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At Interior, we’re ready to bring the Endangered Species Act up to date

At Interior, we’re ready to bring the Endangered Species Act up to date | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
We have proposed changes to achieve the greatest good in the longest term.
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The biggest problem with the ESA is the intentional defunding of assessments and biological recovery plans...part of the motivation to give wider protection to "only" threatened species.  To get to "threatened" is a major red alter.  The author here hopes to convince you that this is some very preliminary stage of concern for species.  The reality is that we need to act much more swiftly and decisively if we are to conserve a decent portion of our remaining biological heritage.  These comments and arguments ring as hollow when coming from the administrators who seek increasing take of everything from wolves to sage grouse.  The policies emanating from the Interior Department these days are all too often devoid of scientific basis and rely on anecdotal or cherry-picked data rather than objective interrogation.

While we always need to be wary of ad hominem attacks, in this case Mr. Bernhardts lobbying history and association with poor-crafted attempts to undermine the ESA are relevant to understanding where these alterations to the ESA may be coming from: https://www.cnn.com/2017/07/24/politics/david-bernhardt-confirmed-deputy-secretary-interior-department/index.html
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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California, Louisiana and the Pacific.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Coastal Restoration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Welcome to our curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While we are interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to document, restore, and conserve coastal ecosystems and improve the overall management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you'll find postings that reflect our deep, continuing interest in:

 

- riparian, wetland, beach, & reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Management 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports & harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- coastal ecology & natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality & ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historical coastal perspectives & relationship to our world ocean



If any of these posts whet your appetite, you might also be interested in some of our other research, teaching, and updates:
 
- Pirate Lab's home (links to our various blogs): http://piratelab.org/
- Coastal Management podcasts: http://bit.ly/2z4oiTw
- YouTube videos (lectures, field, & lab videos): http://bit.ly/2gA7Wa9
- RestoringNOLA twiter feed: https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA


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Scientists Want to Make Harming the Environment a War Crime

Scientists Want to Make Harming the Environment a War Crime | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
"We call on governments to incorporate explicit safeguards for biodiversity."
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Grizzly Bear Death Rates Are Climbing

Grizzly Bear Death Rates Are Climbing | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Trains, cars and poaching have all contributed to a soaring number of fatalities, prompting fears for the grizzlies’ future.
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‘Forever chemicals’ trigger widespread closure of water wells

‘Forever chemicals’ trigger widespread closure of water wells | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
State lowers threshold for toxic PFAS chemicals.
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Rising seas already overwhelm the Bay Area. Time is running out for California to act

Rising seas already overwhelm the Bay Area. Time is running out for California to act | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
In Foster City, where the ‘king tide’ over the weekend reached 9 feet, the answer is a taller levee, costing $90 million. The plan comes as legislators warn that California is running out of time to prepare for sea level rise.
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Unlikely allies got White House to tackle Tijuana River mess

Unlikely allies got White House to tackle Tijuana River mess | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Tijuana's sewage fouled California beaches for decades. Now unlikely allies have gotten the Trump administration to spend $300 million to address the environmental mess.
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What to do in Malibu: Four Hours

What to do in Malibu: Four Hours | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Malibu has long been associated with cars full of beachgoers and staggering cliffside mansions — but there’s much more to these “21 miles of scenic beauty.”
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Endangered gray wolf is found dead in Northern California

Endangered gray wolf is found dead in Northern California | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
OR-54, a 3- to 4-year-old female, was found dead on Wednesday in Shasta County. It wasn't clear yet whether the animal died from an accident, natural causes or was killed.
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California banned chlorpyrifos. Now the pesticide won't be made

California banned chlorpyrifos. Now the pesticide won't be made | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The primary maker of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide banned by California, won't be making the chemical anymore.
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With LNG, the shipping industry could reach its decarbonisation target—but wreck the climate, study finds 

With LNG, the shipping industry could reach its decarbonisation target—but wreck the climate, study finds  | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Switching shipping to natural gas would mean more climate-disrupting methane leaks into the atmosphere. But due to a serious flaw in the industry’s decarbonisation efforts, it would still tackle climate change—on paper.

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Dry, sunny days in January have taken a toll on California's snowpack

Dry, sunny days in January have taken a toll on California's snowpack | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
With no major storms in the forecast, California could be headed for another dry water year, experts warn.
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RFS investigates after Large Air Tanker crashes while fighting bushfire in southern NSW

RFS investigates after Large Air Tanker crashes while fighting bushfire in southern NSW | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Several helicopters search an area in southern NSW after the Rural Fire Service says it lost contact with a Large Air Tanker working in the Snowy Monaro area.
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Why the idea of a 'home state' paper in California is absurd

Why the idea of a 'home state' paper in California is absurd | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Reason No. 1: California is just too big.
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Getting one's arm around the Golden State is no small task.
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A review of Isla Espiritu Santo in Baja Mexico

A review of Isla Espiritu Santo in Baja Mexico | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A camping-and-snorkeling expedition to Isla Espiritu Santo showed the island’s rugged beauty and nature’s unpredictability.
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How a Trillion Trees Triumphed Over Trump’s Climate Denialism

How a Trillion Trees Triumphed Over Trump’s Climate Denialism | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A tech billionaire’s PowerPoint brought the Trillion Trees climate plan to the president, a textbook case of ad hoc policymaking in the Trump era.
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Policy as stream of consciousness and a free from reality philosophy.

It is likely no funding will ever be committed, few trees will be in fact planted (or protected post-planting ceremony), and few if any will survive to maturity.

This is policy by a three year old.
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Noted "bear whisperer" uses words, not bullets, to protect Mammoth and its creatures

Noted "bear whisperer" uses words, not bullets, to protect Mammoth and its creatures | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
'Bear whisperer' Steve Searles lures bears away from kitchens and campsites, with words instead of tranquilizer darts. And he thinks the lessons of the wild may translate to society.
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CSUCI seeks volunteers willing to surf for science

CSUCI seeks volunteers willing to surf for science | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
If you are willing to surf for science, CSUCI has the perfect project for you and your surfboard.
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This 26-year-old became a small-town California mayor. Then a jet dumped fuel on her snakebit city

This 26-year-old became a small-town California mayor. Then a jet dumped fuel on her snakebit city | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A week into her first term as mayor of Cudahy, Elizabeth Alcantar had to deal with a Delta jet dumping fuel on her working-class city. The 26-year-old represents hope for residents after years of corruption scandals.
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Chasing Colombia's 'cocaine hippos'

Chasing Colombia's 'cocaine hippos' | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A UCSD biologist studies hippos, descendants of those that escaped a drug lord's zoo, that are prospering in Colombia's countryside, for better or worse.
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Climate change, development batter Mississippi Delta oysters

Climate change, development batter Mississippi Delta oysters | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Record flooding, human-made channels and environmental disasters have exacerbated the already harsh effects of climate change in Louisiana's Mississippi Delta, impacting the region's coastal wildlife and seafood supplies. Special correspondent Joshua Landis reports on how local oyster farmers are coping as part of our series, "Peril and Promise" in partnership with Nexis Media News.
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Australia fires: Heavy downbursts extinguish blazes

Australia fires: Heavy downbursts extinguish blazes | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Officials welcome the drenching - but warn of flash floods and storm damage in some areas.
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For decades, Dicker and Dicker meant Hollywood glamour. Now its last furs are on sale

For decades, Dicker and Dicker meant Hollywood glamour. Now its last furs are on sale | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
California has banned the sale of new furs, starting in 2023. But the famous Beverly Hills store is shutting down now, after 75 years.
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L.A. leaders killed SB 50. But they've no plan to fix housing crisis

L.A. leaders killed SB 50. But they've no plan to fix housing crisis | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
L.A.-area leaders were full of reasons to kill the bill. So, what's their solution to the housing crisis?
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Malibu wants to ban overnight parking on Pacific Coast Highway. Will the state allow it?

Malibu wants to ban overnight parking on Pacific Coast Highway. Will the state allow it? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Malibu city officials approve overnight parking restrictions for sections of PCH, saying a similar move by L.A. County pushed homeless people living in RVs and cars into the city. But the Coastal Commission can block the new rules.
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Trump Eases Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands

Trump Eases Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Trump administration has finished a new rule that rolls back environmental controls on many wetlands and intermittent streams, delivering a win to rural landowners.
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Delta is cited by air quality regulators after jet dropped 15,000 gallons of fuel over L.A.

Delta is cited by air quality regulators after jet dropped 15,000 gallons of fuel over L.A. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Air quality regulators in Southern Calfiornia accused Delta Air Lines of causing a public nuisance when the jet released fuel above L.A. The action can lead to civil penalties.
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