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Oil Exploration Raised at IWC as Threat to Critically Endangered Whales

Environment  (tags: studies, evidence, IWC meeting, whales, marine mammals, threatened, oil exploration, disaster, habitatdestruction, humans )

- 2809 days ago -
Several governments attending the International Whaling Commission meeting say oil and gas development poses a grave threat to Western gray whales. Addressing the opening day of the 63rd annual IWC meeting, representatives raised concerns over


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. (1)
Monday July 11, 2011, 10:51 am
Noted. Thank you Simone.

David C (80)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 9:02 am
noted, very sad.. another reason to get off of fossil fuels...

Jean Corcoran (1)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 9:11 am
This is kind of reminiscent of the land grab from the American Indians. Killing of populations so that we might prosper. Have we learned nothing? What actually is the definition of, "OUR GREAT NATION."

Lisa N (204)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 12:22 pm
Whales are such magical & spritual creatures. They must be proected at all costs!

Kristin G. (2)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 3:02 pm
We are only pimples on this Earth.

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 3:34 pm
We could send down little cable-tethered submarines with directional seismic thumpers to find petrochemical reserves without bothering the whales much instead of tossing dynamite over the side and killing fish and deafening whales. Or we could install ocean current converters that would use the flow of the oceans to make power, avoiding spillage of petrochemicals and resultant harm to marine life completely. We could drill for heat, putting geothermal power steam boilers in hot rock to make turbine steam vice turning oil and coal into power and pollution. We could install capture systems to collect what methane our livestock generate in their barns, cutting methane emissions and providing added fuel for the farm. We could replant where we harvest to capture carbon as well as produce more harvestable crops. Wind farms could replace the ill winds of belching smokestacks. Getting business and government to start is the problem...

Monica D (580)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 4:29 pm
Noted. I agree with Dave C's comment above. This is another good reason to reduce use of fossil fuels. Walk, cycle, take public transit. I wonder if some wide US streets could have one lane devoted to cycling instead.

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 6:09 pm
The whales will lose again.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Tuesday July 12, 2011, 10:20 pm
We have to protect this beautiful Whales thanks for the article

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 6:06 am
Noted, thanks.

Akin Adelakun (21)
Wednesday July 13, 2011, 6:20 am
Thanks for sharing.

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 5:04 am
Where will it all end? Money is all it is worth. It is so sad that the human being is so happy for money it can destroy the whole world for it!
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