Differing interpretations on the status of some coastal gray whales in Canada upsets the balance between conservation and Indigenous rights.
Charismatic megafauna is the mouthful of a phrase used to describe the big lovable beasts the world wants to save – or at least cast as stars of our cartoons.
Frozen Bluefin Tuna ready for auction at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. (Credit: Matt Saunders/flickr)<p>Similarly, much has been written about the bluefin tuna, a half-ton torpedo of a fish whose value has skyrocketed as its numbers have plummeted. Again, Japan is the eco-villain.</p><p>In December, <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/05/sushi-king-pays-record-31m-for-endangered-bluefin-tuna-in-japan" target="_blank">a single bluefin sold in Tokyo for $3.1 million</a> – a perverse free-market incentive to catch the last one. The fish, relatively small at 612 pounds, was one more withdrawal from a Pacific bluefin stock estimated to be 96 percent down from its original population.</p><p>And if our global imagination isn't stoked by saving big fish, and even bigger whales, what about more ephemeral challenges like rising CO2 levels? In 2017 and again last year, our output of the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/12/05/we-are-trouble-global-carbon-emissions-reached-new-record-high/?utm_term=.e7961994a084" target="_blank">dominant greenhouse gas increased</a>, despite the torrent of warnings about our climate death wish.</p><p>I wrote a few weeks ago about the <a href="https://www.ehn.org/climate-solutions-treaties-2624583537.html" target="_self">Antarctic Treaty and Montreal Protocol</a>, two international agreements that succeeded in protecting a frozen continent and the ozone layer. </p><p>They're examples of how international cooperation can work. But if we can't come together on protecting charismatic megafauna, or even achieving <em>modest</em> gains in CO2 reduction, they're examples of the tough battles ahead.</p>
Japan to withdraw from International Whaling Commission in bid to resume commercial whaling: sources
Peter Dykstra and Host Steve Curwood discuss why climate change may be linked to tsunamis, and they also look at the "research whaling" claims that allow the commercial killing of whales in Japan. The two then recount some of the deadliest hurricanes in modern US history.
Country's commissioner makes impassioned case against a business that no longer has a 'social licence.'
Tempers flared at the International Whaling Commission on Thursday as it voted to back a Brazilian proposal which would safeguard the marine mammals in perpetuity, after a bitter debate.
The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting – but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic.
Pro-whaling nations on Tuesday blocked a near two-decade effort to create a South Atlantic haven for the endangered marine mammals, deepening divisions at an already fractious International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil.
Pro- and anti-whaling nations locked horns Monday as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began meeting in Brazil amid outrage over Japan's proposal to end a three-decade moratorium on commercial whale hunting.
Japan's ongoing "research whaling" program has incited fresh outrage after a recent report on the summer hunt in the Southern Ocean detailed the killing of over 120 pregnant whales.
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Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.
Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.
An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.