Trump administration ‘declares war’ on West Coast turtles, dolphins, and whales

June 13, 2017 by  
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Environmentalists say President Donald Trump’s administration has declared war on California marine animals after an announcement this week from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The administration canceled proposed limits on the amount of endangered whales, sea turtles , and dolphins that can be hurt or killed on the West Coast by sword-fishing nets. The proposed limits were backed by the fishing industry and environmentalists. But NOAA said other protections have helped slash the amount of marine creatures that get trapped in the nets – called gill nets – like better training for fishing boat skippers and sound warnings so creatures can leave the area. NOAA Fisheries spokesperson Michael Milstein told the Los Angeles Times, “The cap would have imposed a cost on the industry to solve a problem that has already been addressed.” Related: Unusually high number of humpback whale deaths prompts NOAA inquiry NOAA statistics reveal injuries and deaths for protected whales dropped from over 50 in 1992 to one or two every year by 2015. For common dolphins, the numbers fell from nearly 400 to just a few. But environmentalists disagree. Turtle Island Restoration Network director Todd Steiner said the Trump administration has declared war. He said the drop in numbers is due to the decline in the gill-net fishing fleet in California. He told the Los Angeles Times, “The numbers caught per set have not gone down. The California gill-net fishery kills more marine mammals than all other West Coast fisheries combined.” The restrictions were strong: if two endangered sea turtles or whales were seriously harmed or killed during two years, the gill net fishery would be shuttered for as long as two years. If any combination of four bottlenose dolphins or short-finned pilot whales were hurt or died, the fishery would also be shut down. Center for Biological Diversity senior attorney Catherine Kilduff said rare species are still being killed. And the numbers of some species are so small that the death of just one can be devastating. She told the Los Angeles Times, “Government scientists have said that West Coast fisheries can’t catch more than one leatherback every five years. They estimate that four times that have caught just in the gill-net fishery alone.” Via the Los Angeles Times Images via Salvatore Barbera on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Nike makes Air Max shoebox from recycled milk jugs and coffee lids

June 13, 2017 by  
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Nike is thinking inside the box—the shoe box, that is. 30 years after the Air Max 1 changed the sneaker industry forever, the sportswear giant is revolutionizing the shoe’s packaging with a polypropylene receptacle derived entirely from post-consumer recycled milk jugs, juice containers, and coffee-cup lids. The brainchild of Arthur Huang, CEO of Taipei-based engineering firm Miniwiz , the revamped shoe box features a modular design that makes stacking for storage or display a cinch. Even better, it can be repurposed as a hardshell backpack. Another bonus? At the end of its life, the shoe box can easily be recycled. No waste, no haste. The container’s pro-planet traits dovetail neatly with Miniwiz’s own business philosophy, Huang said in a statement. “These are all intentional features and qualities which revolve around the intent of every Miniwiz product—reducing the impact on the environment in every way it can,” Huang said. “In this case, we’re adding features and efficiency to an existing product—shoe boxes—and by reusing non-virgin materials in a sustainable and responsible way.” Related: Clever Little Bag: Fuseproject and PUMA revolutionize the shoe box The sneaker the container was designed to support, the NikeLab Air Max 1 Royal, takes a similar resource-conserving tact. It’s clad in Nike’s Flyknit fabric, which the company stitches together using a seamless technique said to produce 60 percent less waste than conventional cut-and-sew means. Related: Nike’s stunning Flyknit Feather Pavilion lights up the night “We love Flyknit as a technology,” Huang said. “It gives designers a new canvas to create cool, while lowering environmental impact. We want to be associated with that and are glad that we are a part of this revolution.” + Nike Air x Arthur Huang Via Dezeen

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This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

August 25, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. The Celtic Sea, located off the south coast of Ireland, is a curious place; home to common dolphins, harbor porpoises, fin whales and a surprising number of marine predators, but it has yet to be designated a protected Marine Conservation Zone. In the hopes of learning more about this diverse and mysterious region, an unmanned solar and wind-powered vehicle, the C-Enduro, known more familiarly as Thomas, is spending a month surveying the area with GoPro  cameras, meteorological equipment and marine mammal acoustic detectors. And once Thomas has spent a month out in the Celtic Deep it will return with a wealth of information that will assist oceanographers in not only better understanding the area, but also in developing a plan for protecting the Celtic Deep. Read the rest of This solar and wind-powered autonomous vehicle is out to unlock the secrets of the Celtic Sea

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Nine dead fin whales discovered off the coast of Alaska and no one knows what is killing them

June 23, 2015 by  
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In just the last month, nine fin whale carcasses have been discovered in Alaska, and no one knows what is killing them.  The endangered fin whales’ numbers hover in the tens of thousands, so any die off is significant, but since May of this year, nine dead fin whales have been discovered in the water between Kodiak and Unimak Pass, and there is no obvious cause. Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist at the University of Alaska said that the event seems to have occurred around Memorial Day weekend and is surprising since it’s rare to spot more than one fin whale carcass every couple of years. Read the rest of Nine dead fin whales discovered off the coast of Alaska and no one knows what is killing them Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska fin whales , algae bloom , dead fin whales , endangered fin whales , fin whales dying , fin whales in kodiak , marine mammals , west coast algae bloom , whale deaths in Alaska , whales

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President Obama’s Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion Increases Protected Area by 600%

September 29, 2014 by  
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Last week President Obama  signed a proclamation to expand the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument by six times its previous size. The Monument Expansion designates the largest marine reserve in the world, making vast areas of the Pacific Ocean completely off limits to commercial resource extraction, including commercial fishing . In announcing the proclamation the White House said, “expanding the Monument will more fully protect the deep coral reefs, sea mounts, and marine ecosystem s unique to this part of the world, which are also among the most vulnerable areas to the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification .” Read the rest of President Obama’s Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion Increases Protected Area by 600% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acidification , barack obama , Biodiversity , birds , coral islands , marine , marine mammals , marine protected area , migratory animals , ocean biodiversity , pacific ocean , Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion , Policy , president obama , Presidential proclamation , protected areas , tropical

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Over 200 Dolphins Awaiting Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove

January 20, 2014 by  
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Japanese fisherman have penned over 200 bottlenose dolphins in a cove as part of a traditional hunting practice which has left the marine mammals stressed, bloodied, and frantic to escape. For three nights, the dolphins have been penned in Taiji Cove without food or rest, waiting to be slaughtered for their meat on Monday. This information comes from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society , which is live-streaming video of the event and keeping supporters updated on Twitter. Read the rest of Over 200 Dolphins Awaiting Slaughter in Japan’s Taiji Cove Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottlenose dolphins , captive dolphins , conservation efforts , dolphin hunt , dolphin slaughter , japanese dolphin hunt , marine mammals , marine parks , Sea Shepherd , Taiji , taiji cove , The Cove        

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Protecting 4% of the Oceans at 9 Locations Could Save Most Marine Mammals Species

September 1, 2011 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC The Least We Could Do You might have heard of the 80/20 rule. It says that in many cases, you can get about 80% of the result for 20% of the effort. Well, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, something similar might apply to the protection of marine mammal species. Of the 129 species of marine mammals on Earth, including seals, dolphins and polar bears, about 1/4 are facing extinction, but most of them could be saved if we … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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10% of Brits Are Just Too Lazy to Insulate

September 1, 2011 by  
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I am a committed advocate for lazy gardening , but laziness is not always so positive. As someone who took over a year to erect a clothes line , I know all too well that sometimes positive, green actions can sit undone—even when they make total economic sense. So I was interested to see a Business Green report that when a UK utility surveyed households on barriers to be… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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