Trump Administration Halts Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling After Court Ruling Upholds Ban

The Trump administration will shelve its plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic following a recent court decision blocking drilling off the Alaskan coast, Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt said Thursday. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bernhardt said that the potentially years-long appeals process for last month’s ruling “may […]

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Mangroves, mullets, humpback whales: 3 new science stories you should know about

Humpback whale in Tahiti. (© Photo Rodolphe Holler) Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent policy-relevant science published by Conservation International experts. Invasive fish species may be better equipped for a changing climate Native species already have to compete with invasive new species, but now climate change is creating even more challenges. […]

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Protecting Africa’s oceans to secure our futures

Coast of Liberia. (© Trond Larsen) Editor’s note: This week, Conservation International is co-hosting the Blue Oceans Conference in Liberia to bring attention to ocean conservation issues in Africa, where they have been historically undervalued. Jessica Donovan-Allen, country director of Conservation International Liberia, spoke at the conference. Here is an edited version of her prepared […]

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Straws Made of Seaweed Could Replace Their Plastic Nemesis

A startup called Loliware is thinking outside of the plastic box and introducing an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic straws. Soon “hyper-compostable” seaweed straws — that “look, feel, and act like plastic” — could be heading to a store shelf near you. Americans use between 170 and 390 million straws a day. To combat this, the Kickstarter-fundedsingle-use seaweed straws are designed […]

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