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A straw and a sea turtle: Why we should stop using single-use plastic

By | Michaela Morris
Associate, Oceans, Environment America

The video provides visceral imagery of the suffering caused by single-use plastic. Marine animals, like this turtle, ...do not deserve to suffer extraordinary pain because of the vast quantities of disposable plastic products that end up in the sea. 

As Hurricane Dorian bears down on Florida’s eastern coast, I can’t help but think back to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma. I was fortunate enough to evacuate that storm and avoid the worst of it. But so many friends and neighbors lost so much, including 123 Floridians who lost their lives because of hurricane-related causes. 

A new wave of legislation against offshore drilling

By | Kelsey Lamp
Protect Our Oceans, Advocate

Earlier this month, a group of legislators from both coasts signed onto a wave of eight bills in Congress aimed at blocking the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan.

Back in January, when the Trump administration announced plans to open 90 percent of U.S. coastlines to drilling, the opposition protested loudly. At Environment Florida Research & Policy Center, our take on the administration’s plan is this: it’s a disaster. Our coasts are too beautiful and the risks are too great, as the world saw with the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

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