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World court harpoons Japanese whaling program Last Updated on 2014-04-01 21:08:11 The International Court of Justice in The Hague has dismissed Japan's claims that its whaling program is for scientific research and ordered the country to halt whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.                       Japanese whaling in the Antarctic will temporarily come to an end following a landmark decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The court dismissed Japan's claims their fleets were hunting whales for scientific purposes, citing shortcomings in program design and poor evidence that the program produced scientific data. The world court also slammed Tokyo for failure to explain why Japanese fleets killed far more animals than seemed necessary for data collection. "We are disappointed," said Nori Shikata, spokesman for the Japanese government on this case. "Our... More »
Multiple ocean stresses threaten "globally significant" marine extinction Last Updated on 2014-01-04 14:54:36     A high-level international workshop convened by IPSO met at the University of Oxford earlier this year. It was the first inter-disciplinary international meeting of marine scientists of its kind and was designed to consider the cumulative impact of multiple stressors on the ocean, including warming, acidification, and overfishing. The 3 day workshop, co-sponsored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), looked at the latest science across different disciplines. The 27 participants from 18 organisations in 6 countries produced a grave assessment of current threats — and a stark conclusion about future risks to marine and human life if the current trajectory of damage continues: that the world's ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history. Delegates called for urgent and... More »
This kid is my newest hero Last Updated on 2013-12-29 10:29:13 Great message from the Ocean Conservancy on protecting our oceans. If a six year old gets it there may be hope that older generations can learn as well.   More »
Focus on Ocean’s Health as Dolphin Deaths Soar Last Updated on 2013-12-23 07:56:40                   Krystal Rodrique, left, and Liz Schell of the Virginia Aquarium’s stranding response team                             with a dead dolphin last summer in Norfolk. By LIZETTE ALVAREZ MIAMI — Like a macabre marine mystery, the carcasses — many badly deteriorated and tossing about in the surf — first turned up along the coast of New Jersey in June. Soon, droves of them washed up in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and most recently Florida, their winter home.                       The lower jaws and teeth of dolphins from the Indian River Lagoon in Florida are cataloged.   So far this year, nearly 1,000 bottlenose dolphins — eight times... More »
The Tourism Crisis: Impacts and Solutions Last Updated on 2013-11-25 12:23:32 When most people think of tourism they rarely think of tourism as a crisis. Yet, last year according to the U.N. World Tourism Organization, tourists crossing international boarders reached over 1 billion a year for the first time. Projections are for international tourism visits to almost double to 1.8 billion by 2030. The tourism crisis is the impacts that adding 800 million additional international visitors per year to the tourism industry, not to mention the increase of tourism visits that may take place within national borders. Adding 800 million visitors a year is the equivalent of adding 8 or 9 Walt Disney Worlds to the tourism industry. The challenges of how to construct facilities, provide energy, water and waste management, develop new food supplies, and protect cultural heritages of local communities, is a huge crisis, indeed. The word crisis in Chinese characters has two... More »