Record high temperatures in northern Russia this winter have prevented sea ice from forming, threatening the birth of baby seals as the pupping period approaches, a local NGO has warned. Read more
Newborn North Atlantic right whale calf critically injured
A days-old North Atlantic right whale calf has been severely injured after being struck by a boat’s propellers. News of this injury comes from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which found that the calf had two “parallel and s-shaped” wounds along its body, most likely caused by boat …
Australian sea lions are declining. Using drones to check their health can help us understand why
Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) are in trouble. Their population has never recovered from the impact of the commercial sealing that occurred mainly in the 19th century. Read more
Climate change may destroy safe places for polar bears to give birth
Newborn polar bears are able to survive the bone-chilling Arctic winter — where temperatures can fall to negative 30 degrees Celsius or lower — by seeking warmth in their mothers’ dens. However, new research claims that if current trends continue, cubs along Alaska’s northern coast might perish outside instead. Read …
Worst marine heatwave on record killed one million seabirds in North Pacific Ocean
A new study has revealed that one million common guillemots died due to the heatwave, and two thirds of them are thought to have been breeding adults. Read more
Horrific suffering in the Cove as dolphins slaughtered
Taiji’s dolphin hunters have certainly been kept busy this month. In this week alone, there have been four successful drives, with two pods of striped dolphins, one pod of Risso’s dolphins and a pod of bottlenose dolphins falling prey to the greed and ignorance. Read more
Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were dropped in every second
The world’s oceans are now heating at the same rate as if five Hiroshima atomic bombs were dropped into the water every second, scientists have said. Read more
Humanity’s emissions ‘100-times greater’ than volcanoes
Human activity churns out up to 100 times more planet-warming carbon each year as all the volcanoes on Earth, says a decade-long study released Tuesday.
Oil spills reach more than 100 regions of Brazil’s coast
Brazil’s main environmental agency said Thursday it has detected 105 crude oil spills from an undetermined source polluting the waters of the country’s northeast coast this month.
‘We know they aren’t feeding’: fears for polar bears over shrinking Arctic ice
Expert Steven Amstrup says ‘the longer the sea ice is gone from the productive zone the tougher it is on the bears’.
Urgent action required on penguin deaths: Friends of Bicheno Penguins
“We have seen more than 200 little penguins killed in six attacks just this year. It is quite likely that there have been more that have not been reported or discovered.”
More than 100 dolphins mysteriously found dead on island off West Africa
In a heartbreaking mass stranding event, nearly 200 dolphins washed ashore in the Cape Verde Islands off West Africa this week. Now, experts in Spain are trying to determine what caused the majority of those marine mammals to die.