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Blog: Cetaceans

High time for Japan to act on toxic whale meat threat

. Friday marked the first anniversary of the signing of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international treaty aiming to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. Mercury is considered by the World Health Organisation to be one of the top 10 chemicals of major public health concern. Exposure, even […]

Focus on whaling nations and the threat to the vaquita

  The 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ended on September 18 after four days of tough negotiations on a number of key issues affecting the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises. You can read a handy summary of the major decisions and outcomes of IWC65 at the bottom of this page, but I […]

All about whales – blogging from IWC65 in Slovenia

After a busy week of working groups and a broad range of discussions on issues relating to the conservation, welfare and management of whales, dolphins and porpoises, the 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission opened yesterday (Monday) in the lovely town of Portorož, Slovenia. EIA arrived with a new report on Iceland’s whaling, Slayed […]

Faroe Islands whaling and the birth of EIA’s first campaign

Next month, EIA marks its 30th anniversary, and here founder director Jennifer Lonsdale looks back to the 1984 investigation into whaling in the Faroe Islands which would become the organisation’s first official campaign. . . A year ago I wrote a blog about the 1983 Balaenoptera adventure, when we sailed to northern Norway to document […]

It’s World Environment Day – a time to care, not despair

Today is World Environment Day, the UN’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It’s also as good a reason as any to take the time out to contemplate the endless, amazing richness of this unique planet and its myriad inhabitants – and to consider the dire threats posed to so […]

Thanks for an incredible week for whales and dolphins!

What an incredible week for the world’s whales and dolphins it’s been. Last Monday morning we listened live to the judgement from the UN International Court of Justice which essentially ruled that Japan’s scientific whaling in the Antarctic does not comply with the terms of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW) that […]

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