Guantánamo: From Prison to Marine Conservation Peace Park

Elizabeth Kolbert writes about the dream to turn Gitmo into a state-of-the-art marine research institution and peace park in The New Yorker.

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gitmo10Murray Carpenter reports on efforts to study Cuban wildlife at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in the Washington Post.

Read more about the state of wildlife on the base here.

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1495042628083-KW_attack_3V2A4707The natural deaths of gray whales and other large whale species, as a result of predation or old age (as opposed to human-caused deaths such as fishing-gear entanglements or boat collisions), is beneficial for not just the killer whales that consume their flesh, but the entire ocean ecosystem.

Read more here.

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1-rebootgitmof“For the next generations, the name Guantanamo could be associated – not with its recent dark history – but with redemption, preservation, and repair of nature and international friendship.”

Read more here.

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Read about Chile’s resolution proposing that the International Whaling Commission consider whales as essential to maintaining healthy oceans and fighting climate change here.

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gettyimages-159236426At the 2016 International Whaling Commission meeting, conservation groups will push 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

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Katie Silver explores how animal feces drive the world on BBC Earth.

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Mindy Weisberger looks at the impacts of whales on marine ecosystems in Live Science.

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Joe Roman discusses the role of right whales and other cetaceans in nutrient cycling on the CBC.

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Screenshot 2016-06-21 13.35.26 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.

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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.

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