Killing whales for food has been happening for millennia.
But it was commercial whaling – turning whales into barrels of oil for profit –
that led to the wholesale destruction of most of the world’s populations of big
One of the most significant issues being discussed and voted
on at the upcoming International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Slovenia
is the call to create a Whale Sanctuary in the South Atlantic. But what is a
whale sanctuary? Why does it matter? And what’s so special about the South
Commercial whaling devastated the world’s biggest whale
species, pushing some of them to the very brink of extinction in the early to
mid 20th Century. Whaling for meat, oil, or whalebone was not a new
idea, but new explosive harpoons and industrialised factory
ships plundering the seas for whales had an even more catastrophic impact than
what had come in centuries before.
It was the realisation that catches were declining that led
to the creation, by whaling nations, of an organisation that would become the
‘International Whaling Commission’ (IWC).
Delegations from global governments, and representatives from
NGOs are currently on their way to Slovenia for the biennial meeting of the
International Whaling Commission meeting – so here’s a quick synopsis of what
to expect from the meeting:
Hoo-RAY! A Mobular ray leaps from the ocean after hearing about the new CITES protection for sharks.
Like it or not, around the world many species of animals are
seen as tradeable commodities – for things like food, fur, fashion or medicine.
Of course we know that historically hunting animals for commercial gain has
often been really bad news for the animals concerned. Just stop and think about
some of the most recognisable big land mammals – things like tigers, elephants
and rhinos – and it’s pretty evident what trade can do to even well-known
beasts, pushing many of them to the very brink of extinction.
It was 12th September 2016. We were collectively shocked, taken aback and shaken by the totally unexpected news. What would we do now? What and who will fill the void that remains? On what theme will we now base our in-office baking activities?
A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire
Today marks a new low in the government's plan to force fracking on the UK.
In a move that makes a mockery out of the government’s claim to champion local democracy, Westminster politicians have overturned Lancashire council’s decision to block fracking -- and decided that fracking firm Cuadrilla should be allowed to drill.
Posted by Mal Chadwick — 5 October 2016 at 12:12pm
Everyone knows the story.
Miles below the seabed, a cement seal fails. A rig explodes. Smoke fills the sky, oil stains the sea, and 11 people never make it home. Ashen-faced execs stumble through press conferences. Rubber-gloved hands scrub poison from seabirds’ wings. Everyone solemnly agrees this must not happen again.