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Climate-Denying Groups Use Right Whales as Front to Oppose Offshore Wind

Climate-Denying Groups Use Right Whales as Front to Oppose Offshore Wind

One common tactic of renewable energy opponents is to emphasize the new technology’s environmental impact in a way that disguises the harm caused by what it is intended to replace. For example, wind power opponents often point to the turbines’ threat to birds. However, a 2012 study found that fossil fuel plants kill 35 times […]

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    In Comeback Moment, Up to 150 Fin Whales Spotted Feeding off Antarctica

    In Comeback Moment, Up to 150 Fin Whales Spotted Feeding off Antarctica

    In 1982, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted to ban the practice of commercial whaling that had driven several species to the brink of extinction, as The New York Times reported at the time.  Now, a new study published in Scientific Reports Thursday shows how that decision has borne fruit. The study reported the first […]

    Humpback Whale Named Valiant Chases Away Nine Threatening Orcas

    Humpback Whale Named Valiant Chases Away Nine Threatening Orcas

    Orcas are fearsome predators that have taken on everything from blue whales to great white sharks.  But one humpback whale named Valiant was able to turn the table on the aptly-named killer whales in an incident observed by whale watchers off of Canada’s Vancouver Island April 12.  “There’s something happening in front of us that […]