The business of Saving Whales

Whale hunting has been banned internationally for years now, however countries such as Japan, under the guise of scientific research, and Norway and Iceland openly defying it; there are still more whales being hunted now than 20 years ago.

In the journal “Nature”, a proposal has been issued for the management of whale hunting. The proposal puts forward a concept of hunters paying for the right to kill whales and conservationists paying to save them.

““At worst, you end up with a sustainably caught number of whales that is well-studied. At best, you’d have whales taken off the market,” said environmental economist Christopher Costello of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Costello’s proposal comes 25 years after the International Whaling Commission outlawed commercial whaling. The ban has proved difficult to enforce: Norway and Iceland openly defy it, while Japanese hunters operate under the guise of scientific research.

Approximately 1,600 whales, mostly fin and minke, are killed each year by hunters from those countries. Another 350 are killed by hunters from indigenous Arctic communities. Altogether, about twice as many whales are killed now as were killed in the early 1990s. To Costello and his co-authors, biologists Steve Gaines and Leah Berger, this represents a failure of current conservation approaches.”

via A Market Proposal for Saving Whales | Wired Science | Wired.com.

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Samsung expands injunction against Apple

I posted earlier that Samsung was seeking an injunction on sales of the iPhone in both Australia and Japan, but they are now expanding that to France and Italy.

I have to admire the brass balls on the Samsung legal team and wish them all the best in their fight against the Apple juggernaut.

Ironically Apple is Samsungs biggest customer buying screens and chips, but this is not and should not stop Samsung from protecting their patents.
Samsung expands sales ban requests against Apple | Reuters.

Japan announces another whaling mission to the Southern Oceans

They are at it again, Japanese whalers have declared that not only will they be back in southern oceans, but they will be there prepared with additonal security measures to fight the Sea Shepards attempts at stopping them.

The Australian Government has made an announcment that they condemned the program, but Sea Sherpards Paul Watson dissmisses the comments in favour of tough action. You can support their calls for a marine sanctuary here

It’s about time we stopped this from happening, in our waters around NZ and Australia, we should just use military force to stop them. What are they going to do in return? wage war? not likely. Block exports, not likely. They are fighting a loosing battle and they know it but they need their arses kicked good just once to be woken up to reality.

The world will not stand for this!

“NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully yesterday said Japan was isolating itself from the international community with its decision to resume whaling.

“It is also entirely disrespectful of the strong concerns expressed by Australian and New Zealand people for whom the Southern Ocean is our neighbourhood,” Mr McCully said.”

via New Zealand Government slams Japanese whaling move | News.com.au.