Environmental Protection

Ecosystems


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.

Comment Period Extended for Genetically Engineered Salmon

The FDA has extended the comment period for two draft environmental review documents on the proposed conditions of a new animal drug application (NADA) concerning genetically engineered Atlantic salmon.

Toxic Algae Growth Created by Ocean Nitrogen

According to a new study in the Journal of Phycology, ocean nitrogen caused by pollution and natural sources sparks the growth of toxic phytoplankton species, which is very harmful to marine life and human health.

Second Term Agenda: Addressing Climate Change, Creating Green Jobs

President Obama's message was clear in his second inaugural address, and he reiterated it when Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu announced he will step down soon.

Ice Core Recovered from West Antarctica

Scientists from the South Dakota University made history this year by retrieving additional ice from the main borehole as part of the West Antarctica Ice Sheet Divide Ice Core project.

Prospects for the Best-Paying Environmental Jobs

Technicians, scientists, engineers, hydrologists, and other types of environmental jobs are increasing faster this decade than the average for all U.S. occupations, in some cases almost twice as fast.

BP Government Contracts Doubled Since Gulf Spill

Following the worst oil spill in U.S. history, some question the acceleration of government contracts granted to BP prior to suspension.

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