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    Creatures Living Under Water in Fresh Water

    Creatures Living Under Water in Fresh Water

     David Herasimtschuk won the underwater photographer of the year for his photos  of a salamander biting a snake. He works with Freshwaters Illustrated which shows images of  wildlife underwater. link  to group.    Story

     

    Rainforests Cut Down for Palm Oil

    Rainforests Cut Down for Palm Oil

    Here is a catchy cartoon about  an orangutan and palm oil.  Great article on palm oil.Palm oil is found  "in half of all consumer goods including soaps and toothpaste, cosmetics and laundry detergent and a whole array of processed food". "alternative names including sodium lauryl sulphate, stearic acid and palmitate".  We should ask companies what the source of their palm oil is.  Do they verify that their supply chains and palm oil sources are responsible?  Some companies continue to cut down the rainforest to plant palm oil.  This practice is expanding from Malaysia,  Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea to Liberia and Uganda.  Orangutans and tigers are killed.  Forests and peatlands are burned. Climate change is accelerated, as forests and peatlands store lots of carbon. 

     

     

    Japan Announces Plans to Kill Whales

    Japan  Announces Plans to Kill Whales

    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

    Big Polluting Mines in Minnesota near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Get Approvals

    Big Polluting Mines in Minnesota near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Get Approvals

    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.

    https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/12/20/polymet-permits-minnesota-copper-nickel-mine

    https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/12/20/feds-move-to-formally-renew-leases-for-twin-metals-mine?fbclid=IwAR134yt9-IdluHwZgfSsmAQ6hiJUg2l0CvoxYNQqZLeoDwxU3-pUbnIERTo

    https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/21/lawsuit-challenges-federal-leases-for-planned-minnesota-mine

    The sulphuric acid waste leaches toxic metals such as mercury, arsenic, and cadmium.  These then pollute downstream.

    Japan Says It Will Resume Whaling

    Japan Says It Will Resume Whaling

    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.