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November 2016 Issue

Canada Proposes Carbon
Pricing by 2018

The government of Canada proposed a plan to impose carbon pricing on all Canadian jurisdictions by 2018. Provinces and territories will have flexibility in deciding how they implement carbon pricing; they can put a direct price on carbon pollution or adopt a cap-and-trade system. Carbon pricing is central to the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The aim is to reduce emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels. The overall approach will be reviewed in 2022 to ensure that it is effective and to confirm future price increases.


Ocean Champions Endorses
Seven Congressional Candidates

Ocean Champions, which helps elect pro-ocean candidates to the U.S. Congress, has endorsed seven candidates from the Mid-Atlantic region: Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House candidate Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and Senate candidate Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Crowley has co-sponsored bills that support clean water, renewable energy and the protection of wilderness areas. Lowey is co-founder of the Hudson River Caucus and author of the Water Pollution Control and Estuary Restoration Act. LoBiondo works to protect wildlife and wetlands. Hoyer has led efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Sarbanes helped pass H.R. 1650 to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Raskin is a three-term Maryland state senator with a focus on climate change. Van Hollen introduced the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Fairness Act in 2012 to manage bay pollution.


ITA Awards Funds to Maritime
Alliance to Support US Exports

San Diego-based The Maritime Alliance (TMA) will receive $296,705 from the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) to continue to encourage providers of U.S. marine technology goods and services to increase exports, particularly to France, Ireland and the U.K. TMA also aims to increase exports to Korea by $44 million in the next three years. TMA will match the MDCP award with an investment of $948,570 of its own resources. The funded project will underwrite the cost of U.S. firms participating at foreign trade shows and missions and pay part of the costs for U.S. firms to network with foreign buyers at a new U.S.-based trade show. This year, five nonprofit industry groups are receiving MDCP awards, expected to generate or preserve more than $359 million in U.S. exports in the next three years.


US Senate and House
Approve WRDA Bills

The U.S. Senate has passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works activities, including flood control, navigation and environmental restoration projects and studies. This bill also authorizes the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, which creates the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Delaware River Basin. The U.S. House of Representatives also approved its WRDA of 2016, comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to address the needs of U.S. harbors, locks, dams, flood protection and other water infrastructure. The next step is to send a final WRDA measure to the U.S. president.


First White House Arctic
Science Ministerial

Science ministers, worldwide government leaders and representatives from indigenous groups gathered late September for the first-ever U.S. White House Arctic Science Ministerial (WHASM) to increase scientific collaborations to address the dramatic environmental changes in the Arctic. The focus was on understanding Arctic science challenges, strengthening and integrating Arctic observations and data sharing, building regional resilience, and promoting STEM education and citizen empowerment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supporting these themes through several projects, such as the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network in Alaska, according to the EPA’s blog. The LEO mobile app gives citizen scientists observation tools. The EPA also assisted the launch of new LEO regional hubs in northern California, Northwest Indian College and Canada (Northwest Territories and British Columbia). WHASM will facilitate LEO’s circumpolar expansion to help Arctic communities.


White House Recognizes Champions
Of Sustainable Seafood

The U.S. White House recognized 12 people as “White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood.” They are: Robin Alden, founding executive director of Penobscot East Resource Center for Maine’s coastal fisheries; Linda Behnken, executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association; Chris Brown, president of the Seafood Harvesters of America; Jason DeLaCruz, president of Wild Seafood Co.; Byron Encalade, president of the Louisiana Oysterman Association; Monica Jain, founding director of Fish 2.0, which brings entrepreneurs and investors together to grow the sustainable seafood sector; Bun Lai, owner and chef of Miya’s Sushi, the world’s first sustainable sushi restaurant; Alan Lovewell, CEO and co-founder of Real Good Fish, which connects local fishermen with local consumers; Dr. Kevan Main, senior scientist and program manager at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium; Luka Mossman, fisheries outreach coordinator at the Conservation International Hawaii program; Brad Pettinger, director of the Oregon Trawl Commission; and Richard B. Robins, Jr., owner of Bernie’s Conchs Seafood Market and Ocean Perfect Seafoods Inc.


Datacasting Agreement to
Support First Responders

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and America’s Public Television Stations have signed an agreement to make datacasting technology available nationwide to enable the public safety community to transmit secure data, including voice, text, files, images and video, over existing broadcast television signals to a targeted audience. In an emergency situation, where other wireless services often fail due to network congestion, datacasting provides a reliable platform for quickly sending and receiving large files.



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