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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

Los Angeles Bans Indiscriminate Snares and Traps

Posted April 10, 2014 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of traps that snare or grip coyotes, bears, foxes and other animals in the city and directing the Department of Animal Services to ensure that other types of traps...continued

The San Joaquin: One of America's most endangered rivers poised for a come-back

Posted April 10, 2014 by Monty Schmitt in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today, American Rivers released their 2014 list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the country.  The San Joaquin River sits at the very top of this list and unquestionably deserves this unfortunate distinction.  Diversion of over 70% of the...continued

Setting the Record Straight: Why Wildlife Services Needs to Be Investigated

Posted April 7, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In case you missed it, this weekend NPR News featured a story about Wildlife Services, the federal program that kills 100,000 native predators each year, and the ongoing federal investigation into its activities. In the piece, several claims are attributed...continued

Pollinators find a home at the White House

Posted April 7, 2014 by Sylvia Fallon in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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This past week Michelle Obama held her sixth annual White House garden planting.  Each year the first lady has welcomed kids from local schools to help her plant fruits and vegetables and talk about healthy eating. This year Michelle Obama...continued

Update on Greek strandings: More whales

Posted April 7, 2014 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week, I wrote about a mass stranding of beaked whales off Crete while the Greek, U.S., and Israeli navies ran exercises offshore – the latest in a long line of whale strandings associated with naval training.  At the...continued

Thank You Rio Tinto: British Mining Giant Divests from Pebble Mine, Gives its Stake in the Project to Alaska Charities

Posted April 7, 2014 by Joel Reynolds in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Rio Tinto, one of the largest mining companies in the world, announced today that it is abandoning once and for all the giant Pebble Mine proposed for the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska.  Potentially the largest copper and gold...continued

Victory for Whales! Japan Calls Off Its Annual Antarctic Hunt

Posted April 4, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Just last month, sitting in a small, low-lying fishing boat in pristine Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico, I came face-to-face with a 30-ton gray whale—one of the most magnificent creatures on Earth. These pristine waters, off the coast of Baja California,...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

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