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Please read and share my latest HuffPost blog. Neil Young has granted a free use license to his new environmental anthem "Who's Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth). Now it's up to us to spread the word and change the world!
Climate change and the effect on our environment and our species isn't an abstract concept; it's about the lives of people, real people -- your family, your friends, your neighbors -- and of the collective consequences of our individual actions upon ...
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Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few....
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Will plastic bags become a permanent fixture in the fabric of our society?
Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few....
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Salinas, California and Amsterdam - what are the odds! Can you guess where I get more readers?
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I have a new article in the Huffington Post about Jean-Michel Cousteau and the new World Cetacean Alliance (WCA), please share with your friends! 
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Please take a minute to read and share my Op-Ed about the Orca known as Morgan which is featured in DutchNews.nl
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I'm honored to be a signatory on the Free Morgan Foundation letter of support for AB 2140 the California Orca Welfare and Safety Act!

http://www.freemorgan.org/fmf-supports-california-bill-orca-safety-welfare/

FMF supports California Bill ‘Orca Safety & Welfare’
www.freemorgan.org 

The Free Morgan Foundation is pleased to offer its support to the proposed California Bill (AB2140 ‘Bloom’s Orca Safety and Welfare Bill’). Here
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Great article by Tim Zimmermann about orca Morgan and Dr. Ingrid Visser's fight to set her free.
It’s not often that judges and courts decide the fate of a wild killer whale -- and it’s always a slightly discomfiting intersection of man and nature when they do. But within the next couple weeks and as soon as Monday, a Dutch High Court will issue its decision on the future of Morgan, the lost an...
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My column "It is Time to Free Morgan" tops the list for 2013, but the fight to free the young female orca known as Morgan continues into 2014.
From Allochtoon to Zwarte Piet, with princess Amalia and the Dutch economy in between: here are some of the best-read DutchNews.nl columns of 2013.
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This is simply a Brilliant article, beautiful and brilliant, a must read for Ocean Lovers!
If this mass deforestation took place on land, it would be a devastating sight. (FYI, it would destroy Paris in a day and a half.)
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Great News!  Hope and Hope Spots - Thank You Sylvia
Exciting news has come out of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 3): Her Deepness Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue and IUCN have launched 31 new Mission Blue Hope Spots — Marine Protected Areas — across the globe to massively scale up the level of marine protection that experts consider necessary for a sustainable…
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Big Story a long time coming, City of Salinas and Monterey County join in effort to get all cities in county to join with Monterey and Carmel and pass plastic bag bans to protect Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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This Fishing Technique Is Killing Our Oceans
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If this mass deforestation took place on land, it would be a devastating sight. (FYI, it would destroy Paris in a day and a half.)

Bold Plan for 50 Ocean Hope Spots Announced at IMPAC 3
newswatch.nationalgeographic.com

Exciting news has come out of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 3): Her Deepness Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue and I

Salinas City Council moving forward on banning plastic bags
www.thecalifornian.com

With two members recounting personal and emotional experiences of encountering sea turtles ensnared with plastic shopping bags, Salinas City

Why 'Finding Dory' Will Have A Different Ending Than Planned
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An unlikely source is prompting Pixar to imbue a social consciousness into its highly anticipated "Finding Nemo" sequel. The studio will tak

End the killer whale circus
www.latimes.com

SeaWorld would no doubt prefer that the public forget about Dawn Brancheau , the trainer who died in an attack by a killer whale at its Orla

Monterey County, Salinas on track to restrict plastic bags
www.thecalifornian.com

The city of Salinas and Monterey County are on parallel tracks to follow other municipalities in the region and restrict the retail use of s

Making Waves Nowhere Near the Ocean
www.oneworldoneocean.com

This past weekend, Colorado Ocean Coalition, held their annual "Making WAVES" symposium. The Boulder-based ocean conservation non-profit was

Californians Take Stand in the Sand for Plastic-Free Seas
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California, known for its seemingly endless beautiful coastline, is also a source of endless ingenuity and passion for protecting our natura

Mind Over Plastic: The Future Is Now
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Mind Over Plastic: The Future Is Now - The Huffington Post

The Politics of Energy Is Changing
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Bad energy policy is not just polluting our planet; it is polluting our politics, and warping international relations. It is the invisible f

Can We Stop Killing Our Oceans Now, Please?
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We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.

World Oceans Day: Time to Stop the War on Our Oceans
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Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we

SeaWorld's IPO and the Third Question of Conscience
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SeaWorld's IPO and the Third Question of Conscience - The Huffington Post

End Game: The Petitions to Ban BPA
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As scientists continue to study the effects of BPA on humans, the FDA is finding that it is the one under the microscope -- the microscope o

Cute, Clever, Connected: Otter 501 Movie is Redefining "Revolutionary"
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Cute, clever and connected: Otter 501 is the latest film from Mark Shelley, executive producer/director of photography; Bob Talbot, director

Plastic Free Campuses: Because It's Their World to Change
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College students are taking up the challenge of saving the Earth for themselves, because the "grownups" in our nation's capital, and the sta

'Blackfish' Director On Orcas In Captivity
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From TakePart's David Kirby: On Saturday, January 19, the highly-anticipated documentary Blackfish made its world premiere at the Sundance F

Frivolous Challenge: Nation's Most Progressive Plastic Bag Ban in Peril
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It's corporate bullying by the plastic industry to make cities and counties think twice before passing environmental laws that cut into thei

Bits and Pieces of People's Lives: NOAA Investigates Origin of Recent Oc...
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The tsunami debris is real, it is out there, and we are tracking it. By every measure, it represents an environmental disaster coming toward

If the Sea Was a Child: In Honor of World Oceans Day
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If not now, when? If not this, what? If not us, who -- who will speak for the sea as a child? If the sea was a child, what would you do to s