Baleen whales

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Japan vows to continue its whaling program, despite an international ruling ordering it to stop

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the global whale population was hunted to near extinction. A moratorium on commercial whaling, proposed in 1982 and enforced beginning in 1986 aimed to reverse this, and it has been successful: some whale species are beginning to recover, albeit slowly. Japan, however, has continued killing whales, in the name of "research" — and after agreeing to abide by an international ruling ordering it stop, it is now planning to resume whaling in 2015.

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Environmental, indigenous groups accuse Navy of damaging marine mammals

Environmental and indigenous groups have banded together to sue the Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Services for harming marine mammals with sonar. According to the plaintiffs, the Navy's military exercises have fatally impacted federally protected species. Now they are calling for limits on the Navy's access to this biologically rich area.

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Environmental, indigenous groups accuse Navy of damaging marine mammals

Environmental and indigenous groups have banded together to sue the Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Services for harming marine mammals with sonar. According to the plaintiffs, the Navy's military exercises have fatally impacted federally protected species. Now they are calling for limits on the Navy's access to this biologically rich area.

Science, Tech & Environment

Japan vows to continue its whaling program, despite an international ruling ordering it to stop

In the 19th and 20th centuries, the global whale population was hunted to near extinction. A moratorium on commercial whaling, proposed in 1982 and enforced beginning in 1986 aimed to reverse this, and it has been successful: some whale species are beginning to recover, albeit slowly. Japan, however, has continued killing whales, in the name of "research" — and after agreeing to abide by an international ruling ordering it stop, it is now planning to resume whaling in 2015.