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Wanted alive

For the first time in decades, Icelandic whalers have stopped hunting fin whales, thanks in part to a growing appreciation for the value these mammals bring to both marine and human communities.
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Justice

Protected on one side of the border, hunted on the other

Differing interpretations on the status of some coastal gray whales in Canada upsets the balance between conservation and Indigenous rights.

nrdc.org
Biodiversity

Commercial whaling may be over in Iceland

Citing the pandemic, whale watching, and a lack of exports, one of the three largest whaling countries may be calling it quits.
Biodiversity

Iceland won't be killing any whales this year

For conservationists, this interruption to whaling, however long it lasts, is welcome news.

(Credit: Martin Robertson/flickr)
Originals

Peter Dykstra: Of whales and men

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.

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Biodiversity

Japan to withdraw from International Whaling Commission in bid to resume commercial whaling: sources

Japan’s pullout could spark criticism from European and other countries opposed to the practice of whaling.
www.theatlantic.com
Toxics

The history of the oceans is locked in whale earwax

The massive plugs contain spikes and dips of stress hormones that perfectly match the history of modern whaling.
loe.org
Climate

Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

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.

Biodiversity

Whaling vote: Australia tells Japan it has lost argument for killings

Country's commissioner makes impassioned case against a business that no longer has a 'social licence.'

www.afp.com
Biodiversity

IWC passes Brazil project to protect whales

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.

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Water

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts – with new quotas

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.

www.afp.com
Biodiversity

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

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.

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Biodiversity

Nations lock horns as whalers, opponents meet 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.

www.bbc.com
Biodiversity

Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Japan is trying to convince the world the time has come to make commercial whaling legal again.
www.dw.com
Water

What can stop Japan′s ′gruesome′ whale hunting program?

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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