Carl Safina

Funding for Marine Mammal Commission ekes through 2018 Federal Budget plan – but there’s more work to be done

North Atlantic right whales are facing a breeding and survival crisis, due in large part to entanglements in fishing gear. Humpback whales are dying in unprecedented numbers off the Northeastern U.S., some are also casualties of entanglements while others have fatally collided with ships, and the causes of death of others are unknown. Vaquitas face…

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Your help is urgently needed to stop the destructive Pebble Mine project in its tracks

The United States Army Corps of Engineers is now fast-tracking the permitting for the proposed Pebble Mine, a giant open-pit and underground gold and copper mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. The rivers of this vast watershed spawn North America’s largest remaining salmon populations and support thousands of fishing jobs, and a traditional…

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Some states now advocate coexistence with–rather than killing of–coyotes

By Erica Cirino In an opinion piece for the Cape Cod Times earlier this month, Carl Safina and I wrote about coexisting with coyotes—as millions of people in fact do. We juxtaposed a Cape Cod coyote-killing contest against a San Francisco newspaper deliveryman who every morning gives a particular coyote their own paper. That coyote…

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A “novel” approach to climate change education: “The Kingdom of Winter,” a book review

By Erica Cirino When young people in America are first introduced to the concept of climate change–and its effects on the oceans–it’s usually through science textbooks. And that’s if young people are taught about climate change at all—according to education organizations such as the National Center for Science Education, in some parts of the country,…

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Charles Moore is now a two-time Garbage Patch discoverer (and I can tell you what a Garbage Patch looks like)

By Erica Cirino On November 1, 2016, I set out with a group of Danish sailors and scientists associated with nonprofit Plastic Change in an old-school sloop called the SY Christianshavn to cover more than 3,000 miles from Marina Del Ray, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, in search of plastic. The goal: cross the “Great Pacific…

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Carl Safina joins board of nonprofit working to improve lives of captive cetaceans

By Erica Cirino There are many people who believe whales and dolphins do not belong in aquariums and marine parks, and for good reason: When you put a large, highly intelligent animal that naturally travels a hundred or more miles a day into a small concrete tank, the results aren’t pretty. The animals suffer increased mental…

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