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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 3:17pm, by abrown

Via Science Daily

"Polar cod fulfill a key role in the Arctic food web, as they are a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds alike. But the polar cod themselves might soon be the hungry ones. Under the ice of the central Arctic, the juvenile fish are indirectly but heavily dependent on ice algae. As a result, retreating sea ice could have far-reaching impacts on the food web."

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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 12:51pm, by abrown

Via Time

"In just one more instance of the unpredictable events of 2017, scientists have noticed that some humpback whales are gathering in puzzling "super-groups" of up to 200 animals, instead of their usual small crew."

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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 12:44pm, by abrown

Via Arab News

"Committee meetings of the Ministerial Council of the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA), in preparation for its 17th session, began on Tuesday in Amman, Jordan, in the presence of representatives of member states."

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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 11:46am, by nwehner
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Via The House Committee on Natural Resources

"Unfortunately with the stroke of his pen, President Obama ignored a viable alternative developed with stakeholders and unnecessarily cordoned off vital acreage for fishing communities off the coast of Cape Cod.

In his written testimony, Mayor Mitchell pointed out inherently flawed issues in the monument designation process: “It lacks sufficient amounts of all the ingredients that good policy-making requires: scientific rigor, direct industry input, transparency, and a deliberate pace that allows adequate time and space for review,” Mitchell wrote."

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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 11:31am, by nwehner

Via Ocean Action Hub

"The discussion is taking place during the preparatory process for The Ocean Conference in order to engage stakeholders in assessing the challenges and opportunities related to delivering on implementation of Targets 14.2 and 14.5 aiming to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems, including strengthening their resilience, to achieve healthy and productive oceans. The discussion runs from 15 March - 5 April 2017."

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Posted on March 15, 2017 - 10:59am, by nwehner
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Via Reuters

"Seventeen congressional Republicans signed a resolution on Wednesday vowing to seek "economically viable" ways to stave off global warming, challenging the stated views of President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax."

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Posted on March 14, 2017 - 2:39pm, by nwehner
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Via The House Committee on Natural Resources

"On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 10:00 am in 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee will hold a one-panel oversight hearing on “Examining the Creation and Management of Marine Monuments and Sanctuaries.”"

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Posted on March 14, 2017 - 2:14pm, by nwehner
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Via House Committee on Natural Resources

"Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Rep. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa) sent a letter to President Trump today requesting removal of all marine monument fishing prohibitions and reinstatement of fisheries management under federal law.

“Access to several of the nation’s key fisheries is in jeopardy—through the establishment and expansion of marine national monuments. […] The commercial fishing prohibitions of marine national monuments impact shore-side businesses and local economies of the U.S.,” the letter states."

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Posted on March 14, 2017 - 2:07pm, by nwehner
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Via Ars Technica

"Last week, newly appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt made some comments about climate change that were clearly at odds with a basic scientific understanding of the climate. Since then, various groups of scientists have pointed out just how wrong he was and have offered to help out if he decides to come to grips with reality."

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