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Port of Long Beach awards $3 mil. to improve water quality around Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners granted over $3 million in order to support four projects that will help improve water quality in and around Long Beach as part of the Port Community Grants Program. The $46.4 million program aims at reducing the environmental impacts of goods movement.

US announces funds to improve ecosystem and climate research

The US Department of Energy announced $15 million in funding for 27 projects in atmospheric and ecological sciences, in an effort to improve the ability of Earth system models to predict weather and climate. The projects cover a wide range of topics in atmospheric and terrestrial ecosystem studies.

How California air rules have reduced whale fatalities

California clean air regulations intended to minimize air pollution from ships have been proven vital for saving whales, according to a recent report issued in the journal Ocean & Coastal Management. To comply and conserve fuel, vessels have slowed down, which has resulted in fewer whales being killed due to collisions with ships.

US to fund maritime heritage preservation projects

The US National Park Service, along with the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration will allocate $2.6 million in maritime heritage grants to assist funding 34 preservation and education projects in 14 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. These grants aim to teach about sites related to US’s maritime history.

US, Israel to invest in clean energy projects

NYSERDA and the Israel Innovation Authority will identify potential projects to support new innovative technologies that could be commercialized in the global market. The agreement also seeks to enable partnerships between New York and Israeli-based companies focused on clean-energy research and development projects.

US to use marine organisms to monitor strategic waters

The US military decided to deploy networks of manned and unmanned platforms and sensors in order to monitor adversary activity in the oceans. This is a challenging task, in which hardware alone cannot meet every need in the dynamic marine environment. Sea life, however, offers a potential new advantage.

Major oil companies to pay over climate change

New York made an important step towards protecting the environment, as it sued five major oil companies, demanding ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and  ConocoPhillips pay for the cost of protecting the city from the arising threat that the climate change poses.

BSEE releases recommendations for gas release prevention

The US Government Accountability Office conducted a review of BSEE’s oversight of offshore oil and gas operations, and found that the bureau had been unsuccessful in implementing a risk-based inspection component as part of its inspection program.

US Great Lakes vessels to enhance their performance

US flagged Great Lakes vessel operators are about to spend $65 million, in order to modernise their vessels at Great Lakes shipyards this winter and reduce their carbon footprint. As a result, the fleet will be ready to meet the needs of commerce during spring.

Right whales in danger of extinction

In a study published by phys.org, it is noted that it is now possible that the endangered species of right whales can become extinct and new measures need to be taken. North Atlantic right whales, one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, had a deadly year in 2017, as only 450 whales are left, of which 17 died this year.

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