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January, 2013

  • 18 January

    Turtle Bay Endangered Species, Suddenly More Endangered?

    Bristle Thighed Curlews that winter here from Alaska

    Last Spring I took a group of First Graders to Waimea Valley Park. The docent pointed out a Hawaiian Moorhen and said that there were only 400 of them left, in the world. I was amazed. There were at least four or five of the same birds in the water …

November, 2011

  • 16 November

    World’s oceans in peril

    “From a climate change/fisheries/pollution/habitat destruction point of view, our nightmare is here, it”s the world we live in.” This bleak statement about the current status of the world”s oceans comes from Dr Wallace Nichols, a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. Al Jazeera asked Dr Nichols, along with …

September, 2011

  • 21 September

    Facts about Killer Whales in Captivity

    Background to the trial of SeaWorld Here are a few facts and figures about Tilikum and other orcas in captivity. * There are currently 42 orcas in captivity worldwide. More than half of them are owned by marine circuses in the U.S. * The largest male orca in captivity is …

December, 2010

  • 6 December

    Seafood stewardship in crisis

    A growing number of consumers want to eat seafood without feeling guilty. Enter the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which purports to certify sustainable fisheries and provides a label for sustainable products to “promote the best environmental choice in seafood”. The MSC is growing rap- idly; the organization is also rapidly …

September, 2010

  • 7 September

    The Last Wild Hunt: Deep-Sea Fisheries Scrape Bottom Of The Sea

    “Industrial fisheries are now going thousands of miles, thousands of feet deep and catching things that live hundreds of years in the process – in the least protected place on Earth,” says Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute. In international waters beyond the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic …

  • 6 September

    Horrifying environmental impact of non-Gulf shrimp

    Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States, with the average resident consuming 4.1 pounds per year. But this food comes at a serious cost for the planet and for human health, warns Jill Richardson, author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What …

July, 2010

  • 30 July

    Oceans in Peril: Primed for Mass Extinction?

    One hundred days ago Thursday, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon began spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. As profoundly as the leak of millions of barrels of oil is injuring the Gulf ecosystem, it is only one of many threats to the Earth”s oceans that, many experts say, could …

  • 16 July

    Whales and dolphins are born to be wild, not to be captives for life

    Prior to 1996, there was a pathetic zoo in Stanley Park, with a collection of over 50 animals, including snakes, emus, wolves, monkeys, kangaroos, and polar bears. Among the pathetic-looking animals, many of which were clearly suffering from the stress of confinement, were a few Humboldt penguins. Spectators would stand …

April, 2010

  • 13 April

    George Muller: Whaling deal holds grave risks

    Photo / Jim Eagles

    Scientist George Muller says the whaling compromise is not based on conservation. Recent discussions have focused on seeking a diplomatic solution to whaling, as  though a cosy face-saving “win-win” scenario would somehow leave all sides happy. Unfortunately, science does not merge well with politics. Compromises seldom work for safeguarding endangered …

  • 7 April

    History repeats itself: the path to extinction is still paved with greed and waste

    As a child I read about the near-extinction of the American bison. Once the dominant species on America”s Great Plains, I remember books illustrating how train-travelers would set their guns on open windows and shoot down bison by the hundreds as the locomotive sped through what was left of the …

March, 2010

  • 26 March

    Fish deserve as much protection as rhinos and tigers

    When is an endangered species not an endangered species? When it lives in the sea, apparently. Despite continuing carnage in the ocean, marine creatures were refused any protection at the United Nations conference on trade in wildlife that ended yesterday in Doha, Qatar…

  • 24 March

    Whaling: the great betrayal

    The moratorium on commercial whaling, one of the environmental movement”s greatest achievements, looks likely to be swept away this summer by a new international deal being negotiated behind closed doors. The new arrangement would legitimise the whaling activities of the three countries which have continued to hunt whales in defiance …