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Noisy, Acid Oceans Increasingly Harmful to Whales

Article: Noisy, Acid Oceans Increasingly Harmful to Whales

ROME, Italy, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – Oceans and seas are becoming noisier with more vessels, increased seismic surveys for oil and gas, off-shore construction and recreation, and a new generation of military sonars, an alliance of wildlife groups said today. They warn that the cacophony is intensifying threats to marine mammals that use sound…

eBay Bans Ivory Trading to Protect Endangered Elephants

Article: eBay Bans Ivory Trading to Protect Endangered Elephants

SAN JOSE, California, October 22, 2008 (ENS) – The top online auction site, eBay, has announced that it will no longer allow the trading of ivory on its websites as of January 1, 2009. In reviewing the complex issue of ivory trading, eBay consulted with the World Wildlife Fund, the International Fund for Animal Welfare,…

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Navy Sonar Harm to Whales

Article: U.S. Supreme Court to Review Navy Sonar Harm to Whales

WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today accepted a request by the U.S. Navy that the court review a series of lower court rulings that restrict the Navy’s use of loud sonar blasts in submarine detection training exercises off the coast of Southern California. The Navy, in its official environmental…

Iceland Resumes Commercial Whale Hunt

Article: Iceland Resumes Commercial Whale Hunt

REKJAVIK, Iceland, May 21, 2008 (ENS) – Icelandic whalers have killed their first minke whale since the government’s decision to allow them to resume whaling was made Monday. On Tuesday, the whalers set sail and, according to the Minke Whalers Association, the first whale was killed Tuesday in the seas off Faxafloa, an area popular…

Asiatic Black Bears Readied for Return to the Wild

Article: Asiatic Black Bears Readied for Return to the Wild

TEZPUR, India, February 24, 2008 (ENS) – Five orphaned endangered Asiatic black bears are being prepared for their return to the wild after having been confiscated from locals who kept them as pets. A young Asiatic black bear at the Center for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (Photos courtesy Wildlife Trust of India) The bear cubs…

African Elephant Countries Strategize to Thwart Poaching

Article: African Elephant Countries Strategize to Thwart Poaching

BAMAKO, Mali, February 6, 2008 (ENS) – Elephant conservation and anti-ivory trade initiatives are the focus of a meeting that opened today here with delegates from 17 African elephant range states. Organizers say there is potential for the formation of a coalition of like-minded states that will work towards strengthening elephant conservation. The gathering is…