"Ensuring clean air, land, and water—this is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses nearly 90 percent of its budget. However, in a controversial move that has many advocates concerned, this same budget has been slated for deep proposed cuts."
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"Take half a dozen retired Navy dolphins and put them in a huge tank with a trainer and some oversized hula hoops for six months and what do you get? Potential clues to unraveling the mysteries behind why some marine mammals are susceptible to mass strandings, scientists hope."
Via The Atlantic
"While this proposal hints at President Trump’s governance priorities, and serves as an initial negotiating position, it mostly markets his ideological bonafides to other Republicans. It’s fiduciary fan fiction for conservatives, basically, with little chance of becoming law. Not only will a tiny EPA be politically difficult to enact, but there are also sticky legal limits on the extent to which the non-military side of the government can be defunded."
Via Marianas Variety
"Placement on the NOAA inventory means that the agency has determined that the nomination successfully met numerous criteria, including ecological, historical, cultural and archaeological significance; economic uses; need for conservation and management of threatened resources; and broad-based community support."
"The House Science Committee is currently preparing broad, new authorization legislation for NSF. At a hearing last week, committee members indicated that STEM education, ongoing oversight issues, and implementing a strong “national interest” requirement into NSF grant-making will all be on the committee's agenda. The committee is also planning to push the agency to favor engineering and the physical, biological, and computer sciences."
"The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings, according to two senior administration officials."
"The executive order and the budget proposal, plus an earlier hiring freeze memorandum, present a management strategy designed to jettison agencies, oust programs, slow hiring and dump employees."
"Marine salvors this week were racing to get 32 abandoned boats off the bottom in Marquesas Keys waters before the birds arrive. Monday, a crew from Coffin Marine Services removed seven of the deteriorating vessels, many holding “hazardous materials including oily residue, fuels and other pollutants,” says a report from the Monroe County Marine Resources Office, which is spearheading the $61,200 project."
For Collective Change in the Area of Coastal and Marine Conservation
A TWO-YEAR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FOR MPA PRACTITIONERS FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN
Starting in June 2017
The program is managed by WWF Mediterranean and is co-funded by the MAVA Foundation, the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) and the European Union.