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OceanCare Blog

Vaquita – losing the struggle for survival

It’s 30 years now that the Vaquita, a small porpoise species restricted to the northern Gulf of California, Mexico, was classified as “endangered” on the Red List. Today, no more than 9 (nine) vaquitas are left – living relics with a gene pool already too small to...

Whale recovery threat from climate change – the Antarctic evidence

When widespread commercial whaling stopped after the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium came into force in 1986, there was a reasonable expectation that some whale populations would recover. However, a red flag of concern has just been raised for one great...

Major oil spill off California again threatens Wildlife

A large oil slick off the coast of Orange County in the USA has started to wash ashore over the weekend affecting wildlife and wetlands. The slick is said to cover some 13 square miles (33 sq km) and is estimated in press reports at about 126,000 gallons (572,807...

There is another world, but it is in this one

 ("Il y a un autre monde, mais il est dans celui-ci", Paul Éluard) In recent days and weeks, we have been stunned to see how a strange meteorological phenomenon called "heat dome" is causing temperatures of almost 50 ºC, which is unprecedented in the western US and in...

A global registry on fossil fuel reserves

A necessary tool to comply with the Paris agreement June 2021: With the decision to ban the search for new hydrocarbon resources throughout the national territory (land and maritime, including the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone and the continental...

The ‘Exceptionists’: The Swiss Approach to the Plastic Crisis

If a quizmaster would ask you to name something associated with Swiss nature, I’d guess that “green meadows”, “pure mountain air” and “clean lakes and rivers” would be on top of the list. Indeed, the widespread image of Switzerland is often associated by pristine...

Shipping Swiss CO2 to Norway

~Ewoud Lauwerier   Not a week goes by without a new ecomodernist project being presented as a revolutionary step towards sustainability. Announced with aplomb, it conveniently offers the most recent technological solution for the transition to a better world. In...

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...