FUKUSHIMA RADIATION EXCEEDS CHERNOBYL.

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FUKUSHIMA RADIATION EXCEEDS CHERNOBYL Scientists from Japan, after testing radiation concentrations in various spots throughout the Pacific Ocean and on land, found that at least 120 petabecquerels (PBq), or 120 quadrillion becquerels (Bq), of radioactive cesium-134 (Cs-134) and cesium-137 (Cs-137) have been released by Fukushima just into the world’s oceans. This figure is 11 percent higher than the total amount of radioactive cesium released by Chernobyl on both land and water, illustrating the true severity of the Fukushima disaster that … More…

Japan fails to win public opinion over whaling

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JAPAN FAILS TO WIN PUBLIC OPINION OVER WHALING Global Insider International and Domestic Opinion Turning Against Japanese Whaling A false killer whale performs in a tank at Okichan Theater of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, Japan, Sept. 18, 2013 (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko). By The Editors, Sept. 26, 2014, Global Insider At a conference in Slovenia last week, the International Whaling Commission voted against allowing Japan to hunt whales in the Antarctic. In an email interview, Atsushi Ishii, … More…

DRONES MONITOR WHALE PODS

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Drones monitor whale pods Vancouver Aquarium checking killer whales Drones give biologists new insight into health of killer whales By Kirk Williams, CBC News Posted: Sep 22, 2014 5:10 PM PTLast Updated: Sep 23, 2014 8:27 AM PT Drone films killer whales RAW Vancouver Aquarium killer whale experts have teamed up with American researchers to monitor and record images of Northern Resident killer whales using a drone. Hovering 30 metres above pods of orcas, the drone’s camera allowed scientists to … More…

PLASTIC POLLUTION KILLING TURTLES

Plastic pollution entangling, being swallowed by wildlife: study AFP September 15, 2014 12:27PM A turtle swims in an ocean littered with plastic bags. Source: News Limited Turtle eating a piece of plastic rubbish Source: News Limited THREE-quarters of the trash found off Australian beaches is plastic, says a new study that reinforces warning that rubbish is entangling and being swallowed by wildlife. Researchers surveyed the vast Australian coastline at intervals of about 100 kilometres, compiling the world’s largest collection of … More…

NEW ZEALAND ACTS TO SAVE WHALES FROM JAPAN AT IWC

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NEW ZEALAND ACTS TO SAVE WHALES FROM JAPAN A New Zealand bid to have a World Court ruling banning Japan’s scientific whaling programme adopted by the International Whaling Commission is expected to face stern opposition. Japan was forced to abandon whaling in the Southern Ocean when the International Court of Justice ruled in March the annual expedition was a commercial activity masquerading as research. Animal rights groups say the IWC meeting in Slovenia this month will be decisive as it’s … More…