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IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts — with new quotas

Sep 13, 2018

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts — with new quotas

The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic. The vote confirmed a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) for nutritional and ...

Jul 1, 2018

Inuit hunting grounds get UNESCO World Heritage status

Inuit hunting grounds in the Arctic circle were given UNESCO World Heritage status on Saturday, the U.N. agency announced at a meeting in the Bahraini capital, Manama. The Aasivissuit-Nipisat area, which lies at the heart of the largest ice-free area in Greenland, "is a cultural ...

Ice caps live-blogging human history

/ Jun 14, 2018

Ice caps live-blogging human history

by Faye Flam

At the dawn of the 20th century, when the first humans set foot on Antarctica's seemingly pristine ice cap, pollution had beaten them there. Lead and other heavy metals quickly amassed in the ice in 1888 and beyond, leaving a record of the industrial revolution. ...

Bowhead whales improvise when singing

/ Apr 4, 2018

Bowhead whales improvise when singing

Some whales are taking jazz riffs to new depths. For the first time, scientists have eavesdropped year-round on the songs of bowhead whales, the little-heard whales that roam the Arctic under the ice. They found that bowheads — the bigger, more blubbery cousins of the ...