For the last few years the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been an also-ran among federal science programs. But if NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco gets her way with Congress, the agency will join the front ranks in 2011.
Climate and clean energy receive a boost but NASA’s Moon mission bites the dust.
Plans are solidifying for Ocean Leadership’s annual Public Policy Forum scheduled for March 10, 2010. The event will open with a keynote address by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) followed by other presentations and panels featuring representatives from Congress, federal agencies and academia.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he is nearly ready to begin an environmental analysis that could lead to drilling in areas up to 200 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean.
As the Obama administration formulates a national policy to protect ocean resources, coastal scientists and environmental groups in New Orleans spoke out Wednesday on the importance of streamlining the often-overlapping array of government agencies responsible for managing oceans and coastlines across the country.
Comprehensive, Integrated Approach Helps to Determine how the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes are Used and Protected Now and in the Future
A project near and dear to naturalist Mark Fraser’s heart is the elimination of single use plastic bags and the Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive gyre of plastic bags, bottles and other litter located in the North Pacific Ocean. The patch is estimated to be about the size of Texas.
The new bluefin quota of 13,500 tonnes is within the range of scientific agreement, but at the high end. At the March 2010 CITES meeting in Qatar, it will be determined if bluefin tuna should be listed as endangered.
Environmentalists and scientists encourage the World Trade Organization to help end subsidies to commercial fishing that result in overfishing.
International coalition advances marine conservation as part of the solution to climate change