“Ticking Time Bomb” Oil Tanker Threatens Food & Water Supply for Millions

“Ticking Time Bomb” Oil Tanker Threatens Food & Water Supply for Millions

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor An abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen is deteriorating rapidly, and experts say that a hull breach could have far-reaching environmental impacts and threaten millions of people’s access to food and water supplies. The FSO SAFER tanker holds 1.1 million barrels of oil — more than four […]

Continue Reading 437 words
Australian Government Rejects Proposed Great Barrier Reef Protections from UN

Australian Government Rejects Proposed Great Barrier Reef Protections from UN

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In a report released last Monday, the U.N. recommended placing the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) on a list of world heritage sites now “in danger.” The report stated that “there is no possible doubt that the property is facing ascertained danger.” But the Australian government and tourism industry defended the country’s reef […]

Continue Reading 525 words
Great Barrier Reef Designated “Critical” by New IUCN Report

Great Barrier Reef Designated “Critical” by New IUCN Report

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has been upgraded from “significant concern” to “critical” based on a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that found increasing impacts associated with climate change. Just over one month ago, a study found that half of the coral in […]

Continue Reading 612 words
Key West Votes to Ban Large Cruise Ships Citing Economic and Environmental Impact

Key West Votes to Ban Large Cruise Ships Citing Economic and Environmental Impact

The environment was on the ballot this year, as we have noted.  Interestingly, last week voters in Key West, Florida voted to ban large cruise ships from docking there.

Why This Matters: The marine life of the Florida Keys — particularly its famed coral — is in crisis. A recent report showed that some of Florida’s coral reefs have only 2% of the coral populations they once did.

Continue Reading 588 words
Coral Reefs in Dire Straits, New Report Shows

Coral Reefs in Dire Straits, New Report Shows

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Maryland says that the United States’ coral reefs are in dire circumstances, with some reefs containing only 2% of their former coral population. These underwater ecosystems are crucial to sea life and […]

Continue Reading 579 words
Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in the Gulf of Mexico

Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in the Gulf of Mexico

Last week the federal government approved protections for 500 square miles of deep-sea coral habitats in the Gulf of Mexico, NOLA.com reported. The rules, approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), prohibit fishing with bottom tending nets and other fishing tools that rip apart fragile corals.

Why This Matters: Deep-sea corals live at depths up to 10,000 feet and protect a diverse array of marine life including shrimp, crab, and other fish caught and sold for consumption around the world.

Continue Reading 555 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.