Advocacy

Coastwide
Advocacy

USA - NFWF Celebrates 20 Years of Coral Reef Conservation, Announces $1.2 Million in New Grants

Eleven grants will address threats and develop tools for restoration and management of coral reefs in U.S. and Caribbean waters

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

AL - Alabama Political Reporter Partners With Covering Climate Now

We’re making a commitment to inform you, our readers, about the parts of climate change that are within your spheres of influence.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

USA - Our Great Lakes Are Battered and Need Help

A bipartisan group is leading a push to shore up the Great Lakes which have been battered by storms, high water and widespread coastal erosion in recent years.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - An Effort to Plant Queen Bess Island for Louisiana Pelicans

QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. (AP) — After Louisiana officials finished restoring 37-acre Queen Bess Island in February, much of the vegetation planted on its small footprint of newly pumped sand didn’t have time to take root before more than 6,000 brown pelicans arrived for breeding season.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Hundreds of Opponents Ask EPA to Deny Florida More Control of Its Wetlands

They fear the state will be too lenient in handing out permits to developers, who support the plan.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - In Florida's Plan to Take Over Wetland Permits, Critics See a Gift to Developers

The state doesn't have the resources or track record to assume a major program from the federal government, environmentalists say.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Coral Reef Restoration and Other Resilience Projects Win National Funding

Florida has netted nearly $13 million in public-private grants from the National Coastal Resilience Fund for projects to restore or expand natural systems needed to protect coastlines from climate-induced sea-level rise and severe weather.

International
Advocacy

World - Global Leaders Must Act to Protect Ocean Life from Seabed Mining Impacts

Consistent, science-based regional plans are key to ensuring effective environmental protection

Northeast
Advocacy

NE - From the Sea Floor to the Courtroom, the Fight to Save Right Whales Grows Urgent

The fate of the world's rarest cetacean could hinge on a series of lawsuits that seek to change how the fishing industry operates

Coastwide
Advocacy

USA - To Save Nature, We Must Protect 30 Percent of US Ocean

Protecting 30 percent of the U.S. ocean is key to saving the diversity and abundance of life on Earth.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - The Battle Over Protecting Ballona Wetlands -- And If They Need It

There's a battle to protect the Ballona Wetlands—but what will happen to the last remaining wetlands in Los Angeles?

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

NC - Temporary Rules Needed to Protect Wetlands

This week, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission will consider approving a proposed “temporary” regulation to restore a permitting system to authorize activities in wetlands that federal agencies determine are no longer protected under the federal Clean Water Act.

International
Advocacy

World - Oceans Are Changing. Nature Can Help Us Deal With the Risk

Multi-sector collaboration and innovation are needed to protect and regenerate precious ecosystems and reduce ocean risk.

International
Advocacy

World - New Atlantic Marine Sanctuary Will Be One of World's Largest

Whales, sharks, seals, millions of seabirds, and just under 300 humans inhabit the small islands that make up Tristan da Cunha.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - California Should Protect Imperiled Bull Kelp

Closing three areas to commercial harvest could help restore ecosystem crucial to fighting climate change

Northeast
Advocacy

NY - A Roadmap to Protect 250 Square Miles of the Peconic Watershed

To help protect the 250 square miles that comprise the Peconic watershed, the Peconic Estuary Partnership recently unveiled its 2020 Comprehensive Conservation and Management plan, which will serve as its roadmap for the next decade.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

USA - Green Group to Sue Corps, Feds Over Columbia River Decision

A group representing environmental lawyers has filed notice of intent to sue the federal government, including the Corps of Engineers, over its decision not to dismantle locks and dams on the Columbia River.

Northeast
Advocacy

NE - Maine Voices: The Fate of a Species Is in Our Hands

Until new, long-term protections for right whales are in place, federal regulators must take emergency action.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Environmental Groups Ask for More Time to Consider Coastal Barrier

More than two dozen environmental groups have asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Texas General Land Office for more time to comment on a new plan for a storm-surge barrier on the Texas coast.

International
Advocacy

World - We Can Save Earth's Coral Reefs

Members of the International Coral Reef Initiative have agreed on the steps we must take. Now governments have to act

Caribbean
Advocacy

Barbados - Blue Economy Under Threat From Development

A local economist is urging caution in the development of the island’s blue economy resources due to the enormous damage that could result if it is not undertaken with care.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - If Florida Takes Over Permitting, Its Life-Giving Wetlands Will Be Lost to Development | Opinion

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection wants to take over wetlands permitting from federal agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Fisheries Service and Environmental Protection Agency.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Rodriguez: The Environmental Racism Behind the Poseidon Desalination Proposal

As many Orange County residents are painfully aware, the pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn laid bare many of the vulnerabilities among low-income communities, Latinx families, and people of color.

Southeast
Advocacy

GA - New State Wildlife Management Area Opens on the Coast

The Georgia Board of Natural Resources voted Tuesday to acquire nearly 8,000 acres of the historic Cabin Bluff property in Camden County for designation as a state wildlife management area.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Environmental Groups Torn Over Fight for Ballona Wetlands

PLAYA DEL REY, Calif. — Preserving and protecting the Ballona Wetlands in West Los Angeles has been a topic of discussion for decades.

International
Advocacy

UK - Government Leak Reveals Destruction of Marine Wildlife

Scotland has failed to meet a ten-year-old target to prevent damage to precious marine wildlife, according to a leaked Scottish Government report seen by The Ferret.

International
Advocacy

World - How Investors Are Coming Up With the Green to Save the Ocean Blue

Environmental threats to oceans around the world are prompting new approaches and deals to raise money for rescue efforts.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

WA - Feds Being Sued Over New Decision to Leave Snake River Dams

A coalition of environmental and fishing groups will ask the courts to intervene for a sixth time after the federal government again decided not to breach the four lower Snake River hydroelectric dams.

International
Advocacy

World - Data Drives Bloomberg's Support for Climate Solutions: An Interview With Antha N. Williams

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation launched by businessman and former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is one of the world’s largest charitable organizations.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Florida Wants to Control Wetlands Permitting. Critics Say the State Isn't Equipped to Do the Job

Florida’s bid to take over wetlands permitting across the state will undergo two virtual federal hearings beginning Wednesday.

Coastwide
Advocacy

USA - Hunting, Fishing Groups Release Statement on 30 by 30 Concept

Monday, National Wild Turkey Federation joins the voices of the nation’s leading hunting, fishing and habitat conservation organizations to support the Thirty by Thirty Initiative (30 by 30 Initiative) to establish a goal of placing 30% of the planet’s lands and waters under protected status by the year 2030.

International
Advocacy

EU - Vast Majority of Europe's Key Habitats in Poor or Bad Condition – Report

State of Nature in the EU survey finds only a quarter of species have good conservation status

Arctic & Antarctica
Advocacy

ANT - Scientific Coalition Calls for Marine Protected Area for Antarctic Peninsula

More than 280 women in STEMM who have participated in the Homeward Bound initiative are co-signatories on a piece that outlines the threats to the Antarctic Peninsula and provides methods to counter them.

Northeast
Advocacy

NJ - Entangled Right Whale off New Jersey

Bad weather Friday continued to frustrate efforts by NOAA officials to launch a new search flight and develop rescue plans for an entangled northern right whale sighted Oct. 11 near the approaches to New York Harbor.

International
Advocacy

CR - Costa Rica Expands Its Marine Protection Area in Defense of Biodiversity

Costa Rica has added more than 11,000 square kilometers to its marine conservation map over the last decade, thus making progress in settling a historical debt with its oceanic biodiversity.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Florida Agency Seeks Control of Federal Wetland Permits

A Florida agency is working to assume control of a federal program meant to protect the state’s wetlands, a move environmental groups say could further imperil dwindling natural ecosystems.

Arctic & Antarctica
Advocacy

ARC - Lawsuit Filed to Protect America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge From Oil and Gas Drilling

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced recently that he is leading a coalition of 15 states filing a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration to protect America’s pristine and undeveloped Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

AK - Alaska Tribal Groups Sue Federal Government Over Ambler Road

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tribal consortium and five tribal governments in Alaska have filed a lawsuit against the federal government to stop a road project that would carve through wilderness in northwest Alaska to support mining in a mineral-rich area.

Coastwide
Advocacy

USA - Seismic Blasting Halted, Adding Another Protection for Endangered Right Whales

After years of advocacy and legal back-and-forth, environmental conservation groups are celebrating a victory: The government will prohibit the use of sonic blasts in the ocean this year, which could help save the lives of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Reflections On 58 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore

For the entire history of the park, two disparate ideals of land stewardship, protection vs. production, have faced off. Right now production has the upper hand.

International
Advocacy

World - What Is Holding Back the Promise of Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation?

The case is increasingly clear that nature-based solutions offer cost-effective ways to address climate change adaptation. This perspective piece examines the issues that deserve greater attention to expand the use and financing of such measures.

International
Advocacy

Ireland - ‘Serious Deterioration’ in Ireland’s Protected Marine Habitats, Report Finds

Irish Wildlife Trust lodges complaint with EU over ‘more blatant than usual violation’ of habitats directive

International
Advocacy

Indian Ocean - Environmental disaster in Mauritius leaves dire legacy

Residents have been sharing photos on social media of mostly dead, oiled birds, sea turtles and ornate day geckos

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Florida Keys Coral Reef Is in Critical Condition

Concerned people in the Keys are coming together to study factors involved in reef ecology to counter the advance of live coral death.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Advocates Try to Discourage Beach-Goers From Getting Too Close to La Jolla Sea Lions and Their Pups

Spectators who approach the animals can disrupt their normal behavior and possibly separate mothers and pups, and the animals may charge or bite people if they feel threatened, experts say.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Lawsuit Filed Against EPA Over Ventura County's Pollution Plan

Three conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court Monday, alleging that a backup plan the agency accepted for reducing harmful air pollution in Ventura County is too weak.

International
Advocacy

AUS - KI North Coast Declared a 'Hope Spot' by Mission Blue Project

Kangaroo Island's North Coast has just been designated as one of the planet's Hope Spots by the Mission Blue organisation.

Caribbean
Advocacy

CI - Cayman Islands Activists Join Global Group for Cruise Industry Change

Community members from the Cayman Islands will join the September 2 launch of the Global Cruise Activist Network, a worldwide group of activists who are demanding the cruise industry doesn’t return to business-as-usual as cruise ships start sailing again after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

CAN - Largest Shoreline Cleanup on Central B.C. Coast

VICTORIA—B.C.’s central coast, including the Great Bear Rainforest, are the focus of a partnership aimed at ridding shorelines or marine debris.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

DE - Delaware Coastal Cleanup Runs Through September

The Delaware Coastal Cleanup campaign, launched Sept. 1 by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, encourages Delawareans and visitors to pick up trash in their neighborhoods and nearby parks, on beaches and along waterways to help Keep DE Litter Free.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Who Owns Florida's Beaches?

Most Floridians—and our visitors—have no idea that their ability to stroll our beloved beaches is in jeopardy.

International
Advocacy

Pacific - Palau's huge marine sanctuary at centre of election debate

Critics say the Pacific island’s scheme to conserve fish populations and boost ecotourism has not delivered

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

AK - To Save a Way of Life, Native Defenders Push to Protect the Arctic Refuge

Gwich’in elder Sarah James has long fought efforts to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In an e360 interview, she talks about the Trump administration’s move to open these lands to development and why the fate of the refuge and of her people are intertwined.

International
Advocacy

India - One of the largest lakes of Asia – the Wular lake - is Disappearing

Once upon a time there was a huge lake northwest of Srinagar, India. Down some decades there will be no lake - Wular will just be a memory.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - How Efforts to Save Hawaii’s Forests Are Preventing a ‘Freshwater Crisis’

Landowners, volunteers and an army of local hunters are helping the state fight an uphill battle to protect Hawaii’s forests — and its drinking water.

International
Advocacy

UK - These Stunning Aerial Images Provide Vital Role in Monitoring North-East Seal Population

These incredible images show the north-east’s biggest seal population from a perspective many will never get to see.

Northeast
Advocacy

CT - Group Sues to Stop Connecticut Aquarium From Getting Beluga Whales (With ASPN Podcast)

An animals rights group is suing the U.S. government to thwart a Connecticut aquarium's effort to get five new beluga whales, arguing in court that the aquatic animals would be harmed both from the trip from Canada and from being separated from other whales.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

SC - PAC Challenging SC's Graham Over Offshore Drilling Stance

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Offshore drilling, an issue that has created some bipartisan unity in South Carolina among opponents who argue such expansion would mar the state's pristine coastline, is surfacing in a political action committee's effort to oust U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Southeast
Advocacy

GA - How Georgia Protected Its Salt Marsh 50 Years Ago, and Why That's Important for the Future

Georgia doesn’t have a very big coastline; it’s only about 100 miles. But the coast it does have is lined by salt marsh, the muddy expanse of tall grass and meandering creeks between the mainland and the barrier islands.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Water Recycling Project Fits Needs on Monterey Peninsula

Expansion of the Pure Water Monterey recycled water project is the best option for the Monterey region to meet its future water supply needs.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

MS - Endangered Gopher Tortoises Released Into the Wild at Camp Shelby

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - The Mississippi Military Department released seven adult-sized gopher tortoises from the Head Start Program into the longleaf pine habitat at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg on Wednesday.

Southeast
Advocacy

SC - City of Charleston Sues 24 Oil and Pipeline Firms 'Directly Responsible' for Chronic Floods

The city of Charleston, South Carolina filed a lawsuit against two dozen of the largest pipeline and oil conglomerates, saying the firms are responsible for making the floods that often hit the port city more frequent and more damaging.

International
Advocacy

UK - Protecting ocean habitats isn't easy when industries are booming – but can they be part of the solution?

The MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef in Mauritius in late July 2020, leaking 1,000 tonnes of oil into the crystal blue waters of a lagoon, threatening mangrove, seagrass and mudflat habitats. Since then, dozens of dead dolphins and porpoises have washed ashore. Anger has grown and sadness has deepened.

International
Advocacy

World - Dalhousie Professor Outlines Harmful Human Impacts on Oceans in Global Report

A professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax has contributed to a report released on Wednesday that outlines how humanity’s increasing destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts on wildlife populations and human health.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - Conservancy Buys Two Lots in North Port as Habitat for Scrub Jays and Gopher Tortoises

NORTH PORT – The Environmental Conservancy of North Port was successful in its bid to buy two lots from Sarasota County as habitat for Florida scrub jays and other wildlife.

International
Advocacy

World - Red Flags on the Blue Economy

We often hear that sustainable development stands on three legs of social equity, economic viability and environmental protection.

International
Advocacy

World - Statement on the Passing of Dr Biliana Cicin-Sain

It is with great sadness that the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO acknowledges the passing away of Professor Doctor Biliana Cicin-Sain on 1 September 2020.

Coastwide
Advocacy

USA - Thirsting for Solutions to America's Water Crisis

Once a week, Florencia Ramos makes a special trip to the R-N Market in Lindsay, Calif. “If you don’t have clean water, you have to go get some,” says Ramos, a farmworker and mother of four who lives in the neighboring Central Valley town of El Rancho.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Conservationists Split Over Poseidon Desal Project's Potential to Help Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Along a Huntington Beach coastline dotted with oil rigs and a power plant, one of California’s largest remaining saltwater marshes has been a source of pride for local environmentalists.

Northeast
Advocacy

ME - New Coastal Park System Conserves More Than 13 Miles of Down East Coastline

Cobscook Shores, a new system of parks scattered along the coast of eastern Maine, will celebrate its grand opening on Memorial Day 2021.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

CAN - 'Bringing Beaches Back to Life': The First Nations Restoring Ancient Clam Gardens

In the Pacific north-west, local people work the shoreline, creating conditions for useful species to thrive

West Coast
Advocacy

USA - Warming Ocean, Old-Forest Loss Put a Squeeze on an Elusive Seabird, the Marbled Murrelet

CORVALLIS — Squeezed by changing ocean conditions that limit their food options and the long-term loss of old forest needed for nesting, marbled murrelets would benefit most from conservation efforts that take both ocean and forest into account, new research by Oregon State University shows.

Northeast
Advocacy

NE - White Sharks Are Here to Stay in New England

From Cape Cod to Maine, the increasing number of white sharks is both a conservation triumph and a risk for swimmers

Northeast
Advocacy

MA - Right Whale Advocacy Group Calls for Mandatory Vessel Speed Zones

NANTUCKET – North Atlantic right whale advocacy group Oceana has called for the implementation of mandatory speed zones for vessels travelling in the Cape Cod and Islands area.

International
Advocacy

UK - Coalition Calls for New Laws to End Sewage Discharges Into UK Waters

#EndSewagePollution wants legally binding targets for water firms in environment bill

International
Advocacy

World - How Much Will It Cost to Save Nature?

Protecting and enhancing biodiversity and ecosystems will be eye-wateringly expensive, but experts are clear that business as usual will cost even more.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Tule Elk at Point Reyes May Be Killed Under Controversial Plan

The National Park Service’s proposed plan for Point Reyes National Seashore would preserve ranching and cull tule elk within the park’s boundaries.

Northeast
Advocacy

NJ - 'We've Been Forgotten': In Newark, N.J., a Toxic Superfund Site Faces Growing Climate Threats

One environmental advocate warns of a potential disaster: "With Superfund sites and climate change, we're playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun."

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Statement: Central California Coast Still in the Running for Permanent Protection

If finalized, a new sanctuary stands to protect marine ecosystems, sea otters from drilling and other threats