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Our Changing Ocean
by Laurie O'Reilly

Climate Impacts in Motion In September, leaders from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C., for the third annual Our Ocean Conference, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry. Together, they committed to 136 new initiatives aimed at conserving and protecting fragile ocean areas worldwide. In between commitments from the countries of Sri Lanka and…

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President Obama Bans Atlantic and Arctic Drilling
by Peter Shelley

In another major victory for the environment and ocean conservation before President-elect Trump takes office, President Obama has banned offshore oil and gas drilling in large expanses of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. To do so, the President used the authority granted to him by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953, which states:…

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Senator Blumenthal Calls on President Obama to Establish Marine National Monument in New England
by Jennifer Felt

Last week, Senator Blumenthal of Connecticut, with the support of the state’s entire congressional delegation, called on President Obama to designate the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts as a Marine National Monument, leading our region in a critical step toward the permanent protection of this undersea treasure! We applaud Senator Blumenthal for considering the…

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Climate Talks, Climate Action
by Sandy Levine

The COP21 talks in Paris put climate change front and center. They confirmed that climate change is both the biggest challenge and the biggest opportunity of our generation. Coastal cities in the United States lie at risk from storm surges and sea rise. But they have it easy. Full nations in the Pacific will end…

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Your Attendence Needed in Providence Next Tuesday
by Laurie O'Reilly

Momentum is building for protecting ocean habitats in New England – and your voice has never been more important. Next Tuesday, September 15, NOAA is holding a town hall meeting to hear from people like you about why Cashes Ledge and the Coral Canyons and Seamounts deserve protection as the Atlantic’s first Marine National Monuments.…

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4 Things You Should Know About CLF’s work on Natural Gas
by Shanna Cleveland

As I write this, CLF President John Kassel and I have just left the White House. We were there as part of a small group of environmental leaders, industry and union heads, regulators, and policy makers invited to participate in a special White House roundtable on reducing methane emissions – a potent greenhouse gas with…

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Breaking a Few Eggs: The 2014 Farm Bill
by Ben Tettlebaum

Today, President Obama signed into law the Agriculture Act of 2014, better known as the Farm Bill. Earlier this week, Congress passed the bill with bipartisan support. Making the omelet that is the 2014 Farm Bill involved breaking a few eggs, but it was a long overdue piece of legislation with many programs vital to…

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Massachusetts and Federal Government Team Up to Tap Abundant Offshore Wind Energy Resource
by N. Jonathan Peress

Earlier today my colleague Sue Reid, VP & Director of CLF Massachusetts, joined state and federal officials to announce the latest milestone for obtaining plentiful and clean renewable wind energy from the Outer Continental Shelf offshore of Massachusetts. Specifically, they initiated the process for developers to begin leasing and site assessment, and for data gathering and public input, to facilitate off shore wind deployment in an area approximately 12 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 13 nautical miles southwest of Nantucket. The “Call Area” as it is termed, was identified following consultation with ocean users, such as fishermen and other stakeholders, through an intergovernmental renewable energy task force led by Massachusetts officials.