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The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar officially emerged from military rule and geopolitical isolation in 2011. A civilian government now holds power, and the nation — home to more than 100 ethnic groups — is reopening itself to the world. Part of this reopening is in the realm of marine conservation: the government is partnering with international NGOs and experts to plan a system of MPAs in the nation’s Myeik Archipelago.

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Posted on April 18, 2017 - 5:14pm, by abrown

Via ship-technology.com

"Environmentally conscious tourism is on the rise, with more people concerned about the footprint they might leave behind at their chosen holiday destination. While cruise ships continue to be big polluters, some operators are waking up to the economic opportunities of catering to eco-friendly tourists."

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Posted on April 18, 2017 - 4:16pm, by abrown

Via Phys.org

"Banning transshipment at-sea—the transfer of fish and supplies from one vessel to another in open waters—is necessary to diminish illegal fishing, a team of researchers has concluded after an analysis of existing maritime regulations."

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Posted on April 17, 2017 - 3:01pm, by nwehner
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Via The Globe and Mail

"More than five months after 35 shipping containers fell off an international cargo ship, scattering huge pieces of debris across the coastline near Tofino, the hunks of metal and bits of Styrofoam remain along the coast. The question of who is responsible for the cleanup is bouncing around federal government departments."

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Posted on April 17, 2017 - 12:35pm, by nwehner
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Via Climate Central

"We’re 12 weeks into the Trump administration and there’s a glut of nominations President Trump has yet to put forward. Many are crucial to having a functioning government and setting the priorities for their agencies."

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Posted on April 17, 2017 - 8:18am, by nwehner
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Via ThinkProgress

"Amidst backlash and subscription cancellations for hiring extreme climate science denier, Bret Stephens, the New York Times offered a stunning defense: There are “millions of people who agree with him.”"

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Posted on April 16, 2017 - 7:59am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"Without guidance from Fish and Wildlife, Democrats on a Natural Resources subcommittee said they were powerless to refute claims from witnesses called by Republicans who said the Endangered Species Acts cost projects millions of dollars as a result of delays."

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Posted on April 14, 2017 - 1:43pm, by nwehner
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Via Nature Ecology & Evolution

"Over the last two decades, marine protected areas (MPAs) have become the most commonly used tool to conserve marine ecosystems globally, driven in part by international targets set to “effectively and equitably manage” 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020. Despite substantial progress in reaching the associated 10% coverage target, key questions remain about the management of MPAs, including how management approaches can improve their conservation performance."

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