New Study Finds Species In Crisis Are “Clustered”

New Study Finds Species In Crisis Are “Clustered”

A study published last week in the journal Nature provides a new view on the extinction crisis — that most of the planet’s species are not in decline and the ones that are in deep trouble are “clustered.” 

Why This Matters:  Is the glass half empty or half full? It all depends on how you look at it. These scientists argue that “the way global averages were being estimated could be strongly influenced by a small number of populations that were experiencing extreme declines, even if most were stable.”

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Trump Administration Approves Navy Training that Could “Take” Endangered Whales

Trump Administration Approves Navy Training that Could “Take” Endangered Whales

Last week, the Trump administration approved permits for future military training exercises over the next seven years in the Pacific Ocean that could harm or kill endangered whale populations. 

Why This Matters: The world is facing an extinction crisis. Biodiversity loss is at its highest rates ever across the globe and, without swift action to protect plant and animal life, there will be devastating effects.

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After a Shark Attack in Maine, Calls for Gray Seal Culling Grow

After a Shark Attack in Maine, Calls for Gray Seal Culling Grow

In the aftermath of a mother being killed by a great white shark on a Maine beach this summer, some are once again calling for the culling of seal populations to keep sharks away from popular beaches.  As Yahoo News reported, this latest attack was not an anomaly. Beaches across the Northeast have closed repeatedly […]

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Dozens of Pilot Whales Saved From Beaching By Georgia Volunteers

Dozens of Pilot Whales Saved From Beaching By Georgia Volunteers

On Tuesday, according to the Brunswick News, about dozens of short-fin pilot whales emerged in the surf close to shore on St. Simons Island, Georgia and repeatedly attempted to beach themselves, as local citizens and then marine mammal stranding experts pushed them back in the water.

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Pollution/Climate Change Complicate National Aquarium Dolphin Relocation

Pollution/Climate Change Complicate National Aquarium Dolphin Relocation

In 2016 the National Aquarium in Baltimore made a decision to retire its 7 dolphins and move them to a yet-to-be-built seaside sanctuary in Florida or the Caribbean. The decision was made after a change in public sentiment regarding captive whales and dolphins occurred in part due to the 2013 documentary film Blackfish. However, fast-forward […]

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Environmental Groups Seek To Block Seismic Testing in the Atlantic

Environmental Groups Seek To Block Seismic Testing in the Atlantic

As part of their challenge to bar the government from drilling for oil and gas off the southeastern coast, a coalition of environmental groups asked a federal judge in South Carolina to force the government to suspend seismic airgun blast testing, which are used to deposits of oil and gas under the sea floor, until the case can be fully heard in court.  They are challenging the government’s permits, which would allow for the drilling to harm and even possibly kill of a number of marine mammals, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, which is on the verge of extinction. 

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