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June, 2008

  • 22 June

    Hunted, Rammed, Poisoned, Whales May Die From Heartbreak Too

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    PARIS (AFP) — More than two decades after the start of a leaky moratorium on whale hunting, the most majestic of sea mammals have made little headway in recovering their once robust populations, say experts. Just how much progress will be sharply debated this week when pro-whaling and pro-conservation countries …

  • 21 June

    MP Says Whaling Commission Outdated

    (from New Zeland) The Conservation Minister sees next week”s meeting of the International Whaling Commission as a crucial point in the long-running row over Japan”s actions in the Southern Ocean. Steve Chadwick is travelling to Chile on Monday for the 60th meeting of the organisation. She says New Zealand remains …

  • 21 June

    Shell Delays Alaska Drilling Plan Due Legal Dispute

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Shell Oil said on Friday it would delay its 2008 drilling plan in Alaska”s Beaufort Sea for a year because of an ongoing legal challenge filed by groups concerned about the potential impact on whales, walruses and other marine mammals. “This lack of decision has delayed …

  • 20 June

    Trophy Hunters Aim to Kill Polar Bears

    Daily News

    Just days after polar bears gained new life-saving protections, the powerful Safari Club International sued the federal government. The reason? To once again allow wealthy U.S. hunters to kill struggling polar bears in Canada — and bring their carcasses back as trophies. On Monday, Defenders went to court to stop …

  • 20 June

    Japan Warns Citizens Against Mentioning Whaling

    (From ABC News) Japan has issued travel advice cautioning Japanese citizens who happen to be in Chile next week to avoid mentioning whaling, ahead of next week”s meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Santiago. Japan”s Foreign Ministry is warning its citizens to take care during the IWC meeting, …

  • 19 June

    Second Polar Bear Comes To Grief In Iceland

    AP

    (Agence France-Presse, DPA) Authorities in Iceland have been forced to shoot dead a polar bear that had travelled hundreds of kilometres across the north Atlantic Ocean atop an ice floe. The polar bear, which they had hoped to save, was the second in two weeks to be shot in Iceland, …

  • 19 June

    Climate Change Threat to Whales: Study

    (AAP)The effect of climate change on the ecology of krill and whales in the Southern Ocean urgently needs monitoring, a group of Australian scientists warn. The Australian Antarctic Division scientists say the effects of climate change on the sea ice that breeds krill which feeds whales can no longer be …

  • 19 June

    No Compromise On Whaling: Garrett

    The Rudd government says it will not soften its opposition to whaling at an international meeting in Chile next week. The coalition has accused the government of surrendering to Japan after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd indicated Australia would take a more diplomatic approach to the disagreement between the two countries …

  • 18 June

    Fears Over Race’s Impact On Dolphins

    Safety concerns have been raised over the potential impact of a high-speed boat race on dolphins and whales in the Moray Firth. About 50 powerboats will take part in the Round Britain Offshore Powerboat Race, at speeds of up to 75mph. The 10-day race is scheduled to travel along the …

  • 18 June

    Oceans Warm More Quickly Than Suspected: Study

    PARIS (AFP) — The world”s oceans have warmed 50 percent faster over the last 40 years than previously thought due to climate change, Australian and US climate researchers reported Wednesday. Higher ocean temperatures expand the volume of water, contributing to a rise in sea levels that is submerging small island …

  • 17 June

    Fearing For The Shark

    Shark-fishing tournaments don”t pose a serious threat to the survival of sharks as a species. The problem is that these annual events, which on Long Island have become highly publicized, outsized celebrations of man”s triumph over a fearsome predator, tend to trivialize the plight of sharks. Sharks ought to engender …

  • 17 June

    Climate Change Threatens 4,000 Species of Fish, Corals

    (Indo-Asian News Service) Beautiful coral reefs are increasingly under threat from climate change, and so are 4,000 species of fish, critically dependent on them for food, shelter or reproduction, warns a study. It blames global warming for the latest threat to marine biodiversity. Already many corals have died because of …