It’s a beachcomber’s nightmare: an enormous leatherback turtle slumped on a Cornish strand. The 1.8-metre-long animal, discovered on Sunday at Marazion beach, has since been necropsied (an animal autopsy) by researchers from the University of Exeter, who found plastic in its stomach. Leatherbacks, like other endangered marine turtles, rely largely on jellyfish for food, and […]

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By Manuela Andreoni Brazil allows the auction of oil fields near marine protected area against advice of its environmental agency. When officials from Brazil’s main environmental protection agency, Ibama, advised against the auction of oil exploration blocs near Abrolhos national park, they were told by their boss, Eduardo Bim, to think again. Bim had been […]

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by Daniel Polk Slick Policy: Environmental and Science Policy in the Aftermath of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, by Teresa Sabol Spezio (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019) After catastrophe strikes, the subsequent social consequences are products not of nature but of culture. How societies rebuild or regroup is determined by power structures, ideologies, and […]

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“A new United Nations report highlighting the devastating impact of humans on the natural world should serve as an urgent ‘wake-up call’ to policymakers in the Cayman Islands and across the globe, according to a host of environmental officials, researchers and non-profits.” James Whittaker reports for the Cayman Compass, writing about the most threatened animals […]

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Center for Biological Diversity News Release Trump Finalizes Plan to Open 725,500 Acres of California’s Central Coast to Drilling, Fracking MARINA, Calif.— The Trump administration today finalized a plan to open 725,500 acres of public lands and mineral estate across California’s Central Coast and the Bay Area to new oil and gas drilling. The U.S. Bureau of Land […]

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