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 News: Nicaragua Dispatches Military to Protect Baby Turtles, New Zealand Bans Shark Finning, and More Posted Wed, August 20, 2014
- Dolphins and Whales Squeal like Children When They’re Happy, Study Says Posted Thu, August 21, 2014
- Photos: Leonardo DiCaprio, Other Celebs Fight for Our Oceans at Oceana’s SeaChange Party Posted Mon, August 18, 2014
- Offshore Wind Development Moves Closer to Reality in Maryland, North Carolina Thanks to BOEM Posted Wed, August 20, 2014
- Poll Update: Great White Sharks Win as the Fan Favorite (Photos) Posted Fri, August 15, 2014