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Seaing Stars in the Marine Lab

Seaing Stars in the Marine Lab

Over the last decade, nearly 91% of the sunflower sea star population has been wiped out, landing the species a “critically endangered” categorization last year. The sea stars, which have 24 arms, are an important part of the underwater food web: they keep kelp forests healthy by feeding on sea urchins. 

Why This Matters: Between rising temperatures, overfishing, ocean acidification, among other harms, people have thrown the U.S. West Coast marine ecosystem off the balance.

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One Cool Thing: A New Wave Of Eco-Based Video Games click button

One Cool Thing: A New Wave Of Eco-Based Video Games

Video gaming experts say that game design is now shifting towards specific environmental issues. Since games are designed by young people, it is not surprising that eco-based storylines like climate change and ocean exploration are coming into vogue.  For example, the BBC Blue Planet II nature documentary inspired a video game called Beyond Blue, in which […]

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UN Report Says Countries Must Implement Ocean-Based Solutions to Fight Climate Change

UN Report Says Countries Must Implement Ocean-Based Solutions to Fight Climate Change

A new report released last week by the United Nations found that the countries of the world aren’t taking ocean health as seriously as they should in the fight against climate change. The oceans provide a key function in absorbing carbon and heat from the atmosphere. 

Why This Matters: The ocean has been a critical buffer against climate change, absorbing carbon and supporting ecosystems that prevent flooding, sustain communities, and more.

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Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Make Waves Ahead of Climate Summit

Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Make Waves Ahead of Climate Summit

On Tuesday, Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, participated in a virtual event to demonstrate the advantages of “blue” climate initiatives.  Leaders from around the globe attended the event — the UK’s Environment Minister, Chile’s Foreign Minister, and the Prime Minister of Fiji.  

Why this Matters:  Ocean-based climate strategies tend to take a back seat to emissions cuts in the transportation and fossil fuel sectors. 

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Earth Week Interview: Aulani Wilhelm (Part 2) click button

Earth Week Interview: Aulani Wilhelm (Part 2)

While we write about the need to protect oceans and marine ecosystems as a key part of climate action a lot here at ODP, it’s still an often overlooked goal for climate advocates. However, protecting the open ocean (the deep ocean beyond the continental shelf, and often beyond national boundaries) is one of the most […]

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Appeals Court Affirms Biden Reversal of Trump Rollback of Ocean Drilling Ban

Appeals Court Affirms Biden Reversal of Trump Rollback of Ocean Drilling Ban

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a previous district court decision that then-President Donald Trump had overstepped his authority when he issued an executive order rolling back Obama-era bans on offshore drilling. 

Why This Matters: After years of attacks on public lands by the Trump administration, the nation is behind schedule on meeting its climate goals.

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