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.
- Oceana Magazine: Wasted Catch Posted Mon, September 1, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: Rare Blue Lobster Caught in Maine, Cephalopod Skin Providing Groundwork for New Technology, and More Posted Wed, August 27, 2014
- Oceana’s 2014 Balearic Seamount Expedition: Diaries from the Field Posted Thu, August 28, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: Great Barrier Reef to Stay Clear of Dredge Spoil, Louisiana Rapidly Losing Coastline, and More Posted Tue, September 2, 2014
- CITES Listing Countdown: Less Than Three Weeks until Porbeagle Sharks are Protected Posted Wed, August 27, 2014