Japan will kill whales in its territorial waters. It will leave the International Whaling Commission. "Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga admitted in a statement that the government is putting its own " life and culture of using whales" ahead of conservation efforts." From Common Dreams
The proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely got its lease renewed by the Trump administration.The PolyMet mine got air and water permit okays. Both copper nickel sulfide mines could pollute the pristine air and water. Twin Metals is by Ely, next to the BWCA. The PolyMet mine could pollute Duluth's drinking water. Join the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to protect the wild life and wild places.
The sulphuric acid waste leaches toxic metals such as mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. These then pollute downstream.
Japan announced it will start commercial whaling in its waters. This is outrageous! Whales are already threatened by pollution, super-loud military sonar, oil spills, and explosions for oil exploration. Link to article in Common Dreams. Link to Japanese newspaper Link Japanese whalers have illegally killed whales in the Antarctic, claiming that it is "scientific research".Japanese whalers already kill over 23,000 dolphins and porpoises per year according to the movie "The Cove" . Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project tries to stop the the herding and killing of these dolphins and porpoises. Sea Shepherd, Animal Welfare Institute, and Greenpeace try to prevent commercial whaling. Also, orcas in Puget Sound are starving because of declines in the the number of salmon for them to eat. These declines are probably due to greenhouse warming and overfishing. Also, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark's Faroe Islands continue to whale.
link Dolphins, turtles, manatees, and fish were dying this past summer due to the "red tides" on Florida's coasts. These toxic blooms were accelerated by the agricultural waste that the then governor, now senator, Scott allowed to be dumped into lakes and rivers. Gov. Scott also cut down the regulations, funding, and personnel to manage waste. So water, wildlife, tourism, and human health suffered.
Local people in South Africa protected their land, river, and bay from an Australian mining company. The mining company would poison the land and river. Natives spoke up, met, rallied, danced, and marched on behalf of their land and river. Then they won a court decision. Link to Amnesty International update.
In Wisconsin in the US, native tribes have forged alliances with local fishermen, hunters, and other non-natives to protect their traditional lands and waters from Exxon and other large mining companies. The lakes and rivers where they harvest wild rice and fish were threatened by mining pollution. The natives won thru their sovereign treaty rights and their spiritual bond to the land. They were able to set their standards for water quality. Here is a link to the article in YES magazine, Winter 2018 the Good Money Issue, "We're All Indians Now How Native and White Communities Make Alliances to Protect the Earth" by Mary Annette Pember. Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands , a new book by Zoltán Grossman, describes he fight to protect the lands and waters.
Foxes exist on all continents but Antarctica and have adapted very well to human development despite predator eradication programs. They help to control rodent populations and are of course extremely cute.
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