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Imagine it. Millions of gallons of oil spilled in one of the most fragile marine environments—home to polar bears, walrus, bowhead whales and more.
What's worse, there's currently no adequate plan for cleaning up a disaster of this magnitude in the remote and treacherous Arctic waters.
So why is the Obama administration pushing forward with risky drilling in this fragile habitat?
Urge federal officials not to forget the Deepwater Horizon disaster—and to stop their reckless pursuit of risky offshore oil drilling.
Right now, the Obama administration is proposing a 5-year offshore leasing plan that puts our shores at risk of another Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster. The plan would open the door to increased drilling in remote stretches of fragile Arctic waters that America's struggling polar bears depend on for survival.
But it's not just the sensitive seas of the Arctic. In the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration wants to continue to expand risky drilling before it has completely assessed the causes of the 2010 Gulf oil disaster and its effects on sea turtles, dolphins and other wildlife that live there.
Speak out now for sea turtles, polar bears and other marine wildlife by urging the Obama administration to stop risky and dangerous drilling off our coasts.
After millions of barrels of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well—killing thousands of birds and hundreds of sea turtles—President Obama promised that drilling under his watch would be cleaner and safer. But Gulf drilling continues with little meaningful environmental review—and his administration is setting the stage for increased drilling in the fragile Arctic Ocean.
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It's become a familiar story with the Trump administration: Scientists write a report that shows the administration's policies will cause environmental damage, then the administration buries the report and fires the scientists.
By Jake Johnson
Calling the global climate crisis both the greatest threat facing the U.S. and the greatest opportunity for transformative change, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled today a comprehensive Green New Deal proposal that would transition the U.S. economy to 100 percent renewable energy and create 20 million well-paying union jobs over a decade.
The Parties to CITES agreed to list giraffes on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) today at the World Wildlife Conference or CoP18 in Geneva. Such protections will ensure that all giraffe parts trade were legally acquired and not sourced from the poached giraffes trade and will require countries to make non-detriment findings before allowing giraffe exports. The listing will also enable the collection of international trade data for giraffes that might justify greater protections at both CITES and other venues in the future.
The WHO stressed that more research is needed on the potential health risks of microplastic ingestion. luchschen / iStock / Getty Images Plus
The UN's health agency on Thursday said that microplastics contained in drinking water posed a "low" risk at their current levels.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) — in its first report on the potential health risks of microplastic ingestion — also stressed more research was needed to reassure consumers.