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: Deep Sea Sediments Act as Microplastic Sinks, Risso’s Dolphins Stranding in High Numbers, and More Posted Thu, December 18, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: Task Force Releases Recommendations on Seafood Fraud, Sea Otters Critical to Healthy Marshes, and More Posted Tue, December 16, 2014
- Video: Drone Captures Amazing Humpback Whale Feeding Event on Camera Posted Thu, December 18, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: UN Urges Mangrove Protection, Warming Pacific Waters Could Unlock Layer of Methane, and More Posted Fri, December 12, 2014
- Presidential Task Force Releases Bold Recommendations for Tackling Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing Posted Tue, December 16, 2014