Four times this past summer, in a spare room on the top floor of the headquarters of the National Science Foundation (NSF) outside of Washington, D.C., two congressional staffers spent hours poring over material relating to 20 research projects that NSF has funded over the past decade.
The National Geographic Society announced a major expansion Monday of its campaign to help protect the planet’s most species-rich marine areas, with a goal of convincing governments to officially safeguard more than 770,000 square miles (two million square kilometers) of ocean.
The town of Castine, Maine, feels like a place bypassed by time. First settled in the early seventeenth century, its streets are lined with buildings hundreds of years old. Boats bob in its small harbour and a white lighthouse, constructed of rough-hewn stone, stands guard from a high hill.
Thousands of miles off America’s shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that President Barack Obama signed Thursday.
The Marine Mammal Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service hosted a briefing titled “Increasing awareness of ocean sound: Impacts from shipping on marine mammals.” Speakers represented government, academia, industry, and the nonprofit community.
The federal government can and will continue to do more to help mitigate the damaging effects of climate change, a top administration official said.
After a blog post by a dental hygienist raised alarm about microbeads in toothpaste, Crest announced that it was planning to stop putting the tiny bits of plastic into its products.
President Obama vowed Tuesday to push for completion next year of a comprehensive treaty reducing greenhouse gas emissions, warning that the Earth’s climate appears to be “changing faster than our efforts to address it.”...
The Okinawa dugong’s days could be numbered. At most 10 of the marine mammals remain in Japan’s southernmost prefecture, according to the Nature Conservation Society of Japan (NACS-J).
The House Committee on Natural Resources approved, under unanimous consent, a bill to strengthen the enforcement of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing (H.R. 69) by amending several fisheries acts.