Cocos Island, often referred to as the Little Galapagos, is one of the most pristine ocean ecosystems on Earth and home to the largest global schools of hammerhead sharks, who arrive via migratory corridors in dense swarms that have become legendary among divers. It is also a Mission Blue Hope Spot. While Cocos is protected as a marine reserve under Costa Rican law, there is still a huge problem of enforcement: poachers are slaughtering the hammerheads, including the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead. Even worse some of their large dorsal fins are being exported to Asian Markets, where they are prized as a delicacy. Among its many projects, the Mission Blue is currently supporting PRETOMA in Costa Rica, a respected organization that is aggressively monitoring enforcement of local marine laws and has sued the government to stop the illegal plunder of hammerhead shark fins at the Cocos Island Hope Spot. With every dollar you donate right now, the The Philip Stephenson Foundation will donate another dollar to Mission Blue. Additionally, 20% of funds donated will go to support PRETOMAs on-the-ground work to protect hammerheads in the Cocos Island Hope Spot.
TAIJI, Wakayama Prefecture--A Japanese filmmaker is taking issue with the view that Taiji is evil, a perception that has “unilaterally” spread around the world since the award-winning documentary “The Cove” spotlighted the town’s dolphin hunt.
Marian Locksley's insight:
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Sadly there is no balanced view on the Taiji #dolphin capture and hunt. The award winning documentary maker condemns WAZA's actions against dolphin drive fisheries. The article reads she has been studying the hunt since the year 2010! Hasn't she seen enough dolphin suffering to see there is nothing good about Taiji's actions, and attitude about dolphins. Only the law can stop the blood shed in #TheCove. #Tweet4Dolphins #Tweet4Taiji
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When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he's kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway's long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
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The Coast Guard says it has no plans to remove a woman who has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling plans. The activist attached herself to the ship anchored in Bellingham Bay, north of Seattle, on Friday evening. The...
The chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman, urges governments to set clear targets to force low-carbon innovation.
Marian Locksley's insight:
Mr Polman said Unilever had faced business costs €300m-to-€400 million (£216m-to-£316m) higher than normal due to extreme weather.
Along with Virgin’s Richard Branson and vehicle industrialist Ratan Tata, he is in a group called The B Team, which urges governments to bring greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the middle of the century.
This group will form a strong presence at the business summit, which is expected to attract more than 1,000 people to Paris. The French capital is also the location for the world leaders’ climate summit in December.
Another group in Paris, RE100, will announce new members today. It is aiming to encourage 100 world-leading firms to obtain 100% of their energy from renewable sources.
Nick Mabey, who runs the green think tank E3G, said: “We’ve seen the underpinnings of climate politics grow. Now we have a $5tn (£3.1tn) low carbon economy.
"We have the G20 discussing the risks to financial markets from climate policy and a real understanding of how climate change is hitting countries and cities. And in the end it’s the politics of the real economy that’s going to drive action.
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