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Major Disease Outbreaks are Inevitable in Our Increasingly Connected World

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…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – January 16, 2015

Blue Whale Recovery Report Leaves Room for Caution

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…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – September 12, 2014

In Review: War of the Whales

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…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – August 1, 2014

The Decision to Wage Nuclear War Should Rest With the Body Politic, Argues Author

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…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – May 23, 2014

Activists Sue Taiji Whaling Museum to Save Albino ‘Angel’

Suit addresses conditions of captive dolphins and takes aim at the notorious dolphin hunts in Japan

Ric O’Barry, director of Earth Island’s Dolphin Project, and Sarah Lucas, CEO of Australians for Dolphins, visited the notorious Taiji Whaling Museum in Japan with a special surprise yesterday — a writ for a lawsuit against the museum for keeping animals experts…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – May 16, 2014

New California Bill Seeks to Ban Orcas in Captivity

If passed, legislation will mean an end to killer whale shows at SeaWorld, San Diego

A new bill has just been introduced in California that would phase out orcas captivity in the state. Assembly Bill 2140 (pdf), introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom last week, seeks a ban on keeping killer whales in captivity for human entertainment and…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – March 12, 2014

The International Marine Mammal Project

Keeping Up the Fight in Greece and Japan

The International Marine Mammal Project is working with grassroots activists in Japan to stop dolphin killings and keep in place a Greek ban on captive dolphin performances. photo Steve JurvetsonWith help from IMMP, Greek activists defended a Greek ban on dolphin shows. Dolphin shows are cruel and numbingly repetitive for dolphins, as well as bad education for viewers, because they are more about dominance of animals than about the natural history of…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Spring 2014

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