Oceans

The world’s oceans support countless forms of life. Unfortunately, oceans and the tens of millions of people who live near them are under threat from oil spills, air pollution, sewage releases, industrial ocean fish farming, and unnatural ocean noise. Friends of the Earth has won regional, national and international limits on air, water and oil pollution from cruise ships, cargo ships, oil tankers, ferries and recreational water craft. We were instrumental in achieving the establishment of air pollution limits for ships near the coasts of the U.S. and Canada, which prohibit the use of dirty bunker fuel — unless alternative compliance methods are employed, such as shorepower or other pollution reduction technologies.
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Saving California’s Coastline
Saving California’s Coastline

Hundreds of Friends of the Earth members called their state legislators, urging them to support these important bills, and we went to Sacramento to march and voice our strong opposition to Zinke’s plan.

Cutting Off an Industrial Mine’s Financing
Cutting Off an Industrial Mine’s Financing

Pebble Mine is a clear environmental disaster—yet its parent company found a financier for the project in First Quantum Minerals. To stop this project, Friends of the Earth has worked  to hit them where it hurts: their financial backing.

Keeping Puget Sound Clean
Keeping Puget Sound Clean

Five years of environmental activism will clean the state’s waterways, protect public health, and boost local economy. This is a major win for both Washington and our planet.

Banning Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in Washington state
Banning Industrial Ocean Fish Farming in Washington state

In early March 2018, Washington’s state legislature passed House Bill 2957—a bill that bans all future industrial net pen operations by 2022. This bill should send a message to the aquaculture industry that its time is up.

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Friends of the Earth and Earthjustice go to court over NOAA’s lack of FOIA transparency

Friends of the Earth today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Maryland against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for violations of the agency’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.

Western, Central Gulf of Mexico Excluded From House Bills Banning Offshore Leasing

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills today to limit offshore leasing in federal waters. But both bills ignore the western and central Gulf of Mexico, where most federal offshore oil and gas production currently occurs, and Alaska. Both bills now move on to the U.S. Senate.

EPA publishes draft permit for floating factory farm

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans for an industrial ocean fish farm to operate in the Gulf of Mexico late Friday afternoon.

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Carnival Corp. companies all receive failing grades on the 2019 Cruise Ship Report Card
Carnival Corp. companies all receive failing grades on the 2019 Cruise Ship Report Card

This year, Friends of the Earth is calling on Carnival Corporation and all large cruise companies to invest in real, comprehensive solutions to treat their environmental pollution and truly be environmentally responsible and protect the places they visit.

Don’t cruise with the criminal Carnival
Don’t cruise with the criminal Carnival

Carnival companies — Princess Cruise Lines, Holland America, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Costa, and 4 others — are key polluters of our oceans and definitely not role models for other cruise lines like they claim to be.

Your tax dollars at work: The Trump administration just created a map showing mega-corporations where they should industrialize the ocean next
Your tax dollars at work: The Trump administration just created a map showing mega-corporations where they should industrialize the ocean next

Our oceans are home to important and endangered marine species, and shouldn’t be treated as mere uncharted areas for mega-corporations to industrialize.

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  • Joint Comments on NPDES Permit
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  • Support the Keep Finfish Free Act (HR 2467)
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  • 2019 Cruise Ship Report Card
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