Posts Categorized: Conservation News

Congratulations to Hawaii for stepping up to outlaw shark finning

Hawaii becomes the first state (hopefully, the first of 50) to officially outlaw the possession of shark fins. 32% of open ocean shark species are in danger of extinction due to overfishing of sharks, primarily for the delicacy, “shark fin soup”. To read the entire story, go to: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1992876,00.html To see videos that should inspire […]

Norway to provide Indonesia with $1 billion to protect rainforests

Norway will provide up to $1 billion to Indonesia to help reduce deforestation and forest degradation, reports The Jakarta Post. The agreement comes two years after Norway pledged $1 billion to Brazil for reducing Amazon deforestation. Norway has also committed funds to Guyana, Tanzania, and six Congo Basin countries under its International Climate and Forest […]

Senate Gets a Climate and Energy Bill, Modified by a Gulf Spill That Still Grows

The bill’s overall goal is to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 17 percent (compared with 2005 levels) by 2020, and by 83 percent by 2050. The targets match those in a House bill passed last year and in the Obama administrations announced policy goal. The sponsors rewrote the section on offshore oil drilling in recent days […]

NOAA: Oil Tendril ‘Likely’ Headed Into Loop Current

A “small portion” of oil sheen from the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has entered the powerful “Loop Current,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Wednesday. The Loop Current could carry the oil down to the Florida Keys and even up the U.S. East Coast. To see the full […]

Oil spill the size of Jamaica threatens the Gulf Coast.

The oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the coast today, threatening fragile fisheries and wildlife along the Gulf Coast. The oil spill, which is oozing 200,000 gallons per day, is the aftermath of the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20th which then sank two days […]