Biden Administration Moves to Reverse Trump Rollbacks of Clean Water Act

Biden Administration Moves to Reverse Trump Rollbacks of Clean Water Act

One more of the Trump administration’s rollbacks will meet its demise as EPA Administrator Michael Regan and the Biden administration are planning to reinstate protections for many marshes, streams, and wetlands — expanding again the coverage of the Clean Water Act under the “Waters of the U.S.” or “WOTUS” rule. 

Why This Matters: Since the late 1700s, 221 million acres of wetlands have been drained in the U.S. for agricultural use. This development has had severe consequences, including fertilizer and pollution runoff threatening drinking water for millions of people.

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Alaska Indigenous Community Gives Fatal Blow to Proposed Mine Project

Alaska Indigenous Community Gives Fatal Blow to Proposed Mine Project

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Pedro Bay Corp., an Alaska Native group, has struck a blow to the controversial Pebble Mine project, which had promised to be the largest gold mine in North America. Located near Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay,  development on the site threatened to damage the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, […]

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Chile Proposes Unprecedented High Seas Protections in the Pacific

Chile Proposes Unprecedented High Seas Protections in the Pacific

Chile has been making significant headway in ocean protections, establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) in 43% of its national waters. Now, the country is making waves with an ambitious new proposal to establish an MPA that would stretch over 2,900 kilometers wide in international waters, or the high seas, in the southeastern Pacific. 

Why This Matters: About 60% of our oceans lie outside of any one nation’s control and are colloquially referred to as the “high seas.” These waters contain vast ecosystems rich in biodiversity, but only one percent has been officially protected. 

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U.S. Joins Global Effort to Advance Ocean Protected Areas click button

U.S. Joins Global Effort to Advance Ocean Protected Areas

The U.S. has joined the U.K., Chile, Costa Rica, and France in a coalition aiming to increase the amount of ocean area under legal protection as a solution to mitigate climate change.  Together these five countries last week launched the International Partnership on Marine Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Why This Matters:  Tomorrow is World Ocean Day.  Special Envoy Kerry put it quite well when he has said, in essence, there are no ocean solutions without climate solutions and no climate solutions without ocean solutions.

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Study Finds Many Lakes are Losing Oxygen at an Alarming Rate

Study Finds Many Lakes are Losing Oxygen at an Alarming Rate

Oxygen levels in lakes are declining globally according to a new study, and experts say that it could have dangerous implications for the wildlife and humans that rely on freshwater ecosystems.

Why This Matters: Lakes only cover 3% of the earth’s surface, but are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, providing food and water for millions of people around the globe.

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One Planet Thing: Celebrating World Environment Day Across the Globe click button

One Planet Thing: Celebrating World Environment Day Across the Globe

Tomorrow, June 5th is #WorldEnvironmentDay and the theme this year is #GenerationRestoration to raise awareness about the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.  The events actually kick off officially at 9 a.m. ET this morning and there is programming throughout the day today and tomorrow — including a  Virtual Launch Gala with inspiring messages from world […]

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