Water & Oceans

"Scientists Investigate a Bird Flu Outbreak in Seals"

"Last summer, the highly contagious strain of avian influenza that had been spreading through North American birds made its way into marine mammals, causing a spike in seal strandings along the coast of Maine. In June and July, more than 150 dead or ailing seals washed ashore."

Source: NYTimes, 03/16/2023

"Arctic Ice Has Seen An ‘Irreversible’ Thinning Since 2007, Study Says"

"Arctic sea ice declined dramatically in 2007 and has never recovered. New research suggests the loss was a fundamental change unlikely to be reversed this century, if ever — perhaps proof of the sort of climate tipping point that scientists have warned the planet could pass as it warms."

Source: Washington Post, 03/16/2023

"California Salmon Season Is Canceled For The First Time Since 2009"

"Federal regulators overseeing West Coast fisheries have effectively called off California’s entire 2023 ocean salmon fishing season, in an effort to protect fish populations that have dwindled during the ongoing drought."

Source: Sacramento Bee, 03/16/2023

Water Restrictions Lifted For Millions in SoCal, But Conservation Urged

"Mandatory water restrictions are being lifted for nearly 7 million people across Southern California following winter storms that have boosted reservoirs and eased the severe shortage that emerged during the state’s driest three-year period on record."

Source: LA Times, 03/16/2023

"Ohio Sues Norfolk Southern Over Toxic Train Derailment"

"Ohio filed a lawsuit against railroad Norfolk Southern to make sure it pays for the cleanup and environmental damage caused by a fiery train derailment on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border last month, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday."

Source: AP, 03/15/2023

"Soggy California Drenched Anew As Nor'easter Buries New England, New York"

"The latest in a series of atmospheric river storms soaked California on Tuesday, bringing another deluge of rain to the already-saturated state, while a Nor'easter swirling over New York and New England prompted emergency orders and closed roads."

Source: Reuters, 03/15/2023

"In Cambodia, a Battered Mekong Defies Doomsday Predictions"

"After years of environmental assault — from dam building, overfishing, and logging — stretches of the Mekong River, upon which millions of people depend, appear to be recovering. Heavy rains have helped, along with a crackdown on illegal fishing and other conservation efforts."

Source: YaleE360, 03/14/2023

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