"President Trump on Thursday tapped Kathleen Hartnett-White, a former chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, to head a key White House office that coordinates environmental and energy policies across the government."
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Via Hakai Magazine
"Kornis, a fish biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, studied hundreds of sites in and around Chesapeake Bay, from natural beaches and marshlands, to shores lined with riprap (cages of loose rock) and bulkheads (walls, often wooden). The harder the shoreline, he found, the harder hit the species. This was true even for riprap, which is often considered more environmentally friendly than sheer walls."
"Surveys off Washington’s coast detected low numbers of juvenile salmon from the Columbia River, including spring chinook, a bad omen for orcas and other species that rely on the king of fish."
"For the first time in Campania, with the tour “UN MARE DI CULTURA: TURISMO SUBACQUEO NELLE AREE MARINE PROTETTE CAMPANE” funded by the Region, the 6 Protected Marine Areas are tied with the aim to bring to the surface the archaeological heritage and underwater archaeological preserved within the PPMMAA to increase knowledge through the communication channels of the specialized press."
The tiny Pacific island country of Niue is now in the global big leagues of marine conservation. At the Our Ocean Conference in Malta on October 5, the government of Niue announced its decision to create a large-scale marine protected area (LSMPA) encompassing 40 percent of the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of about 127,000 square kilometres.
Kinder Morgan is beginning the construction of the approved expanded pipeline in Western Canada by adding 5 Salmon Spawning deterrents in different rivers. The construction time line has not been approved; therefore, the action is unauthorized. Can we trust Kinder Morgan to follow the law during the rest of the construction?
Via Asia Times
"Russia’s government has committed to a plan to invest in the development of Arctic tourism as part of a broader spending plan to boost efforts to open up the region to visitors through eco-friendly cruises and expedition routes."
"Congress set its sights last week on legislation to loosen restrictions on oil and gas development in the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS), a move that Republicans and industry representatives at an 11 October hearing said would help meet continued demand for fossil fuels, bolster national security, and fill federal and state coffers with a share of resulting oil and gas revenues."
Via News Deeply
"Researchers find that policies in Australia to compensate for the destruction of marine habitats from dredging, port construction and other developments are too poorly managed to prevent a loss of biodiversity."