Environmental Politics

"U.S. Plan to Protect Oceans Has a Problem, Some Say: Too Much Fishing"

"New details of the Biden administration’s signature conservation effort, made public this month amid a burst of other environmental announcements, have alarmed some scientists who study marine protected areas because the plan would count certain commercial fishing zones as conserved."

Source: NYTimes, 05/01/2024

"Plastic Pollution Talks Make Modest Progress But Sidestep Production Curbs"

"Negotiations on a future global treaty to tackle soaring plastic pollution ran overtime into Tuesday morning amid tense debates over whether the world should seek to limit the amount of plastic being made. As the week-long talks in the Canadian capital of Ottawa ended before dawn, countries agreed to continue their work in ad hoc meetings before the final summit starting Nov. 25 in Busan, South Korea."

Source: Reuters, 05/01/2024

Trump Will Dismantle Key US Weather And Science Agency, Climate Experts Fear

"Climate experts fear Donald Trump will follow a blueprint created by his allies to gut the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), disbanding its work on climate science and tailoring its operations to business interests."

Source: Guardian, 04/30/2024

Spurt in Hydro Relicensing To Leave U.S. Awash in Environmental Stories

Hundreds of hydropower dams in the United States will see their licenses expiring in the next decade, generating years-long federal relicensing processes. That prospect calls for close local and regional coverage of the complicated balance between renewable energy needs with negative environmental impacts. The latest TipSheet explains the licensing process and the dam backstory, along with a dozen story ideas and reporting resources.

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