UN Report Offers Bleak Look at Human Toll on Oceans

Efforts to protect imperiled marine ecosystems – and the island nations and coastal communities that depend on them – must intensify to reverse a global decline in ocean health and biodiversity, the United Nations said in a report released Tuesday.

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Feds Tap 300,000 Square Miles of Pacific for Humpback Whales

Migrating humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean got a bit of good news Tuesday as the Trump administration announced the designation of over 300,000 square nautical miles as new critical habitat to protect from ship traffic, oil spills and fishing gear.

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Oil Spill Risk Cited in Fight Over San Francisco Bay Dredging Plan

A major oil spill in one of the nation’s most economically important waterways could become more likely unless a plan to dredge two San Francisco Bay channels less frequently is reconsidered, lawyers for the state of California and a conservation group argued in court Wednesday.

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40 Refugees Drowned in Capsizing off Libya

A boat carrying dozens of refugees bound for Europe capsized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, with at least 40 people missing and presumed drowned, U.N. officials said, as a support group reported it had received a call from someone on the vessel “crying and shouting” that passengers had died already.

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