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June, 2008

  • 19 June

    Second Polar Bear Comes To Grief In Iceland


    (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 …

  • 17 June

    Divers Catch Sight of Monk Seal


    Palma (EFE) .- A diver from Palma de Mallorca, saw a monk seal in the Isla del Toro (Calvià) marine reserve , which was believed extinct animal from the waters of the Balearic Islands since the 50″s. The encounter with the specimen, just over two meters in length, “light-colored almost …

  • 17 June

    Greenland aboriginals abusing whaling quota

    (Reuters) Greenland”s aboriginal people are selling around a quarter of their subsistence whale catch to local supermarkets for profit, an undercover investigation by an animal welfare group showed on Tuesday. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) said hidden cameras probing the North Atlantic island”s whaling industry found …

  • 16 June

    Pacific Nations Ban Tuna Boats to Stop Stock Collapse

    from Bloomberg

    (Bloomberg) Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and six other Pacific nations banned tuna boats from an area of ocean almost the size of Alaska to save the fish from a repeat of the collapse of Atlantic cod fisheries in the 1980s. The island nations prohibited fishing boats from two …

  • 16 June

    Ban balloon releases to stop animals dying, say conservationists

    from TimesOnline - Christine McGuinness

    (from TIMESONLINE) Mass releases of balloons are posing a deadly threat to wildlife and should be banned, marine conservationists said today. The practise of releasing thousands of balloons into the sky has become popular with charities and at commemoration events. But the debris left behind is killing seabirds, turtles and …

  • 15 June

    Companies Get OK to Annoy Polar Bears

    From Washington (AP)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to annoy and potentially harm them in the pursuit of oil and natural gas. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued regulations this week providing …