From the west coast of Canada: the provincial government of British Columbia has taken action to prevent Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Contruction was scheduled to begin in September but will not be allowed to move forward on public and Tribal lands under further consultation with First Nations is completed.
Researchers are using the ears of whales that died after stranding on beaches to try to work out how they are affected by increasing, man-made underwater noise levels.
A new project has been set up that will listen in on whale and dolphin activity in order to protect them and their homes.
Scientists from Northern Ireland's Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) plan to eavesdrop on marine mammals around the Irish and Scottish coasts using a network of sophisticated underwater monitoring devices.
The first audio recordings taken from the deepest point on the Earth's surface have reveal a number of amazing sounds, including the calls of different species of whale.
Little is known about what happens in the Mariana Trench, located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean around 322 km (200 miles) southwest of Guam, but the recording do shed some light on what is a dark place (where the sun never shines).
Researchers monitoring of pod of orcas in the waters off Washington (US) found that speed was a more influential factor than how big a boat was when it came to the amount of noise from vessels reaching the pod.
A legal battle over the use of powerful sonar, and explosives in naval exercises has ended with the US Navy agreeing to limit their future use in any training to avoid potential harm to whales, dolphins and other marine mammals off Hawaii and California.
The decision comes after the US fisheries service was legally challenged by environmental groups in 2013 for allowing this kind of military activity.
US authorities have fined two people for allegedly flying drones too close to a pod of orcas in Washington state.
In what could well be the first case of its kind, the pair have been prosecuted after capturing footage of the ocras in the Haro Strait, just east of Vancouver Island, Canada.
Sound is the most important sense for whales. They use it to communicate with another as well as finding their way around the oceans, and in some species to catch their prey too.
A letter from over 50 leading scientists has been sent to US President Barack Obama asking him to keep the Atlantic Ocean free of planned, noisy oil exploration projects in order to protect whales, dolphins, and other marine life. The letter follows the recent announcement by the Obama administration that parts of the Atlantic coast would be opened up for drilling, with leases for oil and gas development to be awarded from 2017. Nine applications to drill are now being looked into.
The mass stranding of rare, deep-diving whales along the coast of Ireland last December could be linked to a reported search by British navy warships for a suspected Russian submarine.
Eight rarely sighted Cuvier’s beaked whales have been found off the Irish coast in recent weeks together with a number of common dolphins, a minke whale, a sperm whale, pilot whales, a fin whale, and harbour porpoises.