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An Ocean and Climate Agenda for the New Administration
Article Homes sit next to the Gulf of Mexico in Grand Isle, the only inhabited barrier Island in Louisiana, which is threatened by a combination of sea level rise and sinking land due to climate change, August 2019. (Getty/Drew Angerer)

An Ocean and Climate Agenda for the New Administration

The Biden administration can take 20 actions in its first 100 days to leverage the power of the ocean in the fight against climate change.

Jean Flemma, Miriam Goldstein, Anne Merwin

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A Day in the Life of a Conservation Advocate Video

A Day in the Life of a Conservation Advocate

Follow Tina Sablan, former representative of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as she goes to Washington, D.C., to advocate for a management plan for the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument—and for the inclusion of the Indigenous people of the Mariana Islands in the conservation of their lands and water.

‘Under the Pala Pala’: Special Edition Episode Video

‘Under the Pala Pala’: Special Edition Episode

In this special edition episode, six national marine sanctuary advocates came together for a storytelling event hosted by the Center for American Progress and the National Ocean Protection Coalition at the fifth International Marine Protected Area Congress in Vancouver, Canada, to talk Indigenous-led conservation.

Angelo Villagomez, Margaret Cooney, Madalyn Reagan

Proposed National Marine Sanctuaries Provide a Pathway Toward Indigenous-Led Ocean Conservation Report
Three large turtles rest above the waterline on a white-sand beach.

Proposed National Marine Sanctuaries Provide a Pathway Toward Indigenous-Led Ocean Conservation

The United States can move closer to its dual goals of increasing access to nature for all Americans and protecting 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030 by approving and completing the designation of five new Indigenous-led marine sanctuaries.

Anuka Upadhye, Zainab Mirza, Angelo Villagomez

‘Under the Pala Pala’: Episode 4 Video

‘Under the Pala Pala’: Episode 4

In episode 4 of “Under The Pala Pala,” Angelo Villagomez from the Center for American Progress talks about what it’s like for Natives to work for green nongovernmental organizations in Washington, D.C., with Michaela Pavlat from the National Parks Conservation Association and Javan Santos from The Climate Initiative.

U.S. Pacific Territories and the America the Beautiful Initiative Can Deliver Ocean Climate Solutions Article
A shallow coral head appears in front of Fatu Rock.

U.S. Pacific Territories and the America the Beautiful Initiative Can Deliver Ocean Climate Solutions

The U.S. Pacific territories are vast—combined, their ocean areas are nearly twice the size of Alaska—and they are home to some of the world's largest marine protected areas. This region will be critical for achieving the Biden administration’s goals to combat climate change, protect 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030, and ensure access to nature for all Americans.

Angelo Villagomez, Anuka Upadhye, Zainab Mirza

More work needed on MPAs In the News

More work needed on MPAs

Steven Johnson and Angelo Villagomez discuss their recent study which assesses the quantity and quality of marine protected areas in the Mariana Islands.

Pacific Daily News

Steven Mana‘oakamai Johnson, Angelo Villagomez

Assessing the quantity and quality of marine protected areas in the Mariana Islands In the News

Assessing the quantity and quality of marine protected areas in the Mariana Islands

Angelo Villagomez assesses the quality of conservation efforts in the Mariana Islands, finding the importance of quality, quantity, and scale when determining effective conservation, especially in overlapping and contested jurisdictional authority areas.

Frontiers in Marine Science

Steven Mana‘oakamai Johnson, Angelo Villagomez

Ocean justice can help empower communities of color on the frontlines of the climate crisis In the News

Ocean justice can help empower communities of color on the frontlines of the climate crisis

The Ocean Justice Forum—a collective of 18 environmental justice, Indigenous, community, and national nonprofits—is offering an ambitious vision for strengthening ocean climate policy, addressing injustices, and building more resilient communities.

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Colette Pichon Battle, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš, 2 More Miriam Goldstein, Jean Flemma

Offshore Wind Can Lower Energy Prices and Beat Out Oil and Gas Report
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Offshore Wind Can Lower Energy Prices and Beat Out Oil and Gas

Offshore wind lease sales are a significantly better use of ocean acreage than oil and gas—for energy consumers, taxpayers, and the climate.

Michael Freeman

Fixing Abandoned Offshore Oil Wells Can Create Jobs and Protect the Ocean Article
Photo shows a bird's-eye view of a ship carrying cleanup equipment at the edge of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fixing Abandoned Offshore Oil Wells Can Create Jobs and Protect the Ocean

Abandoned and orphaned offshore oil and gas wells are costing taxpayers billions and the Biden administration can take immediate actions to address this ecological and financial crisis.

Zainab Mirza, Say Sanchez, Miriam Goldstein

Implementing Ocean Climate Solutions and Marine Protected Areas Require U.S. Leadership at the Our Ocean Conference Article
A wave crashes during a heavy swell in the Pacific.

Implementing Ocean Climate Solutions and Marine Protected Areas Require U.S. Leadership at the Our Ocean Conference

The seventh Our Ocean conference takes place this week in Palau, and the United States can lead global commitments on protecting nature that have stalled since the onset of the pandemic.

Angelo Villagomez, Miriam Goldstein, Anne Christianson

To Protect 30 Percent of the Ocean, the United States Must Invest in the National Marine Sanctuaries Program Report
View of the ocean during the day from a rocky shoreline. A small motor boat is seen in the upper left.

To Protect 30 Percent of the Ocean, the United States Must Invest in the National Marine Sanctuaries Program

For the 50th anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the United States must ensure that sanctuaries are able to fulfill their mandate of protecting the ocean and Great Lakes and preserving their cultural history.

Zainab Mirza, Alexandra Carter, Amy Kenney, 1 More Miriam Goldstein

To Harness the Power of the Ocean To Fight Climate Change, the Biden Administration Needs a Plan Article
A mangrove forest is pictured underwater in Mayotte Marine Natural Park, part of the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean, November 2017. (Getty/Alexis Rosenfeld)

To Harness the Power of the Ocean To Fight Climate Change, the Biden Administration Needs a Plan

Ocean carbon dioxide removal solutions may contribute to policies and strategies that achieve the goal of negative emissions by midcentury, but implementation at scale must be balanced with concerns about unintended environmental impacts, environmental justice, a social license to operate, and governance issues.

Kelly Kryc, Kat So

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