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USA - BOEM and NOAA Announce Interagency Collaboration to Advance Offshore Wind Energy (with News Compilation)

Jan. 12, 2022 - Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and NOAA signed an interagency memorandum in support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ambitious offshore wind energy goals to advance wind energy responsibly while protecting biodiversity and promoting cooperative ocean use.

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Federal

USA - NOAA opens applications for Coastal Management Fellowships

"Creating the next generation of coastal leaders" -- That’s what drives these fellowship programs. The programs also contribute to the Office for Coastal Management’s ongoing efforts to address coastal challenges using sound science and strong partnerships.

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Federal

USA - US Army Corps Announces Spending Plan (with News Compilation)

The U.S. Army on Wednesday announced the Civil Works studies, projects and programs that the Corps would implement in Fiscal Year 2022 with the $22.81 billion in supplemental funding provided in two recently enacted laws — the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; and the 2022 Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

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Waterways

USA - Senate needs careful approach on US shipping reform

The House of Representatives in early December overwhelmingly passed the “Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021.”

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Engineering

USA - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $17.1 billion for the Corps of Engineers

On November 15, 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act providing $17.1 billion for the Corps of Engineers.

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Advocacy

USA - Surfrider Foundation Appoints Zach Plopper As Environmental Director

San Clemente, Calif., January 18, 2022 – The Surfrider Foundation, the largest grassroots organization focused on coastal and ocean conservation, announces the addition of Zach Plopper, a conservation expert and former professional surfer, as its new Environmental Director.

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Science

USA - Increase in marine heat waves threatens coastal habitats

Heat waves—like the one that blistered the Pacific Northwest last June—also occur underwater. A new study in Frontiers in Marine Science paints a worrisome picture of recent and projected trends in marine heat waves within the nation's largest estuary, with dire implications for the marine life and coastal economy of the Chesapeake Bay and other similarly impacted shallow-water ecosystems.

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Federal

USA - Army Corps of Engineers Announces Port Infrastructure, Disaster Mitigation Investments

$100 million is designated for studies of proposed projects in the four states where major disasters were declared in FY 2021 due to Hurricane Ida.

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Federal

USA - Army Corps of Engineers gets $14 billion to help ease supply chains

(AP) - The Biden administration on Wednesday announced the release of $14 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to fund 500 projects, with a focus on easing supply chain problems and addressing climate change.

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Federal

USA - WRDA UPDATE: Transportation Committees Prep New Waterways Bill

Congressional transportation policymakers recently announced plans to kick off consideration of legislation aimed at improving the country’s transportation waterways.

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Engineering

USA - Weathering Future Storms: Resilience Strategies for Marinas

Building the capacity to withstand and recover from storms is essential to the effective operation of any waterside facility. Whether it’s a publicly owned harbor connected to miles of shoreline or a small, private marina with several hundred feet of frontage, proactive protection measures for both water-based and landside facilities are critical for minimizing damage, maintaining emergency access and egress, and reopening as quickly as possible after a storm event.

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Federal

USA - EPA Releases Draft Environmental Justice Plan - Environment - United States

On January 5, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft Environmental Justice Action Plan. The Action Plan outlines measures that have been or will be implemented by EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) to address environmental justice (EJ) concerns in OLEM programs, including Superfund, emergency response, and risk management.

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Science

World - 2022 Brings New Conservation Challenges—and Opportunities

Deep-sea mining, coastal wetland protection, and wildlife DNA analysis among issues likely to have global impact

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Science

USA - How next-gen satellites are transforming our view of climate change

As more frequent and more severe storms erode coastlines, mapmakers must adapt quickly.

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Federal

USA - Recovering America's Wildlife Act: Conservationists' hope for species at risk

Piping plover. Atlantic sturgeon. American shad. Red knot. Horseshoe crab. Bog turtle. These are just some of the thousands of depleting species in this region that conservationists are working to preserve.

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Advocacy

World - Green Buildings with water harvesting for clean Environment and Blue Economy

For the past two decades, the world has witnessed some level of significant industrial and technological revolution. opined that this revolution, despite its acclaimed benefits to humanity has resulted in a worrisome level of interaction with our environment.

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Science

USA - When water is coming from all sides

NOAA, William & Mary researchers team with TACC to develop, test first-ever 3D compound inland-coastal flooding guidance system

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Science

World - Oceans absorbed heat equivalent to seven Hiroshima nuclear explosions every second, expert says

“If you want to know how fast climate change is happening, the answer is in the oceans.”

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Energy

USA - US oil industry anticipated to boom, despite Biden's climate push

Government body predictions show the industry is set for a record year after pandemic lows, challenging climate ambitions.

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Advocacy

World - Opinion: Every Modern Government Needs a Ministry for the Ocean

The ocean is becoming ever more central to our economies. Around 80 percent of internationally traded goods are transported by sea, and even brief blockages cause panic in global markets. Fishing remains big business, but in the 21st-century fish farming is even bigger.

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Science

World - Harmful Algae Blooms: An untapped resource

Algae can be perilous. In Southeast India, floating blooms are suffocating corals and fish. Since the early nineties, Lake Erie in North America has suffered yearly outbreaks that have rocked the local economy. At the peak of the 2021 bloom season, cyanobacteria covered 530 square miles of its surface.

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Science

USA - Climate change is driving tiger sharks further north. There's a lesson here about how fishing rules work

As climate change warms the oceans, one of its sturdiest predators, the tiger shark, is moving north.

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Science

FL - Shark attacks related to lunar phases

New research from LSU and the University of Florida suggests that more shark attacks occur during fuller phases of the moon. While the exact cause remains unclear, the researchers found that more shark attacks than average occur during periods of higher lunar illumination and fewer attacks than average occur during periods of lower illumination.

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Science

World - Could crushed rocks absorb enough carbon to curb global warming?

A little-examined form of geoengineering takes what rocks normally do—lock up carbon—and spreads it through the oceans.

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Engineering

USA - How coastal cities can build climate resilience as the clock ticks

Business leaders and policymakers should promote adaptations now to mitigate climate effects to come, experts say. Here’s where to focus the energy.

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