sea lion strandings and whale entanglements off the California coast have prompted a state legislative proposal aimed at providing emergency funding to rescue networks that work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."
"The Presidential Memorandum entitled “Withdrawal of Certain Portions of the United States Arctic Outer Continental Shelf from Mineral Leasing” issued on December 20, 2016, and any other substantially similar memorandum, Executive order, or other action by the President issued or taken before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act to withdraw from mineral leasing the areas of the outer Continental Shelf described in that memorandum (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act) under section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1341(a)) shall have no force or effect."