Thursday, January 10, 2008

Good and Bad News for Whales

The good news is that a federal court in California imposed the strongest-ever protections for whales against an onslaught of military sonar.

The new controls are the result of an NRDC lawsuit that demanded the Navy rein in its deadly sonar before beginning two years of maneuvers near the Channel Islands of the coast of California. This area is home to five endangered species of whales.

U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said the Navy's existing plan for protecting marine mammals was "grossly inadequate" and she ordered the Navy to take precautionary measures to protect whales from needless injury and death.
  • The Navy is not permitted to use mid-frequency sonar within 12 miles of the California coast.

  • Sonar is banned in the Catalina Basin, an underwater canyon with a high density of whales.

  • The Navy will have to monitor, from the sea and from the air, for marine mammals before and during its sonar exercises.

  • The Navy will shut down sonar if marine mammals are spotted within 2200 yards of the ship.
The bad news is that the Navy wants to put a training range for mid-frequency sonar off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, which is next to a key migratory route for endangered right whales. Click here to take action.


2 comments:

andy said...

Does anybody know about this site ( http://www.earthlab.com ) ? I have seen other environmental sites with carbon calculators like yahoo and tree huggers, but I am wondering what the deal with earthlab.com is? I saw they also published a list last month of the top ten greenest cities ( http://www.efficientenergy.org/Top-Ten-Green-Cities-in-the-United-States ). Does anyone know if this site is better than the others? Fill me in!

I took their carbon foot print test and it was pretty interesting, they said that I put out 4.5 tons of carbon, does anyone know about any other tests?

CyberCelt said...

@andy-check out search for carbon footprint

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