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The Everglades Coalition's Annual Conference seeks to raise critical, timely issues for in-depth debates in an open, accessible forum. This year's conference will be held in Key Largo, Florida. It begins with an opening reception on 8 January and continues through 11 January 2015. The theme is Send it South: Water for America's Everglades. Key themes include the RESTORE Act and Restoration Funding, Water Policy, Oil Spill Mitigation, Invasive Species Solutions, and the Role of Estuaries. The final day features a number of exciting field excursions that include snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, and guided walking tours.

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Facing an onslaught of threats dating all the way back to the 1800’s it is clear to see why the African penguin is not coping in the environment. Historic guano, required for nesting, scraping as well as egg harvesting probably had the biggest impact on their numbers. Loss of food source due to overfishing, and climate change are some of the modern threats taking their toll on the species population. Current data suggests there are only about 40 000 of these endemic birds remaining and scientists state that this indicator species could be extinct in the wild within 15-20 years. With figures of close to 2 million birds 100 years ago, this decline is more than alarming.

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has named Abigail Ross Hopper the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which manages the development of our nation's conventional and renewable energy and marine mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.

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Plans by Cheniere Energy to proceed with building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico have been approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). It is the first LNG project of its kind to gain FERC approval in the U.S.

“We conclude that, with the conditions required herein, Corpus Christi liquefaction’s project results in minimal environmental impacts and can be constructed and operated safely,” the FERC said.

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In a lawsuit filed 23 December 2014, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) asked the court to declare the threatened species listing of the Arctic ringed seal unlawful. A subspecies of the mammal is listed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as threatened, under the Endangered Species Act, per a finding in December 2012 by the National Marine Fisheries Service that the seals were “likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future as a result of the projected effects of climate change on its Arctic habitat.” Add a comment