Oceans: to have and to hold

The Obama Administration has released its final plan for translating the National Ocean Policy into on-the-ground actions to benefit the American people.

The final Implementation Plan focuses on improving coordination to speed Federal permitting decisions, better manage the ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and collaborate more effectively with State, local partners and marine industries.

Without creating any new regulations or authorities, the plan will ensure the many Federal agencies involved in ocean management work together to reduce duplication and red tape and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently.

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Dolphins: surviving the Deepwater Horizon oil spill | Photo: Steve Shippee

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is still killing dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life in record numbers.

Infant dolphins are dying six times faster than they did before the 4.9 million barrels of oil got spilled in the Gulf of Mexico.

"These ongoing deaths - particularly in an apex predator like the dolphin - are a strong indication that there is something amiss with the Gulf ecosystem," explains Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation.

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World Water Day: share and protect our H20

The World Water Day is celebrated on the 22nd May 2013, with over 780 million not having access to improved sources of drinking water and 2.5 billion people living without improved sanitation.

By 2025, water withdrawals should increase by 50 percent in developing countries and by 18 percent in developed countries. Water for irrigation and food production constitutes one of the greatest pressures on freshwater resources.

An estimated 148 states share a basin with one or several countries, which is a potential source of conflict, as actions upstream have impacts on downstream countries.

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