Tagged: Marine Conservation

Summer in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Tyrol5 / wikimedia)

July Progress On Capitol Hill

The first two weeks of July were especially busy on Capitol Hill as lawmakers made a final legislative push before they left for recess. Appropriations bills were high on their agenda since Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 expires at the end September, and the Senate and House are now on a seven-week hiatus until September 6.

The North American Regional Report of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) (Credit: UN Environmental Programme)

U.N. Global Environmental Outlook Report: Time to Address Climate Change

This week, a panel discussed the state of North America’s environment based on the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) North American regional report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report is one of six regional reports that form a comprehensive overview of environmental health based on input from 1,203 scientists, 160 governments, hundreds of scientific institutions, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders.

The beach at Kanapou Bay collects debris from throughout the Pacific Ocean. (Credit: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr)

Quest To Quench Ocean Trash Problem

The Oceans Caucus Foundation, with support from a number of organizations, hosted a Congressional briefing to discuss ongoing issues associated with marine debris and how to solve this global problem.

The U.S. Capitol Building. (Credit: Architect of the Capitol.)

Ocean Policy Wrap Up for June 2016

Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.

An oil drilling platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA - 6 December, 2011 (Credit: TheConduqtor / Wikimedia)

Should Offshore Energy Leases Be Available Online?

Technology has changed almost every aspect of American life, and some think it’s time for offshore leasing to receive an update as well. The Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act (H.R. 5577) would modernize the process, originally defined by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

Debris on a beach near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Credit: Loranchet / Wikimedia)

Plastic Debris And Policy

Captain Charles Moore introduced the world to the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ in the mid-1990s. Since then, there has been increasing interest from scientists, the public and policy makers regarding plastic debris in the environment. A new article now outlines the current research, identifies research gaps on plastic debris and reviews some of the weight of evidence regarding contamination, fate and effects of the material.