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Women in Science: Marie Tharp pioneered mapping the bottom of the ocean 6 decades ago – scientists are still learning about Earth’s last frontier

Despite all the deep-sea expeditions and samples taken from the seabed over the past 100 years, humans still know very little about the ocean’s deepest reaches. And there are good reasons to learn more. Tharp with an undersea map at her desk. Rolled sonar profiles of the ocean floor are on the shelf behind her. […]

August 1st

Coalition sues to block Trump’s scorched-earth attack on bedrock environmental law NEPA

A coalition of 20 organizations filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration’s gutting of a law dubbed the “Magna Carta” of U.S. environmental legislation. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a five-decade old law, “embodies our nation’s environmental conscience” and “expressly commands the federal government to ‘fulfill the responsibilities of each generation as trustee […]

August 1st

Governor Gavin Newsom asks Warren Buffet to make his PacifiCorp honor the Klamath Dam Agreement

While many salmon advocates oppose several of California Governor Gavin Newson’s key water policies such as the Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir and the Big Ag-promoted voluntary agreements, a coalition of Tribes, fishing groups and conservation organizations today praised Newsom for urging the owners of four Klamath River dams to stick with a dam removal agreement. By Dan Bacher Newsom sent a […]

July 31st

Governor Newsom releases final water portfolio that includes Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir

California Governor Gavin Newsom on July 28 unveiled a final version of his controversial Water Resilience Portfolio, a water plan that that includes the Delta Tunnel, Sites Reservoir and the agribusiness-promoted “voluntary agreements.” While the plan drew praise from agribusiness interests and water agencies — and strong criticism from salmon advocates, Tribal leaders and environmental justice leaders for the damage […]

July 30th

7 Solutions to water pollution in a warming post-COVID world

Climate change is transforming how we think about water. As the climate warms and weather patterns become more extreme, solutions to water pollution are increasingly important. The likelihood of more floods and droughts in the future makes it imperative that we transform current water systems to be more resilient. By Emily Folk Extreme weather patterns, along with […]

July 29th

Evangelicals celebrate as Congress passes the Great American Outdoors Act

Access to God’s beautiful creation and America’s great outdoors has been an incredible source of solace and healing as our nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuit for true and lasting racial justice. The historic passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) in the House of Representatives represents a critical step toward ensuring safe […]

Sharkfest: 10 solutions to overfishing that could save our oceans

Overfishing has become a global crisis. One-third of fisheries around the world are operating at unsustainable levels. Over time, this unsustainable fishing will both decrease the amount of wild fish available to fishers and have huge consequences for the environment. If left unchecked, overfishing can lead to disruption of the food chain, harmful algal blooms and […]

July 24th

California State Water Board settles lawsuit with environmental groups – great news for water, fish, and all Californians!

Three California environmental nonprofits secured a landmark settlement agreement with the California State Water Resources Control Board to uphold the common law Public Trust Doctrine and other legal protections for imperiled fish species in the Sacramento River and San Francisco Bay/Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta Estuary, according to a press release from the groups. By […]

July 22nd

Australia wants to build a huge concrete runway in Antarctica. Here’s why that’s a bad idea

AAD Shaun Brooks, University of Tasmania and Julia Jabour, University of Tasmania The Conversation Australia wants to build a 2.7-kilometre concrete runway in Antarctica, the world’s biggest natural reserve. The plan, if approved, would have the largest footprint of any project in the continent’s history. The runway is part of an aerodrome to be constructed […]

July 19th

‘Inappropriate, Unjust, and Unreasonable’: 300+ groups slam Duckworth water privatization bill

Over 300 groups have urged Senate leadership to reject a bill currently under consideration that would incentivize communities to sell off their public water supplies to private companies for pennies on the dollar. By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams “This bill is an egregious handout to giant water corporations which would embolden them to manipulate and […]

July 17th