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"Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Washington Post."
The Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) and the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) invite you to contribute to the Communities, Conservation & Livelihoods international conference (May 28-30, 2018, Halifax, Canada). The meeting will be of interest to those in indigenous organizations, local communities, governments and nongovernmental organizations, universities and other research institutions, the private sector, funding agencies and many others, throughout the world.
Via News Deeply
"A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters verifies the accuracy of a satellite-based monitoring tool called “sea level fingerprinting.” The technology detects varying patterns in regional sea levels, which can be used for predicting how climate change will affect future storm surge in flood-prone coastal areas."
Over the past five years, the number of turtles caught by commercial fishers along Australia's east coast has increased by tenfold. The bycatch of dolphins, whales, and seabirds has also increased.
Fishermen in California are using their cellphones' GPS and new software to find and retrieve lost and abandoned crabbing gear before it traps a whale. They receive $65 per pot retrieved.
Via The Guardian
A vessel carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel oil and marine gas sunk on Sunday off of Salamína island, and the resulting oil spill has hit popular beaches and bays in Athens’ Argo-Saronic gulf. It has been described as an ecological disaster.
"Growing evidence indicates that underwater air guns used to detect oil and gas deposits affect the behavior of marine mammals. Arctic biologist Eva Garde talks about her research into the impact of air guns on elusive narwhals"