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International
Advocacy

Challenges in restoring Canadian marine biodiversity

Weaknesses in Canada’s efforts to sustain healthy oceans need to be addressed. For five deficiencies, the Royal Society of Canada has options.

Southeast
Advocacy

Florida Ocean Alliance seeks public input on addressing coastal issues

Port Canaveral on Wednesday will host a public hearing of the Florida Ocean Alliance, which is seeking public input on coastal issues.

Southeast
Advocacy

Fort Myers Beach town leaders hand over public land to Margaritaville developers

While Jimmy Buffet is looking for his lost shaker of salt, you might be looking for a new way to get to the sand on Fort Myers Beach.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

State Adds 35 Acres to Bird Island Reserve

North Carolina now officially owns dozens of acres of undeveloped oceanfront property that will be added to the Bird Island Coastal Reserve.

Coastwide
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Regional weather patterns are viewed through partisan lenses, poll finds

People from North Carolina to Texas’ Gulf Coast agree that their areas have been hard hit by extreme storms and hurricanes in recent years. But they disagree with one another on whether climate change is a major factor — and political allegiances make up the dividing line.

West Coast
Advocacy

How a Coastal California State Park is putting a town’s health at risk

The California Department of Parks and Recreation has known for decades that off-road vehicle activity at its park on the Oceano Dunes contributes to a plume of dust that’s a health risk to downwind communities.

International
Advocacy

Australia: Push for four-wheel-drive access to Seven Mile Beach picks up steam

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts hope to get the green light for beach access on the South Coast.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Oceans of discovery

The new Kauai ocean discovery facility is finally coming, said Jean Souza, the program specialist with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and the Pacific Islands Region.

Coastwide
Advocacy

2019 State of the Beach Report Reveals that Majority of Coastal States Are Not Prepared for Climate Change Impacts

Analysis from the Surfrider Foundation finds that only 26% of states earned above a 'C' average when graded on policies to protect the nation's coastlines

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Bald Eagle Released After a Brief Visit with Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation

Lou Browning of Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation has roughly 16 years of experience providing emergency care and treatment for the wild animals who find themselves in trouble on the Outer Banks.

International
Advocacy

Extinction Rebellion activists sail ‘sinking house’ down London’s River Thames

LONDON — Extinction Rebellion activists staged a surprising demonstration Sunday, floating a model of a sinking house down the River Thames in protest over rising sea levels.

Gulf of Mexico
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Texas: Man faces federal charges in killing of sea turtle

Federal charges were filed on Thursday against a man found to be in possession of Atlantic Green Sea Turtle parts on South Padre Island.

Gulf of Mexico
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Florida Beach Access: Walton Judge issues order to fix error in customary use order

A Walton County judge issued a Monday order to clear up an error that appeared to greatly alter a previous customary use ruling.

Northeast
Advocacy

(Opinion) The East Side Coastal Resiliency Plan is Worthy of Our Support

The following op/ed was written by Lower East Side resident and architect William J. Rockwell. The Lo-Down accepts op/ed submissions relevant to the Lower East Side community. Opinion pieces do not reflect the editorial position of The Lo-Down, but only the viewpoints of each individual author. To submit an editorial/letter to the editor, use the following email: info@thelodownny.com.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Why restoring nature is so important to limiting climate change

Countries have pooled billions of dollars to preserve rainforests and wetlands in developing nations. But they pose thorny political challenges.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Students experience barrier island environment

Youth from a Cape Coral school had the opportunity to take a cruise, see a variety of marine life up close and visit Cayo Costa State Park as part of the ongoing No Child Left On Shore initiative.

Southeast
Advocacy

Florida Advocates push for Florida Forever funding

Environmentalists gathered Monday at the Florida Capitol to celebrate the fifth anniversary of voters overwhelmingly approving a ballot measure aimed at steering billions of dollars toward land and water preservation.

International
Advocacy

Japan Times Editorial: Rising sea levels will transform our world

It is intuitive that climbing global temperatures will increase the pace of polar ice melt, which will in turn raise sea levels and flood coastal lands. Recent research reveals, however, that the scale of such flooding could be exponentially worse than previously anticipated. New data suggests that many countries, many of which are in Asia, will be transformed — literally — as coastlines are redrawn by rising waters and hundreds of millions of people will be forced from their homes. Japan will be hard hit by this development and must do more to mitigate its impact.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Coastal Alabama water: Center stage in courts and Congress

Coastal Alabama is one of the nation’s rainiest regions, a place where it’s not uncommon for municipal utilities to release eye-popping reports about sewer system overflows pouring into local waterways, then on to bays and beyond.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Conservation: The Fight for Fins

I was born in Los Angeles California, a son of Costa Rican immigrants. I was raised next to the ocean, in a town called Manhattan Beach. I would spend the summers at the beach, but what really inspired me to protect the ocean was watching The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. Thanks to Cousteau, I have been aware of overfishing and the way we endanger the ocean’s inhabitants from a very early age.

Northeast
Advocacy

CARE for the Cape & Islands to Host Third Summit on Plastic Pollution and Litter

CARE in partnership with Center for Coastal Studies and Cape Cod Anti-Litter Coalition will host their third Summit: CARE about a Clean Cape & Islands Summit, Protecting Our Environment from Plastic Pollution and Litter. It will be held Tuesday, November 12, at the Cape & Islands Realtors Association Conference Center, West Yarmouth, 8:30AM-12:30PM. The event is by invitation.

Southeast
Advocacy

Editorial: ‘Climate change’ enters Florida GOP lexicon. But we need action.

To properly address the threat of climate change, Florida Republican lawmakers -- who’ve controlled the Legislature for two decades -- will have to take their heads out of the sand and listen to Florida residents.

Coastwide
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Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness

Coastal environments have been shown to improve our health, body and mind. So should doctors start issuing nature-based prescriptions?

Mid-Atlantic
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SC: Environmental groups to sue company cited for plastic pellets on Sullivan’s Island

Several environmental groups announced Monday morning that they will file a lawsuit against the company which was cited when plastic pellets washed up on Sullivan’s Island this past summer.

International
Advocacy

Statement by the Ocean Peoples’ Conference, 23 October, 2019

On 23 and 24 October, Norway will host the “Our Ocean” conference: An annual international conference that was initiated in 2014 by the US Department of State outside of any UN process. The people who live with and are surrounded by the ocean, and who are most affected by the deterioration of the marine environment, are not present in the conference panels: Fishers, coastal communities and first-affected by climate change indigenous groups.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

WA Colville Tribes Combat Climate Crisis With Forests

Paying foresters for carbon drawdown could help avert climate disaster.

Gulf of Mexico
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Despite dreadful beach conditions, Florida governor won't regulate agriculture polluters

The moment I drove over the causeway — my favorite Florida beaches on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva beckoning — the stench in the air foreshadowed bad news.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Fish are dying on this Outer Banks fence, but the solution will endanger wild horses

A barrier on the Outer Banks that was strengthened to keep wild horses out of traffic is having an unexpected consequence: killing fish by the dozens at high tide.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Florida: Perdido Key beach access plan clears critical hurdle, cost and timeline still unknown

A controversial new beach access point on Perdido Key will start moving through the county's development review process, but it remains unclear how much the new access point will cost or when it will open.

Coastwide
Advocacy

This Fisherman Wants Us To Use The Oceans To Fight Climate Change

If we care about a livable planet, commercial fisherman-turned-kelp farmer Bren Smith says we need a Blue New Deal.

West Coast
Advocacy

Elitism works: Keep the gates to Hollister Ranch closed; equity is a false god!

Two things can be true at once: someone can be an elitist rich man and also do better for the environment than the snakes in Sacramento could ever hope to be.

Arctic & Antarctica
Advocacy

Southwest Atlantic humpback whale populations bounce back from brink of extinction

THE SOUTHWEST ATLANTIC HUMPBACK WHALE POPULATION IS NOW REACHING RECORD NUMBERS NOT SEEN SINCE WHALING STARTED IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.