Hunters killed 122 pregnant minke whales

May 31, 2018 by  
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Hunters in Japan recently killed 122 pregnant minke whales  as part of a so-called field survey, the BBC reported . The hunters caught the whales for scientific study — even though in 2014 the United Nations ruled against the country’s “lethal research.” The whale meat collected for research is sold for consumption. Japan’s New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean (NEWREP-A) sent a report to the International Whaling Commission for its “third biological field survey.” The hunters caught 333 Antarctic minke whales. 181 were females, and 67 percent of those were pregnant, while 29 percent of the whales were not yet adults. The team caught the animals within 12 weeks before heading back to Japan. Related: A spike in tailless whale sightings worries scientists Humane Society International Senior Program Manager Alexia Wellbelove said in a statement , “The killing of 122 pregnant whales is a shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan’s whale hunt . It is further demonstration, if needed, of the truly gruesome and unnecessary nature of whaling operations, especially when non-lethal surveys have been shown to be sufficient for scientific needs.” Japan’s whaling program has been subject to controversy over the years; the UN’s International Court of Justice ruled the JARPA II program was illegal in 2014, but the country relaunched its program in 2015, the Humane Society said. The country withdrew its recognition of the UN court “as an arbiter of disputes over whales.” Governments of “Australia, New Zealand, Britain, the U.S. and everywhere else sit on their hands and say this criminal behavior is okay because the Japanese government is funding it,” Bob Brown, former Australian politician and founder of the Bob Brown Foundation , told The Telegraph . “The leaders who are today failing to take action have the blood of these innocent whales on their hands. This is an international disgrace and an environmental crime.” Japan says it follows Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling that rules countries can “kill, take and treat whales for purposes of scientific research.” The agreement was signed in 1946. + Humane Society International Australia Via the BBC and The Telegraph Images via National Marine Sanctuaries  and Kobakou

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Flawed recycling results in dangerous chemicals in black plastic

May 31, 2018 by  
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Unsafe recycling of electronic waste has resulted in the distribution of dangerous chemicals into new products made out of black plastic . Published in Environment International , a new study documents the presence of bromide and lead in 600 consumer products made out of black plastic and clarifies its potential negative impact on human and ecological health. “There are environmental and health impacts arising from the production and use of plastics in general, but black plastics pose greater risks and hazards,” explained study lead author Andrew Turner in a statement . “This is due to the technical and economic constraints imposed on the efficient sorting and separation of black waste for recycling, coupled with the presence of harmful additives required for production or applications in the electronic and electrical equipment and food packaging sectors.” Although black plastics compose fifteen percent of domestic plastic waste in the United States , they are particularly difficult to recycle. As a result, hazardous chemicals that were originally used as flame retardants or for color are being processed back into new products. “Black plastic may be aesthetically pleasing, but this study confirms that the recycling of plastic from electronic waste is introducing harmful chemicals into consumer products,” explained Turner. “That is something the public would obviously not expect, or wish, to see and there has previously been very little research exploring this.” Related: Biotech company Nanollose could offer plant-free alternatives for the textile industry Of particular concern is black plastic’s wide usage in food service, with the majority of black plastic being used in food trays or packaging. The black plastic also risks poisoning marine life as its dangerous chemicals seep into the ocean through microplastics. However, the presence of dangerous chemicals, such as the potentially cancer-causing bromine, is not limited to food products; it is also found in plastic jewelry, garden hoses, Christmas decorations, coat hangers and tool handles at high, and possibly even illegal, levels. Given the health risks, the industry must reform. “[T]here is also a need for increased innovation within the recycling industry to ensure harmful substances are eliminated from recycled waste and to increase the recycling of black plastic consumer products,” said Turner. Via Ecowatch Image via Depositphotos

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Amazing Transforming Cube Packs Many Rooms in One

September 2, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Amazing Transforming Cube Packs Many Rooms in One Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptable furniture , bookshelf-staircase , interior design , Ruetemple design , Russian architects , space saving furniture , transformable furniture

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International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling

March 31, 2014 by  
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week declared that Japan’s Southern Ocean whale hunt was illegal under international law. After a three week hearing, the court said that Japan’s so-called ‘scientific’ whaling program in the Antarctic failed to meet the conditions for scientific whaling under regulations set by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and ordered a temporary halt. Read the rest of International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: illegal whaling , International Court of Justice , international fund for animal welfare , International Whaling Commission , japanese whaling , Southern Ocean , Southern Ocean Sanctuary , whaling        

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Whaling in the Southern Ocean to be Legalized for 10 Years Under IWC ‘Peace Plan’ Proposal

April 23, 2010 by  
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Humpback whale breaching via Wikipedia Last week we got word that a compromise plan on international whaling , which would attempt to bring Japan, Iceland, and Norway back into the fold, was forthcoming from the International Whaling Commission . Now we know a bit more: Under the sometimes-if-bizarrely-called ‘peace plan’, whaling in the Southern Ocean would be legalized for a period of ten yea… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Two-Headed Lizard Whose Heads Hate Each Other Discovered in Australia

April 23, 2010 by  
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Photos via Metro Well, Earth Day is officially over. Which means we can officially forget about that irksome business of saving the planet for another 364 days, and get back to doing what’s really important — which is looking at zany animal pictures, of course. Like, check out this bizarre two-headed bobtail lizard that was discovered in Australia..

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International Whaling ‘Peace Plan’ Moving Forward

April 16, 2010 by  
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Protestors in Australia outside the Japanese embassy, photo: Takver via flickr. A whaling ‘peace plan’ proposal attempting to bridge the gap between Japan, Norway, and Iceland, which all object to the international ban on whaling, and the rest of the world which abides by it is moving forward. BBC News reports that a proposal is quickly being finalized so that it can be discussed at the June meeting of the International Whaling Commission

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Whaling Increases Carbon Emissions… So Let’s Sell Credits Against It!

February 26, 2010 by  
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photo: Chris via flickr. One more on the connection between whales and carbon sequestration : Scientists from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute have determined that 100 years of whaling has released the same amount of carbon as burning 50,000 square miles of forest, BBC News reports:… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Australia Sets Deadline For Japan to End Whaling or Face Legal Action

February 19, 2010 by  
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Physical conflict between anti-whaling activists and Japanese whalers has been growing. Here, members of Sea Shepherd throw stink bombs aboard a Japanese whaler.

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UN Says Japan Violated Anti-Whaling Activist’s Human Rights

February 10, 2010 by  
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Junichi Sato (left), Toru Suzuki (right), and their lead counsel, Yuichi Kaido (center) face reporters at a press briefing following their first pre-trial hearing at Aomori District Court in 2009. Caption and photo: Greenpeace Nearly eighteen months ago two Greenpeace anti-whaling activists were arrested by Japanese police for stealing whale meat from a shipping company.

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