Before I review the good news this week, I have to review the not-so-good. Today the Washington Post reports:
"The Bush administration has decided not to take any new steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions before the president leaves office, despite pressure from the Supreme Court and broad accord among senior federal officials that new regulation is appropriate now."
Instead of acting, the EPA is seeking months of further public comment on the threat posed by global warming. You know what this could mean for the oceans -- continuing ocean acidification, rising sea levels, disrupted food webs and ecosystems. We'll keep fighting.
And now, to the good:
1. Fins attached, at last! -- A bill banning shark finning in all U.S. waters passed the U.S. House and is on its way to the Senate.
- Ocean Roundup: Chevron Withdraws Drilling Plans from the Arctic, Peru Issues Ban on Shrimp Fishing, and More Posted Fri, December 19, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: Humpback Whales Communicate to Feed at Night, Bangladesh Oil Spill Threatening Sundarbans Mangroves, and More Posted Wed, December 17, 2014
- Holiday Creature Feature: Christmas Tree Worm and Candy Cane Shrimp Posted Fri, December 19, 2014
- Act: GrubHub, Take Shark Fin Off the Menu! Posted Wed, December 17, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: Morbillivirus Strikes the Florida Keys, New Species of Snailfish Discovered in Mariana Trench, and More Posted Mon, December 22, 2014