Category: Environment

Whale deaths spur call to halt offshore wind farms

By David Pendered Jan. 14 – The deaths of six whales in the past month that washed ashore in the New York/New Jersey area have prompted some conservationists to call on the Biden administration to halt development of offshore wind farms in the region. New Jersey-based Clean Ocean Action wrote in a Jan. 9 letter […]

Wind farms, sea life – Feds seek to strike balance

By David Pendered (Note to readers: The Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 1: Soaring Costs Threaten U.S. Offshore-wind buildout.) Dec. 30 – Wind farms to be built in U.S. coastal waters have prompted a coordinated federal examination of how to protect North American right whales and other sea life from the energy systems. On Dec. […]

New shark fin penalty could hit $100,000 per fin

By David Pendered Dec. 16 – Sharks are soon to be granted major protection by the annual defense bill awaiting President Biden’s signature. The legislation makes shark fins illegal to buy, sell, transport or possess in the United States. The federal civil penalty for each violation is up to $100,000. The boat used to cut […]

Distracted ship pilots threaten right whales, too

By David Pendered Dec. 11 –A ship’s pilot distracted by his cell phone grounded a container ship on a sandbar in the Chesapeake Bay. The incident shows how human error adds to the vulnerability of North American right whales in busy shipping areas such as Savannah. The U.S. Coast Guard’s Findings of Concern released Dec. 6 […]

UN: ‘Climate battle will be won, lost in cities’

By David Pendered Nov. 23 – COP27 marks the start of a role for cities to fight climate change. The mayor of Des Moines, Iowa is at the center of the effort. The initiative – SURGe, Sustainable Urban Resilience for the Next Generation – was unveiled in advance of the climate talks that concluded this […]

Monarchs migrate across metro Atlanta

By David Pendered Oct. 15 – Monarch butterflies are fluttering across metro Atlanta and Georgia as the peak autumn migration season comes to a close for these threatened pollinators. Metro Atlanta has been home to the most sightings reported by citizen scientists in Georgia through Oct. 17, according to the map maintained by the nation’s […]

MARTA, sustainability and COP27 climate summit

By David Pendered Oct. 9 – When global leaders meet in Egypt to discuss the status of the Paris Climate Accord, metro Atlanta’s contribution to meeting certain goals will be noted as MARTA’s efforts on sustainability and affordable housing. These topics are at the heart of discussions planned at the two-week climate summit known as […]

Okefenokee: Just say ‘No mine’

By David Pendered Sept. 15 – The Georgia Water Coalition is trying to insert the proposed mine near the Okefenokee Swamp into the November gubernatorial campaign via a letter-writing campaign based on a survey released Thursday that shows a solid majority of Georgians oppose the mine. The coalition has launched an online campaign targeting the gubernatorial candidates, […]

Okefenokee mine back in play

By David Pendered Aug. 23 –The federal government has dropped its efforts that had the potential to delay a proposed mine near the Okefenokee Swamp, according to a paper filed Monday in federal court in Waycross. This leaves the State of Georgia as the sole arbiter of permits for the sand mine proposed by Twin Pines […]

King’s regatta: Women sailors, sustainability

By David Pendered Aug. 8 – An elite Spanish regatta in the Mediterranean has concluded, and with it the third women’s division to participate and an intense sustainability program intended to reduce the event’s environmental impact. The Copa del Rey/MAPFRE is a major event in the Mediterranean yachting and social circuit, hosted by the king of […]