Sea turtles are extremely vulnerable to climate change due to their unique life history. Join us in working with other activists working to slow and reverse climate change that threatens all life on Earth.

Climate change impacts sea turtles in a number of ways:

  • Temperature determines sea turtle gender,
  • Rising seas inundate and destroy nesting beach sites, and
  • Changing ocean current patterns may prevent hatchlings from reaching their critical pelagic habitat they need to reach to survive their first few months and years at sea.

The time to act is now. Help us build resilient sea turtle populations, restore key ocean and beach habitat and ensure the long-term survival of these ancient species, while we reduce the impacts of oil and gas emissions and drilling.

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Deadly Waters: The Threat of Climate Change & Rising Sea Levels to Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches

One impact of sea level rise is the loss or diminishment of beaches, including those on which sea turtles nest. In this report, we examine the impacts of sea level rise on major sea turtle nesting beaches for the seven species of sea turtles. From existing data and sea level rise projections, we have identified two major US nesting beach areas that are at risk from climate change: French Frigate Shoals in Hawaii and Padre Island National Seashore in Texas.

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What We’re Doing

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Green Sea Turtle Habitat Threatened by Sea-level Rise, Plastic Pollution, Warming

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Green sea turtle habitat faces threats from sea-level rise, plastic pollution and warming. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2019 Contact: Jaclyn Lopez, (727) 490-9190, jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org Todd Steiner, (415) 488-7652, tsteiner@seaturtles.org…

Green Sea Turtles Mistake Plastic for Food, Study Finds

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New research from the University of Exeter has found strong evidence that green turtles in the eastern Mediterranean are more likely to swallow plastic that resembles their natural diet of…

Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Plastic Pollution From Petrochemical Plants

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Plastic plants discharged 128 million pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways last year, their operators reported to the EPA ― including 77,859 pounds of the most toxic pollutants. Decades-old EPA…