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.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plans to offer up all remaining areas in the Gulf of Mexico for auction to oil and gas companies tomorrow, offering leases for approximately 78 million acres in Federal waters -- more than five times the amount of oil and gas lease acreage that the agency currently manages.
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