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Trump's assault on the environment begins with American headwaters.

The Waters of the United States rule was created after the Obama Administration shifted through more than a thousand scientific papers to identify which streams, creeks, and wetlands were relevant to environmental health.

The rule was lauded as a big step forward for ocean health. However, few expected it to cause so much controversy—poor public understanding led to widespread perception that the rule covered more than it did, and it became a lightning rod for conservatives.

Trump is empowering new EPA head Scott Pruitt to undercut the rule, leading to fears that the rivers leading to the sea will be vulnerable to pollution.

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What good is it to save one fish while we’re still destroying the ocean with pollution and acidification? ...Is a sushi restaurant that serves bluefin under the table any better than an oil company that refuses to talk about climate change?

Mid-century Japanese referred to tuna as not good enough for the cats. Now it's a delicacy driving bluefin to extinction.
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Nothing escapes the deepest trenches of the ocean floor. Not light, not nutrients, not pollutants.

Scientists tested the delicate ecosystems of the Marianas Trench and found highly elevated levels of PCBs, which were banned in 1977 in the United States as a threat to public health.

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Ocean acidification, sometimes called "climate change's evil twin," begins with carbon pollution. That has driven ocean acidity up 30%, making it hard for coral, pterapods, and other ocean creatures to build their exoskeletons.

The bottom of the ocean food chain is basically dissolving, and we're doing nothing about it.

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