Friday, April 2, 2021

Salish Sea News Week in Review April 2 2021

Aloha Ferret Friday!

Ferrets are domesticated animals. It is believed they were bred from European polecats, or possibly from steppe polecats. They are in the Mustela genus and Mustelidae family, being related to minks, weasels, ermines, and wolverines. They are closely related to the black-footed ferret, which is an endangered wild animal and one of the rarest animals in North America.

Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power
The White House said it would push to bring 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power online by the end of the decade, by speeding permitting for projects off the East Coast and funding changes to U.S. ports.

B.C. first in Canada to set emissions targets for industries, communities
Emission reduction targets range from 33 to 38 per cent in oil and gas, up to 32 per cent for transportation and from 38 to 43 per cent for industry.

Japan’s Kyoto cherry blossoms peak on earliest date in 1,200 years, a sign of climate change
The record bloom fits into a long-term pattern toward earlier spring flowering.

Alexandra Morton’s Book Should Galvanize Action on Salmon
‘Not on My Watch’ advances a devastating case against fish farms and compliant officials.

Chevron eyes deal for Shell oil refinery in Pacific Northwest
Chevron has emerged as a leading contender to buy Royal Dutch Shell's Puget Sound refinery in Anacortes, Wash., Reuters reports.

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will lead to $11.9B in losses for Canada, study says
SFU team says rising construction costs, new climate change measures mean project should be shelved.

Is shoreline armoring becoming a relic of the past?
Close to 30% of Puget Sound's shoreline is armored with seawalls and other structures meant to protect beaches against rising tides and erosion. But science increasingly shows that these structures are ineffective and cause significant harm to salmon and other creatures.

Interest in hydrogen fuel growing in the Pacific Northwest -- and tax dollars following
More folks from Pacific Northwest government and industry are jumping on the hydrogen bandwagon to test if the alternative fuel could be a viable and green replacement for diesel and gasoline in some situations.

B.C. First Nations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada protect crab for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial purposes
A groundbreaking co-management decision by four First Nations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada will protect 17 crab harvesting sites on B.C.’s central coast for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial purposes starting April 1.

EPA dismisses dozens of key science advisers picked under Trump Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan will purge more than 40 outside experts appointed by President Donald Trump from two key advisory panels.

County approves spending $65 million for West Point treatment Plant upgrades

The King County Council last week approved dedicating $65 million to make important upgrades to the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Magnolia’s Discovery Park to prevent untreated waste and stormwater from being released into the Puget Sound.

Group sues US over inaction to protect threatened species
Decisions by the Trump administration to withhold endangered-species protections for the northern spotted owl, monarch butterflies and other imperiled wildlife and plants could be set aside.

Last-ditch effort can’t save NOAA’s Mukilteo research center
A last ditch effort to get more money to rebuild the dilapidated Mukilteo Research Station failed, because bids came in above the $40 million that had been set aside for a new center run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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