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June, 2008

  • 29 June

    Arctic’s First Ice-Free Summer Possible Even This Year

    From Johnny Johnson/Getty Images

    (From ABC News) The distinct possibility that this summer — for the first time in recorded history — the North pole could be free of sea ice, is now a common subject of discussion among the world”s climate experts. The Arctic”s thick, resilient multiyear sea ice (frozen sea surface), which …

  • 29 June

    Penguins On Quick March To Extinction

    (From Sunday Times) The world’s penguin population is in dramatic decline with more than a fifth of species facing extinction, according to research. A study warns that the sharp reduction in penguin numbers is symptomatic of “catastrophic changes” occurring in the oceans caused by climate change, as well as damaging …

  • 28 June

    Thirty False Killer Whales Beached In Thailand; Most Saved

    From AFP

    Phuket, Thailand (AFP) — Thirty false killer whales swam ashore on a beach near the Thai resort isle of Phuket, but local residents and hotel staff saved all but one of them, a marine official said Friday. The whales, which were up to 4.2 metres (nearly 14 feet) long, beached …

  • 28 June

    Whaling Supporters Misrepresent Ocean Science Data

    (By Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team) Supporters of whale hunting are trying to boost their position by claiming that the depletion in fish stocks comes from too many whales. But this is a misrepresentation of the facts. Support real science to protect our oceans and its inhabitants. If current trends continue, …

  • 27 June

    Whaling Conference Ends With Decisions Delayed

    Santiago, Chile (AP) The International Whaling Commission ended its annual conference on Friday, leaving all the tough work on expanding or restricting whale hunting still ahead of it. The 81-member organization agreed to put off discussion of 33 contentious issues and instead appointed a 24-nation group to seek consensus on …

  • 27 June

    The Whale Man

    Courtesy Sea Shepherd Conservation Society via Getty Images

    (From Newsweek) Activist Paul Watson goes to extremes to prevent whale hunters from catching their prey. What drives him, and what he plans next. Paul Watson will do just about anything to prevent the killing of whales. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which he founded in 1979, has sunk eight …

  • 27 June

    2008-2009 Whale Defense Campaign: Operation Musashi

    (By Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) While in Santiago, Chile for the 60th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Sea Shepherd Conservation Society officially announced plans to return to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to once again oppose illegal Japanese whaling activities. Sea Shepherd is represented at the IWC by …

  • 27 June

    Bush Administration Supports Plan to Kill Humpbacks

    (From earthtimes) The Bush Administration hit a new low yesterday by supporting a proposal in favor of killing humpback whales, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) reports. By giving its support, the United States broke ranks with the conservation-minded member nations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) who voted against the …

  • 26 June

    IWC votes against Greenland Indigenous whaling

    (Annabelle Sandes: File photo)

    (From ABC News) The International Whaling Commission has voted against a plan to kill humpback whales for traditional food. Australia and other anti-whaling countries secured the numbers to reject the first vote at this year”s meeting. The pro-whaling countries had hoped to secure enough votes to allow Greenland”s Indigenous communities …

  • 26 June

    Mystery meat: Japan unable to account for fin whales on sale

    (From IFAW – Santiago, Chile) – Evidence has emerged on day one of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting suggesting that more endangered fin whales have been killed than previously reported to the international body by the Government of Japan. A new report submitted to the IWC Scientific Committee appears …

  • 26 June

    Arrests As International Whaling Commission Fails To Protect Whales

    From Indymedia UK

    (From UK Indymedia) Fifteen people were arrested by police at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), held this year in Santiago, Chile. The protesters were supposedly trying to “storm” the meeting but other reports state that the mere presence of people in front of the meeting”s venue was …

  • 26 June

    Japan Hails IWC Meeting

    (From shm) An international meeting on whaling in Chile is one of “the most respectful in years”, Japan says, but will still go ahead with its so-called scientific killing of 900 whales this season. Japan”s Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) said the third day of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) …