1. Endangered Species Act in Danger
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is in danger of being gutted. Passed in 1973, the ESA is credited with saving species such as our national symbol, the bald eagle. More than 1,600 plants and animals are protected under this law, with hundreds more under consideration for protection.
3. Drilling Safeguard for National Parks at Risk
The National Park Service’s 9B rule was created in 1978 to safeguard against private oil and gas development. Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar introduced a resolution that seeks to repeal this rule and allow oil and gas drilling where the government only has surface and not sub-surface rights. If repealed, drilling could occur in National Parks with little regulation.
4. Prince Charles Urges Consumers to Cut Down on Plastic Use
In association with the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, Prince Charles urges consumers to cut down on plastic use. He is also asking that businesses help consumers recycle plastics and come up with “innovative solutions” to reuse plastic items. More than eight million tons of plastics are thrown out each year and much of it ends up in the ocean. Read More…
5. Sea Otter Population Remains High, But With Increased Mortalities form Great White Sharks
California “Sea Otters have been steadily increasing in number by at least 3 percent annually in the last five years.” But the rate of increase could be more.
Great white sharks don’t usually consume sea otters, however the “accidental bites” due to low visibility and poor eyesight accounts for many sea otter deaths.
Studies are showing that ocean acidification which has been known to cause the shells of ocean creatures to dissolve, can also promote shell formation in others. Scientists have found that foraminifera, small planktonic animals with a hard outer shell create a chemical micro-environment that favors lime formation when carbon dioxide is in the water.
7. Tuna or Not? Sushi Study Shows Widespread Mislabeling
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