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Why This Matters: Given that this is the second year of the cessation of Iceland’s commercial whaling, it might just be doomed. Whale watching is much more popular and economically important to Iceland than hunting, and the two activities are fundamentally inconsistent. The World Wildlife Fund reports that Japan, Iceland, and Norway — the three countries that hunted the most until recently — have killed over 30,000 whales since the moratorium was established. Japan recently announced it would no longer whale on the high seas and will do only a minimal amount of coastal whaling. OK Norway — it’s your turn to stop now.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is the global authority when it comes to whether a species is at risk of extinction, yesterday added the North Atlantic Right Whale of the eastern U.S. to its list of Critically Endangered species (elevated from Endangered) that are on the brink of extinction. The IUCN also “upgraded” 13 different species of lemurs to the Critically Endangered list along with 20 other lemur species at risk of imminent extinction.
Why This Matters: These species are on the verge of going extinct not because of anything they did, but rather because of us humans.
We just love a tsunami with a happy ending! The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on St. Simons Island had been rehabilitating Tsunami, an endangered green sea turtle that was hit by a boat in 2017, for years with the hope of setting her free in the ocean. But her injuries were too severe to survive […]
By Will Gartshore, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s an old aphorism that still rings painfully true today. Long before Covid-19, the three deadliest pandemics in human history—the bubonic plague, Spanish influenza and HIV/AIDS—claimed more lives than all the […]
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