.At the 2016 International Whaling Commission meeting, conservation groups will push strongly for commissioners to criticize Japan for its continued “scientific whaling.” They have vowed to oppose strategies to sidestep the moratorium, including Japan’s small-type coastal whaling.
Chile will present a draft resolution focused on the ecosystem services provided by cetaceans, including the role of whale feces in regenerating fish stocks at the meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia. Read more about Chile’s resolution here
Katie Silver explores how animal feces drive the world on BBC Earth.
Mindy Weisberger looks at the impacts of whales on marine ecosystems in Live Science.
Joe Roman discusses the role of right whales and other cetaceans in nutrient cycling on the CBC.
An extensive history of the base, including the proposal to convert Guantánamo into a research station and marine park. Read it en español in OnCuba Magazine.
There is growing optimism among scientists in a time of rapprochement highlighted by President Obama’s visit to Cuba in March 2016. Many marine and Earth scientists say the U.S. reengagement with Cuba under Obama is sowing the seeds for a new era of scientific collaboration. Read more in Eos.
A decline in whales means less whale poop—and disruptions in the ocean’s nutrient cycle. See more on 60-Second Science by Scientific American.
Joe Roman discusses converting the Guantánamo Naval Base into a peace park and research center on the John Batchelor Show.
“One way to return the land and improve diplomacy would be to convert the area into a research center that would host both American and Cuban researchers,” says Joe Roman. Casey Williams reports on the Gitmo proposal in the Huffington Post.
The beauty of the latest proposal, as laid out in Science, is that it turns Guantánamo’s historical liability—its isolation—into an asset. (During the Cold War, the U.S. installed land mines along the perimeter of the base; those have now been removed.) Several species, including the Cuban iguana, that are faring poorly outside the base appear to have thrived inside its fences. And the notion of transforming the site of one of the world’s most notorious prisons into a “peace park” has an undeniable charm. As no less of an expert on reconciliation than Nelson Mandela once put it, the concept of the peace park “can be embraced by all.”
Elizabeth Kolbert reports on the recent Science policy piece in The New Yorker.