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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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Biden Announces Final Conservation Rule to Protect Millions of Acres of Ecologically Important Lands in America’s Arctic

Today, the Biden administration released a final conservation rule to protect vital landscapes in America’s Arctic. This announcement will provide stronger protections for Special Areas within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska – a welcome and critical step toward recognizing the importance of Alaska’s public lands and waters for protecting communities, biodiversity,…

EPA Announces Clean Ports Program

Today the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new program to prioritize the acceleration of zero emission ports and freight infrastructure.

Texas Environmental Agency Opens Pathway for Formosa Plastics Expansion

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a draft permit to construct a reservoir on the property of Formosa Plastics.

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Stopping Pebble Mine and Saving Alaska’s Wild Salmon
Stopping Pebble Mine and Saving Alaska’s Wild Salmon

A years-long battle over a proposed mine in Alaska ended when a coalition that included Friends of the Earth successfully pushed the US Army Corps of Engineers to deny Pebble Mine a permit to operate in Bristol Bay,  killing the project! 

Standing Up for Polar Bears
Standing Up for Polar Bears

The agency’s regulation gave oil and gas companies in Alaska a pass to harass polar bears along the Beaufort Sea coast and on the North Slope.

Fighting for the Gulf in Court
Fighting for the Gulf in Court

Despite promising to be a climate leader, Biden approved 34% more oil and gas permits in his first year than Donald Trump did in his first year.

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The Verdict on the Arctic’s Heavy Fuel Oil Ban: Good, but Not Nearly Enough
The Verdict on the Arctic’s Heavy Fuel Oil Ban: Good, but Not Nearly Enough

While the HFO ban is welcome, much more needs to be done to honor and safeguard the Arctic.

How Plastics Are Produced 
How Plastics Are Produced 

How are plastics produced? Petrochemicals are the building blocks of plastics, as well as synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. 

60,000 activists tell JPMorgan Chase: Denounce, divest and defund Formosa Plastics’ toxic and racist petrochemical complex  
60,000 activists tell JPMorgan Chase: Denounce, divest and defund Formosa Plastics’ toxic and racist petrochemical complex  

Even though JPMorgan Chase has made pledges to “responsibly invest” & support racial equity, it is the largest US financier of the plastics industry.

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