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Do Non-Native Fish Have a Place in the Sacramento Delta? – November 4, 2014

Human intervention has so irrevocably changed the delta that it’s now a “novel ecosystem,” say researchers

Speeding down a channel of the Cache Slough, an appendage of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, biologist Matthew Young deftly navigates our small research boat, which is sitting rather low in the water. Dressed in construction worker orange waders and a jacket, his curly brown hair protruding from under this green knit hat, Young, a marine biologist and a Delta Stewardship Council science fellow, is full of excited energy, which is remarkable considering both that it’s 4 a.m., and he and his team of researchers have three 12-hour days of fish sampling in the Delta ahead of them.

Sacramento Delta with birds in the skyPhoto by… more

by: Brittany Patterson

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UN, Scientists Alarmed Over Plan to Dump Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef – July 2, 2014

Australia’s coal port expansion project could place reef on UNESCO “World Heritage in Danger” list in 2015

After waffling about changing the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage Site status for the last two years, the United Nations recently let Australia off with a warning that the iconic reef could be added to the “World Heritage in Danger” list in 2015 if the country went ahead with a proposal to dump 3 million cubic meters of dredged spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

photo of a long pier on a coastline, wide sea and tropical clouds to the horizonPhoto © Tom Jefferson / GreenpeaceAbbot Point, surrounded by wetlands and coral reefs, is set to become the worlds largest… more

by: Brittany Patterson

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