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Ocean Policy Task Force

Obama's Blue Frontier

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

An executive order establishing a national ocean policy for the practical use and long-term protection of our public seas could be one of Barack Obama's outstanding achievements.

Planet Earth - Your Lymph Nodes Have Cancer

Mary Liz Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mary Liz Thomson

We humans have been in a comfortable denial, enjoying the convenience of throwaway items with no thought to the consequences. Now we face a planet despoiled by toxic plastic.

Obama's Ocean Plan Will Help Stop Ocean Sprawl

Sarah Chasis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Chasis

The new framework for America's Marine Spatial Planning policy sets a solid time line for progress by identifying which coastal areas should be used for industrial purposes, and which need restoring and preservation.

Why Not a Department of the Ocean?

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

Creating a Dept. of the Ocean incorporating the Coast Guard and NOAA might be the bold action that could take the President's Ocean Policy initiative into the mainstream.

Bad Acid Trip

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

More than 40 years after Woodstock it's the ocean that's on a bad acid trip. It's been scraped raw, emptied out, overheated, poisoned and abused, not a good time to be ingesting dangerous chemicals.

Obama Administration Reveals Bedrock Ocean Policy Details -- and They're Strong

Sarah Chasis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Chasis

Like the passage of a Clean Air Act or a Clean Water Act, President Obama is in the process of creating a landmark national healthy oceans policy and plan of action for our seas.

Protecting the Earth's Blue Heart

Sylvia Earle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sylvia Earle

Obama's new ocean policy task force, launched in June, is exactly what is needed: a coherent national policy based on science and informed by local economic interests.