National Science Foundation: proposed budget cuts, Cities may stop recycling due to costs, Canada to support oil spill impact research, Hundreds of mutilated dolphins in France, EPA pushes for more focus on drinking water less on climate change, active bills support shark conservation and more…
3. Canada to Support Six Organizations Studying Oil Spill Impact
The Government of Canada has decided to support six international organizations with their research projects on mitigating the environmental impacts of oil spills. The initiative is part of the government’s Oceans Protection Plan, which aims to protect Canadian coasts and waterways from potential oil spills. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Johns Hopkins University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, SINTEF Ocean, Texas A&M University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution were selected under the programme.
4. Science and Environmental Spending Make Conspicuous Targets in US Budget
6. Hundreds of Mutilated Dolphins Discovered Piled On Beach in France
The mutilated corpses of hundreds of dolphins have been found piled up on a French beach.
They were some of the thousands accidentally killed by the fishing industry each year that wash up on the country’s coast, observers say. The animals had suffered fractures, snapped tails, broken flippers and deep wounds from nets cutting into their flesh. And experts fear the toll of “bycatch” victims is threatening the survival of French dolphin populations. The grim find was made by volunteers from Sea Shepherd France in Les Sables d’Olonne, on France’s Atlantic coast near La Rochelle.
To put an end to the bestial act of shark finning, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, John Armato and Vincent Mazzeo to ban the harvest and sale of shark fins in New Jersey was released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday. A recent increase in the demand for shark fin soup has called attention to shark finning. The practice entails severing a live shark’s fins from its body, thus rendering it immobile, and returning it to the water. The practice results in a painful death for the shark.
Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction. The House voted 47-8 to prohibit drilling and exploration in the state’s marine waters, extending a temporary 10-year ban that was set to expire next year. The measure already passed the Senate and will be sent next to Gov. Kate Brown. Brown, a Democrat, has previously spoken out against offshore oil drilling and has pushed for strong climate protections in the state.
Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world’s most immediate public health issue, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday. Environmental groups responded by saying the Trump administration was neglecting — or worsening — both health threats. Wheeler made his case for a shift in public focus in a CBS News interview that aired Wednesday, and in a speech later in the day in Washington on global water issues.
The island, known as the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean” because of the sheer variety of life, is more than 400 miles (644 km) from the nearest significant human settlement. But its position in the ocean currents mean that every high tide brings more plastic. Access to the atoll, part of the Seychelles, is strictly controlled for reasons of biosecurity but Sky News was allowed ashore to see the threat the plastic poses to wildlife. We saw turtles crawling over plastic bottles and other debris to lay their eggs in the sand.