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Why This Matters: A recent study by the U.S. and Canadian governments underscored that these whale deaths are most likely caused by humans and thus are preventable. it is good that the Canadian government has stepped up its efforts and recognizes the grave circumstances. “Protecting our endangered North Atlantic right whales is an important task, one that our government takes seriously,” said Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau. But whatever we have been doing thus far this year, it is not enough. And the new babies that have been identified will not be improving the situation if we lose adults of childbearing age.
Whales Swim Around And Into Harm’s Way
“One of the things that caught us off guard this year is that the right whales are in a really different location than in previous years,” said Kim Davies, an oceanographer and whale expert.
Davies also noted that said the “whales are present over a really, really large area of the Gulf and individual right whales move around constantly” — the problem is they aggregating further north and further east in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, closer to shipping lanes.
These Whales Were Not Anonymous
The first was a juvenile male known as Wolverine, who had been entangled in fishing gear and struck by ships.
Punctuation was a breeding female who had mothered eight calves and then gone on to have several grandchildren.
Comet was 33 years old male who was familiar to whale-watching experts who was believed to be a grandfather.
Another was a female identified as #3815 who was on the cusp of sexual maturity and had yet to give birth, according to the New England Aquarium.
The fifth was discovered along Anticosti Island in Quebec yesterday and the New England Aquarium identified as #3329, a 16-year-old female who had yet to calve.
The sixth, which has yet to be identified, was found drifting off Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula during an aerial surveillance flight.
A new paper released by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in collaboration with seven other environmental organizations outlines the ways that the ocean, often thought of as a victim of climate change, can be utilized to best combat global rising temperatures.
Why This Matters: We’ve written a lot about how the sea level is rising, and the ocean is warming, fueling stronger storm systems, and declines in biodiversity.
One of our nation’s best-kept secrets is that we have national parks in the ocean — not right offshore — but out in the blue. And yesterday, one of them was tripled in size after years of work by non-profits, the Texas and Tennessee Aquariums, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, that supports these blue […]
New York state selected Norwegian energy giant Equinor to build and supply clean energy from two offshore wind facilities in one of the largest renewable energy deals ever in the United States, according to Reuters.
Why This Matters: Offshore wind projects are a highly anticipated source of clean, renewable energy — but have been hard to get off the ground so far.
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