coastal zone management

North Carolina to Study Sea Level Rise for the Nation

North Carolina to Study Sea Level Rise for the Nation

RALEIGH, North Carolina, February 26, 2009 (ENS) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding $5 million to the state of North Carolina for a statewide risk assessment and mitigation strategy demonstration of the potential impacts of sea level rise caused by climate change. Announcing the award on Tuesday, FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May said…

James Taylor Sings for the Birds

James Taylor Sings for the Birds

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia, May 18, 2008 (ENS) – When James Taylor picks up his guitar and sings in Virginia Beach on Thursday, May 22, he will be singing in part to protect land for migratory birds on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Taylor will donate a portion of the proceeds from the benefit concert to…

Judge: Navy Must Protect Whales in Hawaii From Sonar

Judge: Navy Must Protect Whales in Hawaii From Sonar

HONOLULU, Hawaii, March 1, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Navy is violating federal law and a federal judge has enjoined the Navy from carrying out its undersea warfare exercises in Hawaii’s waters without adhering to additional mitigation measures to protect marine mammals. Hawaii federal district Judge David Ezra ruled Saturday that the Navy must use…

Federal Judge Overturns Bush Sonar Waiver

Federal Judge Overturns Bush Sonar Waiver

LOS ANGELES, California, February 4, 2008 (ENS) – A federal court today struck down a waiver issued by the White House that would exempt the U.S. Navy from complying with environmental law during sonar training exercises off southern California. In nullifying the waiver, U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper reaffirmed an injunction issued early in…

First Wave Energy Project Provokes Federal-State Clash

First Wave Energy Project Provokes Federal-State Clash

OLYMPIA, Washington, January 21, 2008 (ENS) – The Washington state Department of Ecology has filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC, for reconsideration of a decision that FERC made last month to grant five-year environmental approval for a wave energy project at Makah Bay, in far western Washington state. The license is…

Bush Exempts Navy From Court Order Protecting Whales

Bush Exempts Navy From Court Order Protecting Whales

WASHINGTON, DC, January 16, 2008 (ENS) – In an unprecedented action, President George W. Bush Tuesday overrode a federal court order that requires the U.S. Navy to minimize harm to whales and dolphins during sonar exercises off Southern California. Scientists say the loud blasts of sound emitted by Navy sonar to detect submarines harm and…