February 26, 2014
by MoreRecycling
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Mass strandings of marine mammals blamed on toxic algae: Clues unearthed in ancient whale graveyard

Modern whale strandings can be investigated and their causes identified. Events that happened millions of years ago, however, are far harder to analyze — frequently leaving their cause a mystery. Scientists examined a large fossil site in the Atacama … Continue reading

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January 15, 2014
by Zak Smith
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Seafood Choices: Lots to Consider, Many Tools

Zak Smith, Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica

Last week, NRDC released a report on how whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals are killed or seriously injured around the world after getting entangled, trapped, … Continue reading

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January 7, 2014
by Peter Lehner
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Imported Seafood Comes with a Price: Dead Whales and Dolphins

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City
On October 1, 2013, a female humpback whale washed up dead on a Long Island beach. Its 20-ton body, discovered by an early-morning surfer, bore signs of trauma. The cause of death, althoug… Continue reading

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August 6, 2013
by Taryn Kiekow
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Happy Day for Belugas: United States Won’t Import Wild-Caught Beluga Whales!

Taryn Kiekow, Senior Policy Analyst, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica, California
Today the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) denied a permit that would have authorized the Georgia Aquarium to import 18 wild-caught … Continue reading

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May 15, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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H1N1 discovered in marine mammals

Scientists detected the H1N1 (2009) virus in free-ranging northern elephant seals off the central California coast a year after the human pandemic began. Continue reading

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April 11, 2013
by Carolina Herrera
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Citzens’ petition calls for stricter environmental enforcement to safeguard fragile ecosystems in Gulf of California

Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC
Mexican and U.S. environmental organizations have once more come together to help protect some of the most iconic sites in the Gulf of California. Eleven groups, including NRDC, su… Continue reading

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March 23, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Acoustic monitoring of Atlantic cod reveals clues to spawning behavior

For decades researchers have recorded sounds from whales and other marine mammals, using a variety of methods including passive acoustic monitoring to better understand how these animals use sound to interact with each other and with the environment. N… Continue reading

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June 22, 2012
by Chuck Clusen
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Is Shell an environmental and financial risk in the Arctic?

Chuck Clusen, Director, National Parks and Alaska Projects, Washington, DC
The Environmental Risks  
For four years the focus of this blog has been to highlight the great risks of opening America’s Arctic, the Beaufort and Ch… Continue reading

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June 21, 2012
by Zak Smith
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Marine Mammal Commission Supports Greater Protections for Polar Bears from International Trade

Zak Smith, Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica

With mounting evidence that global trafficking in polar bear parts (skins, skulls, claws, and teeth) is threatening polar bear populations, the Marine Mammal Commissio… Continue reading

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April 20, 2012
by NRDC News
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NRDC in the News 4/20: Report: fuel efficiency saves billions, BP disaster concerns continue, Sacramento transit improvements, and more…

NRDC News, NRDC News Team, NRDC Offices Worldwide
Los Angeles Times quoted Luke Tonachel on a new NRDC report revealing consumers will save $68 billion annually once national fuel efficiency standards are fully implemented; USA Today an… Continue reading

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March 1, 2012
by NRDC News
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NRDC in the News 3/1: Sustainable capitalism, addiction to oil, wolf conservation and more…

NRDC News, NRDC News Team, NRDC Offices Worldwide
The Huffington Post published a piece co-authored by Peter Malik about sustainable capitalism and how the business community needs to join an ongoing dialogue to make the global eco… Continue reading

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February 13, 2012
by NRDC News
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NRDC in the News 2/13: State of the Union, Keystone XL end-run, marine mammals endangered by sonar and more…

NRDC News, NRDC News Team, NRDC Offices Worldwide
Frances Beinecke was quoted in Environmental Magazine’s Earth Talk on the environmental implications of Obama’s State of the Union address and policies… Scott Slesinge… Continue reading

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January 27, 2012
by Zak Smith
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Last Week in Whales: Mass Stranding of Dolphins in Cape Cod; Dolphins Are People Too?; Sale of Whale Bycatch in Korea Spurs Illegal Slaughter…

Zak Smith, Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica
News in the world of whales last week (or close to it).
Okay, let’s start with some dolphin news.

The big news last week was the mass stranding of dolphins that … Continue reading

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October 26, 2011
by Sarah Chasis
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Comprehensive Ocean Planning is Beneficial

Sarah Chasis, Senior Attorney and Director, Ocean Initiative, New York
Should we protect and restore our oceans so that we can swim, fish, enjoy and use our oceans and coasts now and for generations to come? Or should we let our beaches… Continue reading

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October 20, 2011
by Andrew Wetzler
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Polar Bear Trophy Hunters in the U.S. Lose Case–But International Help Still Needed

Andrew Wetzler, Director, Land & Wildlife Program, Chicago
As I’ve discussed before, after climate change, the biggest immediate threat to polar bear conservation is overhunting, which is fundamentally driven by the demand for pol… Continue reading

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February 2, 2011
by Frances Beinecke
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Managing the Arctic in the Face of Climate Change: Aspen Commission Offers a Plan

The Aspen Institute Commission on Arctic Climate Change released a blueprint last week for how the international community can manage this fragile region—home to the world’s last undeveloped ocean—in the face of climate change.
We nee… Continue reading

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