Opinion

Gray whale

Endangered whales at risk from rush to exploit offshore oil and gas in Russian Far East

In 1974 the western North Pacific population of gray whales was thought to be extinct. Thankfully, to quote Mark Twain, news of its demise was “exaggerated” but sadly, not “greatly exaggerated”. Today, a slowly growing population, numbering perhaps 130, visits the northeastern coast of Russia’s Sakhalin Island each summer to feed. This population is imminently threatened unless the Russian Government postpones a planned seismic survey. …  

03 Aug 2010 | Article
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Biodiversity offsets and marine and coastal development

Biodiversity offsetting has helped promote conservation of endangered species on land, but can the same ideas be applied to the sea? Dr Ameer Abdulla highlights the utility of developing marine-based biodiversity offsets. …  

03 Aug 2010 | Article
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