Ocean news: Saving whales, expanding oil drilling, boosting wind energy, watching beaches vanish

Michael Fishbach narrates his encounter with a humpback whale entangled in a fishing net. Gershon Cohen and he have founded The Great Whale Conservancy to help and protect whales. Visit their website http://www.eii.org/gwc/, facebook page, and join them in helping to save these magnificent beings.

Obama moves to streamline oversight of Alaska drilling

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on federal agencies to better coordinate Alaska oil and gas permitting and other regulatory oversight as the industry looks to expand operations in the Arctic and as environmentalists ramp up their opposition. 

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U.S. Closer to Allowing Wind Farms Off Atlantic

The U.S. Interior Department expects little environmental impact from testing the feasibility of wind farms off the coast of four Atlantic coast states, according to a draft document released Monday. The findings, which could be changed after the department reviews public comments, are an indication that the agency may be prepared to lease the areas for wind development without a more lengthy environmental review.

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Italy’s elite are dismayed by vanishing beaches

The high cost and exclusive nature of Italy’s best beaches cause regular disputes, but accelerating coastal erosion means some of them are now disappearing altogether.

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