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Climate Change After Paris . . .

The long-term goal is to limit global warming to well below 2C or if possible 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. After Paris, Washington in your own voice When implementing the Paris Agreement, the biggest obstacle to success is the U.S. Congress.  The Ocean River Institute is uniquely capable of surmounting the obstinacy in DC because we…

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Guardians of Wondrous Atlantic Ocean Place

Will you take a stand for a national park area with 3 deep sea canyons and 4 cold-water coral seamounts? The Secretary of the Interior is recommending the president open the NE Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument to commercial fishing. Today, more than ever before, deep sea canyon rangers and seamount guardians are needed to make…

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A Marine Reserve for Biscayne Bay

Create a Coral Reef Marine Reserve in Biscayne National Park. This is the largest marine park in the National Park System. Biscayne National Park manages a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental U.S. This is the third largest barrier reef tract in the world. The coral reef is suffering from warming…

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Save the Herring

Save Blueback, Alewife & Atlantic Herring Join with us in calling on the New England Fisheries Management Council to use an ecosystem based management approach that includes the importance of herring as forage to sustainably manage Atlantic herring while protecting river herring. For the love of herring, please comment and sign our letter to the…

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Save Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals

The National Marine Fisheries Service is developing a recovery plan for elkhorn and staghorn corals.  We want the plan to set a specific target of 350 ppm for atmospheric CO2.  Reversing the trend of carbon build up is necessary to slow coral bleaching. NMFS’s plan has merits because it sets helpful criteria for ocean warming and…

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Bluefin Tuna Tomorrow

Good news – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service, or NOAA Fisheries, has finalized a new fishery management plan amendment that will significantly reduce the waste of depleted Atlantic bluefin tuna from surface longline fishing gear.  This is due to more than five years of hard work, plus your input signing ORI letters…

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Shaheen Portman Energy Efficiency Legislation

Partisan Wrangling Stalls Energy Efficiency Legislation

It’s past time we combat climate change by increasing our energy efficiency. The Shaheen-Portman bill would have strengthened energy efficiency requirements for new homes and commercial buildings and encouraged companies to develop energy efficient technology.  It includes incentives, opportunities and funding to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, houses and appliances. According to the…

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