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Australian Marine Park Plans to do What With Stranded Dolphins?!

The ocean update

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June 23rd, 2015 (Angie Plummer). It sounds too sick to be true, but a marine park in Australia called Dolphin Marine Magic has been caught boasting about plans to milk wild, stranded dolphins for sperm.

Why ? So it can artificially inseminate its captive female dolphins – even though animal welfare advocates argue the pool they live in is already far too small, and illegally overcrowded.

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Despite Criticism, Half of Japan’s Captured Dolphins Sold | Care2 Causes

Life or Lunch?

3143978.largeDocumentaries like Blackfish and The Cove have changed the way we view marine mammals – particularly dolphins and orcas – as entertainment.

The Cove was released in 2009 and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. The film focuses on the process wild dolphins endure when being forced into captivity so humans can be entertained at theme parks. Featured in the film is activist Ric O’Barry, who was one of the people who captured five dolphins for the 1960s television show, “Flipper.” The experience led O’Barry to become a voice for dolphins in captivity.

Blackfish directly takes aim at SeaWorld and its captive orca, Tillikum, held in captivity since his capture off Iceland’s coast in 1983. Since his capture, Tillikum has been responsible for three deaths at the amusement park. Particularly the most notable of those was the 2010 death of trainer, Dawn Brancheau, which prompted the film’s development.

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Study: Green household products have hidden toxic hazards

Watts Up With That?

From the University of Melbourne:

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Hidden hazards found in green products

Dr. Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering, and the Chair of Sustainable Cities, from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering, is a world expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects.

Professor Steinemann investigated and compared volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from 37 different products, such as air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products, including those with certifications and claims of ‘green’ and ‘organic’. Both fragranced and fragrance-free products were tested.

The study, published in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health found 156 different VOCs emitted from the 37 products, with an average of 15 VOCs per product. Of these 156 VOCs, 42 are classified as toxic or hazardous under US federal laws, and each product emitted at least one of these chemicals.

Findings revealed that emissions of carcinogenic hazardous air…

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Green Energy ‘steals’ from the Biosphere

Watts Up With That?


An Opinion Piece by
Viv Forbes, BScAppGeol, FAusIMM
Scientist, mineral economist and grass farmer.


Earth has only three significant sources of energy.

First is geothermal energy from Earth’s molten core and decaying radioactive minerals in Earth’s crust. This energy moves continents, powers volcanoes and its heat migrates towards the crust, warming the lithosphere and the deep oceans. It can be harvested successfully in favourable locations, and radioactive minerals can be extracted to provide large amounts of reliable heat for power generation.

Second is energy stored in combustible hydrocarbon minerals such as coal, oil, gas, tar sands and oil shale. These all store solar and geothermal energy collected eons ago and they are the primary energy sources supporting modern industrial societies and the vast populations dependent on them.

Third are radiation and gravitational energies from the Sun and Moon which are captured by the biosphere as heat, winds, tides, rain, rivers…

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