Friday, January 17, 2020

Loose Feathers #732

American Robin / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
Birds and birding news
Science and nature blogging
Conservation and biodiversity
Climate change and environmental politics
  • Last year was the second-hottest year on record, behind only 2016, when temperatures were influenced by El Niño. The past decade was also the warmest decade on record. 
  • Last year also set a record for ocean temperatures. High ocean temperatures are harmful for marine life and also affect weather on land.
  • The Trump administration has been dismantling the management of the National Park Service and undermining the regulations that protect them.
  • Most of the political appointees in charge of enforcing federal environmental laws have a background in the fossil fuel or agricultural industries or worked to undermine regulations in a state government.
  • New Jersey legislators failed to pass the single-use plastic ban or a bill to protect Liberty State Park from development before the end of the last session. (The latter passed the state senate but died in the assembly.) The process for both will need to be restarted.