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: Florida Receives Federal Help for Oyster Recovery, Climate Change Linked to Iceland’s Puffin Decline, and More Posted Thu, August 28, 2014
- Ocean Roundup: Methane Seeping from U.S. Atlantic Seafloor, Iceland’s Caught Scores of Endangered Fin Whales, and More Posted Mon, August 25, 2014
- Creature Feature: Barnacles Posted Tue, August 26, 2014
- Court Requests Changes to the North Pacific Fisheries Observer Program be Reconsidered Posted Thu, August 28, 2014
- Seaweed Spotlight: A Rare Glimpse into Beautiful Ocean Kelp Forests (Photos) Posted Mon, August 25, 2014