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Japan’s Fixed Net Whaling

~Leah Lemieux   Over Christmas of 2020, Japanese activists stationed in Taiji became aware that a young Minke whale approximately 5m, had become trapped in fixed nets just offshore from the town harbor. Like much of Japan’s coastline, the Taiji coast is a complicated...

Virtual diplomacy – the new frontiers of the digital world

Empty conference rooms, but digital diplomacy in full swing The COVID pandemic has undoubtedly slowed down diplomacy. However, it has not brought diplomacy to a standstill. On the contrary: without the physical limitations of travelling to a conference, the frequency...

An Urgent Reminder: Climate Change As A Security Threat

When scientists first unravelled the evidence of human-induced changes to the environment in the 1970s it was in most cases dismissed as an environmental issue only worthy of marginal attention. It was certainly not until the 1990s that the international community...

Healthy oceans for a healthy planet

Covid-19, a string of letters and numbers none of us had heard of a few months ago, and yet now almost everyone on the planet has them ingrained on their minds. Livelihoods, families, societies, all have been radically changed in a relatively short space of time. Jobs...

Making an educated choice

Only 50 years ago, humans started to realize that we have an effect on our planet. Since then, scientists, policymakers, NGOs and activists have been trying to push people towards change, trying to open our eyes to the fact that mother nature might not be as resilient...