WASHINGTON -- As part of an executive order, President Joe Biden is expected to announce Wednesday a stop on all new drilling in public lands and waters. The president will also set a goal of protecting 30 percent of U.S. lands and oceans by the year 2030.
The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the only known nursery in the world for manta rays and important feeding grounds for sea turtles, sharks and many species of fish, will officially be expanded by 104 square miles, according to the final rule announced today by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
"It’s horrifying that the monarch’s population has fallen so low; it’s great to hear that the Fish and Wildlife Service, after conducting an ‘intensive, thorough review,’ agrees that the monarch deserves new protections. And it’s absurd that the agency is punting on any sort of plan to protect this important species."
A nature-based street re-design in San Marcos reduced pollution to the San Marcos River by 80%, according to a new national report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. Environment Texas urged the Texas Legislature and Congress to significantly increase investment in such nature-based infrastructure projects to help protect waterways from pollution and flooding.
On Jan. 20, 2021, the United States will have a new president, helping to turn the page on a brutal year of disease and disruption. While stark political divisions will undoubtedly remain, a new report from TexPIRG Education Fund, Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, and Frontier Group lays out a vision to bridge political divides through infrastructure investment, seizing a critical opportunity to emerge as a stronger nation after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
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