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Florida Ban on Shark Fins Weakened After Amendment

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Florida Ban on Shark Fins Weakened After Amendment

Source: The Florida Times-Union/Emelia Hitchner - March 27, 2017

Environmentalists sighed in disappointment after a Florida Senate bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins was amended last week, weakening its original intent.

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United Nations Readies For First-Ever Ocean Conference

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United Nations Readies For First-Ever Ocean Conference

Source: UN News Centre - March 24, 2017

Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coast of Fiji's largest, most populous more…

The Film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ Shows us a World Awash With Garbage

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The Film ‘A Plastic Ocean’ Shows us a World Awash With Garbage

The Conversation/Gary Truong - March 23, 2017

We live in a world of plastic. Shopping bags, drink bottles, your toothbrush and even your clothes are among the everyday items made from plastic. more…

Study Finds That Florida Sharks Are Worth Much More Alive Than Dead

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Study Finds That Florida Sharks Are Worth Much More Alive Than Dead

Source: The Miami Herald/Jenny Staletovich - March 22, 2017

A live shark swimming through Florida’s waters is about 200 times more valuable than a dead shark, a new study has found.

The study, commissioned more…

The Dollar Value of Curbing Climate Change: How and Why We Measure It

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The Dollar Value of Curbing Climate Change: How and Why We Measure It

Source: The Conversation - March 21, 2017

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order soon to reverse Obama-era rules to cut carbon pollution, including a moratorium on leasing public lands more…

River in New Zealand Now Has The Same Legal Rights as a Human Being

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River in New Zealand Now Has The Same Legal Rights as a Human Being

Source: The Guardian/ Eleanor Ainge Roy - March 20, 2017

In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.

The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in more…

Trump’s Budget Proposal Includes 31% Cut From the EPA

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Includes 31% Cut From the EPA

Source: The Washington Post/ - March 17, 2017

The Trump administration plans to take a sledgehammer to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Thursday’s proposal by the White House would slash the EPA’s budget by more…

Fish Stocks in 40 Nations Improved Thanks to UAE’s Dugong Diplomacy

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Fish Stocks in 40 Nations Improved Thanks to UAE’s Dugong Diplomacy

Source: Gulf News/Binsal Abdul Kader - March 16, 2017

Abu Dhabi: “Dugong diplomacy”, an international effort strongly supported by the UAE to conserve the iconic marine animal, is expected to improve fish stocks in more…

Angry Fishermen in Mexico Attack Officials Trying to Save A Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

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Angry Fishermen in Mexico Attack Officials Trying to Save A Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

Source: The Washington Post/ Katie Mettler - March 15, 2017

For years, U.S. and Mexican authorities and conservationists have been tirelessly working to save from extinction the rapidly dwindling population of tiny, cartoonish vaquita porpoises that more…

EPA’s Work on Climate Change Now Under Attack

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EPA’s Work on Climate Change Now Under Attack

Source: The Conversation - March 14, 2017

The Trump administration intends to roll back two pillars of the Obama administration’s climate policy – regulations to limit carbon emissions from vehicles and power more…