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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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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

Story contains video Source: New York Times, Mon March 31, 2014
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.

Asahi’s auto glass blocks UV, filters out IR rays

Source: Giz Mag, Fri December 21, 2012
As prolonged exposure to sunlight increasingly becomes a health hazard, causing skin problems and even cancer, automakers have started to incorporate glass that blocks harmful ultraviolet light.

75% of Japan’s NW Pacific whale hunt unsold: official

Source: Terra Daily, Sat June 16, 2012
Three-quarters of the tons of meat from Japan's controversial whale hunt last year was not sold, despite repeated attempts to auction it, officials said on Wednesday.

Amazon removes whale meat products from Japanese site

Source: The Guardian, Sun March 04, 2012
Environmental groups are claiming a major victory after the online retailer Amazon removed whale meat products from its site in Japan. Public outcry forces online retailer to ditch products including whale bacon, whale jerky and canned whale meat.

For Fukushima families, a brief respite from nuclear nightmare

Story contains video Source: MSNBC, Fri August 19, 2011
Americans welcome in Japanese mothers, children whose lives were upended by triple disaster

Japan Considers End to Antarctic Whaling

Source: Discovery News, Sat July 30, 2011
For the first time, officials from Japan's fisheries agency have publicly floated the prospect of ending that country's whaling program in the Antarctic.

Elderly volunteer to clean up Fukushima

Source: , Thu June 02, 2011
Led by the 72-year-old Yasuteru Yamada, the Skilled Veterans Corps, a group of some 250 able-bodied seniors, are offering to go in and clean up the radiation-contaminated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. Among the 250 seniors are retired engineers and nuclear technicians, but also two chefs - and a singer. "It's for the sake of entertainment", says Yamada.

Has the green energy revolution finally arrived?

Source: MongaBay, Wed May 18, 2011
When historians look back at the fight to combat climate change—not to mention the struggle to overcome our global addiction to fossil fuels—will 2011 be considered a watershed moment? Maybe.

Dog-lovers brave Fukushima nuclear danger zone to save abandoned pets

Source: Daily Mail, Sun April 17, 2011
Rescuers have been risking their lives in the nuclear swamp around tsunami-hit Japan's stricken power plant - to save abandoned dogs.

More volunteers ‘prepared for death’ at Fukushima

Source: Hindustan Times, Tue March 22, 2011
In the scramble to avert catastrophe at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, selfless workers are volunteering to repeatedly endure high doses of radiation for the sake of millions of people.

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