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The United Nations International Court of Justice ruled against Japan in the case challenging its claim that its whaling is done for scientific purposes.

Australia Wins Case Against Japanese Whaling

The U.N. International Court of Justice ruled against Japan in a case involving charges that the country was using a scientific research program to mask a commercial whaling venture in the Antarctic.

While many were happy to see much of the oil slick in Galveston Bay being pushed out into the gulf by wind and weather, this has created additional environmental threats further down the Texas coastline.

Effects of Galveston Oil Spill Persist on Texas Coast

While many were happy to see much of the oil slick in Galveston Bay being pushed out into the gulf by wind and weather, this has created additional environmental threats further down the Texas coastline.

According to new research, salamanders may be shrinking in size due to the environmental changes caused by rapid climate change.

Shrinking Salamanders: Global Warming to Blame?

According to new research, salamanders may be shrinking in size due to the environmental changes caused by rapid climate change.

The six shipwreck sites are located relatively near the Macondo well site that caused the 2010 oil spill.

New Study Probes Gulf Oil Spill's Impact

A research team is examining how oil spilled after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion is affecting organisms living on six shipwrecks located near the Macondo well site.

All over the world farmers are using innovative practices to utilize water more efficiently and in lesser quantities to produce more nutritious.

More Crop Per Drop

This Saturday, March 22nd, the world celebrates World Water Day. Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface water for irrigation—accounting for about 70 percent of water withdrawal worldwide.

Australia Unwraps National Plan for Maritime Emergency Response

The plan lays out cooperative arrangements between governments and industry to respond to maritime spills and shipping casualty incidents.

Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, praised the EU

EU Commissioner: Address Overfishing Globally

Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said the EU's "zero tolerance against illegal fishing" is succeeding, and 27 stocks in the North Sea and Atlantic are being fished sustainably this year.

Lloyd's Working on Arctic Ice Regime

The region's "extreme and fast changing risks" call for it to support IMO's Polar Code, which would set safety and environmental standards for ships operating in those waters.



BP Clears Up U.S. Contracting Ban

BP is once again eligible to enter into new contracts with the U.S. government, including new deepwater leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Grazing animals, such as pronghorns, may be able to restore biodiversity, according to a new study.

Biodiversity in Grasslands Restored by Grazing Animals

A new study of grasslands suggests a way to counteract the human-made overdose of fertilizer that threatens to permanently alter the biodiversity of the world’s native prairies.

Salt in the ocean’s surface has been steadily reducing since the 1950’s, which prevents the warmer waters underneath from mixing and cooling back down as it should.

Ocean Depths Feel Impact of Global Warming

Researchers from McGill University have found that the salt in the ocean’s surface has been steadily reducing since the 1950’s, which prevents the warmer waters underneath from mixing and cooling back down as it should.

"Elephant Poaching and Ivory in East Africa: Assessment for an Effective Law Enforcement Response" is one of the reports to be presented. (Serengeti Park photo)

INTERPOL, DOJ Call Attention to Wildlife Trafficking

Marking World Wildlife Day, INTERPOL's Environmental Security Sub-directorate will present a summary of two law enforcement reports on wildlife crime.

World’s Largest Salmon Fishery Receives Protection

The EPA announced it will be using Clean Water Act authority to assess permanently prohibiting or restricting mine waste disposal into Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. This decision puts on hold attempts to build the Pebble Mine, which would be North America’s largest open pit gold-copper mine.

Tennessee Watersheds Get More Funding

New watershed improvement and protection projects in Tennessee will receive more than $600,000 in funding beginning in August.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada sent advisory letters to North America

Global Warming and Potential Water Contamination Resulting from Fracking for Hydrocarbons: A Relationship?

Although accidents are rare, transporting crude oil and natural gas poses major risks for human habitation areas and water bodies, regardless of how they are moved.

Two Salamanders Now Protected by Endangered Species Act

The Georgetown and Salado salamanders, two species primarily located in central Texas, have become guarded endangered species after years of waiting for federal protection.

Reprioritizing Wetland Protection Through Sequencing

Now, more than ever, aquatic ecosystem components continue to be the primary water resource targeted for development.

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Arkansas

Arkansas becomes the 23rd state to confirm the deadly disease in bats.

California Ranchers Dread the Impacts of Water Shortage

After a water emergency was declared for California less than two weeks ago, ranchers voice their concern over the impacts the drought will have on their livestock and crops if the water shortage continues for much longer.

Communities along the pipeline route launched Texas Pipeline Watch to arm landowners and citizens with cameras to document every spill, leak, and disturbance along the risky pipeline.

Texas Pipeline Watch to Closely Monitor TransCanada’s Tar Sands Pipeline

As the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline starts to flow this week, residents around the route will be using cameras from the Texas Pipeline Watch to monitor and document all activity of the pipeline.

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