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Shrimp fishery collapse in the Gulf of Maine idles shrimp boats for 2014

Shrimp Fishery Collapse in Gulf of Maine

Shrimp moratorium A moratorium for the 2014 shrimp fishing season was announced for the US Northeastern Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery last week as stocks of shrimp for 2012 hit record lows. The last time the shrimp catch was halted was 35 years ago in 1977. “The Northern Shrimp Technical Committee has considered the Gulf of Maine northern shrimp stock…

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Forests provide ecosystem services vital to all life

The Vital Role of Forests: Carbon, Rain and Food

We are coming to a better understanding of the vital role that forests play in the general health of planetary ecosystems.  However, alongside our burgeoning awareness, we are also destroying forests in our quest for more land and lumber. Deforestation is eliminating the Earth’s forests on a massive scale. Each day at least 80,000 acres (32,300 ha) of forest disappear…

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Are Hawaii's fishermen the scapegoats over environmental problems of which they have no control?

Hawaii’s Fishermen: Scapegoats for Forces Outside their Control

Land use practices and development, along with climate change and other agents, are taking a toll on fisheries in Hawaii and across the Western Pacific, highlighting an increasingly pressing need for policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders to collaborate in crafting holistic, integrated marine resource management and climate change adaptation strategies, local fishermen said at a meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

BP Oil Spill - what's happened after three years?

EarthTalk: BP Oil Spill Three Years On

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: The three-year anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill just passed. What do green groups think of the progress since in restoring the region? – Mary Johannson, New York, NY When an undersea oil well blew out 50 miles off the…

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Wetlands serve a variety of important ecological functions including feeding downstream waters, trapping floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, removing pollution and providing fish and wildlife habitat.

EarthTalk: The Importance of Preserving Wetlands

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why are wetlands so important to preserve?  – Patricia Mancuso, Erie, PA Wetlands include swamps, marshes, bogs, riverbanks, mangroves, floodplains, rice fields—and anywhere else, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that saturation with water is the dominant factor…

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Video Friday: Grasslands, Carbon and Climate Change

Jeff Goebel of AboutListening discusses the importance of preserving and restoring grasslands for stabilizing habitats, species and the carbon cycle. The interview was conducted by Barry Heidt of Sustainability Action Media on the EarthSayer YouTube channel.

Nations vie for resources and access as the Arctic melts

Climate Change Makes Arctic Region a Crucible for New Global Governance Regimes

With temperatures warming and summer sea ice melting even faster than climate scientists’ forecasts, the Arctic region has become a flashpoint and center of debate for international, as well as national and regional frameworks for environmental governance and development and use of energy and natural resources. The opening of Northeast and Northwest Passages between the Americas, Europe and Asia as…

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