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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling.
“We are very happy with the backing of the International Court. We had never expected such a strong ruling."
- Geert Vons, a representative of Sea Shepherd

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To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs

via Planet Ark | Mon November 18, 2013
China will steer local governments away from the pursuit of economic growth at all costs and beef up their powers to punish polluters as part of a campaign to reverse the damage done by three decades of unchecked expansion.

California is first state to ban lead in hunting ammo

via USA Today | Thu October 24, 2013
In a move to protect wildlife and the environment, California on Friday became the first state to ban lead in hunting ammunition.

Environmentalists win U.S. court fight to protect whales from Navy sonar

via Reuters | Sun September 29, 2013
A federal judge in California has sided with environmental groups in their lawsuit against the U.S. government over Navy training exercises off the West Coast involving sonar that they say harms endangered whales, dolphins and other protected marine mammals.

Europe’s key animals ‘making a comeback’

Story contains video via BBC | Thu September 26, 2013
Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests.

Nepal sees tiger population go up by 63% since 2009

via BBC | Wed July 31, 2013
The number of wild tigers living in Nepal has increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey has shown.

Obama to launch major initiative to curb wildlife trafficking

via The Guardian | Wed July 10, 2013
Barack Obama launched a new initiative against wildlife trafficking on Monday, using his executive authority to take action against an illegal trade that is fuelling rebel wars and now threatens the survival of elephants and rhinoceroses.

South Korean airlines ban shark fin as cargo

via Times Live | Sat June 22, 2013
South Korea's two largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, said Thursday they had both decided to ban shark fin from their cargo flights as part of a growing global campaign against the Asian delicacy.

EU to ban pesticides in bee scare

via BBC | Mon April 29, 2013
The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue.

New law to protect Puerto Rico leatherback turtles

via BBC | Sun April 14, 2013
Puerto Rico has introduced a new law protecting a swathe of the island's coast that has become a major nesting site for the world's largest turtle, the leatherback.

Gorillas to Be Protected with New Congo National Park

Story contains video via Live Science | Sat February 02, 2013
The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that conservationists hope with protect a core population of western lowland gorillas, a critically endangered species, as well as other threatened species, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced.

From the brink of extinction: elephant seals stage remarkable comeback

Story contains video via MongaBay | Wed January 23, 2013
In the 19th century the Northern Pacific Elephant was thought to be extinct until a small population was discovered on an island of Baja California in 1892. Since then, the species has staged a remarkable comeback which was greatly accelerated by protective measures adopted by the U.S. and Mexican governments.

Obama triples area of protected California coastline

via MongaBay | Sat December 22, 2012
On Friday President Obama announced the government would add almost 3,000 square miles of California coastline to the National Marine Sanctuary system, reports the Sierra Club.

This week, a shark sanctuary the size of Australia has been established

via BBC | Thu December 13, 2012
The Cook Islands has approved a shark sanctuary in its waters, making for the largest such sanctuary in the world.

French move boosts shark sanctuaries

via Terra Daily | Sun December 09, 2012
Green campaigners on Friday hailed a decision by France that they said would create the world's biggest shark sanctuary.

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