A Hawaiian Monk Seal. (Credit: James Watt, Oceanstock)

Five Marine Species on the Brink

As with every ecosystem, the balance in a marine habitat is very delicate. Pollution, climate change, habitat destruction, and unsustainable fishing practices are all factors leading to the endangerment of thousands of marine species, from small corals to the largest mammals. Some endangered animals have received wide public support for their conservation, such as the…

A hunted fin whale. (Photo Credit: In Defense Of Animals)

Have the Whales Been Saved?

The results of the vote to overturn the ban on commercial whaling are in. The International Whaling Commission’s convention in Morocco, complete with 88 member nations meeting for debate and negotiations over the future of the whaling ban, ended with one conclusion: there isn’t one. A deadlock between pro- and anti-whaling nations has led to…

Japanese Whaling Vessel

Consequences of Reversing the Whaling Ban

On June 22, 2010, the International Whaling Commission and its delegates from 88 member nations will convene in Morocco for a final vote on ending the moratorium on whaling. The whaling ban, which has been in effect since 1986, is on the verge of being completely reversed. The implications of such a proposal, should it…

Oiled Pelican

World Oceans Day: Where Do We Stand?

Every year World Oceans Day falls on June 8th, and this year it falls on a time where the condition of our oceans has never been more precarious. Our oceans, which make up approximately 71% of our planet’s surface, are dying. One needn’t look far to see the evidence: the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill continues…

A pelican covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Why Offshore Drilling Must End

With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, questions about the future of Offshore Drilling are more important than ever. Calling it a leak is a grievous understatement, as oil is not merely dripping into the ocean; it is erupting. As BP continues to claim that the oil spill is being brought under control,…