August 28, 2013
by Leila Monroe
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California Communities Spend Nearly $500M Annually in Keeping Trash Out Of Waterways

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
Today, NRDC’s plastic pollution team released a new report showing that California communities are spending nearly half a billion dollars annually in preventing trash fro… Continue reading

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August 29, 2012
by Leila Monroe
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California can lead the Nation in protecting turtles, whales, birds, and local communities from the impacts of plastic bags – call your law makers today!

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
One city and county at a time, millions of Californians have taken a stand to help stop plastic bags from polluting our beaches, clogging our creeks, killing marine life and bu… Continue reading

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June 16, 2012
by Leila Monroe
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At Rio’s Giant Trash Dump, Protecting People and Oceans Alike

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
What we do on land dramatically affects the health of our oceans.  There is no better example of that fact than Jardim Gramacho, one of the largest garbage dumps in the wo… Continue reading

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June 8, 2012
by Leila Monroe
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A Beacon in the Fog: Opportunities for International Cooperation on World Oceans Day, at Rio+20, and Beyond

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
June 8 is World Oceans Day, and I’m thrilled to celebrate it from Rio de Janeiro, where I’ve just arrived for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.  50… Continue reading

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July 8, 2011
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Shark Protection is Going Global

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco Governments around the world are taking action to protect sharks.  This is because sharks are often worth more alive than dead.  Sharks are valuable because they keep ecosystems… Continue reading

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June 7, 2011
by Leila Monroe
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To Stop Plastic Pollution in the Ocean, Act Locally, Think Globally and Get Excited for Earth Summit 2012

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco In one year, government, business, and citizen leaders from around the world will turn their attention to Rio de Janeiro for the Earth Summit 2012.  As we get ready for the Earth Summit, … Continue reading

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May 16, 2011
by Leila Monroe
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Fins Aren’t Worth It: In California and Around the World, Sharks are Too Valuable to Lose

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco One way or another, shark finning will have to end.  Either shark species around the world will be wiped out from overfishing, or we will realize how unsustainable shark finning is and st… Continue reading

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March 30, 2011
by Leila Monroe
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International Conference Builds Momentum for Real Solutions to Plastic Trash in the Sea

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco I’ve just returned from a week in paradise where I was immersed in the problem of plastic trash in the ocean.  The 5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC) in Honolulu bro… Continue reading

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