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Is the Taiji Slaughter Wiping Out Japan’s Bottlenose Dolphins? – March 19, 2015

Prized dolphin catch at the notorious "Cove" declined by 80% this hunting season

Another season of dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, reached its end in February, although some dolphins, notably the pilot whales, will continue to be harpooned offshore through March at least. The gory hunt season, made notoriously famous by the award-winning documentary The Cove, lasts for six months, during which dolphin hunters cruise out of Taiji harbor in boats to herd pods of dolphins into the Cove, where the dolphins are netted off from the ocean and slaughtered in the most inhumane way imaginable.

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What should be setting off the loudest alarm bells is the decline in catch of the bottlenose dolphin in Taiji. The bottlenose… more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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Major Disease Outbreaks are Inevitable in Our Increasingly Connected World – January 16, 2015

In Review: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

The next big human epidemic may not come from your neighbor’s sniffles – it may come from a cave, a tree in a tropical forest, or a duck pond. Spillover poses this unique quandary: Diseases in wildlife are now able to spread across the whole human race, and if you catch one of these bugs, you are likely to die from it.

I burial boys, gli operatori incaricati di sepellire i morti di Ebola nel cimitero allestito a Kenema - foto di Luigi Baldelliphoto by more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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Blue Whale Recovery Report Leaves Room for Caution – September 12, 2014

New study only relevant to the Eastern Pacific Ocean; other blue whale populations around the world remain severely depressed

A recent report that the blue whales along the California coast in the Eastern Pacific Ocean have recovered from the severe damage done to the population by commercial whaling, which continued up until the mid-1960s on these giants, has gone viral on the Internet. While the story is a positive one, there is room for some caution.

Blue Whale off Redondo BeachPhoto by millerm217/FlickrBlue Whale spotted near Redondo Beach, CA. Of continuing concern is the fact that the seas the blue whales are swimming in are still in peril.

The headlines imply more scientific certainty about the findings than may be warranted, and… more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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In Review: War of the Whales – August 1, 2014

A gripping tale of how two environmentalists took on the US Navy to save our ocean’s giants

Joshua Horwitz has come up with an outstanding book about whales, the environment, and the clash between whales and the US Navy. Deeply researched over six years, this well paced and exciting book is both an education in whale and acoustic science and in how environmental issues grow from relative obscurity to become front-page news.

photo of a beached whale, two people examining it showing the scalephoto by Aleria Jensen, NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC (Wikimedia Commons)Whales rely on their acute and highly specialized hearing for communication, navigation, and detecting predators. Underwater sonar pulses used in during Naval exercises disorients and sometimes leads to their death.

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by: Mark J. Palmer

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The Decision to Wage Nuclear War Should Rest With the Body Politic, Argues Author – May 23, 2014

Book Review: Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom

Elaine Scarry has written a clarion call for action against nuclear weapons that deserves to be heard. Not since Jonathan Schell’s The Fate of the Earth has a book come along that lays out the case against such weapons, from a legal and democratic ethics position.  (Schell died in March, a great loss of an excellent writer.  I highly recommend his book.)

Santa Rita MountainsPhoto courtesy the US GovernmentA 15-megaton thermonuclear device was detonated at Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1952. Elaine Scarry says that the power of only a few people in our government to go to war with atomic weapons is… more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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