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
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.
Dolphins look like they have fun. They even look like they
seek out fun. Okay, the fixed grins make them seem perpetually happy but let’s
be honest - when was the last time you saw a porpoise jumping out of the water
or heard a friend gushing about an *amazing* experience seeing porpoises?
There’s good reason that porpoises don’t have the wow factor
of dolphins: and it’s not just that they have bad PR people.
Greenpeace activists blockade whale meat shipment in port of Hamburg.
No endangered fin whales will be hunted in Iceland this
This is great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland,
and now reports in both Icelandic and English-language media confirm that the
planned hunt for fin whales will not happen this summer. The man behind that whaling
is claiming that he’s stopping because of ‘hindrances’ in exporting the meat. That’s
great news for whales, and everyone who has been opposing this needless,
Imagine becoming a parent at the age of 65. It might seem
miraculous but that is what has happened to the world’s oldest known wild bird,
an Albatross living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
The New Year’s storms have brought a lurid, unmissable
reminder to UK beaches, with thousands of bright pink detergent bottles being
churned up by the sea. As waves of highly-visible plastic trash hit British
beaches, it’s a timely reminder of a much bigger problem: we are turning our
oceans into plastic soup. It’s been estimated recently that about EIGHT MILLION
TONNES of plastic ends up in the ocean each year.
Smoke caused by forest fires and peatland destruction, is covering about 80% of Sumatra, Indonesia. And it seems like no matter how far you try to escape, the smoke follows.
My wife and daughter should be at our home in Pekanbaru, Riau on the east of Sumatra right now. It’s been more than a month since we moved, or rather escaped to my parent’s house in West Sumatra. But like a dark cloud over my head I’ve since discovered that wherever I go, smoke follows.
We know climate change is the biggest threat facing our
planet, which is why it is Greenpeace’s priority campaign across the world. Today’s
report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s highlights the
and consequences climate change is having on our oceans. This must act as a
wake-up call for everyone who depends on, or cares about our oceans and the
vast array of life within them.
These are the most important messages from report - and they mean for our oceans.
endorse farmed salmon. There you go, that’s it in black and white. Next
time you see someone say we do – feel free to forward a link to this blog-post.
I’m writing this to set the record straight after a few
instances of producers and retailers (and even the occasional NGO) wilfully
misrepresenting us as having supported, endorsed, or given their salmon
farming some sort of ‘best practice award’.