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WCS, Coney Island Community, and City of New York Celebrate Ribbon Cutting of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! at the New York Aquarium

The three-story, 57,500-square-foot exhibit building, with 9 dynamic galleries, will drive awareness of the importance of sharks to the health of the world’s ocean; educate visitors about the severe threats sharks face; and inspire guests to protect the surprisingly diverse and beautiful marine wildlife here in New York.  

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Study Identifies Reefs with Potential to Survive Climate Change’s Impacts
A new study published in Conservation Letters identifies reefs globally that have the potential to survive the growing threat of climate change and to help revive degraded marine ecosystems if they are protected from other threats.
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Reef Scientists Adapt Ideas From Investment World to Coral Reef Conservation
Scientists have identified a portfolio of the world’s reefs most likely to survive the coming decades, using principles from the financial investment world.
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Fact Sheet:  Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks!  At the New York Aquarium
The Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit brings visitors up close to a diverse group of sharks, demonstrating their critical role in ocean ecosystems and how vulnerable they are to the actions of humans. 
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World Heritage Committee Removes Belize Barrier Reef from List of Sites in Danger
WCS welcomed the decision by the UNESCO-World Heritage Committee to remove the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the “List of World Heritage in Danger.”
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WCS Joins NYC Council Member Espinal at Rally in Support of Single-Use Plastic Straw Ban
A coalition of over 100 advocates attended a press conference and rally on June 21st in support of Intro No. 936, legislation first introduced on May 23, 2018 by Council Member Espinal (Brooklyn- East New York, Bushwick, Cypress Hills) to ban plastic straws and stirrers in New York City eating and drinking establishments.
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WCS Criticizes the Elimination of U.S. National Ocean Policy, Undermining the Health of the Ocean
WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli issued the following statement concerning rescission of the U.S. National Ocean Policy:
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Report: Extractive Industries Impact Almost One Million Square Kilometers of Pristine Forests
WCS and WWF issued a report this week revealing that nearly a million square kilometers, or 386,000 square miles, of tropical intact forest landscapes (IFLs) are overlapped by extractive industries thereby posing a significant threat to these pristine regions. 
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Global Study Finds Marine Reserves are Partially Effective
A massive study of nearly 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world has found that marine reserves near heavily populated areas fail to protect many endangered species - but are a vast improvement over having no protection.
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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is holding a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018, for the opening of the Donald Zucker and Barbara Hrbek Zucker Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit at the New York Aquarium.    

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