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Global map of low oxygen or hypoxic zone which have become more prevalent and dangerous to marine life.  Figure courtesy of Breitburg, D., Levin, L.A., Oschlies, A., Grégoire, M., Chavez, F.P., Conley, D.J., Garçon, V., Gilbert, D., Gutiérrez, D., Isensee, K. and Jacinto, G.S., 2018. Declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters. Science, 359(6371), p.eaam7240.

Dissolved Oxygen and pH Policy Leave Fisheries at Risk

need for better protection of coastal ecosystems.  "Together ocean acidification and eutrophication are a double whammy, reinforcing each other – and increasingly harming marine and aquatic life.”, said Dr. Lisa Suatoni, Deputy Director of the Oceans Division at the Natural Resources Defense Council.  She went on to state, “Tomasetti and Gobler cogently present an emerging truth: to address this combined impact, we need to reexamine our current regulations and the criteria we use to assess water quality.”The Policy Forum suggests that by incorporating recent acidificati

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

respond to requests for comment.The other attorneys general are from Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. They joined a suit by conservationists filed earlier this month by groups including the Coastal Conservation League, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Oceana.(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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US Government Sued Over Atlantic Seismic Testing

drilling, announced in January, is pending."The Trump administration has steamrolled over objections of scientists, governors and thousands of coastal communities and businesses to enable this dangerous activity," Michael Jasny, a director and ocean noise pollution expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.A federal marine biologist said last month that no seismic tests have been known to cause whale beachings. A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency within the Commerce Department, declined to discuss ongoing litigation.Plaintiffs

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Obama Bans New Drilling off Alaska, Part of Atlantic Shore

and marine science-based life-cycle assessment.   The law under which Obama is acting enables a president to withdraw certain areas from leasing or drilling "for any public purpose," such as to limit the impacts of climate change, according to a legal briefing by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Earth Justice.   Under that law, a president is not authorized to "undo" a previous withdrawal, making it more difficult for Trump to target without a lawsuit.   "No president has ever tried to undo a permanent withdrawal of an ocean area from leasing

U.S. to Crack Down on Ocean Noise that Harms Fish

is also developing targets for ocean noise. The United Nations' International Maritime Organization in 2014 adopted voluntary guidelines to reduce underwater noise from ships. The NOAA proposal has critics on the left and right. Michael Jasny, a marine noise expert at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, said NOAA's effort was a step forward from its current tactic of muffling noisy machinery. "Current efforts are like trying to control air pollution by putting a fence around a smokestack," he said. The draft strategy has raised concern in the oil industry. Andy

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