Category: Conservation

Sea Shepherds Find Japanese Harpoon Ship Yushin Maru 3

The SeaShepherd Anti-Whaling ship The Bob Barker.

Anti-whaling activists claimed a small victory in their Antarctic campaign Wednesday with the discovery of a Japanese harpoon ship, as one of their boats limped back to Australia badly damaged. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said its Bob Barker vessel found the Japanese harpoon ship Yushin Maru 3 some 200 nautical miles north of the…

Japan Spends $28 million of Donated Tsunami Relief Funds on Illegal Whaling

Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru 3. Part of Japans illegal whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

The Japanese government has admitted to using $28 million of donated earthquake and tsunami relief funds to increase security aboard it’s illegal whaling vessels. Environmental groups such as the Sea Shepherd’s have been waging a non violent war against Japans illegal whaling operations in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Now Japan has responded by placing armed…

Wildfires Caused By Climate Change Alter Yellowstone Forests

Climate change in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will increase the frequency of wildfires and alter the composition of the forests by 2050, according to a team of ecologists who modeled the effects of higher temperatures on fire occurrence.

“We are following the long-term effects of fire in the Yellowstone area and encountering some lessons and surprises that challenge the way we think about fire in the area,” said Erica A. H. Smithwick, assistant professor of geography and ecology, Penn State, and principle investigator on the project. “Yellowstone National Park is the first national…

Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

Hong Kong has banned trawl fishing in its waters, a decision welcomed by conservationists Friday as a crucial move to save fish stocks and revive the city’s depleted marine environment. The measure, which is expected to come into effect in late 2012, comes after a long campaign by environmental groups who say the method is…

Grey Wolf Falls Prey To Dirty Politics

Language slipped into the recent budget has removed an animal from the endangered species list for the first time.

A rider inserted into the federal budget bill strips away protection for endangered gray wolves. The move has left environmentalists both seething and admitting defeat after years of legal wrangling over the fate of the wolves. The political tussle over U.S. spending has ensnared an unlikely victim, the gray wolf, whose long-time status as an…

Bison Could Repopulate Large Areas From Alaska to Mexico

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Bison can repopulate large areas from Alaska to Mexico over the next 100 years provided a series of conservation and restoration measures are taken, according to continental assessment of this iconic species by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups.   The assessment was authored by a diverse group of conservationists, scientists, ranchers, and Native…

BP Oil Spill Investigated As Cause Of Dolphin Deaths

Scientists are trying to determine whether there’s a link between last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill and a spike in dolphin deaths along the Gulf Coast. Sixty-seven bottlenose dolphins have washed up on Gulf beaches over the past few weeks. More than half — 35 — are babies. Researchers are looking at other possible…

Sea Shepherd Interrupts Illegal Whale Slaughter

The Sea Shepherd scout vessel Gojira found the illegal Japanese whaling ship Sea Shepherd calls the Cetacean Death Star at 2115 NZST on February 9th. The Nisshin Maru was caught in the process of unlawfully flensing a whale on their aft deck at the position of 74 degrees 16 minutes south and 149 degrees 2…

Mother Polar Bear Swims Nine Days in Search of Ice

It was an epic feat of endurance: a mother polar bear, forced to swim for nine straight days in nearly freezing water … in desperate search of solid ice. Miraculously, she survived. But her year-old cub didn’t. It is the kind of heartbreaking story that scientists fear we will see more and more often in…