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Miyoko Sakashita is the oceans program director at the Center for Biological Diversity, a national conservation group that advocates for endangered species and the wild places they live.

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Obama Undermines His Climate Strategy With More Offshore Drilling

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 2:57 PM

So, say you're the leader of the free world and you're trying to figure out how to get your arms around this climate crisis. There are plenty of good options -- but opening up the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to more offshore oil drilling isn't one of them. It's like...

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Dear Mr. President: Prove Your Climate Rhetoric and Stop Arctic Drilling

(28) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:21 PM

Dear Mr. President:

I've often been struck by your soaring rhetoric on combating climate change, transitioning to clean energy sources, and protecting the natural environment. Clearly on some level you get it, as you've demonstrated in speech after speech. That's why I don't understand how you could even consider approving...

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Will EPA Heed the Pope's Call to Save Our Oceans?

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 10:21 PM

When it comes to saving our oceans, I'm wondering: What would Pope Francis do?

With his sprawling encyclical on the fate of our planet this month, the pope became an unexpected revolutionary. I never thought I'd see bold environmental leadership arise from this powerful, historically conservative institution.

By now, everyone...

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The Real Story of World Oceans Day Lies Below the Surface

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 6:32 PM

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Today, on World Oceans Day, let's contemplate the state of our seas. Picture yourself perched on your favorite coastal bluff, surveying an endless expanse of blue-green water that stretches beyond the horizon and around the world, covering about three-quarters of the planet's surface....

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Strip-mining the Ocean Floor: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:39 PM

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Have you heard about the disastrous gold rush brewing in our oceans?

Not content with getting minerals from dry land, companies are now aiming to strip mine our ocean floors in search of nickel, copper, cobalt, gold and other valuable metals and minerals....

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Oceans Sound the Alarm of the Sixth Extinction

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 2:43 PM

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The Pulitzer Prize for Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a watershed moment in the long struggle to wake people up to the dangers plundering the Earth and destroying biodiversity.

But there's another, more specific lesson too: the devastating toll...

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5 Years After: Deepwater Horizon's Lessons Go Unlearned

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 9:10 AM

Remember that helpless, infuriating feeling watching gallon after gallon of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico in the spring and summer of 2010?

After Deepwater Horizon - the worst oil spill disaster in U.S. history - came the mantra: Never again.

But now, as we mark the fifth anniversary...

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Whales, Dolphins Get a Life-Saving Break From Navy's War Games

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 5:44 PM

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Whales, dolphins and other marine mammals in the Pacific just caught a huge break: A federal judge this week invalidated a plan allowing the U.S. Navy to conduct dangerous and disruptive war games that the government admitted would cause about 9.6...

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A Lifeline for Disappearing Cod

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:37 PM

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Cod were once so abundant in the Gulf of Maine that they propped up many of New England's coastal economies. Those financial boons, though, came with a heavy price.

Gulf of Maine cod have declined 90 percent since 1982 -- and 77 percent...

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Why Is the 'Climate President' Approving More Oil Drilling?

(41) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 7:12 PM

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Something doesn't compute here.

Last week, President Obama rightly declared in his State of the Union address: "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."

This week, the Obama administration announced plans open up the Atlantic Ocean...

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Our Oceans Awash in Toxic Plastic Garbage

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 1:23 AM

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Scientists just published a paper with the first-ever estimate of all the plastic garbage floating in the world's oceans.

The results were astronomical: More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris, weighting 269,000 tons. These bits of garbage are distributed...

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Who's Killing Hawaii's Endangered Monk Seals?

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:48 PM

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It's happened again. Another endangered Hawaiian monk seal has been beaten to death in Hawaii.

Sunday's death of this young female monk seal -- known as RF58 - is the ninth suspicious death since 2009. Some have been shot, others bludgeoned.

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In Hawaii's Colorful Reefs, a Harrowing Death Knell

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 7:18 PM

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It's no secret that the world's corals are in trouble but right now in the waters around Hawaii, it's some of the rarest corals on Earth that are getting hammered.

In recent weeks warming ocean temperatures near Oahu and Kauai have set off...

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Is Nemo Ready for His Climate Close-Up?

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:30 PM

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The climate crisis isn't just about searing heat, super storms and polar bears. Sea life is getting hammered too.

Take those tiny orange clownfish, inspiration for Finding Nemo. Greenhouse gas pollution is not only destroying their coral reef habitats and hurting the anemone...

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Stop Fracking Our Oceans, Californians Say

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:31 PM

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Contaminated water, polluted air, increased earthquake risk: As fracking has expanded across America, this dangerous form of oil and gas production has caused massive harm to our environment and public health.

Now the oil industry is ramping up fracking offshore, in our...

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It's Time to Take this Poisonous Plastic Out of Our Oceans

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:58 PM

You may love the plastic in your credit card, water pipes and gym bags but whales, sea turtles and birds certainly don't.

Polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC or vinyl, is one of the world's most common plastics. It's also a major source of dangerous chemicals, including substances linked to...

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Obama Administration to Whales, Dolphins: You Go Deaf, We'll Get Oil

(9) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Imagine this: Someone moves into your neighborhood and, every 10 seconds, fires off an airgun that's louder than a jet engine. And it goes on for weeks or months at a time. It's painful and debilitating, so loud that some of your neighbors go deaf, others die.

If you're a...

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Obama Ate What?

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 5:55 PM

Oh no, no he didn't.

Oh yes. Apparently he did.

Remember the news earlier this week that President Obama, on his trip in Japan, ate at that famous Tokyo sushi restaurant?

Well, turns out that the restaurant serves one of the priciest and endangered fish on Earth: bluefin...

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Four Years After Gulf Oil Spill, BP Is Recovering Faster Than Environment

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Nearly four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion dumped more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the slate has been largely cleared for BP -- the EPA ban on federal contracts has been lifted, and the company is free once again to bid...

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A Big Break for Polar Bears, the Arctic

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Polar bears and other wildlife in the Arctic just got a crucial break.

On Wednesday, an appeals court said the federal Interior department wrongly sold leases to drill for oil and gas in the Chukchi Sea off the north coast of Alaska.

The decision confirms what so many...

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