Scientists say a group living in the Araguaia River, Brazil has been isolated from other varieties for more than two million years
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Thursday 24 June 2010
The controversial attempt to scrap the 24-year-old international moratorium on commercial whaling collapsed yesterday, to the delight of anti-whaling campaigners and the frustration of Japan, Norway and Iceland, the three countries which continue to hunt whales in defiance of world opinion.
Thursday 24 June 2010
Under normal circumstances, the breakdown of an international meeting would be a cause for disappointment; but not in the case of the International Whaling Commission. After two days of discussions in Morocco, the gathering has been brought to an end because the delegates of 88 nations were unable to reach agreement. The draft deal under discussion would have lifted the 24-year-old ban on commercial whaling. Iceland, Japan and Norway would have been granted an annual catch quota.
Wednesday 23 June 2010
Nations discussing a plan to allow the first legal commercial whaling in almost 25 years, in an attempt to curb the number of whales hunted by a handful of countries, have failed to reach agreement.
Tuesday 22 June 2010
The way the IWC is deciding the fate of our whales is positively Byzantine. For the thousands of NGOs and observers gathered in Agadir all we had was some dancers followed by 30 minutes from the chair and then the meeting was moved into closed session until Wednesday.
Friday 23 April 2010
A bid to break the impasse between countries over the global ban on whaling by allowing the first legal commercial hunting of whales in nearly 25 years came under fire from conservationists today.
Monday 19 April 2010
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Monday 15 March 2010
Tuesday 09 March 2010
Pro-whaling officials have reacted angrily to news that a documentary about a gruesome annual dolphin cull in a remote Japanese fishing town has bagged an Academy Award.
Thursday 25 February 2010
Australia has called for a gradual phasing out of whaling around the world in a proposal submitted to the International Whaling Commission.
Saturday 16 January 2010
The RSPCA is investigating the deaths of five grey seals, three of them beheaded, found by a passer-by on a beach at Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
Friday 15 January 2010
Rick O'Barry surfed a wave of success on the dorsal fins of the globally syndicated TV series Flipper.
Wednesday 25 November 2009
A team of wildlife experts has been stranded on a remote island for more than two weeks because of extreme weather conditions, it was revealed today
Wednesday 23 September 2009
In a world where there is so much human suffering – the doubly-dispossessed refugees of the Calais "jungle" being but one example – it is no wonder that some complain about the time and money spent on conserving rare animals. The panda is a particular case in point. Even among endangered species, as the BBC nature presenter Chris Packham argued, the panda seems especially undeserving – adored more for its winsome looks than for any claim to viability.
Friday 18 September 2009
How rare to encounter any book that holds you utterly in its grasp from first page to last. Reading this cetacean love letter, the everyday world falls away. Beguiled by the mammoths of the deep, your mind moves through oceans.
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