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California blue whales, once nearly extinct, are back at historic levels

It's easy to get pessimistic about the state of the oceans. Coral reefs are dying. Various fish species are getting wiped out by overfishing. Jellyfish are taking over.<p>The blue whale recovery is a sign that ocean conservation measures really can work<p>But not all news is bad news. A recent study …

Eyewitness account of Faroe Islands whale slaughter

Screenshot of a video filmed in 2013 during an annual long-finned pilot whale chase in the Faroe Islands. Credit: Zacharias Hammer.<p>The so-called …

Japan Vows to Continue Scientific Whaling Despite IWC Vote for Tighter Sanctions

Japan has announced it will file a new scientific whaling plan following a vote by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) at their 65th meeting …

Ships to slow down off California to save whales and cut pollution

A program being launched off the California coast this summer will tackle two environmental problems posed by thousands of cargo ships that ferry goods to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach each year: Not only are the hulking vessels major sources of air pollution, their shipping …

Chemical Pollution and Climate Change Threatening 1,300 Species of Birds

More than 1,300 species of birds are threatened with extinction, with chemical pollution and climate change two major culprits. Because of these and …

Fossil Fuels Don't Pollute, We Do

On Sunday, more than a quarter million people gathered in New York City for the largest ever climate change protest. The next day, a number of high profile investors, including the Rockefeller family, pledged to divest a total of $50 billion from coal, oil and gas companies. The move was seen as …

Iceland volcano 'pollutes Paris'

Iceland witnessed 40 earthquakes on Wednesday (September 24), which saw lava flow from an active volcano arrive within 200 metres of a highland road. There is currently no indication that the eruption will calm down.<p>Pollution emanating from the molten magma is said to have travelled as far as the …