Environmental Protection

Ecosystems


Mediterranean Coastline is Tough to Preserve Because of Uncontrolled Development

Representatives of Mediterranean countries, participating in Mare Nostrum's opening event, emphasized the need to bridge the differences between countries and municipal authorities on how to implement ICZM principles.

Argentina Produces Two Marine Protected Areas

Two coastal have been created in Patagonia, Argentina to help safeguard sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and other sea life.

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Two Years Later

It’s been two years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that happened as a result of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Since that time, biologist Tim Mousseau of the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences discusses some of the consequences the area faces as a result of the radiation exposure.

Removal of 65 Dams to Restore Rivers in 2012

In 2012, more than 400 miles of streams were restored for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and people across the country. This restoration was completed by communities, non-profit organizations, and state and federal agencies in 19 states.

Bill Opposed for Cutting Wild and Scenic River Protections

American Rivers strongly oppose a bill that was recently introduced by Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA). If this bill is passed, Wind and Scenic River protections would be removed from a section of the Merced River, which has been protected since 1968.

Boeing implemented more than a dozen specific measures, including biofiltration units and incorporating native plants. (Boeing photo)

Santa Susana Site Looking Much Better

The Boeing Company's stormwater solutions have spearheaded the restoration of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Chatsworth, Calif.

Saltwater Fishing: Nearly a $200 Billion Industry

According to a report from the NOAA’s Fisheries Service, U.S. commercial and residential saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales, which helped support 1.7 million jobs in 2011.

Climate Change May Lead to Extinction of Lizards

According to a new study, dozens of lizard species could become extinct within 50 years because of global climate change.



Register to Attend the Peregrine Falcon Workshop

On April 2, 2013, the Pennsylvania DEP will be hosting the Peregrine Falcon Educators’ Workshop in Harrisburg, Dauphin County. Teachers, non-formal educators, home-school teachers, and students are encouraged to attend.

Natural Habitats in Europe at Risk

Due to climate change, urban sprawl, and intensive farming of the region, Europe’s parkland and biological diversity are under an increasing amount of pressure.

Tadpoles Grow Bigger Tails to Elude Predators

University of Mighican researchers have demonstrated that stress hormones can alter the body shape of developing animals, such as the tadpole, in order to better defend themselves against predator attacks.

Volcano Emissions Affect Global Warming

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder discovered that emissions from volcanoes around the globe can mask or reduce the effects of global warming.

Water Quality Improvements for Little Coal River

The latest restoration efforts for Little Coal River is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and will enhance water quality on a 15-mile stretch of the river from Danville downstream to McCorkle.

Interactive Atlas Conserves Agricultural Biodiversity

USDA scientists and cooperators developed an interactive atlas of wireless plants in Guatemala that are closely related to crop plants, which will make it easier to preserve plants with genes that are vital to global food security.

Millions Awarded to Help Preserve the Mediterranean Coastline

The European Union (EU) awarded the international Mare Nostrum consortium more than $4 million to find new ways of preserving the Mediterranean Sea and its coastline.

New Protection Against Climate Change for Ecosystems

Researchers have discovered a new process that enables natural resource managers to better conserve particular wildlife, plants, and ecosystems as the climate continues to change.

Shell Won't Drill in Arctic Next Year

"We've made progress in Alaska, but this is a long-term program that we are pursuing in a safe and measured way," said Marvin Odum, the company's director, Upstream Americas.

USGS Launches New System to View Current Conditions of Rivers and Streams

WaterNow, a new system launched by the USGS allows anyone to find out the current conditions of thousands of rivers and streams across the country, right from their phones.

BP Says It's Ready for Civil Trial

The case before U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier apparently will go to trial after all. Phase one will determine the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and who should be held responsible.

Public Meeting to be Held for Protecting Pollinators

The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be having a public meeting for those engaged in activities to reduce exposure of honey bees and other pollinators to pesticides.

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