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On August 31, 2017, NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the Texas coast and the Houston metropolitan area. The brown rivers and bays are full of flood water from Hurricane Harvey. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE).

According to an article appearing in The Advocate, The White House is asking Congress to bar the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from issuing new policies to cover new homes or business in any flood zone.

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Rocky coastline at Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland.

On behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, announced on 11 October 2017 that the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) would receive over $3 Million through the Coastal Restoration Fund.

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A harpoon gun aboard a Japanese “whale research” ship.

In a flouting of international conservation values, Japan just announced that its latest hunt, which concluded Tuesday, 26 September 2017, has claimed the lives of 177 minke and sei whales – adding to the toll of thousands that its whalers have claimed in an era when just about the entire civilized world has abandoned the practice.

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Sand mining in Laos. Photo credit: Aurora Torres, iDiv.

Sand and gravel are the most extracted group of materials world-wide, exceeding fossil fuels and biomass. In a new paper published in Science, researchers assess the negative consequences of sand mining and transport on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Deep sea coral in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The monument provides protections for ecological resources and marine species, including deep-sea corals; sperm, fin, and sei whales; Kemp's ridley sea turtles; and, deep-sea fish.

According to a 19-page memo obtained by the Associated Press, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends reducing the size of multiple national monuments and opening them up to commercial development.

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