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Helping the Arctic Council Find Its True North

book_alt2 icon Report Secretary of State John Kerry needs to make climate change the focus of the Arctic Council and consider both immediate and longer-term goals if he wants to take decisive action upon becoming the Arctic Council chairman in 2015.

By Cathleen Kelly, Michael Conathan, and Vikram Singh | Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Economic Benefits of Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

article icon Fact Sheet Healthy coastal ecosystems provide critical social and environmental benefits.

By Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems

Wetlands book_alt2 icon Report Restoring degraded coastal ecosystems produces economic returns above and beyond short-term job creation and economic stimulus.

By Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Top 5 Challenges Facing the New NOAA Administrator

Kathryn SullivanAs former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan takes over NOAA, she faces challenges worthy of a rocket scientist.

By Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Thursday, March 6, 2014

Who Wants to Bring Back Overfishing?

OverfishingMisguided provisions in new fisheries legislation would sacrifice the sustainability of short-term gains.

By Michael Conathan | Monday, February 3, 2014

The Science Is In: Pebble Mine Does Not Belong in the Bristol Bay Watershed

Newhalen RiverThe Obama administration should protect Alaska’s landscape and its $1.5 billion salmon industry.

By Michael Conathan | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Establish the National Endowment for the Oceans

Fishermen mend netsThe fishing industry is uniquely positioned to help Congress take a major step toward healthier ocean and coastal economies.

By Michael Conathan | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Protecting the Taxpayer’s Share of Natural Resource Revenues on Public Lands and Oceans

Deepwater Horizon site drillers book_alt2 icon Report Rather than creating new revenue-sharing entitlements, Congress should take a comprehensive, fiscally sound approach to addressing the natural resource revenue challenges facing the nation.

By Matt Lee-Ashley, Jessica Goad, Michael Madowitz, and Michael Conathan | Friday, November 8, 2013

We can’t let Russia screw up plans for a huge marine reserve

John Podesta and Michael Conathan write about Russia's attempts to block the creation of a marine reserve in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.

By John Podesta and Michael Conathan | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fukushima Fallout Not Affecting U.S.-Caught Fish

Although there are grave concerns about ongoing radiation leaks at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, the amount of radiation in domestic seafood is still well below safe levels.

By Michael Conathan | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fishing or Mining: Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region Debates Its Future

Drilling rigThe controversial Pebble Mine project in Southwest Alaska pits a mining conglomerate against one of the world’s most iconic fisheries.

By Michael Conathan | Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Fishery Going to the Dogs

DogfishGreat whites get the ink, but the dogfish is the real villain for Cape Cod’s fishermen.

By Michael Conathan | Monday, August 12, 2013

Top 10 Ways the House of Representatives’ Environmental Spending Bill Would Ruin Your Summer

The new House bill is an unprecedented assault on your health and public lands.

By Arpita Bhattacharyya, Daniel J. Weiss, Michael Conathan, and Matt Lee-Ashley | Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Russia Blocks Bid to Establish Massive Antarctic Marine Reserves

PenguinsRussia recently refused to let the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources establish marine reserves in the ocean off Antarctica.

By Michael Conathan | Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region Threatens a Sustainable Economy

Pebble Mine project article icon Issue Brief A proposal to develop one of the world’s largest open-pit mines in a remote and pristine corner of Alaska could destroy some of America’s most valuable fisheries.

By Jessica Goad, Shiva Polefka, Michael Conathan, and Christy Goldfuss | Thursday, June 27, 2013