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Our climate report highlights dramatic impacts on whales and dolphins

Our climate report highlights dramatic impacts on whales and dolphins

A new WDC report highlights the dramatic effect on whales and dolphins from climate change, including slowly boiling seas, shortage of prey and devastating mass death events. The effects are also reducing the role these majestic ocean beings can play in helping to fight climate breakdown and are threatening multiple species with imminent extinction. Whales…

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Dominica announces new protections for sperm whales

Dominica has placed almost 800 square kilometers of sea off the west coast of the country under protection specifically for sperm whales. This will be the world’s first marine sanctuary specifically for the species. Less than 500 individuals of the endangered sperm whale are believed to still live in the waters around the island. The…

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UK government rejects chance to protect whales and dolphins

The government has formally rejected almost all of the crucial recommendations made in a House of Commons Committee report published during the summer, which pointed out alarming gaps in the UK’s current efforts to protect whales and dolphins. ‘Protecting Marine Mammals in the UK and Abroad’ was released by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs…

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Ocean areas selected for conservation are now in danger says task force

The international task force celebrating 10 years of work mapping out Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) across the globe has issued a warning that some of those areas identified are already in danger. IMMAs are essentially portions of ocean important to marine mammal species that have the potential to be set aside for conservation management.…

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Water company admits years of illegal sewage spills near dolphin habitat

A Welsh water company has admitted to illegally pumping untreated sewage near an environmentally protected area and known dolphin habitat. Welsh Water has been spilling the untreated sewage via many treatment plants for years, with one of the worst outflows occurring in Cardigan Bay in west Wales. The treatment plant in Cardigan spills both treated…

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Endangered river dolphins die in Amazon drought

Over 100 endangered pink river dolphins have died in an area of the Amazon over recent days. The deaths have raised concerns that increasing global temperatures could place them and other species in the region in jeopardy as severe drought affects the depth and temperature of the river. The dolphins were found floating with thousands…

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