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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.
There is nothing cuter than a couple of baby animals. So now, when stress levels and tensions are high, here is your moment of zen. The National Zoo’s adorable baby panda is already two months old and thriving — growing and amusing everyone who watches him on the zoo’s live closed-circuit camera. And then there […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Sharks have killed seven people in Australia in 2020, the most since 1934, and scientists believe climate change might be responsible. According to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, for the past 50 years, the average number of yearly shark attack fatalities was one. Despite the total number of shark […]
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