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Daniele Holland: Climate change and pollution kill whales, not wind

The updtick in whale deaths off the Jersey Shore isn't being escalated by off-shore wind. Climate change, ships and pollution are the real culprits.
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Whales, from above

The photographer Sutton Lynch is documenting a dramatic turning point off the coast of Long Island — a resurgence of sea life after decades of depletion.
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Small but mighty: Why Antarctic krill are worth fighting for

If you love penguins, whales and a livable climate, then it might be time to stand up for Antarctic krill.

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Panel: Climate change, not wind prep, is threat to whales

Climate change, spurred by the burning of fossil fuels, is the biggest danger to marine life including whales, a panel of Democratic officials and environmental groups said Monday.

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Is offshore wind harming the nation’s fisheries in the race for clean energy?

Offshore wind farms in the United States are facing opposition from commercial fishermen who fear that the construction and operation of wind farms could disrupt their livelihoods and harm marine ecosystems.

In a nutshell:

Fishermen are concerned that the siting of offshore wind farms in prime fishing areas, as well as the physical infrastructure of the farms, could drive away fish and marine mammals, and pose dangers to fishing vessels and gear. There is also criticism of the lack of thoroughness in vetting potential fishery conflicts by the federal agency responsible for siting offshore wind farms, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Key quote:

“There are so many unknowns.” Many small-scale fishers are already feeling the brunt of rising costs amid increased industry speculation. “We’re holding on by a thread,” says Wesley Brighton, a fisherman based out of Martha’s Vineyard and New Bedford, Massachusetts, who fishes for scallops, squid, lobster, and crab.

Big picture:

Offshore wind farms are rapidly expanding in the United States as part of efforts to address climate change and increase renewable energy production. However, there are increasing concerns about the potential negative impacts on marine ecosystems and livelihoods. The outcome of the swift deployment of offshore wind remains to be seen, but it is evident that maintaining ongoing communication between fishermen and the offshore wind community is crucial for finding the best way forward.

Read the full Civil Eats story here.

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NJ offshore wind funds will pay for whale detection, seal study

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday $2 million for three new offshore wind environmental projects, including the launch of a whale detection buoy, a study on animal diversity in the offshore wind lease areas, and funding to monitor offshore wind's impacts on New Jersey's harbor seal population.

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Interactive: How melting ice due to climate change is having surprising global effects

The planet’s massive ice sheets are melting as temperatures rise. Scientists are finding that melt is having surprising and far-reaching effects.