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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 4:49pm, by raye

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."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 4:20pm, by raye

Via Australian Geographic 

"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."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:49am, by raye
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Via The Anchorage Daily News

"The average age of a state commercial fishing permit holder now tops 50, up by 10 years from a generation ago, according to state data cited in the new report. Back in 1975, half of rural permit holders who fished locally were 40 or under. Now it's about a quarter."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:45am, by raye
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Via Global Trade

"The site is 100 miles west of the Alaska wildlife refuge, which a provision in the current Senate Republican tax bill would open for drilling. The executive branch doesn’t require congressional approval for Eni’s Arctic drilling, which could begin this month."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:35am, by raye
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Via BBC

"Plastic as we know it has only really existed for the last 60-70 years, but in that time it has transformed everything from clothing, cooking and catering, to product design, engineering and retailing. One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that they're designed to last - for a very long time.And nearly all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:31am, by raye

Via Los Angeles Times

"Called white plague, white blotch and other names, depending on the pattern of damaged or destroyed tissue, the disease has infected more than 20 South Florida coral species from the mid-Florida Keys through Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:19am, by raye

Via The News

"The UK’s only pod of killer whales is facing extinction because of toxic pollution. With only eight members remaining and no reports of a calf being born for over 20 years, the pod may be gone in a matter of decades, despite the toxins that are killing them having been banned for almost 40 years."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:09am, by raye
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Via IPS

"The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world’s most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:03am, by raye
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Via Cape Gazette

"It became apparent to me after reading some of the posts on social media concerning the menhaden issue that a good number of people have no idea how fisheries regulations are developed. Believe it or not, there is a system, and while it’s far from perfect, it has been helpful in conserving striped bass, red drum and to some extent, flounder."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 9:55am, by raye

Via Seafood Source

"In the busy shipping lanes of Long Beach and San Francisco the industry, working with NOAA and other organizations, learned that moving ship traffic closer to shore greatly reduced contact with whales. Right whale researchers in the Bay of Fundy found a three-mile move of shipping lanes reduced ship strikes by 90 percent."

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