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Greek Mass Stranding Investigation Begins; One Whale Pregnant

Posted April 11, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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On the island of Crete, biologists have begun studying the bodies of whales that perished during the recent mass stranding.   They’ll be looking for tell-tale signs of sonar pathology: bleeding around the brain, lesions in organ tissue, and damage...continued

Milestone in Ocean Noise Fight

Posted April 4, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday was a milestone in the fight against ocean noise pollution.  After five years, the International Maritime Organization adopted guidelines to reduce underwater noise from commercial ships. These are voluntary guidelines, not mandatory code, but their passage is a big...continued

U.S. Navy Implicated in New Mass Stranding of Whales

Posted April 2, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday afternoon, while the U.S. and other navies played war games somewhere offshore, Cuvier’s beaked whales began stranding along the southern coast of Crete.  Those on the scene knew right away what they were dealing with, for yesterday’s strandings...continued

Search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Reveals Garbage Pollution Problem in the Ocean

Posted April 1, 2014 by Leila Monroe in Reviving the World's Oceans

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In the desperate search for clues about the fate of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, information about a global environmental issue has unexpectedly come to light. Multiple times in the past week, search and rescue teams have been disappointed when...continued

U.S. censures Iceland for its whaling -- again

Posted April 1, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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President Obama took additional steps today to sanction Iceland for its whaling and trade in whale products, but he should have gone further.  “I believe that continuing focus on Icelandic whaling activities is needed to encourage Iceland to halt commercial...continued

This Week in Whales: Monday Victory for Anti-Whaling in the Antarctic; Tuesday Sanctions Against Iceland for Whaling; Wednesday US Navy Implicated in Mass Stranding of Whales in Greece; Thursday Noise Guidelines for Shipping Industry; What a Week!

Posted March 31, 2014 by Zak Smith in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The best way to start a week is with a victory—on Monday, the ICJ ruled that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic is illegal. Despite the ICJ’s lack of enforcement power, Japan has already indicated that it will abide...continued

Japan's Whaling Harpooned by the International Court of Justice

Posted March 31, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today the UN International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic is illegal. Even after the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling, Japan has continued to kill whales – and sell the meat for profit...continued

Happy Birthday to an Important Ocean Planning Process

Posted March 27, 2014 by Ali Chase in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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First birthdays are always exciting. They give us the chance to marvel at the amazing growth that's unfolded over an exceedingly short period of time (which, at times, can feel tediously long). We have the opportunity to step back from...continued

Why the Court Got it Right in Upholding California's Shark Fin Law

Posted March 26, 2014 by Seth Atkinson in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Want to nerd out on constitutional law and sharks?  You’ve come to the right place. As I mentioned yesterday, the U.S. District Court just upheld California’s shark fin ban against a legal challenge in which shark fin merchants claimed the...continued

U.S. District Court Upholds California Shark Fin Law

Posted March 25, 2014 by Seth Atkinson in Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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Good news!  Today the U.S. District Court upheld a California state law that bans the sale, possession, and trade of shark fins. If your first reaction was “huh?” then let me remind you why this is important.   Sharks are...continued

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